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Varlamov, Capitals Beat Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Semyon Varlamov won his fourth straight start in net since recovering from a groin injury and the Washington Capitals got back at the goalie who knocked them out of the playoffs last spring with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist help NHL-leading Washington push its points total to 38. Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon also scored for the Capitals, who won in St. Louis for the first time in nine games since Oct. 26, 1996.

The Capitals got a goal in each period against Jaroslav Halak, who bedeviled them during heavy underdog Montreal's first-round upset of the overall No. 1 seed last spring. Halak allowed one goal in each of the final three games of the series, facing a total of 131 shots.

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