- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Braden Holtby made 38 saves, Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom scored second-period goals, and the Washington Capitals extended their point streak to nine games with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Washington has won three in a row and is 7-0-2 in its past nine games. Holtby has been in net for all of them.

Backstrom broke a 1-1 tie with 35 seconds left in the second period during a power play. He has 11 goals this season, including six in his last five games. Beagle made it 1-0 at 13:59.

Mike Green assisted on both Capitals goals.

Erik Condra scored his third goal of the season to tie it 1-1 in the second period, and Craig Anderson stopped 21 shots for Ottawa. The Senators are 3-3-1 since Dave Cameron replaced Paul MacLean as head coach.

PREDATORS 5, BLUE JACKETS 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Craig Smith scored two goals, Pekka Rinne made 30 saves to earn his NHL-leading 22nd win, and Nashville routed Columbus.

Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Seth Jones and Mike Fisher also scored for Nashville, which has won five of six. Victor Bartley added two assists.

Rookie Alexander Wennberg scored his first NHL goal late in the third period to spoil Rinne’s shutout bid. Columbus had its nine-game point streak (8-0-1) snapped, losing for the first time in December.

The Blue Jackets rode goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who seemed to tire in the third period. He was pulled after the fourth goal and finished with 26 saves on 30 shots.

PANTHERS 4, PENGUINS 3, SO

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Aleksander Barkov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Florida edged Pittsburgh.

Barkov skated in on Marc-Andre Fleury in the seventh round of the tiebreaker, moved left, and lifted in a one-handed shot to win it.

Florida’s Roberto Luongo made a sprawling glove save, among his seven, on Chris Kunitz in the fourth round.

Jimmy Hayes scored twice in the third period to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead.

Nick Spaling deflected in a shot for a power-play goal with 4:52 remaining to bring the Penguins within 3-2, and Evgeni Malkin jammed a puck past Luongo to tie it with 3:10 left.

Patric Hornqvist had given Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the first period. Jussi Jokinen tied it in the final minute of the second.

DUCKS 3, SHARKS 2, OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Kesler scored 58 seconds into overtime, and Rickard Rakell netted his first regular-season NHL goal, leading Anaheim over San Jose.

Cam Fowler got the tying goal with 4:16 left in regulation, and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the Ducks, who have won nine of 11 and own a league-best 51 points.

Fourteen of Anaheim’s last 16 victories have been decided by one goal. Two ended in overtime and three went to shootouts.

Melker Karlsson scored his first NHL goal, Joe Pavelski connected on a power play, and Niemi made 29 saves for the Sharks, who lost for the second time in 11 games.

Karlsson, playing in his sixth NHL game, put the Sharks ahead 2-1 with 12:04 remaining.

CANUCKS 7, COYOTES 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Alex Burrows scored twice and Ryan Miller made 38 saves as Vancouver hammered Arizona.

Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Shawn Matthias also scored for Vancouver (20-11-2), which won its second straight. Miller improved to 18-7.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the lone goal for the reeling Coyotes (11-18-4), who have one win in eight games.

Coyotes starter Mike Smith, who entered with one win in his last 12 starts, struggled and was replaced early in the second after giving up four goals on 11 shots.

Devan Dubnyk came on in relief and made 26 saves for Arizona.

FLAMES 4, KINGS 3, OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mark Giordano scored 4:07 into overtime after Johnny Gaudreau had three goals in regulation - including two in a 1:13 span late in the third period - and Calgary rallied to beat Los Angeles.

The Flames snapped an eight-game losing streak, dating to Dec. 6, and Calgary earned its first road win in nearly a month.

The Kings were in control before Gaudreau struck. He put a shot under goalie Jonathan Quick’s left leg with 2:12 remaining in regulation and then sent another puck in off defenseman Drew Doughty with 59 seconds left for his 10th goal.

Jonas Hiller stopped 31 shots for the Flames, who had earned only three points in their previous nine games.

Trevor Lewis, Marian Gaborik and Jamie McBain scored for the Kings.

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