Ice Hockey - OT winner sends Penguins past Senators

James Neal scored 1:55 into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Ice Hockey - OT winner sends Penguins past Senators

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Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (right) is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Ottawa Senators (Reuters)

Penguins 2, Senators 1 (overtime)

Neal knocked in a rebound off a shot by center Evengi Malkin over sprawled Senators goaltender Craig Anderson to improve the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins' record to 39-15-2.

Anderson made 46 saves for the Senators (24-21-11) in defeat.

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Avalanche 2, Devils 1 (overtime)

Ryan O'Reilly scored 28 seconds into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a victory against the New Jersey Devils.

PA Parenteau tied the score for the Avalanche (36-14-5) with 1:22 remaining in regulation and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere on the bench for an extra attacker.

Ryan Carter scored for the Devils.

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Red Wings 2, Canucks 0

Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson combined for a shutout and left winger Justin Abdelkader scored both goals in the Detroit Red Wings win over the Vancouver Canucks .

Howard made 16 saves in two periods after Gustavsson stopped eight shots before leaving after the first period because he felt dizzy.

Canucks coach John Tortorella returned from his unpaid 15-day suspension for charging the Calgary Flames locker room following the first period of a game Jan. 18 that included several fights.

He missed six games, in which Vancouver went 1-4-1.

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Oilers 3, Sabres 2

Matt Hendricks scored on a shorthanded breakaway early in the third period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a win over the Buffalo Sabres.

The game was a battle of the two worst teams in the league.

Buffalo (15-32-8) is last in the Eastern Conference, while Edmonton (19-33-6) props up the Western Conference.

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had 42 saves for Edmonton.

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Blackhawks 5, Kings 3

Patrick Kane scored two goals and an assist, defenseman Nick Leddy scored a goal and an assist, and goaltender Corey Crawford made 31 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings.

Chicago (34-10-14) won for the second time in four games on a road trip that will run through the Olympic break.

The Blackhawks took the lead for good at 3-2 on center Marcus Kruger's sixth goal of the season with 6:09 remaining in the middle period.

Los Angeles (30-22-6) lost for the eighth time in its last nine games.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist.

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Blue Jackets 4, Ducks 2

Nick Foligno scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Anaheim Ducks.

The Blue Jackets (29-23-4) captured their third in a row and handed the NHL-leading Ducks (40-13-5) a second straight loss.

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 shots and has won 12 of his last 14 starts.

Ryan Getzlaf scored his 27th goal of the season for Anaheim.

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Flyers 5, Sharks 2

The Flyers scored three times during a 2:45 stretch early in the third period, and Philadelphia rallied past the Sharks, winning in San Jose for the first time since November 1999.

Even-strength goals by Philadelphia (28-23-6) forwards Matt Reid, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux were enough to chase San Jose's starting goalie, Antti Niemi.

Things quickly fell apart for the hosts early in the final period, and San Jose (35-16-6) lost for the fourth time in 26 games.

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