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Forsberg records 2nd straight hat trick

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Filip Forsberg is living up to every bit of his `Scoresberg' nickname right now for the Nashville Predators.

Forsberg scored his second straight hat trick, and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Thursday night to sweep the season series between the Central Division teams.

"He's definitely a gifted player," Nashville center Ryan Johansen said of his linemate. "Every night is a privilege to play with those guys. He keeps impressing me and I'm sure everyone else watching. He's really an elite player, and he's a huge part of this organization and this hockey club if we're going to be successful."


Kane has hat trick, 'Hawks win 8th in 9

CHICAGO (AP) - The Blackhawks and their marquee players are starting to get in a groove.

And Chicago is starting to look like the team that won three Stanley Cups in the last seven seasons.


Bruins drop Kings, 5-1-0 under Cassidy

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Boston Bruins figured their road swing against the NHL's three tough California teams would be a strong indication of their ability to contend for a playoff spot.

Interim coach Bruce Cassidy thinks the Bruins are leaving the Golden State in great shape.


Beauvillier, Greiss help Isles top Habs

MONTREAL (AP) It was a big night for rookie Anthony Beauvillier and the New York Islanders.

Beauvillier scored in the first period, Thomas Greiss had stopped 24 shots for his third shutout of the season, and the Islanders beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday night.


Monahan helps Flames cool off Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Calgary Flames have put together a nice run as the regular season starts winding down.

Sean Monahan scored his 100th NHL goal, Brian Elliott made 23 saves, and the Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night.


Rangers get past Maple Leafs in shootout

TORONTO (AP) Mika Zibanejad helped the New York Rangers continue their strong play in February.

Zibanejad scored the shootout winner and the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.


Pens get Hainsey for banged-up blue line

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford turned to an old friend to give his team's injury ravaged defense a needed boost.

The Penguins acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from Carolina on Thursday. Pittsburgh sent minor-league forward Danny Kristo and a draft pick to the Hurricanes in exchange for the 35-year-old Hainsey, whose long wait to play in the postseason may finally be over.


'Canes' Bickell moving closer to return

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Bryan Bickell is taking the next step toward his goal of returning to the Carolina Hurricanes while fighting multiple sclerosis.

The Hurricanes announced Thursday that they've placed the forward on waivers with the purpose of assigning him to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. The minor-league team begins a six-game homestand with games Friday and Saturday nights.


Oilers end Panthers' 5-game win streak

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The last time Edmonton lost a road game at Florida, Connor McDavid was 5 years old.

He's 20 now. And he wasn't about to let the streak end just yet.


Kuznetsov's 2 goals lead Caps by Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A big boost from the video guys and bigger shots by Evgeny Kuznetsov got the Capitals back on the winning track.

Kuznetsov scored two goals, Braden Holtby made 33 saves and Washington beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Wednesday night.

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