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(SportsNetwork. Paul Kariya Jersey .com) - Ball movement and defense have been key to the success of the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks look to keep their successful reputation intact Sunday in a big showdown with the Southeast-rival Washington Wizards at Philips Arena. Atlanta has won seven in a row and 21 of their last 23 games, including Fridays 106-103 triumph over the suddenly streaking Detroit Pistons. The Pistons entered the night riding a seven-game win streak, but fell into a big hole early before making a comeback. Detroit trailed by more than 20 at one point in the game and pulled within 105-101 on a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 3-pointer. Caldwell-Pope scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and his desperation heave at the buzzer fell short. The Pistons had a chance to tie the game with two seconds left after Al Horford failed to control an inbounds pass. Horford finished with 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Paul Millsap netted 17 points with seven boards. Jeff Teague scored 14 points and handed out 11 assists for the Hawks, who are 28-8 on the season and made 48.8 percent from the floor. Teague had scored 20 or more in six straight games. This was another test for us, another challenge to see how were going to react to it, and were past it, said Millsap. Atlanta dished out 27 assists and has recorded 25 or more 22 times this season. It is averaging 23.9 assists per game. The Hawks have won a franchise-record eight in a row on the road and will try to improve their 15-3 record at Philips Arena. After hosting the rival Wizards, the Hawks will play four straight on the road against Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto and Chicago. The Hawks are allowing just 97.4 ppg and the Wizards are just ahead at 97.0 ppg. Washington, which is three games behind Atlanta in the division standings, is coming off Fridays 102-86 beatdown of the visiting Chicago Bulls. Toronto, Washington and Chicago are three games off the East lead. Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Bradley Beal added 17 points and John Wall tallied 16 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, winners in three straight, six of nine and 12 of the last 17 games. Wall, who 21 double-doubles on the season, was able to snatch a victory from Bulls guard Derrick Rose. You can tell he worked on his game, Rose said of Wall. Tonight, they jumped on us. It wasnt about the matchup, I would say. They jumped on us pretty quick from the beginning. The Wizards led 30-13 after 12 minutes and scored 60 points in the first half. Washington is 9-7 on the road and has lost three of its last four away from home. It will return to DC Tuesday to face the San Antonio Spurs. Atlanta defeated Washington, 106-102, on Nov. 25, as Teague scored 28 points and Wall countered with 21 and 13 assists. The Wizards have won four of the last six meetings in this series, but are 1-11 in the last 12 trips to Dixie. The Wizards and Hawks will meet again Feb. 4 and April 12. Nail Yakupov Jersey . INJURIES - Reds RF Jay Bruce is facing knee surgery for a torn meniscus and it could cost him a month of playing time. Chris Heisey, who has shown some pop (43 home runs, . Justus Annunen Jersey . The agreement comes a little more than one week after the video game manufacturer agreed to a $40 million settlement in a similar but separate case, bringing the total payout planned for athletes to $60 million, said Steve Berman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, and the NCAA. NEW YORK -- It is no accident the New York Rangers are surging just as Henrik Lundqvist is finding his Vezina Trophy form. Daniel Carcillo, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard scored less than 10 minutes in, and Lundqvist made 37 saves as the Rangers routed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Sunday night. Chris Kreider got his team-leading 12th goal in the second period to help the Rangers win their third straight and fourth in five (4-0-1). Lundqvist has allowed just eight goals in New Yorks past four games. "I got tested early, and you gain confidence when you make a couple of good saves," said Lundqvist, who has given up fewer than three goals in four of his last six starts. "Im happy with the way I am playing. "It definitely helps when we play the way we play in front of me and make good decisions all over the ice." New York, 8-2-1 in its last 11, is tied in points with Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division -- one ahead of Philadelphia. The Rangers have won seven straight against the Flyers at home, outscoring them 28-8. Ray Emery rebounded after the rough first period and finished with 31 saves for the Flyers, who lost 6-3 on Saturday to Tampa Bay -- ending a 10-game, home-winning streak. Philadelphia had won seven of eight before the weekend sweep. "Its frustrating," Emery said. "Ive got to make some saves, and weve got to come out better. Anytime you put yourself in a hole like that against a team that is playing well like they are, you dont give yourself much of a chance." Lundqvist lost his shutout bid when Mark Streit scored a power-play goal 6:49 into the third. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault offered no theories about how Lundqvist has gotten back on his game after an up-and-down first half.+ "To tell you the truth, I am just focused on one thing with him -- stopping the puck," he said. "How he does it, I dont really care that much." The Flyers were hurt by being short-handed six times in the first two periods. "A lot of guys kill a lot and get a little tired, and the other guys are sitting on the bench and just waiting to get back onto the ice," captain Claude Giroux said. "We need to find a way to stay out of the box." The Rangers came out flying and grabbed a 2-0 lead just 2:42 in on goals 28 seconds apart by Carcillo and Nash. Sloppy play by the Philadelphia defence contributed to both. The first came at 2:14 when Carcillo forced a turnover by Strreit behind the net. Matt Calvert Jersey. Carcillo charged out in front and backhanded a shot past Emery for his second of the season and his first in three games with the Rangers since he was acquired from Los Angeles. Before that goal was announced, New York celebrated again when Nash netted his 11th of the season and fourth in four games. Philadelphia defenceman Braydon Coburn lost the puck behind the net to Kreider, who quickly sent a pass out to the charging Nash for a shot from the right circle. New York had a two-goal lead despite recording only four shots. "They were way quicker than us in the first period, had the puck more than us in the first period, and we ended up getting down right away," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "Weve got to be more ready." Philadelphia got its offence cranked up when Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi was sent off for interference at 6:20. The Flyers had six shots during the advantage but Lundqvist was sharp and turned them all aside. Things didnt go nearly as well for Emery, who replaced an ineffective Steve Mason on Saturday after two periods. He gave up his third goal of the period at 9:24 when Brassard one-timed a shot from the left circle after Mats Zuccarello fed a pass to him from the left corner. Brassard, who has eight goals this season, has scored in consecutive games after going 10 without one. The game turned a bit chippy late in the period, with Philadelphias Scott Hartnell being called for roughing with 1:45 left. Carcillo, formerly of the Flyers, yapped at several players on the Philadelphia bench after he took the seat closest to the partition between the two sides. Carcillo fought Luke Schenn off a faceoff before the midway point of the second period. "I just got here, and from what I can see, when we do the little things right and play the game plan that we want to play against our opponents, we seem to have success," Carcillo said. Emery was much sharper in the second, allowing only Kreiders power-play goal with 6:42 left and stopping 14 other drives. His best save came with 10:13 remaining when he denied Zuccarello on the doorstep. NOTES: Philadelphia had a 17-13 shots edge in the first period. ... Emery stopped all seven shots he faced Saturday. ... The Rangers are 19-2-1 when they score first. ... The Flyers had killed 26 consecutive penalties, dating to Dec. 28 at Edmonton, before Kreiders goal. ... 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