Penguins 3, Bruins 2
The Penguins and Bruins faced off in Pittsburgh night in what many feel may have been a preview of the Eastern Conference Final.
The Penguins came in riding a five-game winning streak and sitting atop the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins skated in with a modest three-game winning streak and sitting in second place in the Northeast Division, one point behind the idle Montreal Canadiens.
The saying goes that a 2-0 lead is the worst lead to have.
That saying proved to be quite accurate as the Penguins rallied from two-goal deficit and scored three third-period goals, posting a 3-2 victory.
The win extended the Penguins winning streak to the league-best six.
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Sabres 3, Rangers 1
Marcus Foligno scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers at the First Niagara Center.
The Sabres (10-14-3) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Derek Stepan scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who had won five of six leading up to the game. Lundqvist made 19 saves for New York (13-10-2).
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Jets 5, Maple Leafs 2
Dustin Byfuglien flicked aside a couple of Toronto Maple Leafs defenders late in the second period and calmly fed a cross-crease pass to Kyle Wellwood, who scored the winning goal in a 5-2 Winnipeg Jets victory.
The Jets defenseman was a physical force all night, and few Leafs players were willing to engage with him in either the defensive or offensive zones.
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Hurricanes 4, Capitals 0
The Carolina Hurricanes aren't just taking control of the Southeast Division. They're trying to run away with it.
Rookie forward Riley Nash scored two goals, journeyman defenseman Joe Corvo scored another, and third-string goalie Justin Peters recorded the second shutout of his NHL career as the Hurricanes distanced themselves from the Washington Capitals with a 4-0 win at the Verizon Center.
The win was the Hurricanes' sixth in seven games and gave them 31 points with a 15-9-1 record. The Capitals (10-14-1) lost for the third straight time and are now 10 points behind the Hurricanes.
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Canucks 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO)
Vancouver's Mason Raymond scored a nifty shootout goal in the second round - the only shooter for either club to score - and the Canucks emerged with a 2-1 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena.
Jason Garrison scored in regulation for the Canucks, while goaltender Roberto Luongo had 26 saves. He stopped Columbus' Ryan Johansen, Matt Calvert and Mark Letestu in the shootout.
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Ducks 2, Wild 1
Luca Sbisa's first goal of the season with three minutes remaining lifted the Anaheim Ducks to their fourth consecutive win, a 2-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild.
The Ducks, outshot and outplayed for much of the game, still managed a pair of third-period goals to beat the Wild for the third time in a month.
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Blues 4, Sharks 2
Jake Allen made 39 saves and Chris Stewart scored twice to help the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center.
David Perron and Chris Porter also scored for the Blues, who won for the third time in four games.
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Predators 4, Stars 0
For a team that hadn't won on the road since Feb. 5, the Nashville Predators started a five-game road trip in impressive fashion with a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars.
The Predators, who had been 0-5-1 in their last six road games, got goals from Nick Spaling, Shea Weber, Rich Clune and Gabriel Bourque.
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Lightning 3, Panthers 2
Despite recording a third as many shots, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers for the seventh consecutive time, taking a 3-2 victory at the BB&T Center.
Center Steven Stamkos' power-play goal with 14:30 to go in the third period held up as the game-winner.