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MacKinnon helps Avs' win streak reach 8

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DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche looked unstoppable early and shaky down the stretch in nearly blowing a big lead.

Bottom line: The streak goes on.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice during a 58-second span in the first period, Matt Nieto added a late insurance goal and the Avalanche won their eighth straight by holding off the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Thursday night.


Bergeron nets 3 as hot Bruins win again

NEW YORK (AP) A day after going without a shot on goal, Patrice Bergeron regained his scoring touch for the rolling Boston Bruins.

Bergeron scored three goals Thursday night for his second hat trick in less than two weeks, leading Boston to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders that gave the Bruins at least a point for the 15th consecutive game.


Sharp Fleury leads Vegas over Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury and Vegas Golden Knights went on the road and posted a big win against another Stanley Cup contender.

This expansion team is showing no signs of slowing down.


Surging Penguins extend Kings' skid to 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) Until Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith got the start at Staples Center on Thursday night, his entire NHL experience consisted of two relief appearances in Penguins losses.

DeSmith seized the chance to grab his first career victory - with plenty of help from the Penguins' scoring stars.


Flyers honor Lindros, beat Leafs in OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) On a night that belonged to Eric Lindros, the Philadelphia Flyers paid tribute to the Hall of Fame center with a gritty comeback.

Sean Couturier scored 18 seconds into overtime and the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday after retiring Lindros' No. 88 jersey.


Hall's OT goal lifts Devils by Capitals

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) For a game, the New Jersey Devils finally showed they could play with the Washington Capitals and beat them.

Taylor Hall scored on a breakaway 34 seconds into overtime and the Devils beat the Capitals 4-3 on Thursday night for only their second win against Washington in the last 14 games.


Preds top Coyotes in SO, push run to 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Despite missing the first three months of the season, Ryan Ellis looks to be in top form already for the Predators.

Ellis had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Craig Smith scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give Nashville a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.


Nash scores 2 as Rangers edge Sabres

NEW YORK (AP) The Rangers have been waiting all season for Rick Nash to score in bunches. A fresh line combination may be doing the trick.

Nash scored twice for the second straight game and new linemate Pavel Buchnevich scored the winner late in the third period as the Rangers edged the conference-worst Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Thursday night.


Panarin sends Jackets past Stars in SO

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) While some of his Columbus teammates traveled to the Caribbean during the bye week, Joonas Korpisalo went to frosty Cleveland and helped the Blue Jackets' minor league affiliate to a shootout victory last Saturday.

It served as a nice little tuneup for Thursday night's game against Dallas.


Blues bury Senators with 3-goal 2nd

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Alex Pietrangelo celebrated his 28th birthday by scoring his first goal in more than two months. And, it ended up being a winner for the St. Louis Blues.

Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each scored in the second period of the 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

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