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    NHL roundup: Capitals rough up the Rangers

    Jason Chimera, Steve Oleksy, and Mikhail Grabovski scored second-period goals to power the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the Rangers in New York Sunday night.

    Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt added a goal in the third for the Capitals, who beat Nashville at home on Saturday.

    Grabovski’s goal came on a penalty shot.


    In his fourth NHL game, Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for Washington to earn his first career win. The Capitals have won four of five.

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    New York, beaten at home in overtime by New Jersey on Saturday, has lost three of five. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, and Benoit Pouliot scored the Rangers’ lone goal with 1:53 left.

    Wild 3, Sharks 1 — Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing, and Minnesota beat San Jose despite recording only 13 shots.

    Zach Parise scored twice — once into an empty net — and Mikko Koivu added a goal for the Wild, who have won three of four.

    Patrick Marleau scored with 1:41 left for San Jose, which went 1-3 on a four-game trip. The Sharks, who have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season, are 0-5-1 in their last six games in Minnesota.


    Blackhawks 6, Panthers 2 — Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists, and host Chicago scored a season-high three times on the power play.

    The Blackhawks used their potent offense to win after starting goalie Corey Crawford left in the first period because of a lower-body injury.

    Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, and Brandon Saad each had goal and an assist, and Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw also scored. Patrick Kane had three assists for Chicago.

    Canucks 3, Avalanche 1 — Mike Santorelli scored two goals and added an assist in the Canucks’ victory over Colorado in Vancouver.

    The Canucks earned their fifth win in six games and moved within a point of the Avalanche in the tight Western Conference standings.


    Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost for the first time in eight decisions this season. The Avalanche were beaten for just the third time in nine games.