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Capitals beat Canucks 3-1 for 5th straight win

Washington Capitals win their 10th straight home game

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored to help the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 of 38 shots in his third win of the season. It was Washington's NHL-best 10th straight home win.

Daniel Sedin scored and Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for the Canucks, who have lost five in a row. Vancouver has gone 2-11-2 in its past 15 games to go from third in the Pacific Division to 14th in the 15-team Western Conference.

Kuznetsov made it 3-1 in the second when he batted the puck out of the air on his own rebound with help from Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who accidentally gloved it into his own net. Markstrom did his best to keep his team in the game while the Caps outshot Vancouver 18-4 in the second period, and Grubauer was up to the task in the third with 20 saves.

JETS 7, SABRES 4

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored twice, leading Winnipeg to its third straight victory.

Patrik Laine and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for the Jets in the opener of a three-game trip. Joel Armia added an empty-netter.

Blake Wheeler had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games. The Central Division-leading Jets are 6-0-1 during that stretch.

Steve Mason made 30 saves to earn a win for the first time in four starts.

Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist and Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who have dropped five in a row.

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