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ST. LOUIS - Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the shootout, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Jaden Schwartz, T.J. Oshie, Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves scored in regulation for the Blues (30-13-4), who improved to 8-0-1 over their last nine games. Brian Elliott made 33 saves.

Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist for Nashville (31-10-6), which fell to 12-8-5 on the road. Carter Hutton made 31 saves.

The Predators, who also got goals from Filip Forsberg and James Neal, finished 3-1-1 against the Blues this season.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ? Cedric Paquette had three goals, sending Tampa Bay to a franchise-record ninth consecutive home win.

Steven Stamkos and Mark Barberio also scored for the Lightning, who leapfrogged the Red Wings into first place in the Atlantic Division by a point. Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn had two assists apiece.

Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead at 11:03 of the second when Paquette completed his first hat trick from the right circle during a short-handed 2-on-1. The centre has four goals in the past two games after going 29 straight without one.

Darren Helm scored for Detroit, which had won six in a row.

Paquette opened the scoring 2:03 into the game when he used his backhand to beat Petr Mrazek on a rebound. His right-circle goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 36.2 seconds left in the first.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ??? Jamie Benn scored two goals, and the Stars beat the Senators in Jason Spezza's first game in Ottawa since he was traded to Dallas in the off-season.

John Klingberg, Colton Sceviour, Ales Hemsky and Trevor Daley also scored for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves.

Mika Zibanejad, Bobby Ryan and Alex Chiasson scored for Ottawa. Robin Lehner, making his first start since January 13th, stopped 35 shots.

Spezza made his NHL debut with Ottawa in 2002 and had spent his entire career with the Senators before the trade. The former Senators captain got a standing ovation from the crowd of 18,752 following a video tribute early in the first period.

The Stars grabbed a 4-3 lead midway through the third period when Klingberg took advantage of an Ottawa turnover to break in alone and beat Lehner with a wrist shot.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) ??? Boston's Kevan Miller scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots.

Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston, which won for the seventh time in 10 games. Smith and Milan Lucic also had two assists apiece.

John Tavares and Michael Grabner scored for New York, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots. The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders dropped to 17-5 at home this season.

Miller put the Bruins ahead for good with 3.4 seconds left in the second. He intercepted Halak's clearing attempt at the right-wing boards just inside the blue line, and fired a quick shot that lifted Boston to a 3-2 lead.


TORONTO (AP) ??? Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored off the opening faceoff of the third period, and Arizona rallied for the road win.

Ekman-Larsson's 13th goal was a harmless flip from almost his own blue line and seemed to stun the already-subdued crowd. At five seconds, the short-handed goal tied the fastest of any kind to start a period in Coyotes franchise history, matching Doug Smail of the first Winnipeg Jets in 1981.

Martin Hanzal had a tiebreaking goal at 3:47 of the third, and Sam Gagner added a power-play goal with 3 1/2 minutes left.

Mike Smith had 24 saves for Arizona.

Jonathan Bernier finished with 42 stops for Toronto.


NEW YORK (AP) ????????? Max Pacioretty scored with 4:17 left, sending Montreal to the road win.

Pacioretty converted a wrist shot from above the right circle that appeared to surprise Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It squeezed inside the right post for Pacioretty's 22nd goal.

That was enough to give Carey Price his 26th win and third shutout of the season in a stellar 24-save effort for Montreal, which has won four in a row ????????? three with Price in net.

Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who have lost two straight following the All-Star break and managed only one goal. They were beaten 4-1 by the New York Islanders on Tuesday.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) ????????? Wayne Simmonds, Chris VandeVelde, Nick Schultz and Brayden Schenn scored, leading Philadelphia to its fourth win in five games.

Sean Couturier added an empty-netter, and Steve Mason made 36 saves.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets. Michael Hutchinson had 27 stops.

Schultz snapped a tie game in the second period with his first goal of the season, ending a 125-game drought. Petra Straka got his first NHL point on the assist, and Ryan White also had his first assist of the season on the goal.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) ????????? Sean Bergenheim scored late in the third period, and Florida snapped a five-game losing streak.

Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

It was Florida's first win over Columbus since a 5-2 victory on Nov. 21, 2007 ????????? a span of 11 games.

Alexander Wennberg and Jack Johnson scored for the Blue Jackets, and Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots.

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