Dub­nyk gets 4th SO as Wild beat Bru­ins

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ST PAUL: Mikael Gran­lund scored with 44.5 sec­onds left, De­van Dub­nyk stopped 25 shots for his league-lead­ing fourth shutout, and the Min­nesota Wild beat the Bos­ton Bru­ins 1-0 Thurs­day night. Gran­lund took a pass from Jonas Brodin cir­cled be­low the end line and came out to the right of Tuukka Rask. His cen­ter­ing pass went off the skate of Adam McQuoid and trick­led into the Bos­ton net. Dub­nyk has had to carry the Wild lately as Min­nesota’s of­fense has mus­tered just 10 goals in its past seven games, win­ning three. He has al­lowed nine goals in his last nine games, stop­ping 274 of 283 shots in that span to ac­count for a .965 save per­cent­age. Min­nesota has al­lowed an NHL-low 29 to­tal goals in 16 games this sea­son, in­clud­ing 10 in its last nine games, dat­ing back to the 5-0 shutout Oct. 25 in Bos­ton.

LIGHT­NING 4, SABRES 1

Alex Kil­lorn had a goal and as­sist and Tampa Bay won its first game with­out cap­tain Steven Stamkos. Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nes­terov and Bray­den Point also scored, and Valt­teri Filp­pula set up two goals with no-look passes in help­ing the Light­ning win their third straight and im­prove to 6-2-1 in their past nine. The spread-out of­fen­sive con­tri­bu­tions came in Tampa Bay’s first game since Stamkos tore a lig­a­ment in his right knee dur­ing a 4-3 win at Detroit on Tues­day. Dur­ing the game at Buf­falo, the Light­ning an­nounced Stamkos had surgery and is ex­pected to miss four months. Cody Franson scored for Buf­falo, which dropped to 0-4-2 in its past six. It’s a stretch in which the team’s of­fense has dried up in manag­ing just six goals.

BLUES 3, SHARKS 2

Jaden Schwartz scored twice and David Per­ron added the game-win­ner to lift St. Louis past San Jose. Jake Allen had 29 saves - hold­ing off the Sharks’ 6-on-4 ad­van­tage over the fi­nal 55 sec­onds as the Blues won their sec­ond straight. Kevin La­banc got his first NHL goal and Lo­gan Cou­ture also scored for the Sharks, who lost their sec­ond straight af­ter win­ning the first three on a sea­son-high sixgame trip. Per­ron broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play tally late in the sec­ond pe­riod. San Jose had killed off its pre­vi­ous 26 penal­ties over an 11-game stretch.

STARS 3, AVALANCHE 2

Pa­trick Eaves capped Dal­las’ three-goal first pe­riod and the Stars held off Colorado. Johnny Oduya and Brett Ritchie also scored in the first for Dal­las, and Kari Le­hto­nen fin­ished with 34 saves. Nathan MacKin­non had a goal and an as­sist and Mikhail Grig­orenko also scored for the Avalanche, who nearly ral­lied af­ter trail­ing 3-0 af­ter the first. Se­myon Var­lamov stopped 19 shots and snapped an 11-game win­ning streak against the Stars. Le­hto­nen stopped MacKin­non on a break­away mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod and again on a re­bound with 10 min­utes left in the game.

FLY­ERS 5, JETS 2

Michael Raffl and Sean Cou­turier scored 34 sec­onds apart in the first pe­riod on Philadel­phia’s ini­tial two shots, and the Fly­ers went on to beat Win­nipeg. Mark Streit, Wayne Sim­monds and Bran­don Man­ning also scored for the Fly­ers, who had 12 play­ers reg­is­ter points. Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien had the goals for the Jets, who opened a sea­son-high five-game, nine-day road trip with just their sec­ond loss in the last six. Cou­turier got Philadel­phia on the board 9:13 in when he cap­i­tal­ized on a Win­nipeg turnover and beat Con­nor Helle­buyck high to the glove side from close range. Raffl dou­bled the lead just over a half-minute later with his third of the sea­son. Steve Ma­son made 30 saves to im­prove to 6-0-1 in his ca­reer against Win­nipeg. Helle­buyck stopped 17 shots.

