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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right winger Alex Ovechkin's NHL-leading 46th goal of the season was the difference in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday night.

The Capitals (33-27-10) captured their third straight decision and continued their chase of the New York Rangers for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Ducks (45-17-7) lost for the third consecutive time at home and had a two-game winning streak snapped.

The Ducks never led. They trailed 2-1 entering the third period before center Mathieu Perreault delivered a goal with one second left on a power play and tied the score at 1:32 of the period. It ended a 2-for-46 skid on power plays.

Washington, though, answered by scoring on its own power play a little more than a minute later. Ovechkin fired the game-winner from the left circle that found the corner of the net for a 3-2 lead at 2:44 of the third.

Right winger Joel Ward put the Capitals on the board first, following a miss by left winger Jason Chimera and cashing it in for his 21st goal and a 1-0 lead at 2:11 of the first period.

The Ducks answered a minute later as defenseman Ben Lovejoy smoked a slap shot past Halak to tie the score.

Anaheim had a 5-on-3 advantage less than three minutes into the second period, but failed to score.

An interference penalty by Saku Koivu proved costly for the Ducks, as the Capitals regained the lead just 21 seconds after the Anaheim center was banished to the box. Right winger Troy Brouwer rebounded an attempt by center Marcus Johansson and slipped it past Hiller for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead with only 10 seconds remaining in the second. It was Brouwer's 21st goal.

Center Nicklas Backstrom had two assists for Washington. His first one allowed him to pass Bengt-Ake Gustafsson for sixth place on the Capitals' career assist list.

NOTES: Attendance was 17,174. ... D Stephane Robidas, obtained by the Ducks in a trade with the Dallas Stars on March 4, made his Anaheim debut Tuesday. ... Washington RW Dustin Penner faced the Ducks for the first time since they traded him to the Capitals for a fourth-round pick earlier this month. ... This was the second meeting between Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau and his former club since he was fired by Washington in 2011. The Ducks posted a 3-2 win on Dec. 23 at Verizon Center. ... Ducks D Cam Fowler, who suffered a leg injury in Friday's win over the Colorado Avalanche, was scratched. Fowler is listed as day-to-day. ... The Capitals' West Coast swing features stops in Los Angeles against the Kings on Thursday and in San Jose against the Sharks on Saturday. ... Anaheim visits the Sharks on Thursday in a clash of the Pacific Division's top two teams.
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