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Kucherov has 5 points, Tampa extends run

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) When Nikita Kucherov is at his best, there is little opposing teams can do to stop the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kucherov had two goals and three assists, and the Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Monday night for their sixth straight win.

Kucherov now has 99 points to lead the league, with seven goals in the last five games.

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McAvoy's OT goal pushes Bruins' run to 6

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Charlie McAvoy scored the game-winning goal in overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Monday night in a game featuring two of the NHL's hottest teams.

McAvoy's fourth goal of the season came with 1:01 left in overtime.

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DeBrincat's 5 points help 'Hawks hold on

CHICAGO (AP) Alex DeBrincat had the best game of his career, and the Chicago Blackhawks needed all of his production.

DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 8-7 on Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

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Ovechkin's 2 goals get Caps by Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals, and the Washington Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.

It was the 10th multi-goal game this season for Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 42 goals. He has scored a goal in three straight games and has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past eight games. He is on pace for 57 goals, which would be the second-most in his 14-year career. He scored 65 goals in 2007-08.

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Frolik, Backlund lead Flames by Coyotes

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Balanced scoring has helped the Calgary Flames snap out of a funk.

Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Monday.

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Avs blank Knights, end 6-game home skid

DENVER (AP) When the moment arrived, Andrew Agozzino was ready - big right fist pump, coupled with a glide on his right knee and even a little yell.

This goal celebration was a long time in the making.

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Okposo to be evaluated after fight

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been sent home for further medical evaluation three days after being punched in the face during a fight with the New York Rangers' Tony DeAngelo.

Coach Phil Housley gave no details on Okposo's condition in providing the update after the Sabres practiced in Florida on Monday. Though the nature of the injury is unclear, Okposo did not return after being felled by DeAngelo's punch during the fight 7:51 into the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday.

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Blues extend run to 10, tie team record

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The hottest team in the NHL keeps on winning - with a rookie goaltender helping to make history along the way.

Jordan Binnington made 31 saves and the St. Louis Blues posted their third straight shutout, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Sunday for their 10th straight win.

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Lindblom helps surging Flyers beat Wings

DETROIT (AP) Carter Hart bounced back from his worst performance in the NHL with one of his best, flourishing as he played on consecutive days for the first time in the league.

The breakout rookie had 37 saves to help the surging Philadelphia Flyers beat Detroit 3-1 on Sunday night after he gave up a career-high five goals in an overtime win against the Red Wings the previous day.

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Barkov's hat trick gets Florida by Habs

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov finally scored the goal he's been dreaming about.

Barkov got his second career hat trick and the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Sunday night.

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