NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games

Reuters

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March 6 (The Sports Xchange) - High lights of Thursday's National Hockey League games.

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Kings 3, Jets 1

The Los Angeles Kings displayed the kind of form that carried them to a Stanley Cup victory in 2012 with a dominating territorial performance on the road against the Winnipeg Jets.

The game may have appeared close on the scoreboard but the visitors out-shot the hosts by a 41-18 margin and at times the ice looked tilted toward the Winnipeg net.

The win improved the Kings' record to 36-22-6 and dropped the Jets to 30-27-7.

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Blues 2, Predators 1

Goaltender Ryan Miller remains unbeaten with his new team after turning aside 20 shots for his third win with the St Louis Blues, who edged the Nashville Predators on the road.

Miller, acquired from the Buffalo Sabres a week ago in perhaps the biggest deal prior to the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday, needed to make only five saves in the third period.

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Bruins 3, Capitals 0

The Boston Bruins, getting only token resistance from the Washington Capitals, cruised to their third straight victory.

Tuukka Rask turned aside only 16 shots to beat the Caps for the first time in his career and post his sixth shutout of the season.

The Caps, short-handed because of injuries and suspension, lost their third straight.

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Sabres 3, Lightning 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning welcomed the return of their best player but could not get a win against the worst team in the NHL.

Center Steven Stamkos was back in action after a 45-game injury absence but Tampa Bay was ineffective in its first game without former captain Martin St Louis, an emotional leader who asked to be dealt to the New York Rangers at the trade deadline.

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Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 1

Centers Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored two goals apiece as the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Toews produced his second multi-goal game in the last three and has five goals and an assist during his hot streak.

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Avalanche 3, Red Wings 2 (overtime)

Defenseman Andre Benoit scored with 31 seconds left in the overtime period to give the Colorado Avalanche a road win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Center Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist and right winger P.A. Parenteau also scored for Colorado.

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Coyotes 5, Canadiens 2

Phoenix forwards Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski, and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, scored first-period goals as the Coyotes beat the Montreal Canadiens for the first time in more than 15 years.

The Coyotes had not beaten Montreal since Dec. 9, 1998, going 0-9-2 against the Canadiens since.

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Stars 6, Canucks 1

Center Tyler Seguin scored his third hat-trick of the season and fourth of his career, and added two assists as the Dallas Stars routed the Vancouver Canucks.

The Stars (30-23-10) also got goals from Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski and Ryan Garbutt.

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Oilers 3, Islanders 2 (overtime)

The Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Islanders in overtime on left wing Taylor Hall's goal in the extra period.

It was a meeting of former NHL powers who have fallen on hard times. They met two decades ago in back-to-back Stanley Cup finals - the Islanders winning in 1993 and the Oilers in 1994.

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Sharks 5, Penguins 3

The San Jose Sharks recovered from a two-goal deficit to record their 11th consecutive home victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose right winger Brent Burns added his second goal of the night into an empty net with 2.6 seconds left to ensure victory as the Sharks outshot the high-powered Penguins 47-22.

(Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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