Wednesday's NHL Capsules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander Semin’s seventh goal of the season tied the game with about 5 1/2 minutes left in regulation Wednesday night, and he also scored the final goal in a shootout to lift the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals led 3-1 heading into the third period, before Mike Brown, Kris Versteeg and Tyler Bozak scored in a span of 3:03 for Toronto.

Semin tied it at 4 on a power play. Then he and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington in the shootout, while Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped both of Toronto’s attempts.

Nikolai Kulemin gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead at 14:29 of the first period before Mike Green, Jason Chimera and Tomas Fleischmann scored for Washington in the second.

Devils 5, Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie forward Bradley Mills scored his first NHL goal with 3:51 left in the third period to snap a tie, and New Jersey beat Chicago despite an injury to Martin Brodeur.

The star goalie left in the second period with a bruised right elbow. X-rays were negative.

Brodeur finished with eight saves. He was replaced by Johan Hedberg, who stopped 21 of 24 shots.

With nine points, the Devils moved out of last place in the league. New Jersey finished 2-4-0 on its road trip.

Jason Arnott and Travis Zajac also scored for the Devils, who won for the second time in seven games. Jamie Langenbrunner and Andy Greene had empty-net goals.

Viktor Stalberg, Brian Campbell and Fernando Pisani scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Stars 5, Penguins 2

DALLAS (AP) — Loui Eriksson scored twice, including a penalty-shot goal, and Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves as Dallas earned a fight-filled victory over Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A frustrated Crosby, who entered with only four penalty minutes this season and rarely fights, squared off against Matt Niskanen at 12:33 of the second period while Pittsburgh trailed 4-1.

That was one of four bouts in the first two periods.

Stephane Robidas and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist for Dallas. Steve Ott added a goal, and James Neal had two assists.

Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins, who have lost four of five (1-3-1).

Bruins 5, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Thomas made 33 saves in his seventh straight win, and Brad Marchand and Michael Ryder had a goal and assist each to lift the surging Boston Bruins over Buffalo.

Thomas (7-0), who entered with a 0.50 goals-against average after consecutive shutouts, had his shutout streak of 167 minutes, 12 seconds snapped by Drew Stafford’s second-period goal that made it 4-1.

Andrej Sekera also scored for Buffalo, which played without ailing goalie Ryan Miller. The Sabres came in with the second-fewest points (8) in the NHL after winning the Northeast Division last season.

Thomas allowed more than one goal for the first time this season, but tied a career high for longest winning streak.

Patrice Bergeron, Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic also scored for Boston (7-2), which set a franchise record by winning its fifth consecutive road game to open a season.

Hurricanes 7, Islanders 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cam Ward made 31 saves and Jon Matsumoto scored his first two NHL goals in Carolina’s rout of New York.

Rick DiPietro played the whole game and allowed all seven goals on 32 shots as the Islanders lost their fifth straight.

Joe Corvo, Eric Staal, Brandon Sutter, Jiri Tlusty and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes. Sergei Samsonov had three assists, helping Carolina set a season high for goals.

The Hurricanes lost their previous two home games this season by identical 3-0 scores to Washington and Pittsburgh.

Michael Grabner and P.A. Parenteau had goals for the Islanders, who have been outscored 13-3 in their past two games.

Thrashers 4, Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Mason made 52 saves and Fredrik Modin scored twice to lift Atlanta over Florida.

Dustin Byfuglien tied it for the Thrashers at 9:59 of the third period and Niclas Bergfors scored the game-winner 71 seconds later on a slap shot from the left faceoff dot.

Mason stopped 22 shots in the second period. The 55 shots by Florida tied a franchise record set on Dec. 18, 2005, in a 3-2 win at Washington.

Bryan Allen, Jason Garrison and Steven Reinprecht scored for the Panthers. Tomas Vokoun stopped 19 shots.

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