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Jackets beat Bruins in OT, push run to 8

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BOSTON (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets felt like they were lucky to get a victory in their late-season push for one of the Eastern Conference's playoff spots.

Cam Atkinson scored 2:55 into overtime to lift the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 comeback victory over Boston on Monday night for their eighth straight win, spoiling a splendid NHL debut for Bruins forward Ryan Donato.

"We stuck with it and that's what good teams do," Atkinson said. "It wasn't our prettiest by no means, but we found a way to get two huge points."


Rinne blanks Sabres, Preds on 14-0-1 run

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Predators stalwart Pekka Rinne briefly stopped to marvel when informed of the elite NHL goaltending company he joined in becoming a three-time 40-game winner - and after a shutout, no less.

Only six players - Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk, among them - had previously done that.


Carter's 2nd lifts Kings over Wild in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jeff Carter's return from ankle surgery has been a big boost for the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Kings.

Carter scored his second goal of the game with 33.8 seconds left on the clock in overtime and Los Angeles recovered after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Monday night.


Panthers down Habs, 3 points behind 8th

MONTREAL (AP) Roberto Luongo got another shutout and helped the Florida Panthers inch closer to a playoff spot.

Luongo stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season and 76th of his career, leading the Panthers to a 2-0 victory over the injury-riddled Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.


Ekman-Larsson nets 2, Coyotes top Flames

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice late in the third period to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Max Domi also had two goals for Arizona, including an empty-netter with 21 seconds left, and had an assist on Ekman-Larsson's tiebreaking goal. Richard Panik scored early in the second period for the Coyotes, and Antti Raanta stopped 42 shots.


Penguins G Murray poised to return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Penguins goaltender Matt Murray looks ready to return from a concussion that's kept him out for the past three weeks.

Murray practiced with his teammates on Monday and could be available on Tuesday night when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions visit the New York Islanders.


Laine point streak at 15, Jets top Stars

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Patrik Laine promised he'll do better next time. At least until he gets the better of Alex Ovechkin.

Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to 15 games and tie Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night to match the franchise wins record at 43.


Simmonds' 2 goals help Flyers past Caps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers are playing every game as if it's the postseason. It paid off this weekend.

Simmonds scored two goals to lift the Flyers past the Washington Capitals 6-3 on Sunday night, capping a four-point weekend and helping Philadelphia solidify its playoff position.


Ducks beat Devils, now 3rd in Pacific

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks had the chance to move back into a playoff spot by getting a point against the New Jersey Devils. That, however, wasn't necessarily their main motivation.

Coach Randy Carlyle offered his team a day off if they won their final two home games before starting their last road trip of the season, and the extra incentive enticed the Ducks into smothering the Devils with their physicality.


Kucherov has 2, Lightning regroup to win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning quickly bounce back from a rare shutout loss.

Kucherov scored twice to lead the Lightning to a 3-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Tampa Bay extended its lead to four points over Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference less than 24 hours after a shutout loss at home to the Bruins.

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