Ice Hockey - Jets pound Panthers

Evander Kane scored twice and captain Andrew Ladd added a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets pounded the Florida Panthers.

Ice Hockey - Jets pound Panthers

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Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) carries the puck through Florida Panthers players during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Winnipeg (Reuters)

Jets 7, Panthers 2

Dustin Byfuglien also recorded a goal and an assist while fellow defenseman Grant Clitsome, Aaron Gagnon and Chris Thorburn each scored for the Jets, who remained within two points of the Washington Capitals for the lead in the Southeast Division. Winnipeg (21-19-2) also pulled even with the New York Rangers (20-16-4) for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Penguins 6, Lightning 3

Jussi Jokinen recorded two goals and an assist and Pascal Dupuis scored a goal and set up two others as visiting Pittsburgh pulled away from Tampa Bay Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin also scored and Tanner Glass added his first for the Penguins, who lead Montreal by five points in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jarome Iginla chipped in with two assists and Tomas Vokoun made 16 saves for his 11th victory.

Teddy Purcell scored two power-play goals and Brett Connolly added a third for Tampa Bay, which is eight points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers in the East. Ben Bishop turned aside 35 shots while making his fifth consecutive start for the Lightning after being acquired from Ottawa.

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Canadiens 5, Sabres 1

Defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban each had a goal and an assist as visiting Montreal wrapped up a playoff spot.

Rene Bourque and rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher also scored and Peter Budaj needed to make only 14 saves as the Canadiens leapfrogged Boston to move into first place in the Northeast Division with their sixth win in eight games.

Brian Flynn's shorthanded goal in the third period provided the only offense in a lacklustre performance by Buffalo, which was outshot 42-15 and lost its second straight to remain six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Senators 3, Flyers 1

Colin Greening scored a power-play goal to snap a tie with 5:36 remaining in the third period as visiting Ottawa ended a five-game losing skid.

Zack Smith scored in the first period and captain Daniel Alfredsson added an empty-net goal for the Senators, who hold the tiebreaker over the New York Islanders for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Robin Lehner made 24 saves for his first win in three starts.

Captain Claude Giroux scored a short-handed goal and Ilya Bryzgalov finished with 31 saves for Philadelphia, which dropped its third straight contest and remained seven points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers with only eight games remaining.

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Capitals 3, Hurricanes 1

Troy Brouwer scored twice and defenseman Mike Green provided the go-ahead tally as host Washington picked up its sixth straight victory.

Braden Holtby turned aside a regular-season career-high 43 shots and Nicklas Backstrom added an assist to run his points streak to eight games for the Capitals, who are two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Southeast Division.

Jeff Skinner scored and Justin Peters made 28 saves as the Hurricanes lost their seventh straight game and fell to 1-13-1 in the last 15 games.

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Islanders 2, Bruins 1

Josh Bailey recorded his fifth career two-goal game and Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 30 shots as visiting New York improved to 8-1-1 in its last 10 contests.

Captain Mark Streit notched a pair of assists for the Islanders, who secured just their third win in 12 outings versus Boston.

Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal and Jaromir Jagr and Gregory Campbell each picked up an assist to extend their respective point streaks to three games. Tuukka Rask finished with 34 saves.

Bailey gave New York a 2-1 lead with 6:48 remaining in the second period after his wrist shot from the left circle trickled past Rask and just over the goal line.

Bailey opened the scoring with 21 seconds remaining in the first period after he stepped into Streit's drop pass and blasted a shot from above the left circle. Seguin forged a 1-1 tie 3:41 into the second after one-timing a cross-slot feed from the lower edge of the left circle.

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Sharks 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)

Patrick Marleau netted a short-handed goal and ended the contest by scoring in the third round of the shootout as visiting San Jose improved to 8-1-1 in its last 10 meetings with Detroit.

Logan Couture scored a power-play goal and Antti Niemi turned aside 27 shots for the Sharks, who snapped a modest two-game skid (0-1-1) following a seven-game winning streak.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl scored his first career power-play goal and Justin Abdelkader also tallied. Jimmy Howard, who is reportedly close to finalizing a six-year contract extension, finished with 28 saves but the Red Wings fell to 2-4-1 in their last seven contests.

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Blues 2, Wild 0

Brian Elliott made 23 saves en route to his third consecutive shutout as visiting St. Louis extended its winning streak to six games.

Defenseman Roman Polak and Andy McDonald scored for the Blues, who pulled even with Los Angeles for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Kings host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Polak gave Elliott all the support he needed at 10:37 of the first period as he received a pass from along the left wing boards by Chris Stewart and beat Niklas Backstrom from alone in the slot. McDonald added breathing room at 9:30 of the third, when he capitalized on a turnover in the offensive zone.

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Kings 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)

Jeff Carter, captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar scored in the shootout as host Los Angeles edged Colorado.

Carter scored a power-play goal in regulation, Mike Richards recorded a tally and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings, who remained one point ahead of San Jose for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside all 12 shots he faced in relief of Sami Aittokallio but could not make a stop in the shootout. Carter beat the veteran with a backhand shot, Brown scored low to the glove side and Kopitar slipped a backhander between Giguere's pads to clinch the win.

Paul Stastny and Patrick Bordeleau scored while Aittokallio made 23 saves for Colorado before leaving his first NHL game midway through the third period with leg cramps. The Avalanche have won only one of their last 16 road contests (1-11-4).

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