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Buchnevich nets 3; Rangers beat Devils

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NEW YORK (AP) Pavel Buchnevich gave himself a birthday present and the New York Rangers another much-needed win in their pursuit of the playoffs.

Buchnevich scored his first career hat trick and the streaking Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Saturday for their third win over their Hudson River rivals in five days.

"Obviously he is a very good player with very big hockey IQ," said teammate Artemi Panarin, who had a goal and three assists. "I want to wish him a happy birthday, especially he scores a hat trick. He played a huge role in this team defensively, penalty killing, offensively. He is a very important member of this team."

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Sabres' Okposo to miss rest of season

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left cheek, the team announced Saturday.

Okposo was hurt after being struck by teammate Matt Irwin's shot in the first period of a 5-2 win at Washington on Thursday.

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Ovechkin scores 2, Capitals beat Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored twice to move within one goal of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL's career goals list as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday.

Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha each added goals while John Carlson recorded four assists for Washington, which increased its lead in the East Division to four points over the New York Islanders.

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Avs have 3 games postponed by virus

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Lehner has easy shutout, Vegas' run at 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Robin Lehner made 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th of his career, and the Vegas Golden Knights extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

William Karlsson, Chandler Stephenson, Nicolas Roy and Brayden McNabb scored for the Golden Knights, who moved within two points of the West Division-leading Colorado Avalanche.

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Swayman blanks Isles as Bruins sweep

BOSTON (AP) Taylor Hall scored his second goal in two nights, Jeremy Swayman stopped 25 shots in his first career shutout and the Boston Bruins beat the Islanders 3-0 on Friday, their second win over New York in two nights.

David Pastrnak added his 17th goal of the season and Curtis Lazar had a late empty-netter as Boston won its third straight overall and put more distance between itself and the idle New York Rangers for the East Division's final playoff spot.

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Toffoli scores 2, lifts Habs past Flames

MONTREAL (AP) Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, including the winner in the third period, to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over Calgary on Friday night that snapped the Flames' three-game winning streak.

Toffoli was credited with the go-ahead goal at 15:45 of the third after he deflected in a pass from Joel Armia over the glove of Jacob Markstrom. Toffoli came in without a goal in six games.

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Bonino, Talbot carry Wild over Sharks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot made 20 saves and the Minnesota Wild held on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Friday night.

Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who won their second straight.

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Sabres G Ullmark may miss rest of season

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres will be leaning on their fourth, fifth and even sixth-string goalies for potentially the remainder of the season with Linus Ullmark listed week to week with a lower-body injury.

Interim coach Don Granato provided the update on Ullmark on Friday, saying the timetable for his return is "touchy" because the Sabres only have three weeks left in their season. The Sabres sit last in the NHL standings and are all but mathematically out of contention.

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Hedman lifts Tampa past Panthers in OT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Victor Hedman scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

The Lightning remained tied for first place in the Central Division with Carolina, though the Hurricanes have a game in hand. Florida is one point back.

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