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Ovechkin gets 50th for sixth time in win

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WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin smiled that gap-toothed grin of his while standing for a commemorative photo in the locker room, holding the puck he put in the net a couple of hours earlier for his NHL-leading 50th goal.

"A good picture," the player known as Alex the Great proclaimed.

It's a pose he is getting used to.


Bruins top Panthers, tighten hold on 8th

BOSTON (AP) Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:09 left as Boston rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 Tuesday night, giving the Bruins two valuable points as the try to hang on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tuukka Rask kept the puck out during a final scramble at the buzzer with Florida on a power play and an extra skater for goalie Roberto Luongo.


Lundqvist gets win as Rangers top Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Chris Kreider scored with 3:46 left in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Lundqvist, playing for the second time since missing 25 games with a neck injury, stopped 32 shots and earned his first win in his return.


Stone lifts Sens past Wings in shootout

DETROIT (AP) Mark Stone scored the final goal in the shootout, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris also had shootout goals for the Senators. Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period, and Andrew Hammond, who missed the previous two games because of a lower-body injury, returned and made 16 saves.


Kadri leads Maple Leafs past Lightning

TORONTO (AP) Nazem Kadri had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs played the role of spoilers in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lighting on Tuesday night.

One day after the Lightning secured a playoff spot, they fell behind 2-0 after a sluggish spell midway through the first period.


OT win pushes Blue Jackets' run to 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) After a season filled with injuries, the Columbus Blue Jackets are getting healthy. And, apparently, more resilient.

Jack Johnson's backhander 56 seconds into overtime lifted the Blue Jackets past the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to seven.


Blues scuffling as playoffs approach

ST. LOUIS (AP) T.J. Oshie believes information overload preparing for the playoffs could be the reason for the St. Louis Blues' late-season skid.

"There's so much we're trying to pack in here," Oshie said after a lackluster 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. "I'm not sure what it looks like from up top, but guys aren't really sticking with their gut and going with their first instinct."


Blackhawks rout Kings, close in on Blues

CHICAGO (AP) One dramatic victory in Winnipeg turned into a convincing win in Chicago.

A little momentum for the Blackhawks traveled a long way.


Flames chase Lehtonen, beat Stars 5-3

DALLAS (AP) Jiri Hudler is having the best season of his 10-year career, and the Calgary Flames forward is savvy enough to know that it doesn't hurt to be a little lucky.

Hudler deflected in a second-period shot to start Calgary's three-goal flurry in a span of 6:49 that helped the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday night.


Sabres beat Coyotes in matchup of worsts

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres cranked up the music and laughed in the locker room. When the music got turned down, someone sneaked over and spun the dial back up, leading to even more laughter.

In a disappointing season filled with long strings of losses, it was good to let off a little steam for once.

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