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UPDATE 1-NHL-Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League games

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March 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Avalanche 6, Blackhawks 2

Chicago's record streak ended with a thud on Friday as the struggling Colorado Avalanche dished out a 6-2 drubbing of the Blackhawks to end the point streak.

Chicago started the season with at least a point in 24 straight games, an NHL record, but a four goal burst in the second period from Colorado handed the Blackhawks a first loss in regulation this season.

Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists and P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists each. Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also scored for Colorado, which avenged a 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks' last regular-season regulation loss was 6-1 to Nashville on March 25, 2012.

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Jets 3, Panthers 2 (OT)

The Winnipeg Jets, who had lost in the BB&T Center just 72 hours earlier, avenged that defeat, beating the Florida Panthers 3-2 on an overtime goal by Dustin Byfuglien Friday night.

Byfuglien scored with just 40.5 seconds left in overtime.

On Tuesday, the Panthers beat the Jets, 4-1. This time, though, the Jets came back strong to win their fifth game in the past seven, pushing Winnipeg closer to a top-eight standing and, ultimately, a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

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Senators 3, Rangers 2

Jakob Silfverberg's late goal helped the Ottawa Senators squeeze past the New York Rangers 3-2 in a rough, physical game at Madison Square Garden.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Senators (13-8-4) in the teams' first matchup at the Garden since the Rangers' Game 7 victory in the first round of last year's playoffs.

Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game for the Rangers (12-9-2), who lost for the first time in that span. Brad Richards also scored for New York, which lost a chance to tie the Senators for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Predators 6, Oilers 0

It was a rare offensive outburst for the National Hockey League's lowest-scoring team.

Colin Wilson scored two goals and added two assists as Nashville snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-0 shutout of Edmonton at Bridgestone Arena.

Patric Hornqvist, David Legwand, Rich Clune and newcomer Zach Boychuk also potted goals for the Predators (10-9-5).

Shea Weber picked up three assists, while Mike Fisher added two as Nashville scored more than three goals for just the fifth time in 24 matches and tied its season high for goals, set in a Feb. 5 win at St. Louis. It entered the evening with only 47 goals in 23 games. (Editing by Julian Linden/Patrick Johnston)

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