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Caps' winning streak ends at 9

RALEIGH, N.C. — Eric Staal scored 51 seconds into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and the Hurricanes ended the Capitals' nine-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Thursday.

Jeff Skinner scored 4:25 after Staal to make it 3-1 and Eddie Lack made 30 saves for the Hurricanes.

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored, and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 33 saves for the Capitals.

"We generated some quantity and some quality," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "(Washington) had a real good push in the third and I liked how our guys handled it."

Game highlights: Kris Letang had two goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby scored from his knees as the Penguins came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the host Red Wings 5-2.

Around the league: Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was fined $2,000 for embellishment during the Dec. 22 game against the Lightning. Hansen was assessed a minor penalty for embellishment at 10:15 of the third period on a play in which Tampa Bay defenseman Nikita Nesterov received an interference minor. … Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, who entered Thursday tied for second in the league with 22 goals, missed the game against the Wild with a stomach ailment.

Winter Classic: A member of the Boston team of the U.S. women's pro league was taken off the ice on a stretcher in an outdoor game against Montreal of the Canadian women's league at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Wing Denna Laing, 24, was tripped up while skating behind the Montreal goal and appeared to hit the boards face-first. She remained on the ice for several minutes while trainers rushed to help her. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston coach Bobby Jay said. No further information on her condition was available. The exhibition game, which ended 1-1, was part of the festivities leading up to today's outdoor game at the home of the New England Patriots between the Bruins and Canadiens (1, Ch. 8).

at Hurricanes 0 1 3 4
Capitals 0 1 1 2
at Hurricanes 0 1 3 4
Capitals 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKuznetsov, Was (hooking), 15:31.

Second Period1, Carolina, Di Giuseppe 3 (Nordstrom, J.Staal), 7:48. 2, Washington, Backstrom 11 (Alzner, Niskanen), 9:49. PenaltiesOrlov, Was (illegal check to head minor), 4:16; T.Wilson, Was (roughing), 5:49; Nestrasil, Car (roughing), 5:49; T.Wilson, Was (goaltender interference), 11:06.

Third Period3, Carolina, E.Staal 8 (Lindholm, Versteeg), :51. 4, Carolina, Skinner 15 (Nash, Rask), 5:16. 5, Washington, Ovechkin 21 (Laich), 14:16. 6, Carolina, Nestrasil 4, 19:42 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWashington 8-13-11—32. Carolina 11-15-11—37. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 0; Carolina 0 of 3. GoaliesWashington, Grubauer 4-3-1 (36 shots-33 saves). Carolina, Lack 5-6-2 (32-30).

Islanders 0 1 1 2
at Sabres 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesM.Martin, NYI (interference), 6:20; Lee, NYI (cross-checking), 9:40; Nielsen, NYI (cross-checking), 10:46.

Second Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 14 (Tavares, Leddy), 9:35 (pp). PenaltiesGorges, Buf (holding), 8:37.

Third Period2, N.Y. Islanders, Kulemin 5 (Okposo, Boychuk), 1:07. 3, Buffalo, R.O'Reilly 15 (Eichel, Ristolainen), 11:18 (pp). PenaltiesGionta, Buf (hooking), 4:32; Lee, NYI (tripping), 9:45. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 5-18-10—33. Buffalo 17-10-16—43. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 2; Buffalo 1 of 4. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Greiss 11-5-2 (43 shots-42 saves). Buffalo, Ullmark 5-9-2 (33-31).

Penguins 0 2 3 5
at Red Wings 2 0 0 2

First Period1, Detroit, Abdelkader 12 (Larkin, Kronwall), 6:47. 2, Detroit, Smith 3 (Nyquist, Marchenko), 12:15. PenaltiesLetang, Pit (cross-checking), 10:15; Glendening, Det (slashing), 10:15.

Second Period3, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 7 (Malkin, Letang), :45 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Letang 2 (Malkin, Hornqvist), 11:44 (pp). PenaltiesDeKeyser, Det (hooking), :15; Letang, Pit (slashing), 2:35; Letang, Pit (cross-checking), 8:28; DeKeyser, Det (interference), 11:14; Detroit bench, served by Richards (too many men), 18:17; Perron, Pit (cross-checking), 19:55; Glendening, Det (roughing), 19:55.

Third Period5, Pittsburgh, Crosby 9 (Perron), 7:48. 6, Pittsburgh, Malkin 18 (Kessel, Hornqvist), 8:22. 7, Pittsburgh, Letang 3 (Bonino), 18:20 (en). PenaltiesKessel, Pit (slashing), 5:13; Kunitz, Pit (roughing), 16:33; Abdelkader, Det (roughing), 16:33. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 11-17-9—37. Detroit 10-13-12—35. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 2 of 3; Detroit 0 of 3. GoaliesPittsburgh, Zatkoff 3-4-1 (35 shots-33 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 11-8-3 (36-32).

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