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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Antoine Vermette scored the deciding goal in the shootout for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes won their fifth in a row, 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Vermette, who gave the Coyotes a victory at San Jose on Saturday, trickled the puck just past the line in the sixth round of this tiebreaker.

Henrik Sedin lost control of the puck on his chance after Vermette’s goal, and the Coyotes skated off with their third consecutive shootout victory.

Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan scored in regulation for the Coyotes, who are 7-0-1 at home.

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Dan Hamhuis and Ryan Kesler had goals for Vancouver.

Ovechkin shoulders the load

WASHINGTON – After scoring twice in his return from a shoulder injury, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin supplied the assist on 19-year-old rookie Tom Wilson’s first league goal in a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Ovechkin, a three-time league most valuable player, scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight.

“I felt pretty refreshed out there,” said Ovechkin, who has 12 goals this season.

John Carlson, Marcus Johansson and Alexander Urbom also scored for the Capitals.


• Forward Jason Arnott has announced his retirement after playing 1,244 games in 18 seasons. He had 938 points, on 417 goals and 521 assists.

Arnott, 39, had not played since the end of the 2011-12 season. He won the only Stanley Cup of his career with the New Jersey Devils in 2000.

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