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WASHINGTON - Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to stretch his regulation unbeaten streak to a career-high 12 games while Christian Ehrhoff broke a second-period tie with a power-play goal in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Daniel Sedin scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season and Ehrhoff and Alexander Edler each had a goal and an assist. NHL-leading Vancouver was coming off a 1-0 road loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night, its first loss in regulation since Dec. 5 at home against St. Louis.

Ehrhoff blasted a slapshot from the left circle 3:46 into the second period to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. The Canucks won for the 10th time in 12 games and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 against Washington.

Matt Hendricks and Marcus Johansson scored for Washington. The Capitals have lost three straight.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Craig Anderson made 32 saves to help Colorado beat Minnesota, a victory tempered by the loss of centre Ryan O'Reilly after he crashed headfirst into the boards.

Colorado led 2-0 early in the second period when O'Reilly was taken off the ice on a stretcher after losing his balance and slamming into the boards. A team official said O'Reilly had movement in his arms and legs and was taken to Regions Hospital. The injury delayed the game for about 10 minutes.

Kevin Porter, Milan Hejduk, Tomas Fleischmann and Ryan Wilson scored for Colorado.

Andrew Brunette scored for Minnesota.

ATLANTA (AP)—Danny Briere and Claude Giroux scored third-period goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia has won five of six to open a four-point lead over second-place Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference. The Thrashers have just one regulation win in their last 11 games.

Jody Shelley and Kimmo Timonen gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead, each scoring his second goal during a 21-second stretch late in the second. Jeff Carter added his 18th goal, into an empty net, in the final minute.

Andrew Ladd and Rich Peverley scored for Atlanta.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Antoine Vermette had the only goal in a shootout and Steve Mason stopped all four shots he faced in the tiebreaker in Columbus's victory over Detroit.

Vermette, shooting fourth, slid a backhander between the leg pads of third-string goalie Joey MacDonald, who came on in the first period after Jimmy Howard was sidelined by a bruised knee.

Johan Franzen had a chance to continue the shootout, but his shot was turned aside by Mason, who had 26 saves in regulation and overtime.

Jake Voracek and Grant Clitsome scored in regulation for Columbus, which ended a five-game losing skid while collecting the 300th victory in franchise history. Drew Miller and Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which found out after the game that Tomas Holmstrom broke his hand and will be out four weeks.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Brian Rolston and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist during a four-goal first-period, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice for New Jersey.

Patrik Elias also scored to help the Devils snap an 11-game road losing skid. The slide by the team with the NHL's worst record (12-29-2) was just one off the franchise record of 12, set from Oct. 19 to Dec. 1, 1983.

Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos scored his 32nd goal of the season to tie Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead. Martin St. Louis added a goal for the Lightning.

OTTAWA (AP)—David Moss scored goals 2:23 apart in the second and Calgary held on to snap a four-game losing streak with a victory over Ottawa.

Ales Kotalik scored a power-play goal late in the second for Calgary, which was on a 0-2-2 skid. Anton Babchuk assisted on both of Moss' goals. Henrik Karlsson made 32 saves for Calgary, losing his shutout bid on Nick Foligno's goal midway through the third.


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