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Laine point streak at 15, Jets top Stars

Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine celebrates his goal during against the Dallas Stars during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Patrik Laine promised he'll do better next time. At least until he gets the better of Alex Ovechkin.

Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to 15 games and tie Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night to match the franchise wins record at 43.

The second-year sniper has 43 goals, matching the total from Ovechkin, the Washington star and Laine's boyhood favorite. Laine's point streak is the longest active run in the NHL and adds to his league record for the longest point streak by a teenager. The streak includes 18 goals and eight assists.


Simmonds' 2 goals help Flyers past Caps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers are playing every game as if it's the postseason. It paid off this weekend.

Simmonds scored two goals to lift the Flyers past the Washington Capitals 6-3 on Sunday night, capping a four-point weekend and helping Philadelphia solidify its playoff position.


Ducks beat Devils, now 3rd in Pacific

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks had the chance to move back into a playoff spot by getting a point against the New Jersey Devils. That, however, wasn't necessarily their main motivation.

Coach Randy Carlyle offered his team a day off if they won their final two home games before starting their last road trip of the season, and the extra incentive enticed the Ducks into smothering the Devils with their physicality.


Karlsson scores 3, Knights blank Flames

LAS VEGAS (AP) In a game that included William Karlsson's natural hat trick and Marc-Andre Fleury getting his 48th career shutout and 401st win, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant credited a hit by forward Ryan Reaves as the biggest play.

Barely two minutes into the second period, Reaves - acquired from Pittsburgh on Feb. 23 - flattened TJ Brodie with a blast that sidelined Calgary's defenseman the remainder of the game while sparking the Golden Knights' recent stagnant offense.


Kucherov has 2, Lightning regroup to win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning quickly bounce back from a rare shutout loss.

Kucherov scored twice to lead the Lightning to a 3-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Tampa Bay extended its lead to four points over Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference less than 24 hours after a shutout loss at home to the Bruins.


MacKinnon has 3 points as Avs rip Wings

DENVER (AP) This illustrates just how well things have been going for Nathan MacKinnon: He fanned on a shot, got it back, skated to the other side, launched the puck toward the net, hit a defender and in it goes.

"Lucky," he said.


Blues rally to beat Blackhawks 5-4 in OT

CHICAGO (AP) If the St. Louis Blues somehow find a way into the playoffs in their final 10 games, they definitely will remember this weekend.

Patrik Berglund scored 3:31 into overtime, and the Blues rallied for a big 5-4 victory over the lowly Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.


Bruins sign US Olympic star Donato

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have signed Ryan Donato to a two-year, entry-level deal and say the U.S. Olympic star could play for them right away.

Donato had 26 goals and 17 assists in 29 games this season at Harvard. He led the United States with five goals and six points at the Olympics as one of its youngest players.


Van Riemsdyk leads Hurricanes past Isles

NEW YORK (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes simply outplayed the New York Islanders in a matchup of teams headed for a spring without playoff games.

Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Scott Darling made 26 saves as the Hurricanes beat the reeling Islanders 4-3 Sunday.


Leafs blank Habs, extend home run to 12

TORONTO (AP) The Maple Leafs were without their starting goalie, their best overall player and two other regulars - and still managed to do what they've been doing a lot lately.

They won again at Air Canada Center.