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Ducks avenge loss to Sharks, widen Pacific lead

January 1, 2014

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Anaheim avenged last weekend’s loss to San Jose by beating the Sharks 6-3 on Tuesday, making it 11 wins from 12 games and opening a seven-point lead in the NHL Pacific Division.

San Jose would have fallen into a tie for second in the division but Los Angeles failed to make ground after losing to Dallas, while St. Louis hung on to edge fading Minnesota and close on the Central Division lead, and New Jersey beat Eastern Conference leader Pittsburgh.

Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists, while Francois Beauchemin got his first goal of the campaign.

Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey each had a goal and an assist while Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri also netted for the Ducks, who have not lost in regulation in 17 home games this season.

Dan Boyle and Bracken Kearns scored power-play goals, and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, whose four-game winning streak ended.

St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz scored for the sixth straight game to help the Blues beat Minnesota 2-1 and close within four points of Central leader Chicago.

T.J. Oshie also had a goal for St. Louis, which is 5-0-2 in its past seven road games.

Ryan Suter scored in the closing seconds for the Wild, who have lost a franchise-record six straight games in regulation and have just 11 points from their past 18.

New Jersey’s Adam Henrique scored inside two minutes to set up the Devils’ 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Michael Ryder connected early in the second period for the Devils, who overcame the loss of veteran forward Patrick Elias in the first period after being knocked to the ice.

Matt Niskanen cut it to 2-1 for Pittsburgh at 6:58 of the second off a pass from Sidney Crosby.

Dallas’ Erik Cole scored twice to lead the Stars to a 3-2 win over struggling Los Angeles.

Tyler Seguin netted his 20th goal of the season for the Stars, who have five points from the first three of five straight home games.

Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who have lost four straight.

Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog scored power-play goals to help the Avalanche snap a four-game losing streak by beating Columbus 5-3.

Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23.

Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen scored Columbus’ goals.

Carolina’s Alexander Semin scored 3:27 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 win over Montreal, halting a five-game skid.

The Hurricanes, who had trailed 3-0 in the second period, took the lead only for Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban to tie the game 4-4 with 9:44 remaining.

Jeff Skinner scored a pair of power-play goals 37 seconds apart, Eric Staal tied the game 3-3, and Manny Malhotra made it four goals in seven minutes for Carolina.

Montreal had taken a seemingly winning lead via an opening goal from Lars Eller, then two from Max Pacioretty.

New York’s John Tavares scored 32 seconds into the third period and added a power-play goal with 6:43 left to lead the Islanders rally over Boston, winning 5-3.

Phoenix’s Keith Yandle scored his second goal with 6.5 seconds showing on the overtime clock, and earlier set up Mikkel Boedker’s tying goal with 70 seconds left in regulation, helping the Coyotes beat Edmonton 4-3.

New York’s Brad Richards scored the lone goal in the shootout, giving the Rangers a 2-1 victory over Florida.

Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists to lead the Flyers over Calgary 4-1.

Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya made 27 saves as the Jets shut out Buffalo 3-0.

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