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Hischier scores twice as Devils extend win streak to 5

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POSTED December 28, 2017 12:27 a.m.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Top overall draft pick Nico Hischier scored two goals in the first period, and the New Jersey Devils extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Taylor Hall had two assists, Cory Schneider made 31 saves and the Devils killed off all five Red Wings power plays in extending Detroit’s losing streak to three games. Sami Vatanen scored into an empty net with 23 seconds to play for the final margin.

RANGERS 1,

CAPITALS 0, SO

NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad scored in the shootout to lift New York to victory over Washington.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 30 shots he faced through overtime and both Washington skaters in the tiebreaker. His first shutout of the season and the 18th of his career helped the Rangers improve to 4-1-1 in their last six games.

PENGUINS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4, SO

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout, and Pittsburgh rallied past Columbus.

Crosby and Malkin both beat Sergei Bobrovsky between the legs in the shootout. Matt Murray stopped Pierre-Luc Dubois and then Artemi Panarin to clinch the win.

PREDATORS 2, BLUES 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok scored his second goal in two games and Pekka Rinne made 29 saves as Nashville beat St. Louis, snapping its season-high three-game losing streak.

Craig Smith scored his 13th of the season for the Predators, who leapfrogged the Blues to take over first place in the Central Division with 49 points.

COYOTES 3,

AVALANCHE 1

DENVER (AP) — Alex Goligoski scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and Arizona beat Colorado.

Tobias Rieder scored 54 seconds into the game and Antti Raanta stopped 25 shots for the Coyotes, who won for only the second time in 10 games. Lawson Crouse added his first goal of the season with 4:25 remaining.

BRUINS 5, SENATORS 1

BOSTON (AP) — Riley Nash scored two goals, Kevan Miller got his first of the season and surging Boston beat Ottawa for its 14th win in 18 games.

Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots for the Bruins, improving to 9-0-1 in his past 10 games. Rask was selected the NHL’s first star for last week.

HURRICANES 3,

CANADIENS 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored two goals in the third period, and Carolina beat Montreal.

Aho’s power-play goal midway through the third put Carolina in front, and he later added an empty-netter. Teuvo Teravainen scored Carolina’s other goal, while Alex Galchenyuk tallied for Montreal.

Carolina has won five straight home games and six of seven overall.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots to improve to 7-0-1 in his last eight games.

JETS 4, OILERS 3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Joel Armia scored twice as Winnipeg halted Edmonton’s season-high winning streak at four games.

Bryan Little and Kyle Connor also supplied goals for Winnipeg.

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, extending his point streak to five games. Jesse Puljujarvi and Jujhar Khaira also had a goal each, and Connor McDavid added a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves for the Jets, who are 13-3-1 at home. Cam Talbot stopped 35 shots for the Oilers. He went into the game having won his past seven starts.

ISLANDERS 3,

SABRES 2, OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored 1:08 into overtime to give New York the victory over Buffalo.

New York has won three of five to improve to 20-13-4. Jason Chimera and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders.

Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo scored for last-place Buffalo (9-20-8), which has lost four of five.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots for the Islanders, and Robin Lehner made 33 saves for Buffalo. It marked the eighth time this season Lehner stopped at least 30 shots in a game.

WILD 4, STARS 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, and Minnesota beat Dallas.

Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in six games. Charlie Coyle had two assists and Alex Stalock made 24 saves.

Tyler Seguin and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas.

Granlund, who had a career-high 26 goals last year, has eight this season and only one in his previous 11 games.

With the Wild on the power play and the game tied 2-2, Granlund charged in from the left wall to put home a rebound at 13:08 of the second period.

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