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Winnipeg’s Andrew Copp (9) defends against Washington’s Alex Ovechkin during Thursday’s second period.

Jets 3 — Capitals 0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Dmitry Kulikov, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele scored for Winnipeg, which killed off three penalties and is 16 of 16 on the penalty kill in its last 10 games.

A big reason has been Hellebuyck, who tied Columbus’ Elvis Merzlikins and Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury for the NHL lead in shutouts.

Hellebuyck robbed Alex Ovechkin at least twice and made a great glove grab off recently acquired Ilya Kovalchuk during a second-period power play. He also stopped forward Jakub Vrana on a breakaway early in the third perioc.

Ilya Samsonov made 30 saves for Washington two days after the Capitals won the first game of the home-and-home series 4-3 in a shootout.

Kulikov beat Samsonov with a screened shot from the blue line 6:33 into the game. Blake Wheeler and Neil Pionk assisted on the eventual winner.

After a scoreless second period, Connor gave the Jets a 2-0 lead 7:20 into the third. He converted a pass from behind the net from Scheifele, who extended his point streak to six games. It was Connor’s 32nd goal of the season and 99th of his career.

Scheifele added an empty-net goal on an assist from Connor with 1:28 left to play.

Winnipeg lost forward Patrik Laine early in the first after he blocked Michal Kempny’s shot, which hit his left foot. It was Laine’s first shift of the game and lasted just 23 seconds.

Notes: The Jets are 6-2-1 in their last nine home games. ... Jets D Josh Morrissey missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury.


Capitals: at Minnesota on Sunday night.

Jets: at Edmonton on Saturday before returning home for a three-game homestand next week.

Bruins 4, Stars 3

BOSTON (AP) — Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for his first points since Boston acquired him at the trade deadline to help the NHL-leading Bruins beat Dallas.

Brad Marchand broke a second-period tie and Ritchie scored 1:27 later to make it 3-1. Then, after Denis Gurianov cut the deficit to one early in the third, Ritchie fed David Pastrnak in the slot to again make it a two-goal game.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots, and Charlie Coyle scored on a double-tipped swat out of the air for Boston. The Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak.

John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen also scored for Dallas.

Blackhawks 5, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dominik Kubalik scored three goals in the third period to help Chicago beat Tampa Bay.

later Koekkoek scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad added another score in Chicago’s first regulation victory over the Lightning since Dec. 13, 2009.

Chicago’s Corey Crawford finished with 37 saves.

Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

Maple Leafs 5, Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla (AP) — William Nylander scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lift Toronto past Florida.

Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen, Mark Hyman and Justin Holl also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots in his sixth straight start.

Mike Hoffman, Noel Acciari and Mark Pysyk scored for Florida.

Senators 5, Canucks 2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Bobby Ryan had a hat trick in his first home game in more than three months, leading Ottawa past Vancouver.

Ryan entered the joint NHL/NHLPA assistance program Nov. 20 after admitting to having a problem with alcohol. Connor Brown and Rudolfs Balcers also scored for Ottawa and Marcus Hogberg made 32 saves.

J.T. Miller and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Canucks.

Rangers 5, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Strome scored twice and added an assist and New York rallied to beat Montreal for its fifth straight victory.

Phillip Di Giuseppe, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Rangers and Alexandar Georgiev made 32 saves. New York pulled into a tie with Carolina, two points behind Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Rangers have won nine consecutive road games and are 9-1-0 in their last 10 overall.

Max Domi and Tomas Tatar scored for the Canadiens.

Predators 4, Flames 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —” Mikael Granlund tied it just before the end of regulation and scored 1:20 into overtime to lift Nashville past Calgary in a showdown of the Western Conference’s two wild-card teams.

Roman Josi and Colton Sissons also had a goal apiece, and Ryan Ellis added three assists. Nashville won its third straight and improved to 6-1-1 over its last eigh.

Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists for Calgary, and Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson each scored.

Wild 7, Red Wings 1

DETROIT (AP) — Defenseman Matt Dumba had two goals and an assist in Minnesota’s victory over Detroi.

Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists, Ryan Hartman and Ryan Donato had a goal and an assist each and Jordan Greenway and Eric Staal also scored for Minnesota. Alex Stalock made 25 saves.

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