Semin, Brouwer lead Washington past Nashville

Alexander Semin and Troy Brouwer scored period goals as Washington bested Nashville, 4-1, at Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom tallied in the opening 20 minutes for the Capitals, who have taken four of their last six.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 20 shots in the victory.

Sergei Kostitsyn provided the lone offense for the Predators, whose five-game win streak came to an end.

Anders Lindback surrendered four goals on 23 shots in defeat.