Gag­ner scores twice as Jack­ets ham­mer Blues

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Sam Gag­ner scored twice, Nick Foligno got a goal and two as­sists and 13 Blue Jack­ets had at least a point, help­ing Colum­bus beat the St. Louis Blues 8-4 on Satur­day night. Eight days af­ter whip­ping NHLlead­ing Mon­treal 10-1, Colum­bus had its fans chant­ing “We want 10!” with its team ahead 7-1 late in the sec­ond pe­riod. Alexan­der Wennberg, Bran­don Du­bin­sky, Markus Nu­ti­vaara, William Karls­son and Zach Weren­ski also scored for Colum­bus. The Blue Jack­ets re­bounded from a tough loss Thurs­day night in Bos­ton and have points in six of their last seven games (5-1-1), win­ning four straight at home. Cam Atkin­son added a ca­reer­high four as­sists, and Bran­don Saad, Scott Hart­nell, Lukas Sed­lak and Boone Jen­ner each had two. Sergei Bo­brovksy, pulled in the first pe­riod against the Bru­ins, stopped 33 shots for the Jack­ets.

Robby Fab­bri scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko and Kevin Shat­tenkirk also score for St Louis. Jake Allen stopped eight of 12 shots and was pulled early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Carter Hut­ton fin­ished with 14 stops.


Sid­ney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored in the third pe­riod to help Pitts­burgh pull away from Toronto. Ev­geni Malkin and Chris Ku­nitz also scored and Matt Mur­ray stopped 34 shots as Pitts­burgh won for the sev­enth time in nine games. Zach Hy­man scored for the Maple Leafs and Fred­erik An­der­son had 45 saves in his sec­ond start in two nights. Toronto has won just once in its last eight on the road. Rust made it 3-1 at 6:58 of the third pe­riod when he took a feed from Crosby at the face­off dot and put a shot on An­der­sen. He got his own re­bound and darted to the net, sweep­ing a shot past An­der­sen’s out­stretched pad.


Michael Grab­ner and Derek Stepan scored in the first pe­riod, Hen­rik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots and New York beat Cal­gary. Jimmy Ve­sey and Pavel Buch­nevich also scored for New York, which has won six of seven.

Micheal Fer­land spoiled Lundqvist’s shutout bid with 8:48 re­main­ing and Brian El­liott fin­ished with 24 saves for Cal­gary, which has lost four straight and six of seven. Grab­ner, who signed with the Rangers in the off­sea­son, has a team-high eight goals in 15 games - just one fewer than his to­tal in 80 games with Toronto last year. Buch­nevich scored for the fourth straight game.


Carey Price made 24 saves for his sec­ond shutout of the sea­son and Mon­treal beat Detroit to ex­tend its win­ning streak to four games. Phillip Danault, Paul By­ron, Shea We­ber, An­drew Shaw and Max Pa­cioretty scored to help NHL-lead­ing Mon­treal im­prove to 13-1-1. Shaw added two as­sists for his first mul­ti­point game with the Canadiens. Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 25 shots for Detroit be­fore be­ing re­placed by Petr Mrazek at the start of the third pe­riod. Mrazek made 12 saves in re­lief. The Red Wings dropped to 8-7-1. Mon­treal has opened with 10 straight vic­to­ries at Bell Cen­tre, a fran­chise record for con­sec­u­tive home vic­to­ries to start a sea­son. The pre­vi­ous record was es­tab­lished in 1953. Chicago St. Louis Win­nipeg Min­nesota Nashville Dallas Colorado


Jonathan Marches­sault tied the game with 13.6 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion and De­nis Mal­gin scored late in over­time, help­ing Florida beat New York.

