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BOSTON (AP) -Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves for Pittsburgh's first shutout of the season in the Penguins' 3-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

After their much-anticipated retaliation against Matt Cooke, the Bruins showed little passion despite fighting for a playoff berth. They are eighth in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the New York Rangers and Atlanta for the final spot.

Cooke, whose blindside hit sidelined Boston's Marc Savard indefinitely with a Grade 2 concussion in Pittsburgh on March 7, took the ice for the first time 1:53 into the game as fans booed loudly. Just 5 seconds later, he and Shawn Thornton brushed against each other in the faceoff circle to the left of the Penguins net.

They dropped their gloves and, in a brief exchange, traded punches before Cooke's helmet fell off and he went to the ice. Thornton, who kept swinging while Cooke was crouched in a vulnerable position, was given a 10-minute misconduct.

Tyler Kennedy, Alex Ponikarovsky and Michael Rupp scored.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ray Whitney scored at 4:02 of overtime for Carolina.

Eric Fehr forced the overtime for Washington, scoring with 10 seconds left in regulation and goalie Semyon Varlamov off for an extra attacker.

Washington played without captain and scoring leader Alex Ovechkin, serving the second of a two-game suspension for his hit on Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell.

Eric Staal had a goal and set up Whitney's winner, and Brett Carson and Chad LaRose also scored for Carolina. Defenseman Joe Corvo, obtained from the Hurricanes in a March 3 trade, had Washington's first two goals.

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Kariya scored his 400th NHL goal to snap a third-period tie and St. Louis took advantage of uncharacteristically shaky Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, scoring four times on its first 14 shots.

Just 1:13 after Wade Redden got the Rangers even at 3, Kariya took a feed in front from T.J. Oshie and scored his milestone goal. Brad Boyes and defensemen Mike Weaver and Erik Johnson also scored, and Ty Conklin made 26 saves.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Callahan also scored for New York. The Rangers are tied with Atlanta for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Boston with 11 games left.

ATLANTA (AP) - Nik Antropov and Colby Armstrong scored two goals apiece, and Atlanta gave itself hope in the playoff race with a second straight victory.

Evgeny Artyukhin and Jim Slater also scored for the Thrashers, three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Kelly, Jarkko Ruutu and Chris Phillips scored for Ottawa. The Senators have lost seven of eight games since the Olympic break, including the last four.

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