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Flyers stay hot with testy win over Sens

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Scott Laughton responded to a jarring hit to his teammate in a big way.

Laughton had a goal, an assist and a hard check in a chippy contest to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

"It was a physical game," Laughton said. "I like playing in those, so it was nice."

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Jarry blanks Coyotes in Kessel's return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel drank in the moment in the most Phil Kessel way. He tried to avoid it.

Yet as the standing ovation the Arizona Coyotes forward received in his return to Pittsburgh wore on Friday night, the mercurial forward who helped the Penguins to a pair of Stanley Cups couldn't escape it even as he tried to hide on the bench. So Kessel finally caved, skating onto the ice and bashfully raising his stick as a show of respect to the sellout crowd.

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Surging Caps edge Ducks in physical game

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) In a matchup filled with end-to-end intensity, the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks claimed their own kind of victories.

The actual victory went to the Capitals when Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal less than two minutes into the third period in a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Friday night in a game full of physical confrontations.

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Oilers defeat Kings, back atop Pacific

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) With all their high-end talent, the Edmonton Oilers' latest win was hardly the sort of flashy exhibition they've been putting on display lately.

And that was just fine with them.

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Thompson scores late as Habs top Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) The Montreal Canadiens are hoping their season is back on track.

After suffering eight straight losses, Friday night's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers gave Montreal two victories in their last three games, and something to build on.

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Dach's SO goal gets Blackhawks by Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Kirby Dach was a young man with a plan before his first NHL shootout attempt.

The third overall pick in this year's draft roofed a shot in the fifth round to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Friday night.

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Leafs F Johnsson out at least 10 games

TORONTO (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson will miss at least 10 games because of a leg injury.

The Swede underwent a CT scan Thursday after he was hurt Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Wild edge Tampa, move to 8-0-3 last 11

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Wild kept rolling along with a pair of lightning-quick responses against Tampa Bay.

Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists as the Wild won their fifth consecutive game, 5-4 over the Lightning on Thursday night.

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Isles down Vegas in OT, home streak at 7

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) In a physical game with a playoff pace, Ryan Pulock and the New York Islanders took advantage of a prime opportunity in overtime.

Pulock scored a power-play goal 3:20 into the extra session to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

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Flames hold off Sabres, 3-0 under Ward

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) It took 28 games, but Milan Lucic finally has his first goal with the Calgary Flames.

Lucic scored early in the third period to open three-goal lead, and the Flames held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 Thursday night.

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