Feb 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games.
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Bruins 3, Canucks 1
The Boston Bruins continued their home ice dominance with a victory over the floundering Vancouver Canucks.
Milan Lucic and right winger Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist each and goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots as the Bruins (36-16-3) improved their home record to 22-6-2, including 19-3-2 in their last 24 games.
Vancouver (27-22-9) lost five straight, the last two in two nights since coach John Tortorella returned from his 15-day league suspension. The Canucks have one goal in the two games.
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Senators 5, Blues 4 (Shootout)
Kyle Turris scored in the fifth round of the shootout and goaltender Robin Lehner made 46 saves in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout to lead the Ottawa Senators to a victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists for Ottawa. Turris, left winger Milan Michalek and defenseman Erik Karlsson also the scored for the Senators (25-21-11).
David Backes, center T.J. Oshie, left winger Brenden Morrow and defenseman Jordan Leopold scored for the Blues (37-12-6).
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Rangers 5, Avalanche 1
The New York Rangers put together their first four-game winning streak of the season, turning back the Colorado Avalanche.
New York (31-23-3) received two first-period goals from right wing Ryan Callahan in claiming their seventh win in the last 10 games.
Colorado's four-game win streak ended with the loss. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche (36-15-5), the best road team in the NHL with a .692 winning percentage.
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Wild 2, Lightning 1
Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who missed the previous 14 games with a foot injury, set up goals by right winger Nino Niederreiter and left winger Dany Heatley in the Wild's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper had 34 saves as the Wild (30-21-7) won their fourth home game in a row.
Tampa Bay got 24 saves from goalie Ben Bishop, who seemed to struggle with control of the puck throughout the night. Center Valtteri Filppula scored for the Lightning (32-19-5), who have lost three of their past four games.
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Jets 2, Hurricanes 1
Chris Thorburn scored with 1:03 left and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots as the Winnipeg Jets won for the ninth time in their last 11 games under new coach Paul Maurice, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes.
Winnipeg (28-25-5) played its 33rd one-goal game, tied for second most in the league.
Carolina (25-21-9), coming off its second-best January in franchise history (20 points), lost for just the fifth time in 16 games.
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Islanders 1, Capitals 0
New York defenseman Andrew MacDonald provided the only offense when he scored 2:16 into the third period, and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 22 shots for his 57th career shutout as the Islanders blanked the Washington Capitals.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Islanders (22-28-8). The Capitals (25-23-9) entered the game three points out of a playoff spot. They went 3-1-1 in their previous five games.
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Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1
Goalie Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers shut down the Toronto Maple Leafs for a victory.
Thomas needed just 20 saves while The Panthers ( 22-27-7) got goals from defensemen Tom Gilbert and Brian Campbell and center Shawn Matthias. Center Marcel Goc added an empty-net goal with 2:30 left in the game.
Toronto's goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 44 saves as they fell to 30-22-6.
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Canadiens 2, Flames 0
Montreal goalie Carey Price made 27 saves for his second shutout in his past four starts and left winger Rene Bourque and center David Desharnais scored as the Canadiens ended the Calgary Flames' season-high five-game winning streak.
Price, who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, posted his fourth shutout of the season for Montreal (30-21-6), including a 36-save effort a week earlier in a 3-0 win over Carolina.
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Stars 3, Coyotes 1
Dallas left winger Antoine Roussel broke a tie three minutes into the third period and goaltender Kari Lehtonen helped the Stars to their fifth positive result in seven games with a victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Lehtonen finished with 27 saves for the Stars (26-21-9), who closed to within two points of the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Mike Smith made 37 saves for the Coyotes (26-20-10), who lost for the second time in three games.
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