Michalek, Karlsson too much for Capitals
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Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek each had three points Wednesday as the Ottawa Senators raced to a 5-2 victory against the slumping Washington Capitals.
John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Capitals, who have lost three consecutive games. Alex Ovechkin missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day to day.
Karlsson finished with a goal and two assists to set a new franchise record for assists by a defenseman in a season (47).
The 21-year-old has seven points in his past two games. His 60 points give him a 20-point lead on Florida's Brian Campbell for the NHL lead in scoring by a defenseman.
Michalek added two goals and an assist, while defenseman Chris Phillips, with his fourth goal in the past six games, and Nick Foligno also scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 33 saves.
Washington has been outscored, 12-3, in its losing streak and has lost six of its past seven games.
Ottawa jumped to a 2-0 lead thanks to Karlsson. He opened the scoring at the nine-minute mark of the first period Karlsson then fed Michalek for a goal five minutes later.
Michalek added his second of the night on a deflection off Karlsson's point shot on the power play early in the second.
Michalek's 27th goal of the season gave him his career high.
• Bruins 4, Blues 2: Brad Marchand scored two goals and Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots to lead Boston to a victory against St. Louis that ended the Blues' team-record point streak at 21 home games. The Blues scored two goals on their first five shots, but Thomas stopped the next 27 to hand the Blues their first regulation loss to an Eastern Conference team in 15 games this season. Marchand and Milan Lucic scored in the first period to give the Bruins a quick, 2-0 lead. But Chris Kelly's 15th goal of the season put the Bruins ahead to stay late in the first period.
First Published February 23, 2012 12:00 am