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Devils acquire Grabner from Rangers

New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammate left wing J.T. Miller (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have acquired speedy winger Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers in the first trade between the cross-river rivals.

New Jersey sends a 2018 second-round draft pick and 20-year-old defensive prospect Yegor Rykov to New York. The teams announced the deal Thursday night after the Devils lost to the Minnesota Wild at home and the Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens on the road.

These clubs had not completed a swap in the 35 years since the Devils franchise moved to New Jersey from Colorado. Current circumstances made for the right combination, with the surprising Devils being in playoff contention and the Rangers declaring their intentions to sell by Monday's trade deadline in an attempt to refresh their roster moving forward.

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Matthews hurt as Leafs beat Isles in SO

TORONTO (AP) Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock acknowledged his team didn't play very well Thursday night, and his players know things could become much more difficult if they have to deal with another injury absence for Auston Matthews.

Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner in the first round and Toronto squeezed out a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders after Matthews left the game. He tipped in Jake Gardiner's shot to tie it 3-all with 3:29 remaining in the third period, but exited with 1:06 to go in regulation favoring his right shoulder after being sandwiched by Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck.

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Kucherov reaches 80 points as Tampa wins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning are back atop the NHL.

Kucherov had two assists to reach 80 points this season and Tampa Bay defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Thursday night.

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Rinne earns 300th win, Preds rip Sharks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For a guy who was drafted 258th overall in 2004, Pekka Rinne has put together quite a career.

Rinne made 33 saves in his 300th NHL win and the Nashville Predators routed the San Jose Sharks 7-1 on Thursday night.

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Mrazek wins debut, Flyers on 8-0-2 run

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Petr Mrazek showed just why the Flyers traded for him.

Mrazek made 19 saves in his Philadelphia debut and Nolan Patrick scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, leading the streaking Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

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Ex-women's F Mleczko to join NHL booth

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) AJ Mleczko understands there is not a lot of women's hockey on television outside the Olympics.

Mleczko took home Olympic gold with the U.S. in 1998 and silver in 2002. She took on a broadcaster's role for the 2006 Games. And now she will make the transition to men's hockey at the NHL level for at least one day when she does color analysis on NBC's national broadcast March 6 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Boston Bruins.

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Seguin nets winner as Stars blank Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock could see the improved play in his Stars, but positive results had been elusive.

The Stars had lost consecutive games, been shut out in two of their last four and late Thursday night against the Kings were stuck in a scoreless game.

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Trocheck scores late, Panthers top Caps

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Roberto Luongo spoke eloquently on the ice and then played brilliantly in net.

On a night when the Florida Panthers honored the victims of last week's shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, their veteran goalie delivered a stirring speech to the crowd during a somber pregame tribute.

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Wild score 3 in 2nd to rally by Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't patting himself on the back after putting Mike Reilly, Chris Stewart and backup goaltender Alex Stalock into the lineup against the New Jersey Devils.

The three deserved a chance to play after sitting out a while. They made the most of it.

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McDavid's OT goal lifts Oilers past Avs

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers weren't about to let another 2-0 lead slip away.

Connor McDavid scored at 2:19 of overtime and had an assist to lead Edmonton past the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night, two days after the Oilers blew a two-goal advantage in the third period of a 3-2 loss to Boston.

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