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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois ended a scoring slump with a goal and an assist and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky returned from injury to stop 21 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets improved their playoff chances with a 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Josh Anderson had two goals and an …

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CHICAGO (AP) — Duncan Keith scored 1:23 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. The defenseman took a feed from Brandon Saad, bulled his way down left wing, shrugged off a check from Nathan MacKinnon and beat goaltender Phillipp Grubauer between the legs to snap …

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes struggled to beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price for 54 minutes. Price turned away shot after shot, to the point that even Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour thought there was no way his team was going to find the net. Then, everything changed. Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:45 left …

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner’s fifth shutout of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 Sunday. Lehner stopped 31 shots to help the Islanders win for the second time in two days and keep pace with first place Washington in the …

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders used a smothering defense and some timely scoring to move closer to a playoff berth. Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner’s fifth shutout of the season as the Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 Sunday. Lehner stopped 31 shots to help the Islanders …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though the Washington Capitals didn’t have peak emotional energy from the drop of the puck, they had Braden Holtby. They’re used to this by now. Holtby stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced to compensate for the slow start by his teammates, and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the …

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While the bulk of contenders duke it out to secure playoff spots, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit comfortably atop the NHL with nothing left to play for. The Lightning clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with nine games left in the regular season. With no blueprint for how to play hockey …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The news is constantly on television at the Washington Capitals‘ practice facility, and like any workplace, there’s no shortage of opinions. “We’re human beings, and people share different opinions and different political views,” veteran team leader Brooks Orpik said. “It’s no different than anybody else. People that are friends vote for different …

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MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 on Saturday night for their third straight win. Max Domi and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and two assists as the Canadiens (40-28-7) moved three points ahead of idle Columbus in the race for …

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor had his first NHL hat trick and added an assist, Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff spot with a 5-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. Kevin Hayes had a goal and three assists, …

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