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Fleury beats Pens as Vegas gets 20th win

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(TSX / STATS) -- LAS VEGAS -- Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was endeared by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights fans, and had the admiration of players from both sides Thursday night in an emotional game for him at the T-Mobile Arena.

Fleury, who played 13 seasons with Pittsburgh before his selection by Vegas in the expansion draft in June, made 24 saves against his former team in a 2-1 victory in front of the capacity crowd that had a strong contingent of Penguins fans.

"It really couldn't get any better than this," Fleury said. "I've been around this game for a little bit. That was good. We got the win. It was a close game with only two goals on our side. It was as good as it gets."


Kucherov scores 22nd, Tampa's run hits 6

(TSX / STATS) -- GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning needed only 41 seconds in the first period -- barely the length of a single shift -- to show why they have the NHL's best record, its two top scorers and its hottest goaltender.

And, conversely, why the Arizona Coyotes are saddled with the NHL's worst record, be it home or away.


Saros stops 46 as hot Preds blank Oilers

(TSX / STATS) -- EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers dominated the Nashville Predators everywhere but on the scoreboard Thursday.

They outshot Nashville 22-4 in the first period. They were up 33-13 in shots at the end of the second. It should have been a blowout.


Caps stay hot, push run vs. Bruins to 11

(TSX / STATS) -- BOSTON -- Having spent three years at Boston University, Alex Chiasson says he always enjoys a return to TD Garden.

On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals winger enjoyed it even more.


Jackets blow lead but beat Islanders 6-4

(TSX / STATS) -- COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets gave away a three-goal lead but recovered by scoring twice in the second period and holding on for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena.

Zach Werenski, Markus Nutivaara, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones, Nick Foligno and Josh Anderson each had a goal to help keep the Blue Jackets (20-11-1) in first place in the Metropolitan Division.


Blackhawks end Jets' 7-game run at home

(TSX / STATS) -- WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets came into Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks riding a seven-game winning streak at Bell MTS Place and a goaltender with the best home save percentage in the NHL.

The Blackhawks, apparently, did not read the local sports section.


Roy scores twice as Ducks beat Blues

(TSX / STATS) -- ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Roy's stay in the minor leagues was only a few hours long, but that was enough time for him to realize he would much rather be in the NHL.

Given a second chance to be with Anaheim, Roy wants to make the most of it and he got off to a good start Thursday night, scoring two goals to lead the Ducks to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.


Blues activate G Hutton from IR

(TSX / STATS) -- The St. Louis Blues activated backup goaltender Carter Hutton from injured reserve on Friday.

Huton, 31, was out since taking a slapshot off the top of his foot during the team's morning skate on Dec. 7.


Plekanec lifts Canadiens by Devils on OT

(TSX / STATS) -- MONTREAL -- The New Jersey Devils flew into the Bell Centre on Thursday night still riding high from snapping the Los Angeles Kings' eight-game winning streak earlier in the week. The Devils were unable to carry some of that momentum into Montreal.

Carey Price made 31 saves and Tomas Plekanec scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Devils (17-10-4). Montreal (14-14-4) snapped a three-game losing streak in the process, earning its first victory since a 10-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2.


Wild's Stalock blanks Maple Leafs

(TSX / STATS) -- SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- If Alex Stalock's performance against one of the NHL's offensive powerhouses is any indication of how he will replace the indefinitely sidelined Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild will be just fine in the interim.

Goals by Tyler Ennis and Mikael Granlund supplemented a 28-save performance by Stalock as the Wild defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.