NHL - Alfredsson leads Senators to thrilling win

Daniel Alfredsson's two goals led the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Lightning.

Senators 5, Lightning 3

The Senators Ottawa rebounded from Thursday's last minute loss to Boston by scoring four first period goals before hanging on to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.

Daniel Alfredsson led the Ottawa charge with two goals. Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist, while Eric Gryba, with his first in the NHL, and Guillaume Latendresse had the others.

Marc Methot and Kyle Turris each had two assists.

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Canucks 1, Kings 0

Vancouver needed just one early goal to cruise to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Staples Center.

Goaltender Cory Schneider notched his sixth career shutout.

Vancouver struck first in the first period when Mason Raymond caught Kings rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin napping. Raymond got behind the defense and beat Jonathan Quick through the five-hole for a 1-0 lead at 11:06.

The Kings didn't score, extending their scoreless streak to six straight periods.

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Wild 2, Sharks 0

Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu each had two assists, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild's hot streak continued in a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild, who have won five in a row and are sitting solidly atop the Northwest Division.

For the slumping Sharks, it was their seventh loss in the last nine games, and only the third time they've been shut out this season.

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Devils 2, Panthers 1

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored second-period goals and goaltender Martin Brodeur won his second straight game since returning from a back injury as the New Jersey Devils held off the injury-riddled Florida Panthers 2-1.

The victory helped the Devils improve to 15-11-6. Their 34 points are one shy of Toronto for sixth place in the NHL Eastern Conference standings. The Panthers dropped to 9-17-6 overall.

Travis Zajac had assists on both Devils goals.

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Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2

The Boston Bruins had the bulk of the chances but the Toronto Maple Leafs were efficient with the ones they created and picked up a 3-2 win on home ice.

The Leafs got a goal in each period, with each one coming within the first five minutes of that period, by Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Frazer McLaren. Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference scored for the Bruins.

James Reimer had a busy night making 31 saves while Anthon Khudobin and Tuukka Rask combined to make 10 for the Bruins. Rask replaced Khudobin after Toronto's third goal in the third period.

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Sabres 2, Canadiens 1

Thomas Vanek scored twice in the second, Ryan Miller made 37 saves, and the Buffalo Sabres handed Montreal only its second regulation loss in 20 games with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens.

Vanek, who was back in the lineup after missing Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over Toronto, scored on a two-man advantage midway through the middle period. He put Buffalo up 2-0 with his second goal of the game late in the second.

Michael Ryder scored on a power-play in the third to ruin Miller's shutout bid with 11:43 left in the third. Montreal held a 38-18 advantage in shots, including 16-5 in the third.

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Predators 5, Blue Jackets 2

Hockey games last 60 minutes, but Nashville needed just over three to put an end to Columbus' franchise-record streak of 12 games with a point.

Pumping four goals past Sergei Bobrovsky midway through the first period, the Predators won their second straight game with a 5-2 decision.

Both teams are 13-13-6 with a third of their season remaining, but it was Nashville which gained ground for one of eight playoff spots in the Western Conference. It did so with a sudden offensive outburst against a hot goalkeeper.

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Stars 5, Avalanche 2

For a team that has had its share of struggles at home this season, the Dallas Stars might have delivered their most complete performance of the season in dispatching the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.

Derek Roy, Jordie Benn, Eric Nystrom, Cody Eakin and Jaromir Jagr all scored for Dallas, which also got a 33-save performance from Kari Lehtonen.

Jamie Benn finished with three assists and Dallas also got two-point performances from Jagr, Nystrom and Roy in the victory.