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Sharks draw level with Blues on points

December 18, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — San Jose took a 3-0 lead after just 22 minutes to set up a 4-2 win over St. Louis on Tuesday, moving the Sharks level with the Blues on points as the fight for Western Conference playoff positions heats up.

Among other key results, Anaheim also started powerfully to beat Detroit and extend its winning streak, Minnesota beat Vancouver in a shootout to stop the Canucks’ run of victories, and Chicago’s good form continued with a win at Nashville.

San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored the first of the Sharks’ quickfire three early goals, with Matt Irwin, Brent Burns and Marty Havlat also finding the net.

Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots for the Sharks, who won all three games this season against the Blues.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals for St. Louis.

Anaheim scored four times in the first period to set up a 5-2 win over Detroit, pushing the Ducks’ winning run to six games.

Sami Vatanen had a goal and an assist while Nick Bonino, Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry and Saku Koivu also scored for the Ducks.

Tomas Jurco got his first career goal and Daniel Cleary scored for the Red Wings, who have lost their past six.

Minnesota’s Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Roberto Luongo’s glove in the third round of a shootout to give the Wild a 3-2 win over Vancouver, ending the Canucks’ winning streak at seven games.

It was a tough defeat for Luongo, who made 30 saves, including 14 in the third period and overtime, and the first shot of the shootout.

Zach Parise had an early goal for the Wild, and Charlie Coyle scored late on a snap shot that went between Luongo’s legs to tie the game in the third period.

Jannik Hansen and David Booth each scored for the second straight game for the Canucks.

Chicago’s Duncan Keith scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-1 win over Nashville.

Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy also scored for the Stanley Cup champions, who have won five of six.

Shea Weber scored for the Predators.

Montreal’s Max Pacioretty scored twice in the third period to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over Phoenix.

Andrei Markov also scored in the third period for the Canadiens.

Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who have not won at Montreal since 1996.

Dallas’ Colton Sceviour scored the tiebreaking goal at 17:08 of the third period to give the Stars a 3-2 victory over Colorado.

Ray Whitney had scored the Stars’ opening two goals.

Matt Duchene and Erik Johnson netted for the Avalanche.

Boston’s Zdeno Chara scored two power-play goals and Jarome Iginla had a pair of assists against his former team to help the Bruins down Calgary 2-0.

Los Angeles goalie Martin Jones made 24 saves for his third shutout in five games, and the remarkable rookie led the Kings to a 3-0 victory over Edmonton.

Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek scored twice as the Flyers beat Washington 5-2.

Florida’s Tomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes gave the Panthers a 3-1 victory over Toronto.

Tampa Bay’s Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the final 3 minutes of regulation, including the tying goal with 3.8 seconds left, and then converted in the shootout to rally the Lightning past the skidding New York Islanders 3-2.

Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift Buffalo to a 4-2 win over Winnipeg.

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