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Ovechkin nets 3 again, Caps win in SO

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored goals in bunches once again - until the shootout. Then it was up to Jakub Vrana to clinch an important victory for the Washington Capitals.

The three-time MVP had his second consecutive hat trick, Vrana scored in the sixth round of the tiebreaker and the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5 on Friday night.

Ovechkin's three goals gave him an NHL-best 28 this season and nine in his last five games. His 13-game point streak matched his career high set in 2006-07.

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Scheifele's OT goal moves Jets atop West

CHICAGO (AP) Mark Scheifele and the Winnipeg Jets just keep rolling along.

Another long night was no big deal.

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McDavid scores 2 to lift surging Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers look awfully comfortable at home lately.

McDavid had two goals and an assist, Leon Draisaitl added three assists and the resurgent Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Friday night.

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Devils top Vegas in OT after down 3

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils were tired of the pointed questions. Tired of the team meetings. Tired of not feeling like their work had accomplished a tangible result.

So they went out and did something about it.

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DeSmith stops 48 as Pens hold off Bruins

PITTSBURGH (AP) Casey DeSmith is not the highest-paid or most accomplished goaltender on the Penguins. Yet he's playing like it, a development that's helped Pittsburgh keep its season from unraveling.

The backup thrust into a starting role while two-time Stanley Cup winner Matt Murray recovers from a lower-body injury and shaky play stopped a career-high 48 shots as Pittsburgh fended off a third-period Boston rally to slip by the Bruins 5-3 on Friday night.

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Stepan rallies Coyotes by Rangers in OT

NEW YORK (AP) The Arizona Coyotes had every reason to feel the deck was stacked against them. They had lost four straight and trailed 3-0 in the second period against the New York Rangers.

However, instead of accepting another loss, Arizona rallied back to tie the score and Derek Stepan scored with 32 seconds left on the clock in overtime against his former team as the Coyotes beat the Rangers 4-3 Friday night.

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O'Reilly's SHG in OT lifts Blues by Avs

ST. LOUIS (AP) After the St. Louis Blues caught the short end of the stick on an obscure NHL rule, Ryan O'Reilly bailed them out with a breakaway winner.

O'Reilly scored a short-handed goal 2:05 into overtime to lift St. Louis over the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Friday night.

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Tierney scores 2 as Senators down Wings

DETROIT (AP) Mark Stone swooped into the crease, knocked the puck in the net and pumped his right fist.

Stone scored midway through the third period and Chris Tierney's second goal went into an empty net, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

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Vasilevskiy stops 48, Tampa's run hits 8

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy delivered a record-setting performance after sitting out a month.

Tampa Bay's goalie made a career-high 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams.

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Panarin's 2 goals help Jackets top Kings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The evening started just fine for the reeling Los Angeles Kings, who scored first on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But it went downhill from there for the visitors.

Columbus, which hasn't won at home since Nov. 29, answered quickly and Sergei Bobrovsky denied the Kings the rest of the way as the Blue Jackets cruised to a 4-1 win on Thursday night.

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