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NHL-Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games

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March 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Penguins 5, Flyers 4

Chris Kunitz scored two goals, including the tiebreaker 18 seconds into the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy scored goals for the Penguins, who lead the Atlantic Division at 16-8.

Jakub Voracek scored two power-play goals, and Zac Rinaldo and Kimmo Timonen each had a goal as the Flyers (11-13-1) failed to even their record.

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Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 2

The Montreal Canadiens regrouped in the third period, scoring two goals in a two-minute span to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 in a matchup of division leaders at PNC Arena.

Lars Eller scored on a cross-ice pass from Josh Gorges to break a 2-2 tie with 13:51 remaining. Less than two minutes later, P.K. Subban converted on a power play.

That spelled the end of Carolina's four-game winning streak.

Montreal goalie Carey Price stopped 42 shots to earn the win while the Canadiens (15-5-4) have 34 points to lead the Eastern Conference.

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Rangers 2, Islanders 1 (OT)

Marian Gaborik scored the winning goal 42 seconds into overtime as the streaking New York Rangers edged the New York Islanders 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.

The Rangers improved to 12-8-2 with their season-high fourth straight win and ensured they'd remain among the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders (10-11-3) had their two-game winning streak snapped - the fifth time this year the Islanders have not been able to win a third straight game - as they squandered a chance to tie the Rangers for eighth in the East.

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Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 2

The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second time this season and the ninth time in a row, ending Toronto's three-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory that ended Boston's two-game losing skid.

Tyler Seguin scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season and had an assist, linemate Patrice Bergeron a goal (No. 6) and two assists, and Brad Marchand, the left wing on the line, added two assists as the Bruins improved to 15-3-3.

David Krejci (No. 6, second in the last 10 games) also beat goalie Ben Scrivens.

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Blue Jackets 2, Canucks 1 (OT)

Left for dead 10 days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets are starting to figure out how to thrive in close games.

Matt Calvert carried the puck the length of the ice, slipped a check along the wall as he entered the Vancouver zone and then scored on a wrister with 56.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win in Nationwide Arena.

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Devils 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

Patrik Elias scored the game-tying goal with just 1:06 remaining in regulation and added the decisive goal in the shootout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center.

The victory enabled the Devils (11-8-5) to snap a six-game losing streak, coming from a two-goal deficit to do so. The Sabres (9-13-3) fell for the third straight game.

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Capitals 7, Panthers 1

Seven different players scored goals and Braden Holtby calmly steered aside 29 of 30 shots as the Washington Capitals routed the injury-plagued Florida Panthers 7-1 at Verizon Center.

With the win, the Capitals are 8-3-0 after a 2-8-1 start and have moved two points moved past the Panthers in the Eastern Conference standings with 21 points.

The Panthers, on the other hand, lost for the 11th time in 14 games. And they'll need to turn around and face the Winnipeg Jets at home Friday.

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Red Wings 3, Oilers 0

Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his 13th career shutout and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 at Joe Louis Arena.

Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit (12-8-4) while Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for Edmonton (8-10-5), which is winless in four games (0-3-1).

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Jets 2, Lightning 1

Bryan Little scored the game-winner with 4:08 left in the third period as the Winnipeg Jets took a crucial 2-1 win over the Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The teams entered the game tied for second place, six points behind Carolina in the Southeast Division. The Jets (11-11-1) pulled within four points as the Hurricanes lost to Montreal. (Editing by Julian Linden)

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