Jagr ties for sec­ond in ca­reer points as Pan­thers beat Sabres

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SUN­RISE: Jaromir Jagr had three as­sists to pull into a tie for sec­ond place on the NHL’s ca­reer points list, Alek­sander Barkov and Vin­cent Trocheck scored in the shootout, and the Florida Pan­thers beat the Buf­falo Sabres 4-3 on Tues­day night. Jagr pulled even with Mark Messier with 1,887 points, trail­ing only Wayne Gret­zky (2,857). Roberto Luongo stopped 33 shots, in­clud­ing both at­tempts in the shootout, to pull into a tie with Terry Sawchuk for fifth all-time in the NHL with 447 wins. Nick Bjugstad had his first goal of the sea­son, Keith Yan­dle also scored and Barkov had a goal and two as­sists for the Pan­thers. Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen and San Rein­hart each had a goal and an as­sist for the Sabres. Evan­der Kane also scored and Robin Lehner made 36 saves.


Cam Atkin­son had two goals and scored in the shootout, help­ing Colum­bus get its fran­chis­ere­cord 10th straight vic­tory. Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney made 44 saves and Sam Gag­ner scored the de­cider in the shootout, keep­ing the Blue Jack­ets un­beaten since Nov 26. Colum­bus earned a point for the 12th straight game, im­proved to 21-5-4 and hosts the Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Pittsburgh Pen­guins tonight with a chance to jump into first place in the bru­tally com­pet­i­tive Met­ro­pol­i­tan Divi­sion. Jeff Carter scored twice for Los Angeles, in­clud­ing a ty­ing goal 10:16 into the third pe­riod, and also got a goal in the shootout. Peter Bu­daj stopped 25 shots but al­lowed goals on 2 of 3 shootout at­tempts.


De­van Dub­nyk made 18 saves for his NHL-lead­ing fifth shutout this sea­son and Min­nesota won its eighth straight. Char­lie Coyle scored his team-lead­ing 11th goal and Mikko Koivu added his eighth for the Wild, who have outscored their past five op­po­nents 19-5. Min­nesota has al­lowed a leaguelow 58 goals in 31 games. Colorado’s Se­myon Var­lamov re­turned af­ter miss­ing four games with a groin in­jury and stopped 31 of 33 shots. The Avalanche have lost four con­sec­u­tive games and 11 of 13 while be­ing outscored 49-26. Dub­nyk en­tered lead­ing the league in goals-against av­er­age (1.62) and save per­cent­age (.947) and tied with Bos­ton’s Tuukka Rask for the lead in shutouts.


Thomas Greiss stopped 48 shots, An­ders Lee scored twice and had an as­sist, and the New York Is­lan­ders snapped a five-game win­less streak. Thomas Hickey and Niko­lay Kulemin also scored for the Is­lan­ders in their first win since beat­ing St. Louis on Dec. 8. New York was outscored 24-12 while go­ing 0-4-1 in the five games since. Greiss took a shutout into the third pe­riod and was able to hold off the Bru­ins af­ter they pulled to 3-2 on goals by An­ton Blidh and Do­minic Moore. Greiss made 23 saves in the third pe­riod and got a lit­tle cush­ion when Lee scored a power-play goal with 6:58 left to put the Is­lan­ders back up two. The Bru­ins lost for the fourth time in their last five at home.


Sid­ney Crosby scored his NHL-lead­ing 22nd goal, Ev­geni Malkin had a goal and two as­sists and Pittsburgh moved into a tie with the Rangers atop the crowded Met­ro­pol­i­tan Divi­sion. Bryan Rust, Phil Kes­sel, Justin Schultz, Pa­tric Horn­qvist and Nick Bonino also scored for the Pen­guins, who im­proved to 8-0-2 in De­cem­ber. Matt Mur­ray made 26 saves and is un­beaten in reg­u­la­tion in his last 13 home starts as the Pen­guins cruised de­spite miss­ing in­jured de­fense­men Kris Le­tang and Trevor Da­ley. Michael Grab­ner col­lected his team-high 14th goal for New York and Matt Puem­pel added his sec­ond, but New York strug­gled to keep pace with Pittsburgh. Antti Raanta stopped 40 of 47 shots and al­lowed four third-pe­riod goals af­ter the Rangers had pulled within 3-2.


Jeff Petry had a goal and two as­sists and Mon­treal beat Ana­heim. Paul By­ron had a goal and a helper while To­mas Plekanec, Max Pa­cioretty and Chris Terry also scored for the Cana­di­ens. Iron­man An­drew Cogliano scored for the Ducks, who looked slug­gish com­ing off a 3-2 win Mon­day night in Toronto. Ana­heim ends a six-game trip Thurs­day night in Ot­tawa. Cogliano played his 738th con­sec­u­tive game to pass Jay Bouwmeester for the fifth long­est streak in NHL his­tory. It’s the long­est since Steve Larmer played his 884th in a row in 1993. Cogliano has the sec­ond-long­est stretch from the start of a ca­reer be­hind Doug Jarvis’s 964 games. Mon­treal out­shot the Ana­heim 34-13.


