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Leafs blank Habs, extend home run to 12

Toronto Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson, left, celebrates at the final buzzer with goaltender Curtis McElhinney after the team's 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their club-record home winning streak to 12 straight games with a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Andreas Johnsson scored his first NHL goal, and William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen and Nazem Kadri also had goals for Toronto, which has four victories in a row following a four-game slide (0-2-2).

McElhinney, who picked up the eighth shutout of his career, got his second straight start and third consecutive win with Leafs No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen still out after taking a blow to the head/neck area in a crease pileup on Wednesday against Dallas.


Jackets edge Senators, extend run to 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Just three games back after an injury that sidelined him for nearly a month, Markus Nutivaara played in place of injured star Seth Jones on the power-play unit. His second-period goal ended up being the game-winner for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nutivaara scored his first goal since Jan. 23, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots, and the surging Blue Jackets outlasted the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Saturday night for their season-high seventh straight win.


Bruins hand Lightning first shutout, 3-0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tuukka Rask and the stubborn Boston Bruins stymied the Tampa Bay Lightning - and got even closer in the standings.

Rask stopped 23 shots to hand Tampa Bay its first shutout of the season and lifted the Bruins over the Lightning 3-0 on Saturday night.


Blues top Rangers in OT, Tarasenko hurt

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brayden Schenn scored 1:02 into overtime, Alex Pietrangelo had two goals in regulation and the St. Louis Blues came back to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Nikita Soshnikov also scored for the Blues, who won their third game in their last four. Jake Allen made 17 saves as St. Louis moved within three points of idle Dallas and Colorado for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but lost leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko to an upper-body injury.


Flyers score 4 in 3rd to down Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of another third-period meltdown by the Carolina Hurricanes to keep their hold on third-place in the Metropolitan Division.

Valterri Filppula scored the tiebreaking goal on a breakaway with 5:49 left, and the Flyers scored four times in the third period to beat the scuffling Hurricanes 4-2 on Saturday night.


Devils' Kinkaid stops 38 to blank Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) Keith Kinkaid has always performed well against the Los Angeles Kings.

Entering the crux of a six-game road trip crucial to the New Jersey's playoff hopes, the Devils' goalie tormented the Kings once again.


Caps' Kuznetsov out Sunday vs. Flyers

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals say center Evgeny Kuznetsov is day-to-day with an upper body injury and won't play Sunday at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kuznetsov was slashed in the left wrist/arm by New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and crashed into the boards in the same place Friday night in the Capitals' 5-1 victory Friday night. Kuznetsov left the game and did not return.


McDavid's 3 points get Oilers by Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid kept the Edmonton Oilers on a roll on Saturday.

McDavid had a goal and two assists in the third period and the Oilers rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.


Baptiste has 2 in 3rd, Sabres top 'Hawks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) For the first time in nearly a decade, the Buffalo Sabres had the bounces to go their way against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nicholas Baptiste scored two goals in the third period to lead the Sabres to a 5-3 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. It was Buffalo's first win over the Blackhawks since December 2009, snapping a 12-game losing streak against Chicago.


Jets D Kulikov to miss at least 8 weeks

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) One minute Dmitry Kulikov was feeling fine, the next moment he wasn't.

And now the Winnipeg Jets' defenseman will undergo back surgery and miss at least eight weeks.

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