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March 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Canadiens 4, Lightning 3
The Montreal Canadiens used a three-goal third period barrage to stun the reeling Lightning, 4-3, at Tampa Bay Times Forum and maintain their perch atop the Eastern Conference.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, continued to slide out of playoff contention with its seventh loss in the last eight games.
Montreal used two goals in the first nine minutes of the third period to tie the score, 3-3, and went ahead when Brendan Gallagher jammed in a loose puck in the crease with 7:57 left.
The goal was reviewed, but stood for Gallagher's seventh of the season, enabled when he wheedled behind defenseman Matt Carle for the decisive poke.
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Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)
Sidney Crosby picked up the shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4.
Crosby beat Leafs starter James Reimer glove-side for the winner in the second round of the shootout.
James Neal also scored for the Penguins, who have now won four straight in Toronto.
Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri were both stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury.
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Hurricanes 6, Devils 3
Chris Terry scored in his NHL debut as part of a three-goal second period and Dan Ellis returned from the flu to stop 31 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the slumping New Jersey Devils 6-3.
The Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes have won five of six and outscored the opposition 20-9 in their last four home wins. Meanwhile, the Devils are 1-6-1 in their last eight but made it interesting with two goals in the opening 4:21 of the third.
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Bruins 3, Flyers 0
Last Tuesday night in Washington, the Boston Bruins scored three goals in the first period but wound up blowing the lead and falling in overtime to the Capitals.
Saturday at home, Boston ripped off three goals in a 2:18 span on three first-period shots in a row. And this time there was no collapse as the Bruins cruised to a 3-0 victory over the struggling Philadelphia Flyers.
The Bruins won their second straight and improved to 16-3-3, while the Flyers dropped to 11-14-1 (4-10-0 on the road) with their third straight loss.
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Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 0
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the early stages of a rebuilding process, but good luck explaining that to the Detroit Red Wings.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 30 saves for the first shutout of his NHL career, and the Blue Jackets cruised to a 3-0 win over the Red Wings in Nationwide Arena.
With 6:26 remaining in the game and Columbus in control 3-0, Jackets veteran winger Vinny Prospal stepped away from a skirmish with Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader and pointed to the scoreboard.
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Blues 4, Sharks 3 (OT)
Patrik Berglund scored at 1:12 of overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.
Left wing Vladimir Sobotka recorded a hat trick for St. Louis, which trailed 3-1 entering the third period.
Berglund deflected a shot by Barret Jackman from the left side that narrowly snuck by Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock, who replaced Antti Niemi in the net in the third period after St. Louis' tying goal.
The Sharks appeared in complete control, taking a 3-1 lead into the third. But Sobotka answered back with two goals within a 1:20 span early in the period.
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Islanders 5, Capitals 2
John Tavares scored two power play goals in a span of less than a minute late in the third period as the New York Islanders pulled away from the Washington Capitals, 5-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Both of Tavares' goals came during rare four-minute power plays.
His first was a put back of a rebound of a Brad Boyes shot with 7:47 and his second, a put back that bounced off the top post and capped a furious flurry in front of the Capitals' net, was awarded after a lengthy review.
More than two minutes of play elapsed before a stoppage allowed officials to look at the replay of Tavares' second goal.
Frans Nielsen provided an insurance goal with 3:01 left for the Islanders, who outshot the Capitals 45-24. (Editing by Julian Linden)