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Tampa takes 8-game run to surging Jets

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- It's only December, but Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place could be a preview of next spring's Stanley Cup final.

Both teams have been making a good case.

The Jets have won eight of nine games to push their record to 21-9-2 for 44 points, good for first place in the Central Division going into Saturday night's action.


Rangers' Fast sidelined 2 to 4 weeks

NEW YORK (AP) Rangers forward Jesper Fast will be out two to four weeks with an upper-body injury.

Fast has three goals and eight assists in 31 games this season.


Ovechkin's run at 14, lifts Caps in SO

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin thought he had a chance to score every time he shot the puck and came away disappointed he finished with just one goal.

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 29th goal of the season, extended his point streak to a career-best 14 games and had the shootout winner to help the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Saturday night. The Russian superstar and reigning playoff MVP continued one of the best runs of his career and fell two goals shy of becoming the first player in league history to record a hat trick in three consecutive games.


Barkov nets 3, Panthers top Leafs in OT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov finished off the Toronto Maple Leafs with his first NHL hat trick.

Barkov scored at 3:24 of overtime to complete the hat trick and give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.


Pens edge Kings in OT in Murray's return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season.

Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play, particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win.


Avs beat Stars after blowing 3-goal lead

DENVER (AP) Given the company on his line, Gabriel Landeskog has a tendency to be overlooked.

That's perfectly fine with the Colorado captain.


Ducks down Jackets with Sprong OT winner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Daniel Sprong has been an Anaheim Duck for less than two weeks. On Saturday night, he went a long way toward ingratiating himself with his new teammates.

Traded to Anaheim Dec. 3 by Pittsburgh, Sprong scored twice - including in overtime - to lift the Ducks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 and begin a five-game trip on a positive note.


Canadiens score 4 in 3rd, beat Senators

MONTREAL (AP) A no-goal call in the third period fueled the Montreal Canadiens to a comeback victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Shea Weber scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's four-goal third period and the Canadiens rallied for 5-2 win over Ottawa on Saturday night, beating the Senators for the third time in 12 days.


Barzal lifts Islanders past Wings in SO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Mathew Barzal had been doing everything but score lately for the Islanders. He broke through against the Detroit Red Wings to get New York a needed win.

Barzal scored a key tying power-play goal in the third period and then got the lone goal of the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night. New York outshot Detroit 48-21 through overtime.


Johansen gets Preds by Devils in SO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Johansen hasn't been happy with his performance in shootouts, so he was thrilled one went in Saturday night.

Johansen got the winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

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