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Jets win shootout to stop Blues going top of standings

March 20, 2015

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — St. Louis missed its chance to go joint top of the NHL standings when it lost 2-1 after a shootout at Winnipeg on Thursday, with Andrew Ladd scoring the decisive goal for the Jets in the tiebreaker.

A win would have moved the Blues level with Anaheim, which leads the Western Conference, and Montreal, which went clear atop the East with a victory over Carolina.

In other key results in the chase for playoff berths, Alex Ovechkin lifted Washington to victory at Minnesota, Dallas hung on to edge Pittsburgh, and Ottawa won a ten-goal game against Boston.

At Winnipeg, Drew Stafford scored in regulation for the hosts and David Backes did the same for St. Louis.

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves for his 16th win of the season as Winnipeg moved into a tie for seventh in the West.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, helping lift the Capitals to a 3-2 win at Minnesota.

Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a goal for the Capitals, who won their third straight to move into a tie for fifth in the East. Ovechkin’s 13th multigoal game this season improved his NHL-leading goal total to 47.

Minnesota — sitting fifth in the West — got goals from Christian Folin and Jared Spurgeon.

Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan score the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Senators took a 6-4 victory over Boston.

The surging Senators moved within two points of the Bruins in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a game in hand.

Kyle Turris netted two goals, and Milan Michalek, David Legwand and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators.

Ottawa native Ryan Spooner had two goals as Boston dropped its third straight.

Dallas’ Brett Ritchie and Jamie Benn scored 1:23 apart in the second period to give the Stars a 2-1 win against Pittsburgh.

Benn set up Ritchie’s deflection goal at 2:15 of the second, and put his own rebound into the net at 3:37 for a 2-0 lead.

Kris Letang scored for the Penguins — only their second power-play goal in nine games — at 13:26 of the second.

Florida’s Jaromir Jagr scored his 718th NHL goal, moving into fifth place on the career list, and added an assist to help the Panthers beat Detroit 3-1.

Jagr, who gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead, passed Phil Esposito for sole possession of fifth place. Scottie Upshall and Brandon Pirri also scored for Florida.

Erik Cole had the sole goal for the Red Wings.

Montreal goalie Carey Price made 31 saves for his league-leading and career-best 39th win of the season, lifting the Canadiens past Carolina 4-0.

Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists to lead the Flames to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia.

Columbus rookie Marko Dano recorded his first two-goal game in the NHL as the Blue Jackets cruised to a 6-2 win at Vancouver.

San Jose’s Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, helping the Sharks defeat Toronto 4-1.

Colorado won its third straight as Ryan O’Reilly and Jarome Iginla scored 29 seconds apart in the first period to set up a 5-2 win against Arizona.

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