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Lightning regain NHL lead with SO win

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) scores against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi (37) during a shootout of NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) Brayden Point scored in regulation and added the shootout winner and the Tampa Bay Lightning regained the top spot in the NHL with a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan also scored in regulation to help the Lightning (42-17-3) win their third straight and move a point ahead of idle Vegas for the overall NHL lead.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves for his league-leading 36th victory of the season.


Leafs beat Bruins, home win streak at 9

TORONTO (AP) Mitch Marner stepped up with Auston Matthews sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Marner had a goal and three assists, the last on Ron Hainsey's winner with 1:23 remaining, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Boston 4-3 on Saturday night to match the franchise record of nine straight home wins.


Jets beat Stars to tie for Central lead

DALLAS (AP) Michael Hutchinson wasn't concerned when Dallas' Tyler Pitlick scored in the first 10 seconds of the Winnipeg goalie's first game in 25 days.

"The first goal's not that important," Hutchinson said. "We have 59 minutes and 50 seconds to come back and get another one. We were able to battle back."


Flyers top Sens for fifth straight win

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers remain on a roll.

Brandon Manning had a goal and two assists and Philadelphia earned its fifth consecutive victory in a 5-3 win over Ottawa on Saturday.


Ovechkin nets 2 in team-tying 983rd game

WASHINGTON (AP) On the night Alex Ovechkin reached one milestone, his goal-scoring prowess moved him closer to another.

Ovechkin added to his NHL lead with two goals while tying the Washington record for most games played, and the Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday.


Dadonov scores 3 as Panthers edge Pens

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers cut it close - again.

Evgenii Dadonov scored with 1:53 to play to complete a hat trick and give the Panthers a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.


Gillies, Backlund help Flames rout Avs

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Michael Frolik took a pass from Mikael Backlund in the slot and fired a shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov just 18 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Calgary Flames didn't let up.

Jon Gillies made 28 saves for his second straight victory, Backlund had a goal and two assists and the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Saturday.


Palmieri's 2 in 3rd lift Devils by Isles

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Maybe the New Jersey Devils should retire more numbers. Every time they do it, they win.

Kyle Palmieri scored two third-period goals and the Devils opened some daylight on the New York Islanders in the race for a wild-card playoff berth and made those attending Patrik Elias' jersey retirement go home happy with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.


Oilers hold off Kings on reversed call

LOS ANGELES (AP) Edmonton coach Todd McLellan figured he was due to win a challenge. He was right, and that allowed the Oilers to hold on for a win they nearly gave away.

Ryan Strome's empty-net goal at 19:01 of the third period and a successful coach's challenge to overturn an apparent goal by Dustin Brown with less than 10 seconds left gave Edmonton a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.


Coyotes' Raanta stops 26, blanks Ducks

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Two shutouts in three games is an impressive feat, but Antti Raanta was just trying to make up for letting five goals get by him two nights earlier.

He did, stopping 26 shots for his second shutout of the season in the Arizona Coyotes' 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

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