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Caps' 3-goal spurt ends 8-game skid

OTTAWA — The Capitals had good reason to celebrate like they had just won a lot more than a regular-season game.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice, Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist, and Washington ended its losing streak at eight games, beating the Senators 3-2 on Sunday night.

The Capitals scored three times in a 6:21 span early in the second to erase a 2-0 deficit. Washington, which also had two goals disallowed, had been held to 11 goals during its 0-6-2 skid.

"We felt like we won a championship," Perreault said. "We needed that win so much for our confidence and just for the team. That was a huge win for us."

The Capitals' players poured off the bench at the end of the game and gathered in a mob around goalie Michal Neuvirth, knocking the net to the boards.

Ryan Shannon and Chris Kelly scored in the first for Ottawa, which hadn't lost through regulation in its previous four games (2-0-2).

Perreault gave Washington its first lead on a power play 6:55 into the second for his second goal of the middle period.

He scored his first goal of the game 34 seconds into the second to draw the Capitals to 2-1. Fehr, who assisted on Perreault's second goal, tied it at 2 with his fifth goal at 1:20 after having another waved off when time expired at the end of the first.

"After the first period we all regrouped and said, 'Okay, guys, this has got to be our best period of the year,' " Perreault said. "And I think that's what we did."

Game highlights: Loui Eriksson scored at 4:18 of overtime to give the Stars a 4-3 comeback victory over the host Red Wings in a game between the top two teams in the Western Conference standings. Eriksson also had two assists, Brenden Morrow scored twice, Brad Richards added a goal and Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots to help Dallas pull within a point of conference-leading Detroit. Morrow tied it with 3:13 left in regulation. … T.J. Galiardi broke a second-period tie, Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots and the host Avalanche won its sixth straight game, beating the Canadiens 3-2. Ryan Wilson and Kevin Porter also scored for the Avalanche, the highest-scoring team in the NHL. … Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Fernando Pisani scored, rookie Corey Crawford made 26 saves and the host Blackhawks beat the Kings 3-2.

Capitals 0 3 0 3
at Senators 2 0 0 2

First Period1, Ottawa, Shannon 4 (Winchester), 7:11. 2, Ottawa, Kelly 8 (Neil), 13:55. PenaltiesSteckel, Was (interference), 3:19; Michalek, Ott (slashing), 16:00.

Second Period3, Was., Perreault 3 (Knuble, Laich), :34. 4, Was., Fehr 5 (Ovechkin), 1:20. 5, Was., Perreault 4 (Fehr), 6:55 (pp). PenaltiesRegin, Ott (slashing), 3:15; Michalek, Ott (high-sticking), 5:33; Green, Was (hooking), 10:47; Erskine, Was (roughing), 12:48; Michalek, Ott (roughing), 12:48.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKarlsson, Ott (tripping), 1:45; Perreault, Was (hooking), 7:08; Ruutu, Ott (hooking), 9:52; Carlson, Was (high-sticking), 12:35; Chimera, Was (holding), 17:15; Foligno, Ott (holding), 19:43. Shots on GoalWas. 8-15-11—34. Ottawa 9-11-6—26. Power-play opportunitiesWas. 1 of 6; Ottawa 0 of 5. GoaliesWas., Neuvirth 13-6-2 (26 shots-24 saves). Ott, Elliott 10-10-3 (34-31). A19,516. T2:27.

Stars 2 0 1 1 4
at Red Wings 2 1 0 0 3

First Period1, Detroit, Datsyuk 12 (Holmstrom, Franzen), 3:42 (pp). 2, Detroit, Eaves 7 (Kronwall, V.Filppula), 12:25. 3, Dallas, Richards 15 (Eriksson, Woywitka), 13:56. 4, Dallas, Morrow 11 (Daley, Eriksson), 17:57 (pp). PenaltiesRobidas, Dal (interference), 2:03; Holmstrom, Det (hooking), 16:59; Bertuzzi, Det (holding), 19:17; Robidas, Dal (holding), 19:42; Zetterberg, Det (holding stick), 19:57.

Second Period5, Detroit, Franzen 14 (Rafalski, Datsyuk), 19:43. PenaltiesOtt, Dal, major (fighting), 10:31; Abdelkader, Det, major (fighting), 10:31; Daley, Dal (interference), 12:09; Franzen, Det (slashing), 16:24.

Third Period6, Dallas, Morrow 12 (Benn), 16:46. PenaltiesSalei, Det (hooking), 6:41; Eriksson, Dal (goaltender interference), 13:14.

Overtime7, Dallas, Eriksson 14, 4:18. PenaltiesRafalski, Det (tripping), 1:34. Shots on GoalDallas 8-10-11-3—32. Detroit 11-10-10-0—31. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 1 of 6; Detroit 1 of 3. GoaliesDallas, Raycroft 6-3-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Detroit, Osgood 3-2-2 (32-28). A20,066.

at Blackhawks 1 2 0 3
Kings 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Chicago, Toews 15 (B.Campbell, Sharp), 11:30. PenaltiesLos Angeles bench, served by Williams (too many men), 6:41; Westgarth, LA, major (fighting), 10:13; Scott, Chi, major (fighting), 10:13.

Second Period2, Los Angeles, Clifford 2 (Handzus, Simmonds), 1:34. 3, Chicago, Keith 3 (Sharp, Toews), 1:59. 4, Chicago, Pisani 5 (Bickell, Bolland), 12:25. PenaltiesWilliams, LA (tripping), 17:31; Sharp, Chi (high-sticking), 19:18.

Third Period5, Los Angeles, Simmonds 7 (Kopitar, Quick), 1:20. PenaltiesBrown, LA (boarding), 17:13. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 8-9-11—28. Chicago 9-11-4—24. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 1; Chicago 0 of 3. GoaliesL.A., Quick 15-7-1 (24 shots-21 saves). Chicago, Crawford 10-6-1 (28-26). A21,523.

at Avalanche 1 2 0 3
Canadiens 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Montreal, Cammalleri 12 (Plekanec, Kostitsyn), 10:50 (pp). 2, Colorado, Wilson 2 (O'Reilly, Anderson), 19:54 (pp). PenaltiesDupuis, Col (high-sticking), 10:40; Spacek, Mon (hooking), 18:03.

Second Period3, Montreal, Picard 2 (Pacioretty, Gomez), 2:58 (pp). 4, Colorado, Porter 7 (Dupuis), 4:01. 5, Colorado, Galiardi 5 (O'Reilly, Holos), 16:12. PenaltiesYip, Col (interference), 1:28; Lapierre, Mon (interference), 13:03; Eller, Mon (high-sticking), 17:12.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesHunwick, Col (tripping), 5:00; Shattenkirk, Col (delay of game), 15:28; Anderson, Col (slashing), 20:00. Shots on GoalMontreal 7-8-14—29. Colorado 8-15-5—28. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 2 of 4; Colorado 1 of 3. GoaliesMontreal, Price 18-10-2 (28 shots-25 saves). Colorado, Anderson 10-4-2 (29-27). A18,007. T2:18.

Caps' 3-goal spurt ends 8-game skid 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 11:40pm]

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