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Blues hold off Devils for 7th straight win
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko stretched his goal-scoring streak to four games and the St. Louis Blues extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven with a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Jake Allen made 24 saves for the Blues and ran his shutout streak to 184 minutes before giving up his first goal in two weeks.

Tarasenko and linemate Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist. Tarasenko has scored five goals during his four-game streak and eight in his last six games overall.

Alexander Steen and David Backes also scored for St. Louis. Jori Lehtera had two assists.

Allen, who blanked the Devils 1-0 Tuesday night in New Jersey, had his shutout streak snapped at 184:01 when Michael Ryder beat him at 16:35 of the third period.

Prior to that, Allen had not allowed a goal since Vancouver’s Linden Vey scored on him at 11:57 of the third period on Oct. 23.

Marek Zidlicky then scored at 18:09 for New Jersey and Ryder added his second of the game with 50.5 seconds left to make it 4-3.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored the shootout winner to lift Pittsburgh to its sixth straight win.

Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped shots by Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane after Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets to open the shootout.

Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, while Steve Downie and Simon Despres added goals for Pittsburgh in regulation. Fleury finished with 34 saves through overtime.

Ladd, Jacob Trouba and Kane scored for the Jets, who now have points in seven straight games. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 32 shots for Winnipeg.


BOSTON (AP) — Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists during a third-period flurry that sent the streaking Boston Bruins past skidding Edmonton.

The Bruins scored three times in a span of 2:34 to erase a 2-1 deficit on the way to their fourth straight victory. Boston won its 13th in a row against the Oilers, who have not beaten the Bruins since Oct. 17, 2000.

Tuukka Rask finished with 24 saves for Boston, which also got goals from Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith and Milan Lucic.

Ben Scrivens made 27 saves for Edmonton, which lost its fourth consecutive game.


DALLAS (AP) — Matt Cullen scored the go-ahead goal at 13:47 of the third period in Nashville’s victory over slumping Dallas.

Goals by Trevor Daley and Patrick Eaves rallied Dallas from a 2-0 deficit. But the Stars have lost their last six games (0-4-2), and are 1-2-4 at home.

Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg scored power-play goals in the second period for Nashville, which is 3-2 on a six-game road trip. The Predators had only two power-play goals in their first nine games, but have scored four in the last four games.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored twice and Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots to lead Ottawa over Minnesota.

Clarke MacArthur also had a goal for the Senators. Anderson earned his second shutout this season and the 28th of his career.

Niklas Backstrom made 14 saves for Minnesota.

The Wild have outshot their opponents in all 12 games this season, but they’ve lost their past two.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette scored his first two NHL goals as Tampa Bay finished a perfect four-game homestand.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Brian Boyle, Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Filppula. The Lightning had scored 15 goals during three wins earlier in the homestand against Arizona, Philadelphia and Washington.

Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames, who had won three in a row. Mark Giordano had two assists.

After Paquette scored 61 seconds into the second period, Boyle put Tampa Bay up 3-1 at 4:02 on the rebound after Jonas Hiller stopped the forward’s initial shot during a short-handed breakaway.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist in the first period, Jakub Voracek continued his offensive surge, and Philadelphia cruised past Florida.

Voracek got his sixth goal of the season to pull into tie with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with a league-leading 19 points. Michael Del Zotto and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for Philadelphia, which has won four straight at home. Brayden Schenn added two assists.

Nick Bjugstad scored his first goal of the season for the Panthers, who had earned at least one point in their previous seven games.

Steve Mason made 35 saves, including a big third-period stop on Bjugstad, to pick up his second straight win for the Flyers. Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots for Florida.


DENVER (AP) — Alex Tanguay scored in regulation and had the decisive goal in a shootout to lift Colorado over Toronto.

Matt Duchene also scored in regulation and the shootout for the Avalanche, who ended a three-game skid.

Colorado lost a late lead but made up for it in the shootout. All three shooters scored, starting with Nathan MacKinnon.

Reto Berra made 33 saves in his first start in six games.

Tyler Bozak scored in regulation and had Toronto’s only goal in the shootout. Phil Kessel and Richard Panik also scored for the Maple Leafs.