PREDA­TORS 5, SEN­A­TORS 1

Ryan El­lis scored the tiebreak­ing goal late in the first pe­riod and Pekka Rinne stopped 30 shots to lead Nashville. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and as­sist, and Colton Sis­sons, Pon­tus Aberg and James Neal also scored to help the Preda­tors sweep the two-game se­ries se­ries against the Sen­a­tors. Der­rick Bras­sard scored for Ottawa, and Mike Con­don fin­ished with 35 saves in his third start. The Sen­a­tors haven’t scored more than two goals in their last 11 games. El­lis beat Con­don on the far side with about 4 1/2 min­utes left in the open­ing pe­riod to put the Preda­tors up 2-1.

MAPLE LEAFS 6, PAN­THERS 1

Con­nor Brown had two goals and two as­sists to lead help spoil­ing James Reimer’s first start in Toronto since leav­ing the Maple Leafs in the off­sea­son. Mitch Marner had another im­pres­sive goal, and Leo Ko­marov, James van Riems­dyk and Jake Gar­diner also scored as Toronto im­proved to 7-2-0 at home. Nazem Kadri had two as­sists and Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 27 shots. Aaron Ek­blad scored the lone goal for Florida and Reimer fin­ished with 24 saves. The Maple Leafs got to their for­mer goalie quickly, scor­ing three times in the first pe­riod - in­clud­ing two by Brown.

DUCKS 3, DEVILS 2

Ryan Kesler scored the tiebreak­ing goal on a rush to the net with 3:40 to play, and Ana­heim snapped New Jer­sey’s five-game win­ning streak. Rickard Rakell and Jakob Sil­fver­berg scored 16 sec­onds apart in the sec­ond pe­riod for the Ducks, who main­tained their Pa­cific Di­vi­sion lead with their fifth vic­tory in six games. Ana­heim strug­gled in the third pe­riod un­til Sil­fver­berg con­trolled the puck be­hind the net and cen­tered it to Kesler, who stormed into the slot and forced home his team-lead­ing eighth goal. Kyle Quincey had a goal and an as­sist for the Devils, who had been on their long­est streak since Fe­bru­ary 2013. Devante Smith-Pelly also scored against his for­mer team for the Devils. Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves for the Ducks, who have won the first two on a fiveg­ame home­s­tand.

CANUCKS 3, COY­OTES 2

Ben Hut­ton scored on a penalty shot at 2:34 of over­time to lift Van­cou­ver over Ari­zona. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an as­sist, and Bran­don Sut­ter also scored for Van­cou­ver, which had lost 11 of 13. Ja­cob Mark­strom made 34 saves. Hut­ton was hooked on a break­away by Dy­lan Strome be­fore beat­ing Louis Domingue with a nice back­hand deke for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son. Brad Richard­son and An­thony DeAn­gelo had goals for Ari­zona, which has lost four straight. Richard­son was later carted off on a stretcher with an in­jured right leg in the sec­ond pe­riod and taken to a hos­pi­tal. Domingue fin­ished with 39 saves.

KINGS 4, OIL­ERS 2

Jeff Carter scored the tiebreak­ing short­handed goal mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod and Los An­ge­les beat Ed­mon­ton. Derek For­bort had a goal and an as­sist and Devin Se­toguchi and Tyler Tof­foli also scored for Los An­ge­les. Peter Bu­daj made 26 saves. Dar­nell Nurse and Os­car Klef­bom scored for the Oil­ers,, who have now lost five straight games to fall to 2-7-1 since start­ing 7-1-0. Jonas Gus­tavs­son made 21 saves. Trail­ing 2-0 af­ter the first pe­riod, the Oil­ers scored twice in the sec­ond to tie it be­fore Carter scored at 9:06 of the mid­dle pe­riod.

— AP

TORONTO: Toronto Maple Leafs de­fense­man Matt Hun­wick (2) hits Florida Pan­thers cen­terJonathan Marches­sault (81) into the boards dur­ing first-pe­riod NHL hockey game ac­tion in Toronto, Thurs­day.

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