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NHL roundup: Fast start helps Penguins to win

Brenden Morrow scored two goals for the second straight game as the Pittsburgh Penguins led, 3-0, after the first period and held on for a 6-4 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens Wednesday to move closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Brandon Sutter added two goals, and Jarome Iginla and Doug Murray also scored for the Penguins, who were without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

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Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots.

Brian Gionta, Alex Galchenyuk, Gabriel Dumont, and Andrei Markov scored for Montreal.

Montreal’s Peter Budaj was pulled after stopping just six of nine shots in the first. Carey Price relieved him and allowed three goals for the loss.

Flames 3, Red Wings 2 — Steve Begin took advantage of a pair of third-period blunders by Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard (14 saves) to score his third and fourth goals of the year, and Calgary held on to hand the playoff-hopeful visitors a loss.

Lee Stempniak also scored for the Flames, who won all three games against the Red Wings this season.

Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit.

Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 2 — Fedor Tyutin scored 2:19 into overtime, and Columbus moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with a victory in Anaheim.

Blake Comeau and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who jumped 2 points ahead of Detroit, and within 1 point of seventh-place St. Louis. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.

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