WASHINGTON – Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to stretch his regulation unbeaten streak to a career-high 12 games, and Christian Ehrhoff broke a second-period tie with a power-play goal in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Daniel Sedin scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season and Ehrhoff and Alexander Edler each had a goal and an assist. NHL-leading Vancouver was coming off a 1-0 road loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night, its first loss in regulation since Dec. 5 at home against St. Louis.
Ehrhoff converted a slap shot from the left circle 3:46 into the second period to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. The Canucks won for the 10th time in 12 games and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 against Washington.
Matt Hendricks and Marcus Johansson scored for Washington. The Capitals have lost three straight.
Luongo, rested Thursday night in New York, made a nice right-post save to deny Washington's Nicklas Backstrom barely 3 minutes into the game, and the Capitals grabbed the lead 5:50 into the first period on Hendricks' goal. Karl Alzner's feed sprung Hendricks down the slot, and Hendricks got a half-stride on Edler before flicking a shot past Luongo's glove.
Edler countered at 8:15, tying it on a one-timer through traffic from the left point.
With Washington's Jason Chimera in the penalty box for roughing, Ehrhoff scored on a slapper from the left circle that went through goalie Semyon Varlamov's legs.
Sedin made it 3-1 with 4:01 left in the second. Jannik Hansen poked the puck away from Chimera in the neutral zone and launched Sedin on a breakaway.
One of Vancouver's few defensive breakdowns led to Johansson's goal 2ith 10:39 remaining in regulation. Johansson, left alone in the right circle, whacked a cross-ice pass from Backstrom past Luongo.
Sedin scored an empty-netter in the final minute.
NOTES: Hansen had two assists. ... Canucks D Aaron Rome sprained a knee in the first period and didn't return. ... The Canucks are 9-3-2 against the Eastern Conference. ... Capitals RW Alexander Semin (thigh) missed his third straight game and D Tom Poti (lower body) also was scratched. ... Earlier Friday, Washington sent D Tyler Sloan to Hershey of the AHL for a conditioning assignment.
(This version CORRECTS Canucks 4, Capitals 2. Corrects Luongo's saves to 25.)