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Best of NHL: Red Wings dominate Jets to snap 7-game skid

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Best of NHL: Red Wings dominate Jets to snap 7-game skid

DETROIT -- Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored in a dominant first period for Detroit, and the Red Wings snapped a seven-game slide with a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Fresh off a 10-1 loss at Montreal on Saturday, the Red Wings outshot Winnipeg 16-3 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead. They put the game away with three more goals in the third.

Winnipeg, which entered tied for the NHL lead in points, managed only a second-period goal by Patrik Laine on a two-man advantage. The Red Wings answered in the third with goals by Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm and David Booth.

Abdelkader opened the scoring, and Detroit had a two-man advantage for 1:55 later in the first. The Jets killed off both penalties, but seconds after the second one expired, Nyquist lifted a rebound past goalie Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-0.

Laine's slap shot from the left circle beat goalie Jimmy Howard for his 14th of the season, and Detroit failed to take advantage of another two-man advantage later in the second.

With 15:05 left in the third, Ericsson took a shot that went into the net, with Hellebuyck ending up underneath both Nyquist and Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey. After a long review, officials said Morrissey created the contact and there was no goalie interference (see full recap).

Schneider stops 41 shots in Devils’ win
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Stefan Noesen, Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist, and Cory Schneider stopped 41 shots to lift the New Jersey Devils over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Travis Zajac also scored and rookie Nico Hischier had two assists for the Devils, one of several teams tussling with Columbus for first place in the rugged Metropolitan Division with a third of the season in the books. Schneider was outstanding in earning his 100th win with New Jersey during his fifth season with the franchise.

Nick Foligno scored and Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets, who lost their second straight and continued to squander opportunities with the man advantage. They continue to have the NHL's worst power play, failing to find the back of the net on a half dozen opportunities Tuesday.

The Devils (16-7-4) struck first when Zajac picked up a loose puck in front of the Blue Jackets net and poked it past Bobrovsky 4:24 into the first period.

Foligno tied it later in the first period, just seconds after a Blue Jackets power play expired. He had his back to the net but deflected a shot from Oliver Bjorkstrand to beat Schneider. The Devils goalie held Columbus at bay from there (see full recap).

Gourde, Lightning surge to win over Islanders
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yanni Gourde scored two of Tampa Bay's three goals late in the second period and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on Tuesday night.

After the Islanders dominated the first 16 minutes of the second, Gourde had a power-play rebound goal at 16:22 and then gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead 1:34 later on another rebound effort. The Lightning's top-ranked power play extended the advantage to three when Vladislav Namestnikov scored 50 seconds after Gourde's second of the game.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves. The Atlantic Division leaders are 11-2-1 at home.

Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders, who had won eight of 10. Thomas Griess stopped 28 shots.

Point opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game from low in the left circle and Sustr made it 2-0 from the blue line late in the first.

Both of Sustr's goals this season have come in the past three games, and the defenseman has 10 in 288 career NHL games (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Alex Ovechkin stars in Capitals' rare win over Sharks

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Best of NHL: Alex Ovechkin stars in Capitals' rare win over Sharks

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 20th goal and assisted on another, helping the Washington Capitals snap their recent run of futility against the San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 victory Monday night.

The Capitals beat the Sharks for the fourth time in 18 meetings since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005-06. It's just Washington's second regulation win against San Jose in that time and first since Oct. 15, 2009. It ended a four-game skid in the series.

Halting the Sharks' recent mastery came at a cost: T.J. Oshie left in the second period with an upper-body injury and didn't return. As Oshie was already engaged with Logan Couture and falling down along the boards, he took Joe Thornton's backside to the head.

Tom Wilson took exception to Thornton's hit and fought him in the third period of a chippy game that also included a fight between Alex Chiasson and Barclay Goodrow.

Before those tensions rose, Ovechkin continued his climb up the career list with his 578th goal, passing Hall of Famer Mark Recchi for 20th. He's the 11th player in NHL history to score at least 20 goals in each of his first 13 seasons (see full recap).

Islanders overcome Luongo injury for SO win
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Mathew Barzal scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over Florida 5-4 on Monday night after Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was injured in the second period.

