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Panarin's 2 goals help Jackets top Kings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Artemi Panarin scored twice, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.

Lukas Sedlak and Josh Anderson also scored and Cam Atkinson had assists on both Panarin goals as the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game losing streak and held on to second place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind Washington.

Dustin Brown had the lone goal and Jonathan Quick had 37 saves for the injury-ravaged Kings, who have lost three in a row and seven of their last nine while slipping to the bottom of the Pacific Division.

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Skinner scores 22nd, Sabres beat Coyotes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Skinner scored his 22nd goal of the season and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Thursday night.

Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues also had goals for the Sabres, who won their second straight following a five-game skid. Carter Hutton returned after missing Buffalo's previous two games with an upper-body injury and made 25 saves.

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Hurt Ducks' Rakell, Fowler not on trip

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forward Rickard Rakell and defenseman Cam Fowler won't travel with the Anaheim Ducks when they begin their longest road trip of the season.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle announced the decision Thursday.

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Tampa G Vasilevskiy to return vs. Leafs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is returning after missing 14 games with a fractured left foot to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup between the NHL's top two teams.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper says last season's Vezina Trophy finalist will start Thursday night against Toronto.

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Flames score 2 late, beat Flyers in OT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames showed off their resilience in another impressive win.

Gaudreau scored 35 seconds into overtime, and the Flames rallied to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 on Wednesday night.

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Blackhawks defeat Pens, end 8-game skid

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night.

It had been a while.

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Nosek's tally lifts Vegas over Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) Tomas Nosek jumped on a loose puck to help the Vegas Golden Knights' open their trip with a victory.

Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the surging Golden Knights beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

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Hurricanes' Staal on IR with concussion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have placed forward Jordan Staal on injured reserve with a concussion.

General manager Don Waddell also announced Wednesday that the team recalled forward Janne Kuokkanen from its AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

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Rangers D Shattenkirk out 2-4 weeks

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers say defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be sidelined two to four weeks with a shoulder injury.

Shattenkirk left in the second period of Monday night's game in Tampa. He took a check around the left shoulder and had a sling on his arm postgame.

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Ex-ref wants women officiating in NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Paul Stewart has a very big goal for the next stage of his already lengthy hockey career, and that's helping women follow in his footsteps by officiating in the NHL.

Stewart, being inducted Wednesday night into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame , said Katie Guay will be working the upcoming Beanpot tournament in Boston after being an official at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Stewart, who refereed 1,010 NHL regular-season games, 49 Stanley Cup playoff games and two NHL All-Star Games, says he had a small part in helping Guay.

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