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CAPS EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAK

Good defense wins hockey games. When the defense provides the offense, that's a bonus.

Washington defensemen have supplied a majority of the goals in the Capitals' league-best 11-game unbeaten streak, extended Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

"They've been asking us to join the play," said Sergei Gonchar, who scored for the fourth time in six games. "They've been asking us to close the gaps, that's why we're having more scoring chances and it's paying off."

For the third straight game, a Washington defenseman has scored the eventual game-winning goal. In those contests, the Capitals have scored seven goals, five from defensemen.

Washington has won seven consecutive home games and four straight overall since a Jan. 22 tie at Toronto.

The Caps got 30 saves from Olaf Kolzig to preserve their latest victory. It was Kolzig's third shutout this season and 14th career.

"In the first half of the game, (Kolzig) made all the difference in the world," Washington coach Ron Wilson said.

Around the rinks

Dean McAmmond had a goal and an assist, sparking a three-goal second period, as the Blackhawks beat the Canucks, 3-1. Steve Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal, short-handed, and Jean-Pierre Dumont also had a goal for the Blackhawks. . . . Devils coach Robbie Ftorek will likely be fined and suspended for his bench-tossing tirade in Saturday night's 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Ftorek was incensed when no penalty was called after winger Jay Pandolfo was rammed into the boards behind the Detroit net by defenseman Mathieu Dandenault. To make matters worse, the Red Wings scored their third goal of the game while Pandolfo lay on the ice bleeding. Ftorek wrestled a section of the bench away from a security guard, and heaved it onto the ice in protest. As for Pandolfo, he needed 84 stitches to close a series of gruesome wounds on his forehead, the bridge of his nose, and the area around his left eye. The injury near his eye apparently happened when teammate Sergei Brylin tumbled over him and caught him with his skate blade. There was a dramatic moment during the argument when Ftorek went back into the dressing room and brought out the bleeding Pandolfo to show officials the extent of his injury.

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