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Sens win but lose Methot on Crosby slash

Ottawa Senators' Zack Smith (15), back center left, grabs on to Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators got a big win, but lost a player in the process.

Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout as the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Thursday night. They appear to have lost defenseman Marc Methot for perhaps an extended period of time, though, after he took a slash from Sidney Crosby in the first period.

Ottawa played the final 45 minutes without Methot, who left the game with a bloodied and mangled finger on his left hand following a two-handed slash from Crosby. Crosby didn't receive a penalty on the play.

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Bettman: Assume we won't go to Olympics

CHICAGO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions before the league sends the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next February.

For now, Bettman says, "assume we're not going."

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Bobrovsky stops 44 in SO loss to Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) T.J. Sochi was back for one night only.

Reprising his memorable performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, T.J. Oshie again beat Sergei Bobrovsky in a shootout as the Washington Capitals came back to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Thursday night. After beating Bobrovsky four times in six chances in the United States-Russia Olympic showdown, Oshie only needed to score once in the shootout this time to give his team an important victory with the playoffs not far away.

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Sizzling 'Hawks win SO, pad Central lead

CHICAGO (AP) The Blackhawks weren't at their best, but marquee players came through -again - to keep Western Conference-leading Chicago on a roll.

Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the Central Division.

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Paajarvi scores 2, Blues win ninth in 10

ST. LOUIS (AP) Magnus Paajarvi has used a newfound wave of confidence to solidify his spot in the lineup and help the St. Louis Blues go on a strong run.

Paajarvi scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. St. Louis has won 14 of 20 since Feb. 7 after Paajarvi was recalled from Chicago of the AHL.

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Kucherov's 3 goals lift Tampa in Boston

BOSTON (AP) Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning get a big win in the playoff push.

Kucherov had his third career hat trick to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-3 victory over Boston on Thursday night, snapping the Lightning's three-game losing streak and helping them pull three points behind the Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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'Canes beat Habs, push point streak to 9

MONTREAL (AP) Trying to keep pace in the postseason race, the Carolina Hurricanes took care of business in an arena at which they haven't had much luck recently.

Lee Stempniak scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night to extend their point streak to nine games and keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Avs, Sens to play 2 games in Sweden

The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two games in Sweden next season, the NHL's first regular-season games in Europe since 2011.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association on Friday announced their new Global Series games Nov. 10 and 11 in Stockholm. This is the NHL's sixth trip to Europe and the seventh and eighth games played in Sweden.

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Oilers rally with 5 in 3rd to beat Avs

DENVER (AP) Laurent Brossoit didn't get a lot of action when he came into the game, but the backup goalie's presence sparked a rare third-period comeback for the Edmonton Oilers.

Drake Caggiula and Jordan Eberle scored 1:10 apart to break a tie late in the third period, and the Oilers rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on Thursday night.

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Red-hot Nylander keeps Leafs surging

TORONTO (AP) It was the type of game, Mike Babcock said, that good teams find a way to win.

His surging Toronto Maple Leafs did just that, helped by some emerging rookie stars.

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