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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, Michael Handzus connected on a power play, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday after losing scoring leader Anze Kopitar for at least six weeks because of a broken right ankle.

Kopitar was checked lightly by defenseman Ryan O'Byrne against the left boards in the Colorado zone before falling backward with 4:21 left in the second. He lay on the ice for several moments before he was helped off by Handzus and a trainer, and was hunched over in severe pain when he went to the dressing room.

Handzus connected on a power play for Los Angeles, Trevor Lewis and Willie Mitchell also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves to help the Kings tighten their grip on a playoff spot and complete their first four-game season sweep of the Colorado-Quebec Nordiques franchise. Captain Dustin Brown had two assists.

Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.

MONTREAL (AP) - Braden Holtby made 18 saves for his second shutout, Marco Sturm and Alexander Semin scored, and Washington sent Montreal to its third straight shutout loss.

Holtby, recalled from Hershey of the AHL earlier in the day, faced little offense from Montreal, which had not been held scoreless in three straight games since Oct. 23-29, 1949.

Washington, which has won 14 of 17, played its third straight game without injured captain Alexander Ovechkin. The Canadienshave been held without a goal for 186 minutes, 5 seconds since Sunday, when they had their highest-scoring game in three years in an 8-1 win in Minnesota.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the first period and finished his first NHL hat trick in the third to help Philadelphia remain alone atop the Eastern Conference.

Jeff Carter staked the Flyers to the lead at 8:11, and van Riemsdyk made it 2-0 just 22 seconds later. Blake Comeau got the Islanders within a goal, but van Riemsdyk scored again before the period ended.

Van Riemsdyk's 19th of the season made it 4-1 at 9:15 of the third during a power play and gave him his first three-goal game in 145 career contests. Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves.

Philadelphia beat the Islanders for the fifth time this season and has won 20 of 21 meetings between the division rivals. New York was eliminayed from the playoff race.

BOSTON (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for his NHL-leading 11th shutout, and Derek Stepan deflected Michael Sauer's shot into the net for the only goal to lead New York past Boston.

The Rangers have won eight of their last 10 games. They are two points ahead of eighth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for Boston. The Bruins have lost seven of their last 10.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and Buffalo all but ended New Jersey's playoff hopes.

Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek scored first-period goals to help the Sabres won their third straight and maintain their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Miller has 22 career shutouts.

The Devils were shut out on consecutive nights - and for the third time in five games - following a 1-0 shootout loss at Pittsburgh. They've gone 173:55 without scoring a goal.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Simon Gagne scored two goals, the second into an empty net in the final minute, to help Tampa Bay beat Carolina.

Tampa Bay, coming off a 4-3 home loss to Carolina on Friday night, broke the Hurricanes' three-game winning streak and dropped them five points behind eighth-place Buffalo with seven games left in the season.

Gagne has 16 goals this season, six in five games against Carolina.

Martin St. Louis added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which broke a four-game winless streak. Dominic Moore also scored and Vincent Lecavalier had two assists.

Eric Staal and Erik Cole scored for Carolina.

DETROIT (AP) - Jiri Hudler broke a third-period tie and added an assist, Henrik Zetterberg also had a goal and an assist and Detroit beat Toronto.

Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 14 saves before leaving 6:11 into the third period when Toronto's Joffrey Lupul fell on him as Lupul tied it at 2.

Joey MacDonald stopped 10 shots in relief of Howard.

Nazem Kadri also scored for Toronto. James Reimer made 24 saves.

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