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Tampa takes 8-game run to surging Jets

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- It's only December, but Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place could be a preview of next spring's Stanley Cup final.

Both teams have been making a good case.

The Jets have won eight of nine games to push their record to 21-9-2 for 44 points, good for first place in the Central Division going into Saturday night's action.


Skinner, Eichel lift Sabres over Bruins

BOSTON (AP) Jack Eichel fondly remembers sitting with his dad in the TD Garden stands, watching his favorite hockey players.

The 22-year-old from nearby North Chelmsford was the star attraction Sunday night, and he didn't disappoint.


Crawford hurt as Sharks surge by Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Melker Karlsson, Evander Kane, Kevin Labanc, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.

Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Sharks, who connected for three unanswered goals in the second period to take charge. Brent Burns had three assists for San Jose, which has won six of seven and climbed into a tie with Anaheim for second in the Pacific Division.


Gaudreau, Quine power Flames in 7-2 win

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matthew Tkachuk spent his childhood dreaming of scoring an NHL goal in his hometown.

It became reality Sunday.


Vegas tops Rangers on Tuch's OT goal

NEW YORK (AP) The Golden Knights needed overtime to earn two points after squandering a third-period lead for the second straight game.

Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into OT, giving the Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.


Foegele's rare goal helps 'Canes win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour gave his players a day off after a tough loss. They rewarded their first-year coach with a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Warren Foegele scored his first goal since October and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves in his first shutout of the season to help the Hurricanes bounce back from a difficult loss to Washington on Friday.


Rangers' Fast sidelined 2 to 4 weeks

NEW YORK (AP) Rangers forward Jesper Fast will be out two to four weeks with an upper-body injury.

Fast has three goals and eight assists in 31 games this season.


Barkov nets 3, Panthers top Leafs in OT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov finished off the Toronto Maple Leafs with his first NHL hat trick.

Barkov scored at 3:24 of overtime to complete the hat trick and give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.


Pens edge Kings in OT in Murray's return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season.

Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play, particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win.


Avs beat Stars after blowing 3-goal lead

DENVER (AP) Given the company on his line, Gabriel Landeskog has a tendency to be overlooked.

That's perfectly fine with the Colorado captain.