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Flyers score 4 in 3rd to down Penguins

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to balance desperation and cool heads as they make a last-gasp, late-season run at a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Jakub Voracek and Dale Weise sparked Philadelphia's four-goal third period and the Flyers finished a four-game road trip with a 6-2 win against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.

"Obviously we know where we are in the standings," Voracek said. "It's not going to be easy to make the playoffs. We all know that. We have to look for the results on the other teams. We're just trying to play a little relaxed, a little loose."


Ducks stay hot, spoil Lundqvist's return

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks spent months hoping to find more consistency on offense, and Ryan Getzlaf is finally rewarding that faith.

Getzlaf had four assists, Andrew Cogliano scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the Ducks won their fourth straight game by defeating Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers 6-3 on Sunday night.


Stars still alive after Seguin's OT goal

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Dallas Stars know they are going to be eliminated from playoff contention in the next couple of days, so being on the ice now is about playing for each other.

Tyler Seguin scored on a power play 20 seconds into overtime, and the Stars staved off elimination by rallying to beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Sunday.


Wings win in OT, Wild drop eighth of 9

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings are doing what they can to cling onto mathematical hopes of extending their playoff streak to 26.

Andreas Athanasiou scored 1:52 into overtime on a breakaway, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win Sunday over the reeling Minnesota Wild.


Jets edge Canucks, keep slim hopes alive

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Adam Lowry kept the Winnipeg Jets' playoff hopes alive - even if just barely.

Lowry scored a power-play goal in the third period and Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.


Coyotes give deal to top prospect Keller

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Clayton Keller, their first-round draft pick last year, to an entry level contract.

Keller was the seventh overall pick in last year's NHL entry draft. Coyotes general manager John Chayka said Keller would join the team for the remainder of the season.


NHL seems poised to skate into China

When Andong Song started playing hockey in China at age 6, he wore figure skates on his feet and had to use the straight parts of short-track speedskating rinks for practice.

His father brought back equipment from his travels one piece at a time, and his family moved to Canada a few years later so he could pursue a career in the sport. Song, the first Chinese player selected in the NHL draft, envisions a day when that sort of cross-global exodus is no longer necessary for kids growing up in China.


Ovechkin heating up during stretch run

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin is heating up down the stretch for the NHL-leading Washington Capitals.

Ovechkin has two goals and two assists over his past four games, all Capitals victories as they try to lock up home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Russian superstar on Saturday became just the third player in league history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first 12 seasons, joining Mike Gartner and Wayne Gretzky, a testament to his consistency and value to Washington.


Bruins top Islanders, grab 2nd wild card

NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Bruins badly needed a win and the scoring support came from unexpected source in Riley Nash.

Nash scored twice and backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 18 saves as the Bruins beat the New York Islanders 2-1 Saturday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.


Surging Preds extend Sharks' skid to 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A red hot Nashville Predators team made sure San Jose stayed ice cold.

Colton Sissons and James Neal both scored twice to lead the Predators over the staggering Sharks 7-2 on Saturday night.

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