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Fleury blanks Oilers, Vegas' run now 7

(AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) When Nick Cousins learned the Vegas Golden Knights acquired him from Montreal at the NHL's trade deadline Monday, the first thing he did was check the standings.

"In first place, they've had a good team, they're always hard to play against and I'm just excited to contribute any way I can," he said.

So, roughly 11 hours after landing in Las Vegas, Cousins scored in his Vegas debut and the Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the Pacific Division's top teams.


Kings spoil Marleau's Penguins debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Lizotte had a power-play goal and an assist, Cal Petersen made 36 saves and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Penguins debuts of Patrick Marleau and two more deadline acquisitions with a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

Lizotte posted his second career multi-point game and Trevor Lewis also scored as the last-place Kings hung on for their fourth win in seven games.


Avs edge Sabres for 4th straight win

DENVER (AP) Martin Kaut received a chilly reception after scoring his first NHL goal.

For making a splash, he received one - a playful water-bottle celebration spray courtesy of Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog.


Blues' Bouwmeester out rest of season

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs.

General manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement on Wednesday.


Laviolette agrees to coach Team USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Peter Laviolette is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men's national team competing at the world hockey championships in May.

The move was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday, and comes seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators.


Leafs' Muzzin breaks hand, out 4 weeks

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another setback on defense with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand.

The Leafs announced Wednesday that Muzzin will be out about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.


Canadiens' Mete done after breaking foot

MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot.

Mete suffered the injury during the game in Detroit on Feb. 18.


Ovechkin scores 701st, Caps top Jets

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin began the night being celebrated for what he's best at. He ended it doing something much more rare.

Ovechkin scored his 701st goal minutes after being honored for 700 and added the shootout winner to help the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tuesday for their second consecutive victory. It was just Ovechkin's 34th shootout goal in 107 attempts over his NHL career.


Blues score 4 in 3rd, push streak to 5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Zach Sanford was in the right spot when the St. Louis Blues needed it most.

Sanford had career-high nine shots on goal and finished with two goals and an assist, helping to rally the Blues to a wild 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.


Flyers down Sharks for 4th straight win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers are suddenly more than a possible playoff team in the East. Carter Hart & Co. might be ready to make some noise once they get there.

Kevin Hayes had two goals and Travis Konecny and Nicolas Aube-Kubel also scored to lift the Flyers to their fourth straight win, 4-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

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