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Rangers sweep 'Canes, win sixth straight

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NEW YORK (AP) Playing a weak opponent back-to-back gave the New York Rangers a grand chance to enhance their winning streak.

One goal was all they required Sunday. Ryan McDonagh's first-period score held up and Cam Talbot made 18 saves as the Rangers extended their victory run to six with a 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Eastern Conference-worst Hurricanes lost for the eighth time in nine games. A day earlier, the Rangers won 3-2 in a shootout in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Heavy-hearted Blackhawks blank Leafs

CHICAGO (AP) Playing with heavy hearts, Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks earned a difficult win.

Kane had a power-play goal and two assists, leading Antti Raanta and the Blackhawks to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night.


Flyers' Zepp, 33, wins debut in OT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Rob Zepp was more than willing to work overtime for his first win.

Zepp made 25 saves in his NHL debut and Jakub Voracek scored 10 seconds into overtime, sending the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.


Iginla lifts Avs in SO, Wings' skid at 6

DETROIT (AP) The Colorado Avalanche had the luxury of calling on a six-time NHL All-Star for the ninth round of a shootout.

Jarome Iginla scored in the tiebreaker to lift the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.


Bruins rally late, beat Sabres in OT

BOSTON (AP) Dougie Hamilton got the Boston Bruins to overtime, and then Loui Eriksson stepped up again.

Eriksson scored 2:14 into the extra session, and the Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Sunday night.


Stars rally, Horcoff beats Oilers in SO

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The first part of the second period was a disaster for Dallas. The response by Tyler Seguin and the Stars was quite impressive.

Seguin had two goals and an assist, and then scored in the shootout to help Dallas beat the lowly Edmonton Oilers 6-5 on Sunday night for their fourth consecutive win.


Isles score 2 in 12 seconds, stun Tampa

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Once the New York Islanders finally figured out 20-year-old goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, doing it again proved to be simple.

John Tavares and Anders Lee scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, after the Islanders had been stymied by Vasilevskiy, and New York stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 with a late comeback Saturday night.


Sharks' streak at 5 after OT win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Thornton figured he would just toss the puck into a dangerous area and trust that someone would be there.

Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime after Thornton assisted on San Jose's tying tally, and the Sharks rallied past the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.


Canucks beat Flames in OT, end skid at 5

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Chris Tanev celebrated his 25th birthday in style Saturday night with a game-winning goal that snapped the Canucks out of their slump.

Tanev scored 18 seconds into overtime and Vancouver defeated the skidding Calgary Flames 3-2 to snap a five-game losing streak.


Pouliot scores in debut to spark Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) Derrick Pouliot enjoyed one of the best days of his young life, playing a key role in another win for the surging Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 20-year-old Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Penguins during their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

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