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Halak blanks Ducks, Bruins push run to 4

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Boston Bruins have been trending in the right direction for a while.

Jaroslav Halak is starting to round into form again.

Halak made 30 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and the Bruins beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.


Schneider ends drought, Devils win in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A goaltender who was winless in his previous 21 decisions outplayed an All-Star down the stretch Friday night.

Cory Schneider got his first win in nearly 14 months when Nico Hischier scored 3:19 into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a wild 5-4 victory over the slumping Minnesota Wild.


Isles to play 1st-round games at Nassau

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders say that if they qualify for the playoffs they will play first-round games at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and any additional games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The team and BSE Global, which operates both arenas, said Friday the decision was made in consultation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.


Niederreiter, McElhinney lift Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Nino Niederreiter kept scoring goals for his new team. Curtis McElhinney kept up his mastery of the Edmonton Oilers.

They pushed the Carolina Hurricanes closer to playoff position.


Georgiev stops 31 as Rangers beat Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers were locked up in another tight game before pulling away at the very end.

It was quite a relief for coach David Quinn.


Pens D Schultz to return from broken leg

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated defenseman Justin Schultz off injured reserve.

Pittsburgh made the move on Friday, clearing the way for Schultz to play for the first time since fracturing his left leg four months ago in Montreal. He's expected to be in the lineup on Saturday when Pittsburgh hosts Calgary.


Binnington wins again, Blues' run hits 8

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The goal is looking awfully big when Vladimir Tarasenko is shooting. Jordan Binnington is making it look awfully small when he's in it.

The combination has led the St. Louis Blues to their longest winning streak in 18 years.


Ovechkin nets 39th, Caps end Sharks' run

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) T.J. Oshie got the Washington Capitals going Thursday night, and Alex Ovechkin helped poured it on from there.

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, Oshie had two goals and an assist, and the Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1.


Red-hot Greiss blanks Jackets, Isles win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Platooning two goalies is working out just fine for coach Barry Trotz and the surprising New York Islanders.

Thomas Greiss took his turn Thursday night and responded by stopping 31 shots and picking up his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Lightning rout Stars to reach 90 points

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) When Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are piling up points, the Tampa Bay Lightning are tough to stop.

Stamkos had two goals and an assist, Kucherov added a goal and three assists and the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 6-0 Thursday night.

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