Ed­mon­ton ends five-game skid with win over Dal­las

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Con­nor McDavid got his first ca­reer hat trick, help­ing the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers beat the Dal­las Stars 5-2 on Satur­day night to end a five-game skid. McDavid, the first over­all pick in the 2015 draft, ended a 10-game stretch with­out a goal. Tyler Pitlick got his sixth goal of the sea­son for Ed­mon­ton, and Os­car Kle­bom also scored. Cam Tal­bot made 31 saves. The Oil­ers led 4-0 early in the sec­ond pe­riod when Dal­las coach Lindy Ruff swapped start­ing goalie Kari Le­hto­nen for Antti Niemi. Pa­trick Eaves and Jamie Benn scored for Dal­las dur­ing a 4-minute power play late in the sec­ond. Eaves scored in his fifth straight game, the long­est streak of his 12-year ca­reer.


Cal O’Reilly scored the lone goal in a shootout, help­ing Buf­falo snap a six-game los­ing streak. Wil­liam Car­rier scored his first NHL goal and Sabres goalie An­ders Nils­son stopped 46 shots through over­time plus all three shootout at­tempts he faced. Buf­falo snapped an 0-4-2 skid and ended a ninegame slide against the Pen­guins. The Sabres had gone 0-8-1 ver­sus Pittsburgh since a 4-2 road win on April 23, 2013. Sid­ney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh, which has al­ter­nated losses and wins over its past five games since a 9-2-2 start. O’Reilly’s shootout goal came af­ter he was called up from Buf­falo’s AHL af­fil­i­ate in Rochester ear­lier in the day.


Mar­ian Hossa scored late in over­time to cap Chicago’s come­back from three goals down in the third pe­riod against Van­cou­ver. Ryan Hart­man tied the game with 4:14 left in reg­u­la­tion af­ter Artemi Pa­narin and Vin­nie Hi­nos­troza scored ear­lier in the third. The 22-year-old Hi­nos­troza got his first NHL points with a goal and two as­sists. Hossa beat Ja­cob Mark­strom at 4:04 of over­time for his 11th goal of the sea­son. Scott Dar­ling made 24 saves for the Black­hawks. Loui Eriks­son, Bo Hor­vat and Bran­don Sut­ter scored for the Canucks.


Carey Price made 31 saves and Mon­treal ended a three-game skid with a vic­tory over Toronto. Paul Byron and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Cana­di­ens, who have won 12 straight against their old­est ri­val dat­ing to Jan. 18, 2014. Wil­liam Ny­lan­der scored for the Maple Leafs, who were com­ing off a pair of home wins in which they to­taled 12 goals. Mon­treal fired 29 shots at Fred­erik An­der­sen. Byron was on the doorstep to jam the re­bound of Shea We­ber’s shot past An­der­sen at 15:45 of the first pe­riod. It was the diminu­tive winger’s sev­enth goal this sea­son, only four shy of his ca­reer high.


Tuukka Rask was rarely tested in his lat­est win, and Pa­trice Berg­eron’s power-play score capped a three-goal sec­ond pe­riod that car­ried Bos­ton over Win­nipeg.Rask needed only 11 saves to raise his record to 11-2, but lost a bid for his fourth shutout with 2:40 to play. He was the NHL’s First Star last week, go­ing 4-0-0 with a 0.75 goals-against av­er­age. Brad Marc­hand, Matt Be­leskey and Tim Schaller also scored for the Bru­ins, who won for the eighth time in 11 games. Adam Lowry scored for Win­nipeg and Michael Hutchin­son made 34 saves.


Kyle Brodziak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the third pe­riod, lift­ing the St. Louis Blues over the Nashville Preda­tors 31 on Satur­day night. David Per­ron also scored and Jake Allen made 30 saves, help­ing the Blues fin­ish 3-0 on their home­s­tand. St. Louis is 8-1-2 at home this sea­son. Mike Ribeiro scored and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for Nashville, which fin­ished a three-game trip 1-2. The Blues snapped a two-game los­ing streak vs. Nashville but have dom­i­nated the Preda­tors at Scot­trade Cen­ter, win­ning five straight. Over­all, the Blues have won six of eight against the Preda­tors.


An­drei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots in his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout, lead­ing Tampa Bay over Philadel­phia. Tyler John­son, On­drej Palat and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Light­ning, who ex­tended their win­ning streak to four games and im­proved to 12-6-1.The Fly­ers (8-8-3) lost in reg­u­la­tion for the first time since Nov. 11, end­ing a 2-0-1 streak. They went 0 for 5 on the power play. In his pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance, Vasilevskiy made 24 saves for a 4-0 win over the New York Is­lan­ders. The Light­ning haven’t lost since, outscor­ing op­po­nents 15-4 on a road trip that ends Mon­day night in Nashville.


Martin Han­zal redi­rected Alex Goligoski’s shot into the net at 1:16 of over­time, giv­ing Ari­zona a win San Jose. Mike Smith stopped 43 shots for Ari­zona, 18 in the third pe­riod. To­bias Rieder and Max Domi scored for the Coy­otes, who ended a four-game los­ing streak and played into over­time for the third straight game. San Jose lost its third straight de­spite fin­ish­ing with a sea­son-high 45 shots on goal. The Sharks cut the Coy­otes’ lead to 2-1 just 41 sec­onds into the third pe­riod with Joe Pavel­ski’s sixth goal of the sea­son, a long, ris­ing shot that was too fast for Smith to de­flect. Tommy Win­gels then scored off a de­flected shot from team­mate Matt Ni­eto at 10:28.


Jeff Carter scored his team-high sev­enth goal of the sea­son and Peter Bu­daj made 21 saves to help Los An­ge­les beat New Jersey. Tan­ner Pear­son, Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin, into an empty net, also scored for the Kings. John Moore and Nick Lap­pin had the goals for New Jersey. Af­ter win­ning five straight, the Devils have lost their past two. Kings cen­ter Anze Ko­pi­tar missed his fourth straight game with an up­per-body in­jury.


Roberto Luongo made 39 saves, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two as­sists and Florida beat Ot­tawa. Jussi Joki­nen, Jonathan Marches­sault and Derek MacKen­zie also scored for the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored and Craig An­der­son made 19 saves for the Sen­a­tors.


Nathan MacKin­non’s goal with 10 min­utes left fin­ished off a third-pe­riod come­back, and Calvin Pickard stopped 41 shots to help Colorado beat Min­nesota. Colorado trailed 2-0 head­ing into the final pe­riod, but goals by Mikko Ran­ta­nen and Carl Soder­berg just 3 min­utes apart tied the game. MacKin­non’s in­di­vid­ual play, tak­ing the puck up the cen­ter of the ice and beat­ing Min­nesota goalie De­van Dub­nyk, com­pleted the rally. Dub­nyk made 31 saves for the Wild, but his shutout streak was snapped at 156 min­utes, 6 sec­onds. Char­lie Coyle and Tyler Grao­vac scored for Min­nesota, which had been 6-01 when lead­ing af­ter two pe­ri­ods.

— AP

DAL­LAS: Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers goalie Cam Tal­bot (33) and Dal­las Stars right wing Pa­trick Eaves (18) watch a shot by Eaves bank off the post be­hind Tal­bot in the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game, Satur­day, in Dal­las.

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