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NHL Report / Scores and fast facts

>Wednesday's games

Washington 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO): Mike Knuble scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout, giving the Capitals a win over their biggest nemesis. The Capitals have won all three meetings against the Penguins this season. They pulled this one off with only one point from Alex Ovechkin -- an assist on Knuble's second-period goal.

N.Y. Rangers 5, N.Y. Islanders 0: Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist during a three-goal first period and the Rangers began a last-ditch push for an unlikely playoff spot. The 10th-place Rangers moved within five points of eighth-place Boston, but have only nine games left.

Detroit 4, St. Louis 2: Valtteri Filppula scored with 6:49 left and added an empty-net goal, helping the Red Wings pad their lead to four points over Calgary for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs with their sixth win in seven games. St. Louis moved a step closer toward being eliminated from the race with its fourth loss in six games.

Colorado 4, Los Angeles 3 (SO): Peter Mueller and Chris Stewart had shootout goals for the Avalanche, who snapped the Kings' two-game winning streak.

Anaheim at Vancouver: Canucks forward Henrik Sedin has three goals and 14 assists in 12 games this month, giving him a career-high 96 points. He is one point behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.


>Late Tuesday

San Jose 4, Minnesota 1: The Sharks snapped their five-game losing streak, their longest skid since Nov. 5-30, 2005. The Sharks also announced the signing of defenseman Nick Schaus of Orchard Park, who recently finished his collegiate career at UMass-Lowell.

Chicago 2, Phoenix 0: The Blackhawks took over the Western Conference points lead by ending the Coyotes' nine-game winning streak.

Calgary 3, Anaheim 1: Rene Bourque's breakaway goal late in the second period broke a 1-1 tie, and the Flames moved within two-points of eighth-place Detroit.

Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2: Jeff Deslauriers made 31 saves starting in place of Devan Dubnyk, who got his first two NHL wins in the Oilers past two games but had flu-like symptoms Tuesday.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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