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Ducks win sixth straight; Avalanche defeat Sharks in shootout

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STREAKING DUCKS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT 
Frederik Andersen made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season (fourth career) and Sami Vatanen scored the lone goal of the game to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 1-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres, their sixth consecutive victory, and a 13-1-1 record in their past 15 games. 

* At 32-19-8 (72 points), the Ducks sit second in the Pacific Division, just two points behind the Los Angeles Kings (35-20-4, 74 points) for first in the division.

* The Ducks matched their longest winning streak of the season, set from Jan. 20-Feb. 5 (6-0-0). 

* Andersen has won 10 of his last 11 decisions (10-0-1; 1.97 goals-against average, .931 save percentage). He has not lost in regulation since Dec. 21 at NYI. 

* Ryan Getzlaf (0-1-1) extended his point streak to nine games (4-10-14). He leads all NHL skaters with 5-12-17 in 11 GP since the All-Star break. 

* Getzlaf also established a franchise record with his eighth career 40-assist season, passing Teemu Selanne (7). 

AVALANCHE WIN FINAL GAME BEFORE STADIUM SERIES IN SHOOTOUT 
Jarome Iginla (1-0-1) and Gabriel Landeskog (1-1-2) scored in a third period rally and Nathan MacKinnon (0-1-1) and Matt Duchene had goals in the shootout to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory against the San Jose Sharks in their final game before facing the Detroit Red Wings outdoors on Saturday at Coors Field in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. 

* At 32-27-4 (68 points), the Avalanche hold down the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. 

* Iginla extended his point streak to five games (3-3-6). With 607 career goals, he sits one shy of tying Dino Ciccarelli (608) for 17th in NHL history. 

* Landeskog had his seventh multipoint game of the season and has 1-3-4 in his past four games. 

PASTRNAK, BRUINS CLIMB ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS 
David Pastrnak scored twice, including on a first-period penalty shot, in the Boston Bruins' 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins that improved the Bruins to 7-0-1 in their past eight games vs. the Penguins (PIT: 1-5-2). 

* At 33-22-6 (72 points), the Bruins leapfrogged the idle Detroit Red Wings (30-20-11, 71 points) into third place in the Atlantic Division. 

* Pastrnak's opening goal was the third penalty-shot goal by a Bruins player in 2015-16 (also Brad Marchand twice); the most the franchise has ever recorded in a single campaign. Boston is also the only team this season with more than one penalty-shot goal. 

* Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a season-high 41 saves to improve to 7-0-1 in his past eight games against the Penguins. 

GALCHENYUK PROPELS CANADIENS PAST NHL-LEADING CAPITALS 
The Montreal Canadiens received two goals from Alex Galchenyuk and hung on for a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals to halt the NHL leaders' win streak at four games. 

* At 29-27-5 (63 points), the Canadiens moved within five points of the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-21-8, 68 points), who lost to the Bruins on Wednesday, for the final wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. 

* Galchenyuk, who had his third multigoal game of the season, sits third on the Canadiens with 16 goals (60 GP), four shy of his career high of 20 set in 2014-15 (80 GP). 

* Goaltender Mike Condon made 33 saves, including a spectacular behind-the-back leg stop, to improve to 15-17-5 this season (2.54 GAA, .904 save percentage).

Video: MTL@WSH: Condon reaches back for terrific save

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS 

* Avalanche forward Shawn Matthias and Sharks forward Nick Spaling each scored in their debut with their new club. Defenseman Roman Polak (17:20 TOI) also skated in his first game with the Sharks. 

* Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (0-2-2) skated in his 800th career NHL game. 

* Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (28 saves) played his 100th career NHL game. 

* Penguins forward Oskar Sundqvist (0-1-1) recorded his first career assist/point (10 GP). 

LOOSE PUCKS 
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (0-1-1) extended his point streak to four games (4-3-7). … Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky (1-0-1) has 19 points in his past 18 games (9-10-19). … Bruins forward Brad Marchand (1-0-1) is tied with Tyler Seguin for fourth place in the NHL with 31 goals. … Canadiens defenseman Andre Markov (0-2-2) extended his point streak to four games (1-4-5). … Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (1-0-1) leads all players at his position with 20 goals (59 GP), two shy of his career high set in 2012-13 (22 G in 69 GP).

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