NHL: Washington 5, Toronto 1

March 17, 2007 at 5:10 AM

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Olaf Kolzig stopped 34 of 35 shots Friday night as Washington snapped a nine-game losing streak by beating Toronto, 5-1.

Goals by Alexandre Giroux and Alexander Semin staked Washington to a 2-0 lead after the first period.

Toronto's Nik Antropov and Washington's Boyd Gordon traded goals in the second as the Capitals led, 3-1, at the start of the third.

Kris Beech and Tomas Fleischmann both scored in the final period to cap the scoring.

Semin added two assists for the Capitals, whose losing streak was the longest since they dropped 13 straight from Oct. 11-Nov. 11, 1981.

Andrew Raycroft was beaten five times on 33 shots for the Maple Leafs, who had won their previous two games.

Toronto could not gain any ground on the New York Islanders or Carolina Hurricanes, who hold the seventh and eighth spots in the Eastern Conference, respectively.

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