WASHINGTON - - The Capitals scored three goals in a 2 1/2 -minute span in the third period Wednesday night, igniting a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks and giving the Eastern Conference's top team its longest winning streak in 26 years. Shaone Morrisonn, Mike Knuble and Alexander Semin scored on consecutive shots early in the third period to break open a tie game, helping the Capitals win their eighth straight - their best run since taking a franchise-record 10 in a row during the 1983-84 season.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 34th goal in the first period and had two assists in the third, while Semin added another goal - his 25th - on a 5-on-3 power play in the third.
Since Ovechkin became captain Jan. 5, Washington has won 11 of 12 games and scored at least four goals in all but one of them.
The Capitals passed the 200-goal mark for the season - no other team had as many as 175 entering Wednesday's games - and have scored in 21 of their past 23 periods.