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Point, Vasilevskiy lead Tampa over Caps

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WASHINGTON (AP) The plan was simple: Score early against a weary opponent and ride the momentum the rest of the way.

The Tampa Bay Lightning carried out the strategy perfectly, turning a big first period into a huge 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night in a showdown between division leaders in the Eastern Conference.

Washington had played in Buffalo one day earlier, and that played significantly into the game-plan of Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper.

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Leafs blank Panthers 1-0, win 11th in 12

TORONTO (AP) Frederik Andersen could sense this was going to be a low-scoring game without many chances. He was right - and he was sharp when it counted.

Andersen made 40 saves and James van Riemsdyk scored the only goal as the surging Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory at home.

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Surging Flyers rally past Habs in OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Suddenly short-handed, the Philadelphia Flyers aren't going to let a few injuries stop them.

Jakub Voracek scored the tying goal with 1:25 left in regulation and then got the game-winner 1:26 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

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Bruins score 3 in 3rd to rally by Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Patience paid off for the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

David Krejci broke a tie with 1:04 remaining and Boston rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

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Phaneuf scores again as Kings edge Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Dion Phaneuf is fitting in nicely with the Los Angeles Kings.

The veteran defenseman scored on the power play for his third goal in four games with Los Angeles, helping the Kings cap a seven-game road trip with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

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Avs score 5 on PP, rally past Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado's fifth power-play goal of the game 3:36 into overtime, lifting the Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

With Daniel Sedin off for hooking, Tyson Barrie passed to MacKinnon, who fired a shot from the faceoff circle past Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson.

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Sharks send Blues to fourth loss in row

ST. LOUIS (AP) With five goals and two assists in his last four games, Mikkel Boedker is on quite a tear at an opportune time.

Boedker and Logan Couture each had a goal and an assist, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

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Jackets end skid, stop Devils' run at 4

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets needed their best player to step up with the playoffs starting to slip away, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky didn't disappoint.

Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots and made a couple of big third-period saves to preserve the lead as the Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the New Jersey Devils' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 decision on Tuesday night.

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Arvidsson helps Preds snap skid to Wings

DETROIT (AP) Viktor Arvidsson is playing some of his best hockey of the season and helping the Nashville Predators get some big wins.

Arvidsson scored his third goal in two games and the Predators ended their seven-game losing skid against Detroit with a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday.

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Flyers F Simmonds out 2 to 3 weeks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds will be out for 2-to-3 weeks after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday's win over the New York Rangers.

Simmonds has 20 goals and 37 points in 59 games this season for Philadelphia, which hosted Montreal on Tuesday night. He was involved in a first-period tussle in Sunday's game and landed a fight-ending left hand to the side of Tony DeAngelo's helmet.

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