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January 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Sunday.

Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner added second-period goals for Washington, which has won 10 straight home games against the Panthers. The Capitals improved to 10-1-3 in their past 14 games, and avoided a letdown after their 3-2 victory over Chicago in the Winter Classic.

Braden Holtby made 29 saves for Washington.

Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist for Florida. Vincent Trochek and Dylan Olsen also scored.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Eric Staal scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Carolina past Boston.

Anton Khudobin got the start in goal for Carolina in place of Cam Ward, who played the previous four games. Khudobin, a former Bruin, made 19 saves and stopped Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug in the shootout. Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, but couldn’t stop Staal.

Patrick Dwyer opened the scoring for Carolina with 33.2 seconds left in the first period. Bergeron tied it for Boston, one-timing a pass from Brad Marchand past Khudobin in the second period.

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