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Holtby sharp as Capitals beat Flyers 3-1

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WASHINGTON (AP) Even though the Washington Capitals didn't have peak emotional energy from the drop of the puck, they had Braden Holtby.

They're used to this by now.

Holtby stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced to compensate for the slow start by his teammates, and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Sunday afternoon to snap a two-game skid. The 2016 Vezina Trophy winner was in late-season form to help the Capitals kill off three of four Philadelphia power plays and avoid what would have been their first three-game losing streak since January.


Blackhawks end skid with OT win over Avs

CHICAGO (AP) Duncan Keith is a two-time Norris Trophy winner because of his defense, not his scoring skills.

This night was different. When the Blackhawks needed it most, Keith played the role of power forward perfectly Sunday.


Bobrovsky, Columbus blank Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Pierre-Luc Dubois ended a scoring slump with a goal and an assist and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky returned from injury to stop 21 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets improved their playoff chances with a 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Josh Anderson had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Dzingel and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets (41-30-4), who moved within two points of the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.


Hurricanes rally to beat Canadiens in OT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:45 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Sunday night in a matchup with Eastern Conference playoff implications.

Carolina's Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the tying goal with 5:39 remaining, and Svechnikov ended it with a wrist shot in the extra session. Curtis McElhinney stopped 28 shots.


Isles' Lehner blanks Coyotes for 5th SHO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders used a smothering defense and some timely scoring to move closer to a playoff berth.

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner's fifth shutout of the season as the Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 Sunday.


Wings recall D McIlrath, send down Sulak

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from Grand Rapids of the AHL under emergency conditions and assigned defenseman Libor Sulak to Grand Rapids.

The 26-year-old McIlrath had a goal and eight assists in 49 games for Grand Rapids this season. He was acquired by Detroit from Florida on March 1, 2017, along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for Thomas Vanek. McIlrath last played in the NHL for the Panthers during the 2016-17 season.


Blues snap Lightning's 7-game win streak

ST. LOUIS (AP) Home ice was anything but friendly to the Blues at the start of the season. With the playoffs approaching, they're looking pretty comfortable in St. Louis - and made a statement against the hottest team in the NHL.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington made 39 saves, and the Blues snapped Tampa Bay's seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the league-leading Lightning on Saturday night.


Bruins rip Panthers, clinch playoff spot

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Zdeno Chara picked a great time to score a milestone goal.

Chara scored his 200th NHL goal and added an assist to help the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Saturday night and clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs.


Jets blank Preds to secure playoff berth

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor's new linemates were teasing the Winnipeg Jets forward about helping him score a third goal against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Then, they made it a reality.


Giordano leads Flames past Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Mark Giordano is having the type of season that has impressed his teammates on a nightly basis.

He was at it again Saturday night, with a goal and two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

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