Blue Jack­ets win fifth straight over Red Wings

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DETROIT: Bran­don Du­bin­sky scored a tiebreak­ing goal in the sec­ond pe­riod and the surg­ing Columbus Blue Jack­ets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Fri­day. Lukas Sed­lak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jack­ets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkin­son con­trib­uted a short-handed goal in the first pe­riod for Columbus. Dy­lan Larkin’s power-play goal in the sec­ond was the only scor­ing of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bo­brovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jack­ets. Sam Gag­ner scored into an empty net with 13.9 sec­onds re­main­ing. Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek was pulled in fa­vor of Jimmy Howard af­ter Sed­lak’s goal made it 3-1 in the sec­ond.


Ham­pus Lind­holm got his first goal of the sea­son with 5:38 re­main­ing, help­ing Ana­heim beat San Jose af­ter blow­ing a two-goal lead. Goals by Brent Burns and Kevin La­banc brought San Jose back af­ter Rickard Rakell and An­toine Ver­mette scored in the first pe­riod for Ana­heim. The 22-year-old Lind­holm held out this sea­son be­fore sign­ing a six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion in late Oc­to­ber. He didn’t play his first game un­til Nov. 9 and got his first goal in 15 con­tests. Jonathan Bernier had 22 saves for the Ducks and with­stood a fran­tic fi­nal at­tack af­ter San Jose pulled its goalie with 2 min­utes left. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots for the Sharks.


Nick Holden scored 55 sec­onds into over­time, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his for­mer team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Black­hawks 1-0 on Fri­day night. Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streak­ing Holden in the mid­dle of the ice, and he beat Scott Dar­ling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the sea­son. Dar­ling was go­ing for his sec­ond straight shutout while sub­bing for in­jured starter Corey Craw­ford but had to set­tle for an­other solid per­for­mance. Raanta, who made his NHL de­but with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Black­hawks for two sea­sons be­fore he was traded to New York, im­proved to 15-0-3 in 20 ca­reer ap­pear­ances at the United Cen­ter. The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thurs­day’s 2-1 vic­tory at Win­nipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a sec­ond straight start over Hen­rik Lundqvist be­cause of his re­cent play and his suc­cess in Chicago.


Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and Min­nesota beat Ed­mon­ton. Matt Dumba and Ja­son Zucker scored in reg­u­la­tion for Min­nesota, which has won three straight. Wild goalie De­van Dub­nyk made 25 saves. He en­tered with a leaguebest .946 save per­cent­age and 1.65 goals-against av­er­age. Leon Drai­saitl and Ryan Nu­gent-Hop­kins had goals for the Oil­ers, whose four-game los­ing streak be­gan with a 2-1 home over­time loss to the Wild last Sunday.


T.J. Oshie and Mar­cus Jo­hans­son each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and Wash­ing­ton beat Buf­falo for its third straight win. Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, help­ing Wash­ing­ton beat Buf­falo for the third time in 15 days. Kyle Ok­poso had a goal and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buf­falo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.


Robby Fab­bri scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko had three as­sists, lift­ing St. Louis over New Jersey. Tarasenko had eight of St. Louis’ 32 shots on goal, while Ryan Reaves and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues. Jake Allen stopped 20 shots and won for the ninth time in 10 starts. Keith Kinkaid had 28 saves for New Jersey, and PA Par­enteau had a goal. — AP

DETROIT: Columbus Blue Jack­ets cen­ter Alexander Wennberg (10), of Swe­den, knocks the puck away from Detroit Red Wings de­fense­man Nik­las Kron­wall (55), also of Swe­den, dur­ing the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game Fri­day, in Detroit. — AP

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