Florida trailed 2-0 in the third pe­riod be­fore get­ting goals from Kyle Rau and Marches­sault. Marches­sault tied it when Jaroslav Halak blocked a shot but let the puck trickle through his pads and in. Mal­gin poked in a re­bound with 45.8 sec­onds left in over­time. Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored for New York and Halak had 40 saves. Roberto Luongo made 17 saves to win his sec­ond straight start af­ter los­ing the pre­vi­ous four. James Reimer en­tered with 50.4 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion

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Pa­trick Mar­leau had a goal that re­quired two video re­views, Martin Jones made 25 saves and San Jose beat Tampa Bay. Tommy Win­gels and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who are 3-0 mid­way through a sixgame road trip. San Jose is 11-3-1, in­clud­ing 6-1-1 on the road, against Tampa Bay since 2006. Tampa Bay got a goal from An­ton Stral­man. Ben Bishop had 17 saves.


James Neal scored twice and Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for his 41st ca­reer shutout in Nashville’s win over Ana­heim. Ryan El­lis, Colton Sis­sons and Filip Fors­berg also scored for the Preda­tors, who won their third straight and im­proved to 4-0-2 in their last six. Rinne’s shutout was his third this sea­son. Ducks goalie John Gib­son gave up four goals on 18 shots be­fore he was re­placed late in the third pe­riod by Jonathan Bernier, who stopped eight of the nine shots he faced. The first two games in the teams’ sea­son se­ries have both been de­cided by five-goal mar­gins, in­clud­ing Ana­heim’s 6-1 win on Oct. 26 at home.

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Bray­den Schenn scored the tiebreak­ing goal at 8:43 of the third pe­riod, lift­ing Philadel­phia over Min­nesota. Bran­don Man­ning and Michael Del Zotto also scored to help the Fly­ers end a three-game skid. Michael Neu­virth started and stopped six of seven shots be­fore leav­ing af­ter the first pe­riod due to an ap­par­ent in­jury. Steve Mason re­placed him and fin­ished with 19 saves, in­clud­ing a left pad save on Eric Staal in the clos­ing sec­onds. Nino Nieder­re­iter and Mikael Gran­lund scored for the Wild, who lost for the third time in four games. De­van Dub­nyk had 33 saves. On the go-ahead score, Wayne Simmonds put a be­tween-the-legs pass from be­hind the net onto Schenn’s stick and Schenn waited for Dub­nyk to go down be­fore fir­ing the puck over him for his third of the sea­son - all on the power play.


David Pas­tr­nak got his team-lead­ing 10th goal, Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots and Bos­ton held on to beat Ari­zona. Ryan Spooner also scored for the Bru­ins, who have won three of their last four over­all and nine straight against Ari­zona. Bos­ton has not lost to the Coy­otes since Oct. 9, 2010, dur­ing a sea­son-open­ing se­ries in Prague. Radim Vr­bata scored a power-play goal and Louis Domingue made 27 saves for the Coy­otes, who have lost two straight and three of their past four.


Rookie Se­bas­tian Aho scored his first two NHL goals, Jor­dan Staal had a goal and three as­sists and Carolina beat Wash­ing­ton. Aho added an as­sist, Teuvo Ter­a­vainen had a goal and three as­sists and Vic­tor Rask also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward made 20 saves. Wash­ing­ton was com­ing off an over­time win in Chicago on Fri­day night. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:58 left in the first pe­riod to put Wash­ing­ton ahead 10, but backup Philipp Grubauer stopped only 33 of 37 shots.


Nick Lap­pin and Kyle Palmieri scored in the sec­ond pe­riod to lead New Jersey over Buf­falo. Kyle Quincey and John Moore also scored for the Devils, and Cory Sch­nei­der stopped 21 shots. Tay­lor Hall, Adam Hen­rique and Da­mon Sev­er­son had two as­sists each as New Jersey com­pleted a sweep of the two-night, home-and-home set and won its sea­son-high fourth straight. Mar­cus Foligno and Matt Moul­son scored for the Sabres, who have lost four straight. Robin Lehner fin­ished with 23 saves. — AP

OHIO: Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets’ Dal­ton Prout, bot­tom, knocks the puck away from St Louis Blues’ Kyle Brodziak dur­ing the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game Satur­day, in Colum­bus, Ohio. — AP

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