Capitals scorch Devils and win second straight

Andrew Gordon had a goal and assist for his first two NHL points, and the Washington Capitals earned their second straight victory by beating the visiting New Jersey Devils, 5-1.

Washington is enjoying a winning streak after snapping an eight-game losing streak with a victory at Ottawa on Sunday.

Elsewhere: Jamie Benn scored a shorthanded goal, Brad Richards added a power-play tally, and the surging Dallas Stars beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens, 5-2. . . . Ty Conklin stopped 37 shots, Alexander Steen gave St. Louis the lead with a goal late in the second period, and the Blues beat the host Atlanta Thrashers, 4-2. . . . Tyler Ennis scored two goals to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks. . . . Mathieu Garon made 29 saves in his debut as the Blue Jackets' No. 1 goalie, and host Columbus snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Cursing comes with the territory

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman disagrees with Bruce Boudreau's mom: He doesn't mind the Capitals coach's cursing.

Boudreau's expletive-filled rant at his struggling team during the first episode of HBO's 24/7 series about Washington and the Pittsburgh Penguins has drawn plenty of buzz - and admonishment from his mother.

But Bettman called it a natural part of "the ultimate reality show."

"You're watching a team and in particular a coach going through a very difficult time," Bettman said at a media breakfast Tuesday to promote the Winter Classic between the two teams.

Isles place DiPietro, Mottau on injured reserve

New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro and defenseman Mike Mottau have been placed on injured reserve, the team said.

DiPietro sat out Saturday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes because of swelling in his right knee. He is eligible to return after seven days. Mottau will miss the rest of the season after right-hip surgery.

- Associated Press