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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.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Radim Vrbata scored with a minute left in the third period to force overtime, then added the winner in the third round of a shootout for Phoenix's franchise-record 44th victory of the season.

Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak also scored in the third period to help the Coyotes stretch their winning streak to seven games. The Coyotes broke the franchise mark set by the 1984-85 Winnipeg Jets - before overtime ties were broken in shootouts.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots in regulation and overtime for Phoenix.

David Booth, Cory Stillman amd Stephen Weiss scored for Florida.

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.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jason Pominville scored three goals and Buffalo moved within four points of New Jersey for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Pominville scored twice in the first period and Tyler Myers added a goal to help Buffalo take a 3-0 lead. Derek Roy had a short-handed goal and an assist, Thomas Vanek also scored, and Ryan Miller made 23 saves for Buffalo.

Steve Downie and Vincent Lecavalier had third-period goals for Tampa Bay.

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.

TORONTO (AP) - Phil Kessel scored in regulation and in a shootout to help Toronto win for the fifth time in six games.

Nikolai Kulemin and John Mitchell also scored shootout goals for the Leafs, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves. David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Yann Danis stopped 24 shots in place of Martin Brodeur.

DALLAS (AP) - Scott Hartnell scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and Simon Gagne and Mike Richards had a goal and an assist each for Philadelphia.

Brian Boucher made 25 saves after the Flyers learned earlier in the day that top goalie Michael Leighton will be out at least eight weeks because of a high ankle sprain. Leighton was injured Tuesday night in a 4-3 shootout loss at Nashville.

Steve Ott scored twice for Dallas.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne made 17 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, and Colin Wilson, Jason Arnott, and Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist for Nashville.

Nashville won its fourth straight, ending Minnesota's winning streak at three.

J.P. Dumont and Marcel Goc also scored for Nashville.

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