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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov snapped a second-period tie with his 20th goal and the streaking Tampa Bay Lightning ended Chicago's franchise-record 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 win victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Thursday night.

The win was the seventh straight for the Lightning - one shy of a team record - and gave the defending Eastern Conference champs a split of the season series with the Blackhawks, who won last year's Stanley Cup final against Tampa Bay in six games.

Ben Bishop had 17 saves as the Blackhawks were held to a season-low 18 shots. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots to keep the Blackhawks in the game, but it wasn't enough to extend a career-best nine-game winning streak for the Chicago goaltender.

Anton Stralman scored in the first period and Victor Hedman had two assists for the Lightning. Artem Anisimov scored Chicago's lone goal in the opening minute of the game.


BOSTON (AP) - Daniel Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks' career leader in goals with 348, scoring twice in the third period of a victory over the Boston Bruins.

Sedin tucked the rebound of Christopher Tanev's shot past Tuukka Rask for the eventual winner with 12:57 remaining. He also scored into an empty net in the final minute. Sedin scored two goals in Vancouver's 3-2 overtime win against Florida on Jan. 11 to tie Markus Naslund for the franchise lead, but went scoreless in four straight games before Thursday.

Sven Baertschi and Alexandre Burrows also scored for Vancouver, and Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves.

Brad Marchand and Jimmy Hayes scored for Boston, while Rask stopped 23 shots in his 300th career NHL game.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Travis Zajac had a goal and three assists, Kyle Palmieri scored twice, and the New Jersey Devils scored five times in the first period in a victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Joseph Blandisi scored his first NHL goal and had two assists. Lee Stempniak and Adam Henrique also scored to help the Devils win their third straight and improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games against the Senators.

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots for New Jersey.

Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa, which had won two straight.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Phil Kessel scored twice and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers to end an eight-game winless streak against their cross-state rival.

Crosby continued his five-game point streak for the Penguins, who defeated the Flyers for the first time since Oct. 17, 2013. Phil Kessel scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season and Trevor Daley scored his fourth for the Penguins.

Jakub Voracek extended his seven-game point streak against Pittsburgh with his sixth goal of the season. Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn also scored.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Rookie Sam Bennett scored twice and Johnny Gaudreau had the tiebreaking goal to lead the Calgary Flames past the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets.

Michael Frolik also scored as Calgary improved to 6-7-1 since a seven-game winning streak in early December. Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund each added two assists, and Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots.

Scott Hartnell and Brandon Dubinksy scored for Columbus, which lost Sergei Bobrovky to another lower-body injury. Playing his second game since missing 17 with a groin injury, Bobrovsky left with 8:30 remaining in the second period after allowing two goals on 13 shots.


TORONTO (AP) - Jordan Staal scored on a rebound in overtime, Eddie Lack stopped 31 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Staal started the play with a rush up the ice and beat his man to the net to chip in the ricochet off a shot from Justin Faulk at 2:54 of the extra period.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had Toronto's first real chance to score on a goal-mouth scramble while on the power play midway through the period, but couldn't get a good shot on a Lack rebound.

James Reimer stopped 39 shots.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Ryan Johansen kept up his hot play since being traded with a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Thursday night.

Johansen has four goals and nine points in seven games since his trade from Columbus on Jan. 6.

Craig Smith, James Neal and Calle Jarnkrok, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Predators.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored his ninth goal of the season for Winnipeg, which has dropped two straight to start its six-game homestand.


DALLAS (AP) - Jamie Benn scored his 27th goal, and the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers to end a season-high four-game losing streak.

Dallas' Jason Spezza scored in the first period and assisted on Jyrki Jokipakka's goal in the second. Antti Niemi, who made 23 saves, allowed goals by Teddy Purcell on the power play in the second period and Nail Yakupov with 3:03 remaining in the game.

Cam Talbot had 32 saves for Edmonton, which had scored eight goals in splitting the first two games of their three-game trip, but managed only 25 shots on goal against Dallas.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney scored first-period goals, Martin Jones stopped 23 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the slumping Arizona Coyotes.

Patrick Marleau added an empty-net goal as the Sharks extended their points streak to a season-best seven games and moved ahead of the Coyotes into second place in the Pacific Division.

On a night when Arizona honored Shane Doan for recently breaking the franchise's career mark for goals, the captain assisted on Brad Richardson's third-period score. But the Coyotes have managed just four goals in an 0-3-1 stretch.

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