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Blues beat Avalanche 3-0 for 9th straight victory
DENVER (AP) Jake Allen made 32 saves, Vladimir Tarasenko and Zach Sanford scored 57 seconds apart in the third period and the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday for their ninth straight victory.
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Gagner heads back to Oilers; Canucks deal him for Spooner
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have acquired center Ryan Spooner, sending Sam Gagner back to the Edmonton Oilers.
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Halak helps Bruins blank Ducks 3-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and the Boston Bruins beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
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Niederreiter scores twice as Hurricanes beat Oilers 3-1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Nino Niederreiter scored two goals, Curtis McElhinney stopped the final 40 shots he faced, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Friday night.
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Islanders set to play 1st-round playoff games at Coliseum
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders say that if they qualify for the playoffs they will play first-round games at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and any additional games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Penguins activate D Justin Schultz off injured reserve
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated defenseman Justin Schultz off injured reserve.
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Ovechkin scores NHL-leading 39th as Capitals beat Sharks 5-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night.
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Greiss, Cizikas power Islanders past Blue Jackets 3-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night.
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Koivu ''totally confident'' in return from ACL surgery
Leaning on his crutches, just six days after reconstructive surgery on his right knee, Mikko Koivu was asked if he had concern about his ability to return to the Minnesota Wild next season at age 36.
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Skinner focused on present in Buffalo rather than future
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Skinner knows how much the Sabres and their playoff-starved fans want him to stay in Buffalo beyond this season.