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Bruins G Rask suffers concussion in loss

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BOSTON (AP) Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask suffered a concussion on a hard collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil and was helped off the ice late in the opening period.

The 31-year-old Rask, who entered the game Saturday night tied with Cecil "Tiny" Thompson for the most victories in club history with 252, gave up a goal to Chytil, who came charging down the right wing. After he flipped the puck over Rask at full speed, Chytil was hit by Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy, sending the forward's waist flying into the head of Rask, who was knocked backward hard to the ice.

The club announced his injury midway into the second period and said he wouldn't return to the game.


Lundqvist now 6th all-time on wins list

BOSTON (AP) Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist hopes his teammates take some time to think about how well they've played going into a long break.

He'll also have some time to reflect on his climb up the NHL's career wins list.


Flames top Oilers, now 7-0-1 in last 8

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames are getting some offense from just about everyone right now.

Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over the rival Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.


Marchessault scores 3, Vegas beats Pens

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson have struggled to find the back of the net since Dec. 22, scoring a combined three goals over 12 games.

Vegas' dynamic top-line forwards topped that Saturday night.


Stamkos nets 2 as Lightning down Sharks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A three-point night from Steven Stamkos sent the Tampa Bay Lightning into their extended All-Star break with another victory.

Stamkos scored a pair of goals in the third period and Tampa Bay beat San Jose 6-3 Saturday night.


Parise scores 20th, Wild edge Jackets

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau believes the typical sense of urgency to make a playoff push is hitting teams earlier than normal this season.

It certainly seemed that way for the Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Disappointing home losses and tightening standings have a way of doing that.


Avs score 6 in 2nd period, rout Kings

DENVER (AP) The success on the ice quickly returned and so will Mikko Rantanen.

Another score - along with a big exhale - for the struggling Colorado Avalanche.


Stars hold off Jets to end 4-game skid

DALLAS (AP) Jamie Benn's new linemates, Blake Comeau and Radek Faksa, were surprising goal scorers for Dallas on Saturday night.

Comeau, Faksa and Brett Ritchie scored their first goals of the new year and the Stars defeated the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets 4-2.


Ekblad, Trocheck lead Panthers by Preds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vincent Trocheck's legs are feeling good and the Panthers are grateful.

Trocheck and Aaron Ekblad each had a goal and an assist to lead Florida to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.


Patrick nets 2 in 3rd as Flyers top Habs

MONTREAL (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers got off to a sluggish start, and Carter Hart kept things scoreless with some solid goaltending.

They finally broke through on the scoreboard late in the second period - and then kept going.