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Avs send Bruins to 1st regulation loss

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BOSTON (AP) No matter how well the Boston Bruins are playing at home, it doesn't seem to matter when the Colorado Avalanche come to town.

Ian Cole scored his first goal of season in his 500th career NHL game, backup goalie Pavel Francouz stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief and the Avalanche beat the Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night for their season-high sixth straight win.

"I guess Boston's a special place. I like it," said Cole, who made his NHL debut in the building on Nov. 6, 2010. "We've had some success here in the past. That's great team over there; a really, really good team. It's a measuring-stick game for us. Now we have to keep moving forward."


Aho has 3 goals, 2 assists as 'Canes win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Sebastian Aho's knack for finding open space and Teuvo Teravainen's ability to locate him made Saturday a big night for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Aho recorded a career-high five points and tied his personal best with three goals, and the Hurricanes snapped the Minnesota Wild's five-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory.


Bobrovsky sharp in win over Blue Jackets

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky beat his former team in their first meeting.

Bobrovsky made 33 saves and Josh Brown scored the winning goal in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.


Penguins extend Red Wings' slide to 11

DETROIT (AP) Evgeni Malkin is picking up the slack with Sidney Crosby out, making dazzling plays on offense and getting back on defense.

Malkin and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins build a two-goal lead midway through the second period en route to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.


Matthews nets 2 to bust slump, Leafs win

ST. LOUIS (AP) Auston Matthews let out a sigh and broke into a smile.

The Toronto center snapped a slump with a pair of goals and Zach Hyman also scored twice as the Maple Leafs downed the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Saturday night.


Vasilevskiy stops 37, Tampa rips Sharks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning finally looked like the dominating team that tied an NHL record last season with 62 wins.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, Steven Stamkos had two power-play goals and an assist, and the Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 7-1 on Saturday night.


Radulov sparks Stars by Isles in return

DALLAS (AP) Alexander Radulov returned with a goal and an assist on a revitalized Dallas power play, and the Stars beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Saturday night.

Andrew Cogliano and Denis Gurianov also scored for the Stars, and Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots.


Miller carries Canucks over Sabres in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) If the Vancouver Canucks hope to still be playing hockey in the spring, they have to keep winning the close games now.

Saturday was a nice start.


Predators deal Devils 5th straight loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Yakov Trenin didn't need his stick to score his first goal and that's just fine with him.

Nick Bonino, Dante Fabbro and Rocco Grimaldi each had a goal and an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Saturday night.


Flyers stay hot with testy win over Sens

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.