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Blue Jackets acquire C Duchene from Sens

Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Mark Stone during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick and two top prospects, adding a veteran center as they make a push for a playoff spot.

The 28-year-old Duchene, one of the top players available ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline, was dealt for forwards Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson. Columbus also got minor league defenseman Julius Bergman as the two teams prepared for a game in Ottawa on Friday night.

Columbus will send an additional 2020 first-round draft pick to Ottawa if it is able to sign Duchene to a contract extension. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.


Oilers' McDavid gets 2-game suspension

NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton Oilers All-Star Connor McDavid has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of the New York Islanders' Nick Leddy during Edmonton's 4-3 win on Thursday night.

The league announced the suspension on Friday. McDavid was given a minor penalty for the hit, which occurred late in the first period. He later scored the game-winner in overtime.


Capitals acquire D Jensen from Red Wings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Washington Capitals upgraded their blue line Friday by acquiring defenseman Nick Jensen from the Detroit Red Wings.

Washington sent a 2020 second-round pick and defenseman Madison Bowey to Detroit for Jensen and a 2019 fifth-round pick. The Capitals then signed the pending unrestricted free agent to a $10 million, four-year extension that carries a $2.5 million salary-cap hit through 2022-23.


Kucherov fastest to 100 since Lemieux

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov is keeping exceptional company in the NHL record book - the kind of crowd that could fill out a wing at the Hall of Fame.

Kucherov became the fastest player to 100 points in a season since Mario Lemieux, and he and Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night.


Ovechkin scores 650th as Caps top Leafs

TORONTO (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored a milestone goal, yet found the points for a Washington Capitals victory far more important.

Ovechkin scored the 650th goal of his career and Braden Holtby made 40 saves as the Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night.


Stars end Blues' team-record 11-game run

DALLAS (AP) Stars captain Jamie Benn had his first multi-goal game since early October, and the St. Louis Blues suddenly looked much different than they had while winning 11 games in a row.

With Benn scoring two of the four goals Dallas got in a span of just more than 12 minutes in the second period, one of those redirecting a flying puck with his stick, the Stars beat St. Louis 5-2 on Thursday night to end the Blues' franchise-record winning streak.


Gallagher scores 3, Habs defeat Flyers

MONTREAL (AP) The Bell Centre fans urged Brendan Gallagher to complete his hat trick after scoring two quick goals in the opening period.

And that's exactly what the diminutive winger did.


Sharks start fast, roll past sloppy Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) Evander Kane couldn't help himself. Skating near the Pittsburgh Penguins bench late in the third period Thursday, the San Jose Sharks forward took a peek at Pittsburgh's whiteboard, which may - or may not - have written down the time it planned on pulling goaltender Casey DeSmith in an effort to get back into the game.

"I like to think a little bit of a savvy veteran thing to do, right?" Kane said. "If you can see it, why wouldn't you look at it?"


Predators edge Kings, move atop Central

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators know it's time to show they can be consistent period to period and game to game.

They're starting to get some results.


Williams leads 'Canes over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Carolina's Justin Williams was hit in the face by a puck early in Thursday's game against Florida. By the end, it was the Panthers who were feeling the pain.

Williams scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the third period, and assisted on another score as Carolina rallied for a 4-3 victory over Florida.