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Marleau ties Howe's games played record

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild stayed hot at home by downing the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Saturday.

Joel Eriksson Ek, Zach Parise, Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm also scored on a night when 12 different Wild players had at least one point. Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves as Minnesota won its third straight and improved to 17-4-0 at home this season.

Brent Burns and Joel Kellman scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones made 19 saves on 24 shots before being replaced by Josef Korenar in the third period.


Rangers' Buchnevich scores 3 on birthday

NEW YORK (AP) Pavel Buchnevich gave himself a birthday present and the New York Rangers another much-needed win in their pursuit of the playoffs.

Buchnevich scored his first career hat trick and the streaking Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Saturday for their third win over their Hudson River rivals in five days.


Panthers beat Tampa, now 2nd in Central

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brandon Montour, Patric Hornqvist and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period, and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Saturday night.

Frank Vatrano and Anthony Duclair also scored, and Sam Bennett had two assists to help Florida jump one point ahead of Tampa Bay for second place in the Central Division. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots.


Ovechkin scores 2, Capitals beat Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored twice to move within one goal of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL's career goals list as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday.

Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha each added goals while John Carlson recorded four assists for Washington, which increased its lead in the East Division to four points over the New York Islanders.


Pens edge Sabres, move into 2nd in East

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Evan Rodrigues was so focused on the Pittsburgh Penguins' late-season push to win the East Division title the forward didn't realize the implications that came with beating his former team, the Buffalo Sabres.

While the Penguins jumped into second in the tightly contested divisional race, their 3-2 win on Saturday also eliminated the Sabres from playoff contention.


Hakanpaa's goal gets 'Canes by Predators

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Jani Hakanpaa scored his first goal with Carolina to break a tie in the third period and the Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 Saturday night.

Hakanpaa, a defenseman acquired Monday at the trade deadline from the Anaheim Ducks, was in his second game with Carolina. Suddenly, he's on a team with one of the best records in the NHL.


Smith stops 26 as Oilers blank Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Mike Smith stopped 26 shots in his third shutout of the season, and the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 on Saturday night.

Tyson Barrie, Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson scored for the Oilers, who had not played since a 5-0 loss at Calgary last Saturday. Captain Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists.


Kuemper helps Coyotes by Blues in return

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes spent the minutes before their first game after a long road trip fighting back tears.

The emotion of watching Leighton Accardo get inducted into the team's ring of honor seemed to take a toll on the ice during a sluggish first period.


Blackhawks' Subban shuts out Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) Malcolm Subban made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday night.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which was coming off a 4-1 loss to last-place Detroit on Thursday night. Alex DeBrincat, Wyatt Kalynuk and Pius Suter also scored, and Vinnie Hinostroza had three assists.


Stars score 4 in 6 1/2 minutes in win

DALLAS (AP) Joe Pavelski scored his team-high 18th goal of the season as one of five Dallas players with a goal and an assist, and the Stars scored four times in 6 1/2 minutes in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night.

Denis Gurianov, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg and Esa Lindell also had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who are on a season-high six-game point streak (3-0-3) after sweeping two games from the Blue Jackets. Rookie goalie Jake Oettinger made 20 saves in improving to 5-0-1 this season against Columbus.

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