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Flames use big 2nd period to beat host Stars 5-3

Flames score 3 goals in 2nd period, hang on for 5-3 win over host Stars
The Associated Press

DALLAS - Jiri Hudler is having the best season of his 10-year career, and the Calgary Flames forward is savvy enough to know that it doesn't hurt to be a little lucky.

Hudler deflected in a second-period shot to start Calgary's three-goal flurry in a span of 6:49 that helped the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday night.

Kris Russell's shot from the left point hit Hudler and Dallas defenceman Alex Galligaskins and trickled past goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Schultz, Bachman help Oilers to 4-1 win over Avs

Richard Bachman stops 29 shots as Oilers beat Avalanche 4-1 to end 5-game road losing streak
Pat Graham, The Associated Press

DENVER - In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong.

The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose.

Defenceman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday night.

Vrbata, Lack strong in Canucks' 4-1 win over Blues

Vrbata has goal and assist; Lack strong in net for Canucks in 4-1 win over Blues
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - As usual, the Vancouver Canucks were strong on the road. The St. Louis Blues didn't put up much of a fight.

Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling Blues on Monday night. They will look for a repeat Tuesday against the Predators.

NBCSN's Engblom gets stitches after struck in head by puck

Ouch! NBCSN analyst Engblom gets stitches after struck in forehead by puck in Sharks-Pens game
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom needed stitches after taking a puck to his forehead late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby tipped Brenden Dillon's outlet pass over the glass with 1:42 left in the period. The puck deflected right at Engblom, who was broadcasting from the ice-level area between the teams' benches at CONSOL Energy Center.

Bouma scores 2 goals to lead Flames over Predators 5-2

Lance Bouma scores 2 goals to lead Flames past Predators 5-2
Jim Diamond, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Calgary Flames needed a total team effort to beat the Nashville Predators and get back into playoff position in the Western Conference.

Lance Bouma had two goals, and Michael Ferland, Kris Russell, and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.

Vanek, Koivu, Parise score in third, Wilds beat Flames 4-2

Thomas Vanek, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise score in third, Wilds beat Flames 4-2
Mike Cook, The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild poured it on in the third period against the Calgary Flames.

Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu scored early in a three-goal third period and the Wild pulled away to beat the Flames 4-2 on Friday night.

Blue Jackets' Jared Boll suspended 3 games for high hit

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll suspended 3 games for high hit to head
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay for a check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

The league determined Boll came in high with his shoulder on a second-period hit on Maroon during the game on Tuesday night in Columbus, a 5-3 victory for the Blue Jackets.

Last-place-rooting Sabres fans have message to team: 'Lose!'

Last-place-rooting Sabres fans have message to team in preparing to face Coyotes: 'Lose!'
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres are in last place. And many of their fans are openly rooting for the standings to stay that way.

"Lose!" yelled Doug Borsuk, a 10-year season-ticket holder from the upper level during a recent Sabres' home game. "Of course it's weird. But it's ultimately for them to succeed. If they're not going to make the playoffs, they might as well finish last."

Forsberg's goal lifts Predators past Canadiens 3-2 in OT

Filip Forsberg scores power-play goal at 1:54 of OT as Predators rally, beat Canadiens 3-2
Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators have struggled enough over the past month that they'll take any bounce they can get, especially against Montreal goalie Carey Price.

Ryan Ellis bounced a puck past Price for the tying goal in the third, then Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of overtime as the Predators rallied to beat the Canadiens 3-2 Tuesday night in a game between two of the NHL's top teams.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

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