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Wings are road kings

Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and added an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings stayed perfect on the road with a 4-1 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues last night.

Detroit is the only NHL team without a road loss this season (7-0). The Red Wings have outscored opponents, 31-10, away from home.

The Blues have lost a club-record eight straight -- including overtime defeats. St. Louis had lost seven consecutive twice, the last from Feb. 12-25, 1989.

Since 2002-03, Detroit is 12-1-1 against St. Louis and has held the Blues under two goals 10 times.

Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit, and former Blues goalie Chris Osgood made 26 saves. Mike Sillinger scored St. Louis's only goal.

Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 4 -- Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals to lead host Washington past Toronto.

Ovechkin, the top pick in the 2004 draft, leads NHL rookies with 10 goals. He has 15 points in 14 games this season.

Bryan Muir had a goal and an assist, Matt Pettinger added a shorthanded goal in the first period, and Brian Willsie scored his first goal in 11 games for the Capitals.

Jeff O'Neill scored twice and Kyle Wellwood had a goal and an assist for Toronto, which lost its third straight road game.

Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 3 -- Mikko Koivu scored his first NHL goal, Stephane Veilleux recorded his first of the season, and Randy Robitaille netted the winner in a shootout, leading visiting Minnesota past Anaheim.

The shootout started well for the Ducks when Teemu Selanne beat Manny Fernandez to the glove side and stuffed his stick in an imaginary holster. But Koivu and Robitaille connected for Minnesota, and Fernandez denied Andy McDonald and rookie Ryan Getzlaf.

Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1 -- Rookie Brent Seabrook's goal with 38.3 seconds left in overtime lifted Chicago over visiting Phoenix.

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