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Isles sweep home-and-home from Penguins

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins now have a rivalry as intense as many in the NHL.

A pair of Islanders victories in two days only turned up the heat even more.

Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night to sweep a home-and-home series.


Habs extend success vs. Bruins, win 2-0

BOSTON (AP) Montreal winger Max Pacioretty had a simple explanation for why the Canadiens have had so much success lately against the Boston Bruins.

They play just like them.


Toews, Hossa power 'Hawks by Oilers 7-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists, and Jonathan Toews scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-1 Saturday night.

Marcus Kruger, Kris Versteeg, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks (12-7-1), who have won three straight and five of six.


Blues G Elliott stymies Senators 3-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Clarke MacArthur had a simple explanation why the Ottawa Senators couldn't erase a one-goal deficit against the St. Louis Blues in the third period - pure execution.

Alex Steen's second-period goal stood up as the game-winner in the Blues' 3-2 victory over the Senators on Saturday.


Stamkos nets 14th as Lightning top Wild

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos scored his 14th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Minnesota 2-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Wild's four-game winning streak.

Alex Killorn scored in his fourth straight game for the Lightning, who had lost two in a row. Anton Stralman had two assists and Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots.


Preds blow late lead, top Panthers in SO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) After the Predators squandered a late two-goal lead, their rookie sensation scored the game-winner in a shootout.

Filip Forsberg had the lone goal in a four-round tiebreaker, and Nashville beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night.


Bozak scores 2 in 3rd as Leafs top Wings

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs put the distractions of the past few days behind them and used their focus to beat the Detroit Red Wings.

And when the game was over, the Maple Leafs raised their sticks to acknowledge their fans.


Enroth stops 43 as Sabres beat Caps 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Buffalo coach Ted Nolan would rather discuss perseverance than luck. The Sabres used a little of both to extend their winning streak.

Torrey Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:42 left, Jhonas Enroth stopped 43 shots, and the Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win.


Jamie Benn nets 2, Stars hold off Kings

DALLAS (AP) Jamie Benn got the Dallas Stars started early, and Kari Lehtonen shut down the Los Angeles Kings late.

Benn scored two first-period goals to help Dallas take a four-goal lead. Lehtonen saved 16 of 17 shots in the third period, allowing the Stars to hold on and beat the Kings 5-4 on Saturday night.


Flyers snap 4-game skid, beat Jackets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers used what goalie Steve Mason called "our best all-around effort of the season" to snap a season-worst, four-game losing streak.

Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn all scored for Philadelphia in a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

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