David Per­ron put in a wrap­around goal at 1:55 of over­time, lift­ing St. Louis past Dallas. On a de­layed penalty, Per­ron picked up a loose puck to the left of the net, skated be­hind it and scored from the right side be­fore Dallas goalie Antti Niemi could re­cover. St. Louis’ Pa­trik Ber­glund had tied the game 2-2 with 31 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod. Jaden Schwartz scored in the first pe­riod for the Blues and Jake Allen had 36 saves. Ja­son Spezza scored for a 2-1 lead less than a minute be­fore Ber­glund tied the game, and as­sisted on Pa­trick Eaves’ power-play goal in the first pe­riod. Niemi fin­ished with 19 saves.


Der­ick Bras­sard and Tom Py­att scored 10 sec­onds apart dur­ing Ot­tawa’s three-goal sec­ond pe­riod, and the Se­na­tors won their third straight. Bobby Ryan added a goal and an as­sist as Ot­tawa stopped a seven-game road los­ing streak against Chicago, earn­ing its first win at the United Cen­ter since March 28, 2001. Dion Pha­neuf scored a power-play goal, and Kyle Tur­ris had two as­sists. Artemi Pa­narin, Tyler Motte and Richard Panik scored for the Black­hawks, who had won five in a row and six of seven. Scott Dar­ling made 26 saves while drop­ping to 6-3-1 in 10 starts since Corey Crawford had an emer­gency ap­pen­dec­tomy on Dec. 3. Chicago played with­out cen­ter Artem Anisi­mov for the sec­ond straight game due to an up­per body in­jury, and for­ward Mar­ian Hossa left in the first pe­riod. The Black­hawks did not pro­vide a rea­son for Hossa’s de­par­ture.


An­drei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in re­lief of Ben Bishop as Tampa Bay beat Detroit in a game where both start­ing goalies left due to in­juries. Bishop was hurt 12 min­utes into the first pe­riod, go­ing down af­ter kick­ing out his right leg to make a pad save on Nick Jensen’s shot. The Light­ning said Bishop, who skated gin­gerly to the bench, has a lower-body in­jury. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard de­parted with 12:41 re­main­ing in the sec­ond. He was un­able to put weight on his right leg fol­low­ing a goal­mouth scram­ble in­volv­ing Jensen and Tampa Bay’s Erik Con­dra. Jensen, mak­ing his NHL de­but, as­sisted on An­thony Man­tha’s goal with 10.5 sec­onds left in the third. Brian Boyle, Jonathan Drouin, Bray­den Point and Vladislav Namest­nikov scored for the Light­ning, who are 3-7-2 over their last 12 games. Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Detroit this sea­son.


James Neal scored twice in the first pe­riod, Ju­use Saros stopped 27 shots and Nashville beat New Jersey. Ryan Jo­hansen and Mat­tias Ekholm each had a goal and an as­sist, Filip Fors­berg also scored and Vik­tor Arvids­son had three as­sists for the Preda­tors. Sergey Kalinin spoiled Saros’ bid for his first NHL shutout with 4:49 re­main­ing, and Cory Sch­nei­der fin­ished with 32 saves for the Devils, who have lost seven straight. Arvids­son found Neal across the ice on a 2-on-1 and Neal beat Schei­der glove-side 5:43 into the game. Neal scored again at 7:15 as he fired a shot from the right cir­cle to beat Sch­nei­der on the far post.


Joonas Don­skoi scored twice to lead San Jose to its fifth win in six games. Pa­trick Mar­leau and Paul Martin also scored for the Sharks, who are 72 at home since drop­ping two in a row in early Novem­ber. Sam Ben­nett scored for the Flames, who lost for just the third time in 10 games. Martin Jones stopped 20 of 21 shots for his fourth vic­tory in five starts. Chad John­son recorded 30 saves in 34 chances. The Sharks mus­cled up to score four times within an 11-minute span in the sec­ond pe­riod, which in­cluded Don­skoi’s first ca­reer multi-goal con­test.


Jan­nik Hansen scored twice and Bo Hor­vat got his 10th goal of the sea­son, help­ing Vancouver beat Win­nipeg. Hor­vat scored an empty-net­ter af­ter Sven Baertschi got a goal in the third pe­riod for Vancouver, and Ja­cob Mark­strom had 31 saves. Hen­rik Sedin added two as­sists. Blake Wheeler scored and Con­nor Helle­buyck stopped 20 shots for the Jets. In a sched­ul­ing quirk, Win­nipeg will re­main in Vancouver and play the Canucks again on Thurs­day night. Hansen put Vancouver up 2-1 3:19 into the third pe­riod with his fifth of the sea­son. The vet­eran wing took a pass from Daniel Sedin at the blue line and de­layed for a mo­ment be­fore rip­ping a shot past Helle­buyck with Hen­rik Sedin screen­ing in front.

SUN­RISE: Buf­falo Sabres cen­ter Jack Eichel (15) de­fends against Florida Pan­thers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) dur­ing the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game, Tues­day, in Sun­rise, Fla. —AP

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