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NHL: Washington 4, Nashville 1

Dec. 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period Tuesday and the Washington Capitals cruised to a 4-1 win over Nashville.

Ovechkin gave Washington a 1-0 lead less than 8 minutes into the game when he took a pass from Kari Alzner at the point, skated in alone on Anders Lindback and fired the puck low to the glove side for his 11th goal of season.

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Backstrom doubled the advantage with a wraparound tally 8 minutes later and the Caps went on to even their record under new head Coach Dale Hunter at 5-5-0.

Alexander Semin and Troy Brouwer also scored while Michael Neuvirth had to make only 20 saves to get the victory.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored and Lindback stopped 19-of-23 shots for the Predators, whose five-game winning streak came to an end.

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