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PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Neal had a goal and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Sunday for their ninth straight victory.

Chris Kunitz, Arron Asham, Pascal Dupis and Matt Niskanen also scored for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin had three assists to move into the NHL points lead with 84, two ahead of Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots to run his personal winning streak to eight.

David Krejci scored twice for the Bruins, but the Penguins chased Tim Thomas after the first period to keep the pressure on the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Pittsburgh's winning streak is the second-longest in the league this season behind the Bruins' 10-game run in November.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Jose Theodore made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season and Florida beat Carolina to maintain the Southwest Division lead.

Tomas Fleischmann scored in the second period, and Marcel Goc added an empty-net goal.

The Panthers, a point ahead of Washington in the division race, won for the second time in their past six games, and have beaten the Hurricanes in all four meetings this season.

Cam Ward stopped 31 shots for Carolina. The Hurricanes were shut out for the first time since Nov. 18 in a 1-0 loss to Buffalo.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Michal Neuvirth made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Brooks Laich and Matthieu Perreault scored in Washington's victory over Toronto.

The Capitals have won three straight.

Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11, their fortunes barely changed in the five games since the change in coaches from Ron Wilson to Randy Carlyle. Toronto was coming off a 1-0 shootout loss at home to Philadelphia on Saturday night.

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