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Penguins win 5-2 to prevent Ducks extending NHL lead

March 7, 2015

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Swedish winger Patric Hornqvist scored twice in the second period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 win at Anaheim on Friday, preventing the Ducks from extending their lead atop the NHL standings.

The victory by the Penguins moved them to equal fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with Detroit, which also suffered a 5-2 defeat on home ice, beaten by Calgary.

Elsewhere, Minnesota kept up its late-season charge by winning at Carolina.

Pittsburgh also got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Blake Comeau — the Penguins are 6-0 in games in which both Malkin and Crosby scored — while goaltender Thomas Greiss made 27 saves to help the team win for the fifth time in six games.

Tomas Fleischmann and Corey Perry scored third-period goals for the Ducks, who had won seven of their previous eight games.

Calgary came back from a two-goal deficit to win 5-2 at Detroit, with Jiri Hudler scoring twice against his former team.

Sean Monahan, Matt Stajan and Mason Raymond also scored for the Flames, who rallied after Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader scored the game’s first two goals.

Calgary moved into a tie with Vancouver for second place in the Pacific Division, where four teams are scrambling for spots in the postseason behind Anaheim. The Flames have one game remaining on a seven-game road trip — they’ve won four already.

Detroit’s three-game winning streak was snapped, although the Red Wings outshot the Flames 35-24.

Minnesota extended its winning run to five games with a 3-1 victory at Carolina.

Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored in a two-minute span of the third period while Charlie Coyle also scored for the Wild, who have won six straight road games.

Minnesota is the form team of the NHL since the All-Star break, with a 16-2-1 record.

Riley Nash broke a scoring slump by producing the tying goal in the second period for the Hurricanes.

Chicago’s new recruit Antoine Vermette scored the lone goal of the shootout in the third round to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 win against Edmonton.

An injury-riddled Columbus ended a seven-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory at New Jersey, with Brandon Dubinsky contributing a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup after a concussion.

Ottawa’s Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone scored in quick succession early in the third period to lift the Senators to a 3-2 win against Buffalo.

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