Pa­cioretty has four goals as Cana­di­ens crush Avalanche

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Max Pa­cioretty had four goals and Brian Flynn scored twice dur­ing a six-goal first pe­riod as the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens routed the Colorado Avalanche 10-1 in the NHL on Saturday. Flynn, Pa­cioretty and Art­turi Lehko­nen each scored against Calvin Pickard in the open­ing 7:12, and then Pa­cioretty, Paul By­ron and Flynn each had a goal among the first four shots on Se­myon Var­lamov. Pa­cioretty com­pleted his hat trick in the sec­ond pe­riod and added an­other in the third to give the cap­tain seven goals in his last four games. Alexan­der Radulov and Jeff Petry also scored for Mon­treal, which has shown no drop-off with­out in­jured scor­ing leader and first-line cen­ter Alex Galchenyuk. Mon­treal out­shot the Avalanche 36 -16. Mon­treal’s six-goal first pe­riod was its first since Dec. 17, 1992 against the Que­bec Nordiques in an 8-3 win.


Bray­den Schenn scored three pow­er­play goals to lead Philadel­phia to its eighth straight vic­tory. Jakub Vo­racek added an empty-net­ter and also had three as­sists for the Fly­ers, who matched Mon­treal for the long­est win­ning streak in the NHL this sea­son. Philadel­phia last won eight straight games from Jan. 6-19, 2002. Devin Shore had both goals for the Stars. Steve Ma­son made 21 saves for his sev­enth straight win. Kari Le­hto­nen made 18 saves for the Stars, fall­ing to 1-11-3 against Philadel­phia.


Jack John­son, Cam Atkin­son and Seth Jones each had a goal and an assist and Colum­bus beat New York for its sixth straight win. Josh An­der­son, Bran­don Saad and Lukas Sed­lak also scored for Colum­bus and Sergei Bo­brovsky had 25 saves. Josh Bai­ley and John Tavares scored for New York, which had earned a point in a sea­son-high five straight games (4-0-1). Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves un­til he was pulled af­ter the Blue Jack­ets scored four con­sec­u­tive goals in the third pe­riod.


Ev­geni Malkin and Sid­ney Crosby both scored their sec­ond goals on third-pe­riod power plays, help­ing Pitts­burgh rally to beat Tampa Bay. It was the first meet­ing be­tween the teams since the Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Pen­guins beat Tampa Bay in a seven-game Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal last sea­son. Pitts­burgh, which won its fifth straight game, got three as­sists each from Phil Kes­sel and Kris Le­tang. The Pen­guins are 6-6-1 when trail­ing af­ter two pe­ri­ods. Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin had the first of his two goals shortly af­ter get­ting cut by a high stick. Valt­teri Filp­pula also scored for the Light­ning, who are 1-61 over their last eight games.


Lo­gan Cou­ture and Kevin La­banc scored less than 2 min­utes apart in the sec­ond pe­riod and San Jose bounced back from con­sec­u­tive losses by beat­ing Carolina. Pa­trick Mar­leau scored 12 sec­onds into the game and Paul Martin added his first goal of the sea­son for the Sharks, who had al­lowed late tiebreak­ing goals in their pre­vi­ous two games. Backup goalie Aaron Dell made 30 saves to earn his third win in four starts this sea­son. Lee Stemp­niak and Derek Ryan scored power-play goals and Joakim Nordstrom added a short­handed tally but it wasn’t enough for the Hur­ri­canes. Cam Ward made 16 saves.


Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez scored on the same power play early in the first pe­riod of Los Angeles’ vic­tory over Ot­tawa. Peter Bu­daj made 19 saves and earned an assist, and Mar­ian Ga­borik scored his first goal since Feb. 12 to cap the Kings’ fi­nal home game be­fore a three­week, nine-game stint on the road un­til New Year’s Eve. Mike Con­don stopped 15 shots, and Zack Smith scored for Ot­tawa, which has lost four of six. The Se­na­tors strug­gled to beat Bu­daj, the long­time Mon­treal goalie, in the sec­ond stop of their swing through Cal­i­for­nia. Veteran for­ward Chris Neil played his 1,000th game for Ot­tawa, join­ing Daniel Al­freds­son and Chris Phillips as the only Se­na­tors to reach the mark.


Dougie Hamil­ton scored twice dur­ing a four-goal sec­ond pe­riod and added an assist to lead streak­ing Cal­gary over Win­nipeg. The Flames vaulted into first place in the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion with their sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory - the team’s long­est win­ning streak since last De­cem­ber. Mikael Back­lund had a goal and two as­sists, while Sam Ben­nett, Lance Bouma and Sean Mon­a­han also scored for Cal­gary. Chad John­son made 26 saves. Niko­laj Eh­lers and Ja­cob Trouba had the goals for the Jets, who have lost three in a row. Michael Hutchin­son turned aside 25 of 29 shots in 40 min­utes be­fore giv­ing way to Con­nor Helle­buyck, who made six saves.


Aus­ton Matthews and Zach Hy­man scored in the sec­ond pe­riod, Fred­erik An­der­sen made 32 saves and Toronto beat Boston. James van Riems­dyk scored in the third for Toronto, which was 0-2-1 in its last three games. Con­nor Brown added an empty-net­ter and An­der­sen im­proved to 6-0-0 in his ca­reer against Boston. Brad Marc­hand had the Bru­ins’ goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots. For­mer Bru­ins de­fense­man Matt Hun­wick had two as­sists.


Aaron Ek­blad gave Florida a three-goal lead early in the third pe­riod and it held on against Van­cou­ver. The Pan­thers got their first home win un­der in­terim coach Tom Rowe. Alek­sander Barkov had a goal and an assist, and Vin­cent Trocheck and Derek MacKen­zie also scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo made 37 saves, and Jaromir Jagr recorded an assist and now has 1,883 points, four be­hind Mark Messier for sec­ond on the NHL ca­reer list. Daniel Sedin and Jack Skille scored in the third pe­riod for the Canucks. Ja­cob Mark­strom stopped 38 shots.


Alex Goligoski and Lau­ren Dauphin scored 1:57 apart in the first pe­riod and Ari­zona beat Nashville. Bren­dan Per­lini added his first ca­reer goal, Martin Han­zal also scored and Mike Smith made 42 saves for the Coy­otes, who were 0-3-3 since their last win against at Ed­mon­ton on Nov. 27. Ari­zona scored four goals for the first time since Nov. 8 af­ter to­tal­ing four in its pre­vi­ous four games. Ro­man Josi scored and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for the Preda­tors, who have lost four of five (1-3-1). —AP

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