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Ovechkin's goal, on a slap shot 3 seconds into a power play, cut Philadelphia's lead in half with a little more than 4 minutes left in the penalty- and fight-filled game, but Washington couldn't tie it.
Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves in his second start of the season for Philadelphia, which had not defeated Washington since February 2006. The Capitals earned the franchise's first sweep of the Flyers by winning all four games between the teams last season.
Devils 3, Maple Leafs 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - John Madden scored a short-handed goal to break a tie with 4:12 to play and Zach Parise added what proved to be a much-needed insurance tally minutes later for New Jersey.
David Clarkson added a goal and Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots and picked up an assist as the Devils won consecutive games for only the second time this season.
Alex Steen scored a spectacular goal and Mats Sundin banked in a flukey one with 32 seconds to play for the Maple Leafs, who lost their second straight game.
Madden picked a clearing pass in center ice, skated in on Toronto goaltender Vesa Toskala and beat him with a shot over the glove to break a 1-all tie. It was the Devils' first short-handed goal of the season.
Panthers 4, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Richard Zednik scored twice and Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves to help Florida win for the first time in its last four visits to Buffalo.
Radek Dvorak and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Panthers, who won for only the second time in seven road games.
Jochen Hecht and Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo, which has lost five of its last seven including an overtime loss to Boston on Thursday.
Vokoun, making his sixth straight start, made several solid stops in the first period before the Panthers were able to erupt for three second-period goals on 17 shots.
Coyotes 5, Stars 0
DALLAS (AP) - Mikael Tellqvist stopped 35 shots for his fifth career shutout, and Radim Vrbata scored a short-handed goal for Phoenix.
Niko Kapanen, Daniel Carcillo, Shane Doan, and rookie Martin Hanzal added goals for the Coyotes, who had lost nine of their previous 10 meetings with the Stars.
Nick Boynton and Doan each had two assists for Phoenix, which has won three of its last four.
Dallas has lost three in a row, all at home.
Stars center Mike Modano remained one point short of matching Phil Housley's points record of 1,232 for U.S.-born players.
Predators 4, Oilers 1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Jason Arnott scored the winning goal in the third period and Nashville won its second straight on the road.
David Legwand, Radek Bonk and Vernon Fiddler also scored for the Predators, while Ales Hemsky had the lone goal for the Oilers.
It was the second straight loss for Edmonton at home.
The game started off with a bit of a scare as Oilers defenseman Matthieu Roy went hard into the boards on what looked to be a clean check by Jordin Tootoo just three minutes in. Roy was down for a long stretch, but was able to leave the ice on his own. He did not return and was diagnosed with a shoulder injury.
Kings 5, Sharks 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 45 saves and Dustin Brown scored two goals in Los Angeles' fifth victory in six games.
Matt Moulson scored the go-ahead goal in his NHL debut, and Mike Cammalleri got his 11th goal and an assist as the first-place Kings ruined the Sharks' return from a 13-day road jaunt with just their third win in their last 15 trips to San Jose.
Captain Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 shots for the Sharks, who fell to 1-3 at the Shark Tank before traveling to Los Angeles for a rematch Saturday night.
Not everything went poorly for the Sharks: Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh got a rousing ovation when he was introduced in the starting lineup more than 12 years after his last appearance with the Sharks, and the seven-time All-Star played fairly well.