New York's Anders Lee scored his 100th career goal. John Tavares, Brock Nelson and Thomas Hickey also scored in regulation for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout.

Denis Malgin, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers. Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists, and Vincent Trocheck added three assists.

Luongo allowed one goal on 13 shots before he left the game after he was injured when he stretched out his right leg to block a shot by Ryan Pulock at 17:29 of the second. Luongo was helped off the ice by trainers and wasn't able to put any weight on the leg. He did not return.

James Reimer replaced Luongo and finished with 16 saves (see full recap).

Smith’s 2 scores help Predators beat Bruins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Craig Smith scored twice and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Monday night.

Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Nick Bonino and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which has won three of four. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves.

Charlie McAvoy, Zdeno Chara and David Pastrnak had the goals for Boston, which won its previous two games.

Smith scored the game's first goal at 1:26 of the opening period. Boston goalie Anton Khudobin stopped Alexei Emelin's slap shot from the left point, but Smith was positioned in the slot to bang home the rebound.

Smith struck again with 17.4 seconds remaining in the first.

From the left point, Mattias Ekholm sent a pass to Smith in the slot, sending him in on a partial breakaway. Smith beat Khudobin high to the glove side with a wrist shot for his 11th of the season (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens explode for 10 goals

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Best of NHL: Canadiens explode for 10 goals

MONTREAL — It was only two weeks ago the Montreal Canadiens looked to be in a downward spiral.

They had gone five games without a win and only scored seven goals in that stretch.

All that changed when star goalie Carey Price returned.

Paul Byron got his first career hat trick, Alex Galchenyuk had a career-best four assists and the Canadiens beat the slumping Detroit Red Wings 10-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Nicolas Deslauriers, Jacob de la Rose and Daniel Carr each scored for the first time this season, and Charles Hudon, Brendan Gallagher, Jordie Benn and Andrew Shaw also scored. Montreal was coming off a 6-3 win against Detroit on Thursday night (see full recap).

Matt Dumba's OT goal lifts Wild over Blues
ST. PAUL, Minn. — In overtime, defenseman Matt Dumba takes the ice to give the Minnesota Wild an offensive boost. That's exactly what he did on Saturday.

Dumba scored 39 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

After Devan Dubnyk stopped Alex Pietrangelo's point-blank slap shot, Dumba corralled the rebound to start the game-winning rush. When he crossed the blue line, Dumba fed the puck across the ice to Charlie Coyle, who feathered a return pass that Dumba chipped past Blues goalie Jake Allen for his second goal this season.

"There's only three guys out there, so you might as well get it moving up ice," Dumba said. "It just worked that Charlie was coming with me. I was able to get it to him, and after that, it was kind of a blur."

Dumba is one of Minnesota's fastest skaters, which led to coach Bruce Boudreau's decision to start him alongside Coyle and defenseman Jonas Brodin in the 3-on-3 overtime (see full recap).

Fiala, Turris score in shootout to lift Predators over Ducks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night.

Adam Henrique got his first goal since being traded to Anaheim on Thursday, and Cam Fowler also scored for the Ducks. Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville.

Jarnkrok tied it at 11:17 of the third period on a power play with a wrist shot that beat Ryan Miller.

Fowler scored at 5:01 of the third when he skated past the blue line into the slot and fired a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for a 2-1 lead (see full recap).

Hanifin scores late in OT to lift Hurricanes past Panthers
RALEIGH, N.C. — After Carolina twice gave up one-goal leads in a brawl-filled game against Florida, the Hurricanes' last goal gave the Panthers no chance to respond.

Noah Hanifin scored from the right doorstep on a pass by Elias Lindholm with 2 seconds left in overtime, giving the Hurricanes a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.

"It was a great pass by Lindy," Hanifin said. "I don't think there was a lot of time left. I hopped over the bench, Lindy found me, and he made a great pass. There was a lot of good execution there."

Lindholm and Jeff Skinner scored Carolina's regulation goals, while Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Nick Bjugstad scored a goal for Florida (see full recap).