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Caps fall again, allowing Jackets to creep closer - NHL SUMMARIES / SCHEDULE

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals suffered their fifth loss in six games, but they still own a two-point lead in the Metropolitan Division.

Viktor Arvidsson scored 1:05 into overtime to give Nashville a 2-1 victory at Washington. Pekka Rinne made 22 saves and blanked the Caps after Brett Connolly's goal midway through the first period.

The outcome strengthens the Predators' hold on third place in the Central Division.

The Capitals top their division by two points over Columbus, with Pittsburgh another point back.

Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets picked up their team-record 26th home win, 2-1 against Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 33 shots and Zach Werenski also tallied in the Jackets' fifth win in six games.

Elsewhere on ice:

— Chicago now leads the West by three points over Minnesota after Richard Panik's goal with 3:01 left gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at Ottawa. Duncan Keith also scored in the third period, and Scott Darling handled 33 shots as the Hawks prevented the Senators from passing Montreal for first place in the Atlantic.

— The Wild were 3-1 losers at Carolina as Victor Rask snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 3:24 left. The Wild finished a 1-4 road trip with their fifth loss in six games.

— Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Zach Sanford added his first since joining St. Louis to help the Blues complete a regular season sweep of the Sharks, 4-1 at San Jose. San Jose still holds a seven-point lead in the Pacific Division over Anaheim.

— Patrick Maroon scored twice in a 59-second span early in the first period to set the tone in Edmonton's 7-4 trouncing of Boston. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist, and Connor McDavid set up three scores as the Oilers won their second straight since a three-game skid.

— The Maple Leafs whipped Tampa Bay, 5-0 as Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto's four-goal second period. Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for the Maple Leafs, who moved a point ahead of the Lightning and New York Islanders for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth.

— Bryan Little scored twice, Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves in Winnipeg's 4-2 verdict over the Islanders. New York has dropped its two home games since returning from a nine-game road trip.

— Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall scored two goals apiece as New Jersey hammered Philadelphia, 6-2 to end a 10-game winless skid. The Flyers lost goaltender Steve Mason to an undisclosed injury early in the third period.

— Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season by making 26 saves in the Kings' 2-0 verdict over Buffalo. The game was tied until Jarome Iginla and rookie Adrian Kempe scored in the third period.

— Tyler Seguin scored the tiebreaking goal on the power play in the third period to help Dallas beat the Canucks, 4-2 in Vancouver. The Canucks finished 0-3-2 on their homestand.

— Gustav Nyquist's shootout goal gave Detroit a 5-4 victory at Arizona. Henrik Zetterberg, Mike Green and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.

FRIDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Florida at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
Colorado at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Columbus at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Washington at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Carolina, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at Edmonton, 10 p.m.
Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
Columbus at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Florida at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

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