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Kopitar scores in OT to rally Kings past Bruins 4-3

BOSTON - Anze Kopitar scored at 3:23 of overtime and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Kopitar beat Tuukka Rask with a high wrist shot after Jonathan Quick had come up with a huge save at the other end, giving the Kings their fourth win in five games and extending their best stretch of the season (4-0-1).

Blake Lizotte had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who couldn’t hold on to leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before rallying for a thrilling finish. Down 3-2 late in the third, the Kings pulled Quick for an extra skater and tied it on Matt Roy’s slap shot with 2:01 left in regulation.

Adrian Kempe also scored for Los Angeles and Quick finished with 37 saves.

Danton Heinen had a goal and assist, and Patrice Bergeron and Brandon Carlo also scored for Boston, which fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven and has lost two straight at home. Rask had 23 saves.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Anthony Cirelli scored with 12.7 seconds left in overtime to lift Tampa Bay past Ottawa.

Cirelli split two defenders near the blue line and lifted a shot past Marcus Hogberg.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Cedric Paquette and Brayden Point, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves.

Mark Borowiecki, Connor Brown and Anthony Duclair scored for the Senators. Hogberg, playing in his third game this season and seventh overall, stopped 36 shots.


TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice and Toronto held on to beat Buffalo.

Frederik Gauthier had a goal and an assist, and Dmytro Timashov and Ilya Mikheyev also scored for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots and Tyson Barrie had two assists.

Matthews became the second player in franchise history to score at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons, joining Dave Keon, who did it in six straight from 1960-66.

Rasmus Dahlin and Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist each, and Kyle Okposo scored for Buffalo. Victor Olofsson added two assists, and Linus Ullmark finished with 28 saves for the Sabres.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Bonino had the tiebreaking goal late in the second period as Nashville got seven consecutive scores to rally for its second win in two nights.

Craig Smith had two goals and an assist, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist, and Rocco Grimaldi also scored to help the Predators win for the fourth time in six games. Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots.

Brock Nelson, Derrick Brassard and Casey Cizikas scored in a 5:16 span of the second period to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead. However, it was all Predators after that. Thomas Greiss gave up five goals on 15 shots through two periods, and Semyon Varlamov stopped six of the nine shots he faced in the third.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers honoured cancer-stricken teammate Oskar Lindblom and beat Anaheim behind goals by Claude Giroux, David Kase and Jake Voracek.

The Flyers played their first home game since Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancerous tumour that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. The 23-year-old from Sweden, who is out for the season, stopped by the locker room during morning skate and visited his teammates.

The Flyers warmed up in purple "Hockey Fights Cancer" jerseys and will auction them off with proceeds going to Ewing's sarcoma research. They left "I Fight For Oskar" signs on every seat, and fans held them during a tribute video for Lindblom. Ducks and Flyers players tapped their sticks and fans stood and applauded the promising forward who had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Philadelphia sold #OskarStrong purple shirts, and proceeds from the 50/50 raffle were donated toward Ewing's sarcoma research.

Carter Hart had 40 saves for the Flyers, and Sean Couturier added an empty-netter in the final seconds.

Rickard Rakell made it 2-1 in the second with his 10th goal for Anaheim. John Gibson finished with 27 saves.


DETROIT (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored early in the third period and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter in the closing seconds, helping Columbus win its second straight.

Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand had goals 1:04 apart to put Columbus ahead midway through the first, and Kevin Stenlund tied it 3-3 midway through the second with his first NHL goal. Joonas Korpisalo finished with 18 saves.

Adam Erne scored twice and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 34 shots. The Red Wings have lost 14 of their last 16 games.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal each scored twice, Andrei Svechnikov added his second lacrosse-style goal of the season, and Carolina extended its point streak to 5-0-1.

Lucas Wallmark also scored for Carolina, Dougie Hamilton contributed three assists, and Nino Niederreiter added two. Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for the Hurricanes, who are 3-0-1 during a five-game trip that ends Thursday in Colorado.

Jack Roslovic, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets, who had won five straight at home. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 18 shots for Winnipeg before Laurent Brossoit replaced him to start the third period with Carolina ahead 5-2. Brossoit made four saves.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored his 400th goal as Pittsburgh beat Calgary.

The Russian joined Mario Lemieux (690), Sidney Crosby (451) and Jaromir Jagr (439) as the only players in franchise history to reach 400 goals.

Malkin scored Pittsburgh's first empty-net goal in the third period, and Kris Letang added another.

Bryan Rust and John Marino also scored for the Penguins in a third straight win to open a three-game swing through Alberta and British Columbia. Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for his fifth win in six starts.

Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, who have lost back-to-back games following a seven-game winning streak. Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots in his ninth start this season (3-6-0).


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tomas Nosek scored his first goal in nearly a month, Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves and Vegas beat Minnesota in regulation for the first time.

Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore also scored for the Golden Knights, who were facing the Wild for the seventh time since joining the league in 2017. It also marked the first time Vegas won three straight at home this season.

Fleury got career win No. 453, one shy of Curtis Joseph for sixth all-time.

Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise scored for the Wild, and Alex Stalock made 26 saves.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber scored power-play goals 1:34 apart in the third period to lift Montreal.

Nick Cousins also scored to help the Canadiens win for the fourth time in five games. Max Domi and Joel Armia had two assists each, and Carey Price stopped 38 shots.

Adam Gaudette scored and Jacob Markstrom finished with 27 saves for the Canucks, who lost their third straight game and fourth in five.


SAN JOSE,Calif. (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Arizona beat San Jose.

Ekman-Larson’s shot from the heart of the left circle went wide right of the goal but ricocheted off Sharks defenceman Brendan Dillon’s shin and in with 2:37 left in regulation.

Carl Soderberg and Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes, who improved to 12-4-3 on the road. They’ve won five of their last eight overall. Darcy Kuemper had 26 saves.

Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks, who are 1-6-1 over their last eight games after winning 11 of their previous 13. Aaron Dell finished with 16 saves.

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