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Tampa eyes 12th win in row, visits Vegas

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Tampa Bay will put the longest winning streak in the NHL this season on the line Thursday night when it faces the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

The Lightning won their 11th game in a row Monday night at Colorado, 4-3, on Nikita Kucherov's breakaway goal at 3:03 into overtime. The 11-game win streak broke the franchise record of 10 straight set last season and tied earlier this season. Tampa Bay is only the second franchise in NHL history with two double-digit win streaks in the same season, joining the Boston Bruins in both 1929-30 and 1970-71.

Kucherov, who leads the team in goals (29), assists (44) and points (73), stole the puck from Nathan MacKinnon and then raced down the ice and slipped the puck between the pads of Pavel Francouz for the win.


Ovechkin stuck on 698 as Caps host Habs

The slumping Washington Capitals fell out of first place in the Metropolitan Division on Tuesday night, thanks to a Pittsburgh win, and they will try to start turning things around against the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Washington has lost four of its last five games and six of its last nine. Alex Ovechkin remains at 698 career goals as he has not scored a goal -- or even a point-- in the last five contests.


Surging Pens look to beat Leafs again

The Toronto Maple Leafs will learn Thursday night if home ice can help them figure out the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have dominated them twice this season.

The Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the front end of the home-and-home set.


Teams getting jump on trade deadline

Tom Fitzgerald changed teams twice at the NHL trade deadline as a player and knows how it feels.

As interim general manager of the New Jersey Devils, he didn't wait until deadline day to trade captain Andy Greene or forward Blake Coleman. Beating the buzzer by more than a week, Fitzgerald recalled his own rough experiences of getting dealt late.


Kings deal veteran D Martinez to Knights

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks on Wednesday.

The Kings got the Knights' second-round pick in 2020 and St. Louis' second-round choice in 2021 for Martinez, the defenseman who scored the iconic double-overtime goal that won Los Angeles' second Stanley Cup six years ago.


Pastrnak scores in OT, Bruins top Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) David Pastrnak scored the winner 1:14 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Pastrnak was set up for the goal on a pass from David Krejci. He tucked the puck between Oilers goalie Mike Smith's legs for his 43rd goal of the season.


Oleksiak breaks late tie, Stars win

DALLAS (AP) Jamie Oleksiak broke a third-period tie with his first goal in 26 games and the Dallas Stars held on to beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Oleksiak stepped up into the top of the slot, took a pass from Alexander Radulov and sent a low snap shot past goalie Adin Hill with 8:22 remaining.


Avalanche beat Islanders behind Francouz

DENVER (AP) Pavel Francouz made 27 saves and lost his first NHL shutout with just over two minutes remaining as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Wednesday night.

"I was telling my father (Wednesday) I'm going to get him a shutout, so I'm really sad that it didn't work out," Francouz said. "I'm really happy we won, that's the most important thing."


Galchenyuk leads Wild past Canucks in SO

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Alex Galchenyuk scored the tying goal and the shootout winner as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Wednesday night and delivered new coach Dean Evason his first win as an NHL coach.

"It's amazing," Evason said. "You hear things happen for a reason and all of those things. To have my three children here was awesome."


Panthers get friendly bounces, top Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Florida Panthers showed a little rebounding prowess, getting a pair of friendly bounces off the end boards to deliver a key 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Vincent Trocheck and Aleksi Saarela each scored second-period goals off fortuitous rebounds and the Panthers were able to rally from an early deficit. The victory moved Florida past the Toronto Maple Leafs and into third place in the Atlantic Division.

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