Spur­geon leads Wild past reel­ing Sen­a­tors

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Jared Spur­geon scored twice to help the Min­nesota Wild beat the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors 4-3 on Sat­ur­day.

Jor­dan Green­way and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (20-17-3), who im­proved to 2-0 on a four-game trip. De­van Dub­nyk stopped 24 shots.

The Sen­a­tors (15-22-5) dropped their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive game.

Matt Duch­ene, Ryan Dzin­gel and Mark Stone scored for Ot­tawa, and An­ders Nils­son made 22 saves in his Sen­a­tors de­but af­ter he was ac­quired Wednes­day in a trade with Van­cou­ver.

High­lights

Canucks 3, Fly­ers 2, OT: TJ Brodie scored 1 minute, 59 sec­onds into over­time af­ter Matthew Tkachuk tied it with 4:17 left in reg­u­la­tion to lead Cal­gary to a road vic­tory over Philadel­phia.

Tkachuk as­sisted on the win­ner in the 3-on-3 ex­tra ses­sion. Philadel­phia’s Jor­dan Weal turned the puck over in the Fly­ers of­fen­sive zone to set up a 2-on-1 break. Tkachuk sent a cross-ice pass to Brodie, who beat Carter Hart to lead the Pa­cific Divi­sion lead­ers to the win.

Johnny Gau­dreau notched his 24th goal of the sea­son for the Flames, whose 56 points are tops in the Western Con­fer­ence.

No­table

All-Star Game coaches named: Coaches of Jets, Capi­tals, Light­ning, Flames to work NHL All­Star Game this month in San Jose

The four coaches for this month’s NHL All-Star Game will be Paul Mau­rice of Win­nipeg, Todd Reirden of Wash­ing­ton, Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay and Bill Peters of Cal­gary.

Each of the teams is a divi­sion leader – Win­nipeg (Cen­tral), Wash­ing­ton (Metropoli­tan), Tampa Bay (At­lantic) and Cal­gary (Pa­cific).

The NHL All-Star Week­end is Jan. 25-26 in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia. The three-game tour­na­ment is played in a 3-on-3 for­mat with teams from each divi­sion.

Fri­day high­lights

Quick strike: Olli Maatta and Matt Cullen scored 11 sec­onds apart in the first pe­riod, and the surg­ing Pitts­burgh Pen­guins beat the Win­nipeg Jets for their eighth straight vic­tory. Quick strike II: Dy­lan Larkin scored with 24.9 sec­onds left in over­time as De­troit won for the first time in seven games, this one in over­time over Nash­ville.

Strong de­but: Greg McKegg had a goal and an as­sist in his Car­olina de­but and the Hur­ri­canes beat Colum­bus. Over­time win­ner: Tyler Seguin’s sec­ond goal of the game 3:37 into over­time lifted Dal­las past Wash­ing­ton. Pow­er­ful start: Nathan MacKin­non and Mikko Ran­ta­nen scored pow­er­play goals early in the first pe­riod, help­ing Colorado beat the Rangers end a six-game slide.

On a roll: Max Pa­cioretty scored in his re­turn to the Ve­gas lineup and the Golden Knights won their fifth straight, this over Ana­heim.

Strong in shootout: Keith Kinkaid stopped 21 shots and had two saves in a shootout, lift­ing New Jer­sey to its fourth win in six games, this one over Ari­zona.

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