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Posted: March 1, 2013 - 12:12am
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Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan, front, picks up loose puck as Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn trails during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  David Zalubowski
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Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan, front, picks up loose puck as Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn trails during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUES 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored twice, and Ray Emery and Corey Crawford combined on a shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their NHL-record season-opening points streak to 20 games with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, which was coming off a 6-0-1 homestand and improved to 9-0-2 on the road. The Blackhawks, who have won seven in a row overall, have earned 37 out of a possible 40 points this season with a 17-0-3 start.

Chicago has a point in its last 26 regular-season games since a loss on March 25, 2012, to Nashville.

Chicago, playing its first road game in 18 days, has won four in a row against St. Louis, which has lost three of four.

Crawford was pulled with an upper-body injury after making six saves in the first period. Emery made 15 saves over the final two periods.

Toews scored 12 seconds into the game.

BRUINS 2, SENATORS 1, OT

BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron’s goal at 3:39 of overtime, awarded after a replay review, lifted Boston over Ottawa.

Nathan Horton also scored for the surging Bruins, who won their fourth straight and improved to 13-2-2. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves, including a pair of stellar stops in OT.

Jim O’Brien scored for the Senators, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Bergeron deflected a shot from the left circle that glanced off Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner and trickled across the goal line. The crowd roared, the light went on and horn sounded, but the referee behind the net waved it off.

After a review, replays clearly showed the puck slid across the line when Lehner reached back and knocked it into the net before pulling it back out. Lehner finished with 44 saves.

HURRICANES 4, PENGUINS 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist, and Carolina beat Pittsburgh in ex-Penguin Jordan Staal’s first game against his former team.

Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, Alexander Semin added two assists and Jeff Skinner scored a goal in his first game back from a concussion.

The Southeast Division co-leaders erased an early 1-0 deficit by scoring three goals in a span of 6 minutes, 14 seconds and won for just the second time in six games.

Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins, who entered leading the Atlantic Division but were held without a power-play goal for the first time since Feb. 2.

Cam Ward made 26 saves for Carolina. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for the Penguins, who have lost the first two games of a three-game road swing.

RANGERS 4, LIGHTNING 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored in a one-sided first period, and the suddenly healthy New York Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Tampa Bay. Defenseman Marc Staal added just the eighth power-play goal of the season in the second period for New York, which ended an 0-3-1 skid in the second game of a four-game homestand and completed a three-game, season-series sweep of the Lightning.

The Rangers were bolstered by the return of top forward Rick Nash, who missed four games, and defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto. New York moved one point ahead of Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Nash, who assisted on Staal’s goal, finished the scoring with 1:33 remaining off a feed from Brad Richards on a rush for his fourth goal. McDonagh had two assists. New York held a 20-3 shots advantage after the first period, 35-11 through two, and 42-25 overall. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots.

Lightning counterpart Mathieu Garon made 38 saves, and Martin St. Louis scored Tampa Bay’s lone goal in the first period. Steven Stamkos had an assist to stretch his point streak to eight, but his NHL-best goal-scoring run ended at six.

Tampa Bay, which fell out of a tie for the Southeast Division lead, lost for the fourth time in five games.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, ISLANDERS 4, OT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Nazem Kadri had his first career hat trick and Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:11 of overtime to give Toronto a victory over the New York Islanders.

Phaneuf’s fourth goal of the season lifted Toronto to its third straight win and fourth in five games at New York. The Maple Leafs have six wins in their last nine games against the Islanders. James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who improved to 9-4 on the road.

New York rallied on third-period goals by Andrew MacDonald and Kyle Okposo after Kadri finished his hat trick to put Toronto up 4-2 at the 14:12 mark of the second. The Islanders also got goals from Josh Bailey and Lubomir Visnovsky.

AVALANCHE 5, FLAMES 4

DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, and Colorado scored three times in the third period to rally past Calgary. Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which improved to 6-2-1 at home. Ryan O’Byrne and David Jones scored early in the second period for the Avalanche to cut it to 3-2. The game had added intrigue when it was announced before the opening faceoff that the Flames had signed restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly to an offer sheet. While Calgary was taking a 2-0 lead early in the first period, the Avalanche announced they had matched the offer and were keeping the 22-year-old forward.

TSN in Canada reported the deal was for $10 million over two years, including a $2 million signing bonus.

Jarome Iginla scored twice and Jay Bouwmeester and Mike Cammalleri each had a goal for the Flames, who had won seven straight in Denver and earned at least one point in eight consecutive games at Colorado.

SABRES 4, PANTHERS 3, SO

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nathan Gerbe scored his first two goals of the season, Ryan Miller made 38 saves and Buffalo beat the struggling Florida Panthers in a shootout. Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville both scored in the tiebreaker for Buffalo. Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller missed their attempts for Florida. Tyler Ennis also scored in regulation for the Sabres and Steve Ott had two assists. Buffalo has won two straight since losing four in a row and is 2-1 since Ron Rolston took over as interim coach when Lindy Ruff was fired. Brian Campbell, Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored for the Panthers. Jose Theodore, who replaced Scott Clemmensen in goal with 3:14 left in the first period, stopped all 12 shots he faced. The Panthers have lost eight of their past 10 games. Campbell tied it at 3 with 1:26 left in regulation. All the other scoring came in the first period.

JETS 3, DEVILS 1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Andrew Ladd scored 8 seconds into the game, tying a franchise record, and finished with two goals and an assist to lead Winnipeg over New Jersey. Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal for the Jets, who have won three straight and five of six. Andrei Loktionov had the lone goal for the slumping Devils, who have one win in their last six games after a fast start.

Ladd, the Jets’ captain, added his 12th goal of the season to break a 1-all tie with 8 minutes remaining.

WILD 4, COYOTES 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dany Heatley scored two goals and Minnesota used a rare offensive outburst to hold off Phoenix.

Jason Zucker scored 1:35 into the game on Minnesota’s first shot and Heatley added one late in the period on its third. Heatley scored again in the second and Jared Spurgeon added his first goal in more than a year to put the Wild up 4-1.

The Coyotes rallied in the third period, getting a strange goal by Keith Yandle that caromed off the glass past goalie Niklas Backstrom and another score by Shane Doan with 59 seconds left.

Phoenix couldn’t score again, though, sending Minnesota to its fourth win in five games.

Rostislav Klesla also scored for the Coyotes, but goalie Mike Smith allowed four goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Jason LaBarbera to start the third period.

OILERS 5, STARS 1

DALLAS (AP) — Ales Hemsky had a goal and two assists, Jeff Petry added a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves to lead Edmonton over Dallas.

The win snapped Edmonton’s six-game losing streak against the Stars, including two meetings earlier this season. It was the Oilers’ first victory in Dallas (0-10-1) since Dec. 8, 2006.

Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz and Ben Eager also scored for the Oilers, while Jordan Eberle added two assists.

Jaromir Jagr scored for Dallas and Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves after missing five games with a groin injury.

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