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Caps cool off streaking Predators

WASHINGTON — Daniel Winnik scored two goals as the Capitals cooled off the hottest team in the NHL by beating the Predators 4-1 on Friday. Winnik's goals were his first with the Capitals since they acquired the forward from Toronto at the trade deadline.

Nashville entered with 27 points in its previous 17 games, the league's best run since Feb. 12.

Around the league: Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who entered Friday the league's third-leading scorer, will miss 3-4 weeks for the Western Conference leaders because of a small cut of his left Achilles tendon suffered when he got tangled up with Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman in the final 30 seconds of Thursday's game. Seguin had surgery Friday. … Flyers forward Chris VandeVelde was suspended for two games for elbowing Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews in the head Wednesday.

at Capitals 0 3 1 4
Predators 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesBackstrom, Was (high-stick), 13:54.

Second1, Nas, Forsberg 29 (Josi, S.Weber), 3:30 (pp). 2, Was, Winnik 5 (Kuznetsov, Holtby), 7:52. 3, Was, Oshie 22 (Kuznetsov), 12:22. 4, Was, Winnik 6 (Orlov), 19:42. PenaltiesChorney, Was (trip), 2:33; Johansen, Nas (trip), 5:52; Johansen, Nas (cross-check), 8:14.

Third5, Was, Burakovsky 15 (Kuznetsov), :36. PenaltiesOvechkin, Was (high-sticking), 3:53; Ribeiro, Nas, misconduct, 9:02; C.Smith, Nas (holding stick), 9:02; Johansen, Nas (roughing), 18:57; S.Weber, Nas (delay of game), 19:07. SOGNas 4-8-9—21. Was 11-10-8—29. PPsNas 1 of 3; Was 0 of 5. GoaliesNas, Hutton 7-3-3 (29 shots-25 saves). Was, Holtby 43-8-4 (21-20).

Blackhawks 0 2 2 4
Predators 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesToews, Chi (hooking), 9:58.

Second1, Chi, Kane 39 (Rozsival), 16:56. 2, Chi, Hossa 12 (Anisimov), 17:22. PenaltiesMyers, Wpg (interfere), 4:05; Shaw, Chi, major (fight), 6:58; Chiarot, Wpg, major (fight), 6:58; Hjalmarsson, Chi (trip), 8:11; Rozsival, Chi (hook), 14:01.

Third3, Chi, Ladd 20 (Toews, Kane), 3:06. 4, Chi, Fleischmann 13 (Teravainen), 4:51. PenaltiesDesjardins, Chi (slash), 10:37; Thorburn, Wpg (slash), 10:37; Keith, Chi (interfere), 14:52. SOGChi 13-12-11—36. Wpg 11-10-7—28. PPsChi 0 of 1; Wpg 0 of 4. GoaliesChi, Darling 7-6-2 (28 shots-28 saves). Wpg, Pavelec 8-13-2 (36-32).

at Sabres 2 1 0 3
Senators 1 0 0 1

First1, Buf, Reinhart 20 (Girgensons, Ristolainen), 2:07 (pp). 2, Ott, Chiasson 6 (Hoffman, Zibanejad), 5:33. 3, Buf, Deslauriers 6 (R.O'Reilly, Kane), 8:17. PenaltiesPhaneuf, Ott (slash), 1:55; Pysyk, Buf (hook), 12:03.

Second4, Buf, Bogosian 6 (Reinhart, Eichel), 9:53. PenaltiesChiasson, Ott, major (fighting), 7:11; Ristolainen, Buf, major (fight), 7:11; Neil, Ott (rough), 9:22; Gorges, Buf (interfere), 9:22; Ristolainen, Buf (cross-check), 15:52; Neil, Ott, misconduct, 19:41; Foligno, Buf, misconduct, 19:41; Ristolainen, Buf (trip), 19:41.

Third None. PenaltiesRuhwedel, Buf (high-stick), 2:38; Phaneuf, Ott (illegal check to head minor, roughing), 12:57; Ott bench, served by Dzingel (bench), 12:57; Bogosian, Buf, double minor (roughing), 12:57; C.Wideman, Ott (trip), 17:01. SOGOtt 12-11-10—33. Buf 15-12-7—34. PPsOtt 0 of 4; Buf 1 of 3. GoaliesOtt, Anderson 29-22-4 (34 shots-31 saves). Buf, Johnson 17-14-3 (33-32).

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild card berths regardless of their division. Wild card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

Penguins 84 12 35

Red Wings 81 11 33

Flyers 80 13 32

West Pts GL ROW

Predators 85 1033

Avalanche 76 11 33*

Wild 75 11 31

Coyotes 69 12 30

* Late game not included

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