Ice Hockey - Predators too strong for Maple Leafs

The Nashville Predators downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 to extend their winning streak to three games.

Ice Hockey - Predators too strong for Maple Leafs

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Nashville Predators center Matt Cullen (7) celebrates his goal with left wing Gabriel Bourque (57) and center Craig Smith (15) against the Toronto Maple Leafs (Reuters)

Predators 4, Maple Leafs 2

Craig Smith scored twice and added an assist and Matt Cullen had a goal and three assists in the Predators' win over the Predators.

Rookie defenseman Seth Jones also scored for the Predators (11-9-2), who had three unanswered goals in the second period.

Colin Wilson chipped in with two assists for the Predators.

Peter Holland and Nazem Kadri scored for the Maple Leafs (13-8-1), who had a five-game home winning streak snapped.

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Flyers 4, Sabres 1

Matt Read scored two goals 1:40 apart in the second period, Vincent Lecavalier had a power-play goal and the streaking Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1.

The Flyers moved out of last place in the Metropolitan Division with their fifth win in six games. They are 5-0-1 during that span and 8-3-1 after a 1-7 start.

The Sabres are an NHL-worst 5-18-1.

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Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall was credited with the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Gustav Nyquist scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings broke a seven-game game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Henrik Zetterberg added two assists and Darren Helm also scored for Detroit.

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Blues 3, Bruins 2 (shootout)

St. Louis Blues center Derek Roy, who scored a goal in regulation and sent one off the crossbar in overtime, scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Blues a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

Roy was the second St. Louis player to beat Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask in the shootout, as the Blues moved to 15-3-3 on the season, 6-2-1 on the road.

The Bruins, the Eastern Conference leaders, are 6-1-2 in their last nine games.

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Blackhawks 6, Jets 3

Two quick goals to start the third period powered the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Marian Hossa scored his 10th goal of the season to break a 3-3 tie at 3:11 and then right winger Ben Smith chipped in with his third of the year just over two minutes later for Chicago.

The Blackhawks (15-4-4) have defeated the Jets (10-11-3) all three times the clubs have met this season.

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Rangers 3, Stars 2

The New York Rangers broke a 1-1 tie with early third-period goals from Chris Kreider and defenseman John Moore 37 seconds apart in a 3-2 victory over Dallas that snapped the Stars' three-game winning streak.

Dallas got a goal from Alex Chiasson at 8:27 of the third period, his first in 10 games, on a delayed penalty to make it 3-2, but the Stars could not find the equalizer.

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Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (overtime)

Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal with 41.1 seconds remaining in overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes to extend the Avs' best ever start.

Colorado (16-5-0) have a franchise record for victories and points through the first 21 games under first-year coach Patrick Roy.

The Coyotes (14-4-4) are 9-0-2 at home, only one of two teams that have not lost in regulation on their own ice.

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Oilers 4, Panthers 1

The Edmonton Oilers extended their longest win streak of the season to three games with a 4-1 victory over visiting Florida.

For the Oilers, it was just their third win in 10 home games, improving their overall record to 7-15-2.

Florida dropped to 6-13-4.

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Sharks 5, Lightning 1

The San Jose Sharks snapped a three-game winless streak at home with a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay, handing the Lightning their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Tommy Wingels benefited from the hard work of his San Jose linemates to enjoy the first two-goal game of his career.

Patrick Marleau, playing alongside Wingels and Logan Couture on a line that gave Tampa Bay fits, contributed one goal and two assists while Couture collected a career-high three assists.

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Devils 2, Kings 1 (overtime)

Winger Jaromir Jagr scored 2:30 into overtime as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1.

Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots for New Jersey (9-8-5), who moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Los Angeles (15-6-2) had a four game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time at home since a 4-3 defeat to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 2.

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