St. Louis Blues run win streak to four

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves and St. Louis beat Columbus 4-1 for its fourth consecutive victory.

David Backes, who also had an assist, added an empty-
net goal. T.J. Oshie had two assists for the Blues.

Derick Brassard scored for the Blue Jackets, who couldn’t overcome the early blitz. Steve Mason replaced Sergei Bobrovsky after the early goals and stopped all 14 shots he faced.

PANTHERS 6, JETS 3

In Sunrise, Fla., Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal during Florida’s five-goal outburst in the third period, helping Florida rally for a victory over Winnipeg.

Kris Versteeg, Peter Mueller, Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky also scored in the third frame for the Panthers.

PENGUINS 3, RANGERS 0

In New York, Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots for his 49th NHL shutout, and Pittsburgh scored on the first shot of the first and third periods in a victory over the New York Rangers.

SABRES 7, BRUINS 4

In Boston, Thomas Vanek had three goals and two assists, setting up the tiebreaking score with 13:06 left in the third period to lead Buffalo over Boston.

Vanek opened the scoring 98 seconds into the game, then had a goal and an assist to tie it after Boston took a 3-1 lead in the second.

ISLANDERS 5, DEVILS 4 (OT)

In Newark, N.J., Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime and New York handed New Jersey its third consecutive loss in overtime.

John Tavaras scored twice, and Keith Aucoin and Mark Streit once for the Islanders, who avenged an opening-night loss to the Devils.

Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves, including a big one on an early Devils power play in overtime.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, CAPITALS 2

In Toronto, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored third-period goals to rally Toronto past struggling Washington for its first home win of the season.

Kulemin tied it 2-all at 7:40 of the third, poking in a puck that squeezed through goalie Michal Neuvirth’s legs following Michael Kostka’s shot from the point.

Frattin made it 3-2, capping a nice passing play with Nazem Kadri at 9:53 by tapping in the puck for his fourth goal – and sixth point – in four games.

James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs (4-3-0), who outshot Washington 40-22.

Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward had goals for the Capitals (1-5-1), winless on the road.


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