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Hertl scores 3 as Sharks win 7th in row

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl scored three goals and Joe Thornton celebrated his 1,000th game for San Jose by adding another that helped the Sharks win their seventh straight game, 5-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Marcus Sorensen also scored and the Sharks improved to 16-3-2 in their past 21 games with a convincing victory over the dangerous Penguins. Martin Jones made 22 saves to tie his career best by winning his eighth straight start.

Kris Letang and Derick Brassard scored for the Penguins, who have lost two in a row following a stretch of 10 wins in 11 games. Matt Murray stopped 24 shots but had his career-high nine-game winning streak snapped.

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Wings push Ducks' team-record skid to 12

DETROIT (AP) The Anaheim Ducks dropped their heads on the bench and looked down at their skates, another defeat seemingly imminent.

Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 4:16 left and Darren Helm scored a little later, lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the Ducks 3-1 on Tuesday night to extend their franchise-record losing streak to 12 games.

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Habs' Niemi stops 52 to beat Panthers

MONTREAL (AP) Antti Niemi experienced two firsts in net for the Montreal Canadiens.

First, Niemi made a career-high 52 stops as the Canadiens extended their win streak to three games with a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

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Arvidsson scores 3 as Preds rout Caps

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Viktor Arvidsson is feeling healthier with each passing game, and the results are showing in the back of the net.

Arvidsson scored a hat trick on National Hat Day, and the Nashville Predators routed the Washington Capitals 7-2 Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid.

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Brossoit stops 26 in 2nd, Jets top Vegas

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Laurent Brossoit faced a barrage of pucks against Vegas, and liked it.

Brossoit, Winnipeg's backup goalie, stopped a franchise-record 26 shots in the second period and made a season-high 43 saves in Jets' 4-1 victory over the Golden Knights on Tuesday.

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Jackets down Devils for 4th straight win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their win streak to four games and stayed in the thick of the battle at the top of the tough Metropolitan Division. The team's productive top line is a big reason why.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson each had a goal and an assist on Tuesday night as the Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1.

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Lightning's Vasilevskiy beats Stars 2-0

DALLAS (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy's second shutout in a week came with a little help from his friends on the penalty kill.

The goaltender stopped 35 shots while helping to stifle six Dallas Stars power plays, and Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev scored for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

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Filppula lifts surging Islanders in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Even when they aren't playing great, the New York Islanders are managing to keep winning.

Valtteri Filppula scored 1:37 into overtime and the Islanders beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 Tuesday night for their 12th win in 15 games.

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Zibanejad's 4 points help Rangers win

NEW YORK (AP) With players up and down the lineup producing multiple points, the New York Rangers broke through for a confidence-building victory they desperately needed.

Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists to help the Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 on Tuesday night.

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Zucker lifts Wild over Kings in shootout

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jason Zucker knew just what he wanted to do on his turn in the shootout.

Zucker scored on that backhand in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

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