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    NHL roundup: Panthers beat Ducks, stop skid

    Panthers goalie Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots in a win over the Ducks.
    Panthers goalie Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots in a win over the Ducks.

    Brad Boyes scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots, and the Panthers snapped a nine-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Sunrise, Fla.

    Scottie Upshall and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who earned their first win under coach Peter Horachek and ended Anaheim’s five-game winning streak. Upshall also had an assist to help Florida rally from two goals down.

    The Panthers won for the first time since beating Minnesota, 2-1, Oct. 19. It was their first victory in three games under Horachek, who took over when Kevin Dineen was fired Friday.


    Hampus Lindholm and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks, who lead the NHL with 31 points. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves but lost for the first time in seven career starts.

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    Trailing, 2-0, the Panthers scored two goals in 70 seconds during the second period to tie it.

    Matthias backhanded the puck in from low in the right circle at 13:28 to make it 2-1. Upshall’s shot from the point went off the stick of Anaheim’s Mathieu Perreault and the shoulder pads of Lindholm before bouncing over Andersen at 14:38.

    Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 3 — Alex Ovechkin put in a rebound 1:34 into overtime, giving Washington a win over visiting Columbus.

    Ovechkin’s 14th goal came when he was perched by the crease to stuff in the puck after Marcus Johansson’s shot was saved by Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.


    Washington’s Mikhail Grabovski sent the game to overtime by getting his stick on a loose puck with 1:45 remaining in regulation, capping a back-and-forth third period that awoke the Verizon Center crowd after a sleepy start to the game.

    John Carlson and Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals, who have won five of seven and five straight at home. Braden Holtby made 24 saves.

    Brandon Dubinsky, Jared Boll, and Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped six of seven. Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots.

    Sabres 3, Kings 2 — Cody Hodgson scored two goals and Ryan Miller made 43 saves as Buffalo beat Los Angeles in a shootout to avoid matching the worst home start in NHL history.

    Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout and Miller stopped both Los Angeles shooters.


    Buffalo was winless in its first nine home games, one short of the NHL record set by Pittsburgh in 1983-84.

    Flyers 5, Senators 0 — Jakub Voracek scored twice, Steve Mason made 24 saves, and Philadelphia shut out host Ottawa.

    The Flyers have back-to-back wins, having scored nine goals in the two games. It is just the third time this season they have scored more than twice in a game.

    It was Mason’s first shutout of the season and the 20th of his career.

    The Senators were shut out for the first time this season and had a three-game winning streak snapped.

    Hurricanes 2, Avalanche 1 — Jordan Staal and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal and an assist, and Carolina handed Colorado its first loss in seven road games this season.

    Carolina goalie Justin Peters stopped 33 shots, while Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov stopped 26.

    Carolina has points in four straight games (3-0-1), all at home, since snapping a five-game losing streak. All seven of Carolina’s victories this season have been by one goal.

    Paul Stastny scored his seventh goal of the season for Colorado.

    Devils 3, Rangers 2 — Dainius Zubrus netted the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left, and Ryan Carter scored his first two goals of the season as New Jersey snapped host New York’s three-game winning streak.

    Zubrus put in a loose puck after his shot was blocked by defenseman Dan Girardi for his third goal. That was enough to give Martin Brodeur a third straight win.

    New York's Girardi had tied the game at 2-all when he scored his first of the season with 7:42 left.

    Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 — Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal in the shootout and Tampa Bay won in Montreal in its first game without the injured Steven Stamkos.

    Ryan Malone scored in regulation for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots.

    Sharks 3, Flames 2 — Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into overtime to give San Jose the win north of the border.

    Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose. The Sharks snapped a five-game winless skid.

    Mike Cammalleri and Kris Russell scored for Calgary in the third period. The Flames are winless in their past four.

    Jets 3, Red Wings 2 — Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout to give the Winnipeg a win at Detroit.

    Pavel Datsyuk scored twice for Detroit, and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the shootout.

    Coyotes 3, Blues 2 — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 56 seconds into overtime and Mike Smith made 37 saves to give visiting Phoenix the win in St. Louis. David Moss and Mikkel Boedker had the other Phoenix goals.

    Islanders 3, Predators 1 — John Tavares, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Kyle Okposo scored and Kevin Poulin made 32 saves as host New York beat Nashville to snap a four-game losing streak.