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Canadiens Still On Top Of East – NHL News And Scores For March 8th

Montreal Canadiens v Carolina Hurricanes - Getty Images
Montreal Canadiens v Carolina Hurricanes – Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens continue to top the NHL’s Eastern Conference, but their lead in the Northeast Division remains just one point over Boston.

Brandon Prust and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist in the Canadiens’ 4-2 triumph at Carolina. Eller scored the tiebreaker with 13:51 remaining and Carey Price made 42 saves as the Habs improved to 15-5-4.

Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) contributed two goals and an assist as the Bruins doubled up Toronto 4-2 to improve to 15-3-3. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhur-ahn) added a goal and an assist to support Anton Khudobin, who finished with 25 saves in helping the Bruins end a two-game winless skid.

Also on ice, Chris Kunitz (KOO’-nihts) scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Philadelphia 5-4. Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE’), James Neal and Tyler Kennedy also scored for the Penguins before Kunitz’s tally at 18 seconds of the third period sent the Atlantic Division leaders to their third straight win.

The New York Rangers beat the Islanders 2-1 on Marian Gaborik’s (GAB’-uh-riks) power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime. Rick Nash set up the game-winner after scoring the tying goal with 5:23 left in regulation.

David Clarkson and Patrik Elias (EH’-lee-ahsh) scored in a shootout as New Jersey beat Buffalo 3-2 to halt a six-game winless skid. Elias and Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) got the Devils to the overtime by scoring in the final 6 1/2 minutes.

Patrik Berglund scored twice in a 2:22 span of the second period to put St. Louis ahead 3-2 in a 6-3 win at Phoenix. Chris Stewart got a goal and two assists and David Perron set up three goals as the Blues ended a two-game slide.

Jimmy Howard picked up his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career by stopping 22 shots in Detroit’s 3-0 win against Edmonton. Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton scored in the second period to put the Red Wings ahead 2-0.

Jaromir Jagr (YAH’-roh-meer YAH’-gur) scored twice and Kari Lehtonen (LEH’-toh-nehn) stopped 30 shots as Dallas rallied to beat Los Angeles 5-2. Cody Eakin provided the tying goal late in the second period before setting up Brenden Morrow’s game-winner.

Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 18th goal of the season, but Bryan Little provided the tiebreaking goal with 4:08 left to give Winnipeg a 2-1 decision over the Tampa Bay. Al Montoya stopped 28 shots and helped the Jets send the Lightning to their sixth loss in seven games.

Washington scored four times on its first eight shots and clobbered Florida 7-1. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kin), Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR’-oh) and Wojtek Wolski (VOY’-tehl WAHL’-skee) each finished with a goal and two assists as the Capitals vacated the Eastern Conference cellar and pulled within six points of Carolina for the Southeast Division lead.

Columbus has a season-high three-game winning streak after Matt Calvert scored on a rink-long dash at 4:03 of overtime to lift the Blue Jackets past Vancouver 2-1. Sergei Bobrovsky handled 34 shots and blanked the Canucks until Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN’) knotted the game early in the third period.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has moved a step closer to realignment as the players’ association approved a proposed plan that is set to go into effect next season.

Union head Donald Fehr (feer) signed off on the plan after discussions with the union’s executive board and said the realignment issue will be re-evaluated following the 2014-15 season.

No official details of the changes have been released by the NHL, but it is widely believed that teams such as Detroit and Columbus will be put into more travel-friendly divisions in the Eastern time zone, while the Winnipeg Jets will leave the Southeast Division for a spot in the Western Conference.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Patrick Sharp when they try to extend their points streak to 31 games Friday at Colorado. Sharp left Wednesday’s 3-2 home win over the Avalanche with what looked like a shoulder injury after being checked along the boards by Colorado’s Ryan O’Byrne. The Blackhawks also said injured players Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw traveled to Denver with the team.

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