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Ron Francis scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, Saturday night for only their second win of the season.

The Penguins are 2-5 and ended a two-game losing streak. They entered the game with a winning percentage of .167, worst in the NHL.

"No question, it was our best effort of the year," Penguins coach Eddie Johnston said. "Hopefully, it's the start of something good."

The Capitals have lost three straight and are 1-5.

Francis scored at 13:02 of the second period when he rolled a backhander between Jim Carey's legs for his first goal in seven games this season.

Each team scored a power-play goal in the first period. Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr beat Carey high on the short side from 15 feet at 6:38 for his fourth. Mario Lemieux had the second assist, ending a two-game scoreless streak.

"It wasn't hockey what we played today," Jagr said. "At least we can say we won for a change. We're not going to win many games if we score one or two goals."

Calle Johansson tied the score during a two-man advantage at 19:20. Johansson moved up from the left point and slammed in Michal Pivonka's pass.

Pivonka collected his 393rd assist as he passed Mike Gartner as the Capitals' career leader in that department.

"You've got to start somewhere and we started in our own end," Penguins goalie Ken Wregget said. "We played a real solid game."

Capitals center Joe Juneau left the game in the first period and did not return. He was slashed on the back of the legs by Pittsburgh's Tyler Wright and had to be helped from the ice.

"It's a weird feeling," Juneau said. "My foot is numb right now."

Coach Jim Schoenfeld said Juneau would be examined by team doctors today. He did not know how long Juneau might be sidelined.

Senators 6, Canadiens 3

KANATA, Ontario -- Alexandre Daigle's breakaway goal at 5:01 of the third period capped a three-goal Ottawa comeback as the Senators beat Montreal.

Daigle, who had tied the game on a power play late in the second period, beat Canadiens goaltender Jocelyn Thibault with a backhander after picking up a hard pass at the Montreal blueline in full flight.

The goals were Daigle's third and fourth of the season, just one short of his total in 52 games last year.

Shawn McEachern and Alexei Yashin -- also with his second of the night -- added insurance goals to complete a dramatic turnaround that saw the Senators recover from an early 3-0 deficit and outshoot the Canadiens, 34-24.

It was Ottawa's first win on home ice against Montreal since the Senators' expansion opener in 1992.

Ottawa (2-1-3) remained unbeaten this season when Damian Rhodes has started in net. The Canadiens are 3-2-2.

Vladimir Malakhov, Brian Savage and Patrice Brisebois scored for Montreal.

Red Wings 4, Islanders 2

DETROIT -- Vyacheslav Kozlov had a goal and an assist as Detroit won for just the third time in seven games, beating New York.

Darren McCarty, Viacheslav Fetisov and Steve Yzerman also scored for Detroit, which had more than two goals in a game for just the second time this season. The Red Wings, who set a record for victories in an NHL season last year and were unbeaten in nine games in the preseason, are 3-4 so far. Travis Green and Marty McInnis scored for the Islanders, who are 0-2-2 on the road and have not beaten Detroit since March 17, 1994.

Mike Vernon stopped 22 shots for Detroit. Islanders goaltender Tommy Salo made 32 saves.

Whalers 6, Devils 2

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Jason Muzzatti stoped 34 shots and Keith Primeau had two goals and one assist in his home debut since joining Hartford to spark the Whalers to a victory over New Jersey.

Muzzatti, making his second straight start in place of injured No. 1 goaltender Sean Burke, made 16 stops in the opening period to anchor the Whalers. They took a 3-1 lead after the first 20 minutes and relied on a strong forechecking game to keep the Devils at bay.

Primeau, obtained in a five-player swap along with Paul Coffey from Detroit in a deal involving Brendan Shanahan, keyed a three-goal surge in the final period. He scored twice and assisted on Andre Nikolishin's tap-in with 10:23 left in the game.

Andrew Cassels, Jeff O'Neill and Marek Malik also scored for Hartford in a 2:22 span of the first period. Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin scored on the power play for New Jersey.

Stars 2, Maple Leafs 0

DALLAS -- Dave Reid and Greg Adams supplied the offense and Andy Moog posted his 23rd career shutout on a light work night as Dallas beat Toronto for its seventh victory in eight games.

Moog had to stop only 14 shots for his 331st career victory, tops among active goaltenders, as the Dallas defense, led by Derian Hatcher and Richard Matvichuk, limited Toronto's scoring chances.

Toronto (1-5) has scored only 12 goals all season.