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Bratt has first career hat trick, Devils beat Lightning 5-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jesper Bratt scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick as the New Jersey Devils rallied from two goals down and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Sunday night to end a three-game skid.

Nico Hischier and Nolan Foote also scored to help the Devils improve their league-leading road record to 26-5-4. Vitek Vanecek finished with 22 saves to help New Jersey get a win after losing at home to the Lightning on Tuesday and Thursday before blowing a 2-0 lead in a 4-2 loss at Florida on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov reached the 100-point mark for the third time in his career with a goal in the first period and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who had won three straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 34 saves.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Boldy scored three goals for his second career hat trick to lead Minnesota.

Ryan Reaves and Brandon Duhaime also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves to improve to 7-0-0 in his last seven starts for the Wild. Minnesota, which had a 14-game point-streak end Saturday against Boston, moved one point behind first-place Dallas in the Central Division and two points up on Colorado for second.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice on the power play and Dylan Strome once for Washington, 2-4-1 in its past seven games. The Capitals trail Pittsburgh by five points for the final wild card spot with 11 games remaining. Charlie Lindgren stopped 35 shots.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kasperi Kapanen, Nathan Walker and Jakub Vrana each scored to lead St. Louis past Winnipeg.

Rookie goalie and Winnipeg native Joel Hofer started in his first home appearance with St. Louis and stopped 33 shots in his fourth NHL start to help the Blues win for the fourth time in six games. He didn’t get the shutout because he had to leave the ice for a skate repair in the second period. Thomas Greiss had a save while filling in.

Hofer started in place of the suspended Jordan Binnington on Friday and had 33 saves in a 5-2 win against Washington — his first NHL game since Nov. 13, 2021. Hofer, called up from Springfield of the AHL under emergency conditions Thursday after Binnington was suspended, is now 3-1-0 in the NHL.

Connor Hellebuyck, starting for the second straight day, had 14 saves for the Jets, who have lost three of their last four games.


NEW YORK (AP) — Defenseman K’Andre Miller had two goals and two assists in New York’s six-goal first period, and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Rangers.

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists in the opening period, and Filip Chytil, Mika Zibenejad, Tyler Motte and Chris Kreider also scored to help New York cruse to its fourth straight home win and second shutout in two days. The Rangers beat Pittsburgh 6-0 on Saturday night after also beating the Penguins on Thursday and Washington on Tuesday.

The Rangers scored six times on their first eight shots, chasing Nashville starting goalie Kevin Lankinen after he gave up four goals on five shots. He was replaced by Juuse Saros.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 shots to post his second consecutive shutout, David Pastrnak matched a career-high by scoring his team-leading 48th goal, and NHL-leading Boston routed reeling Buffalo.

Jake DeBrusk had a goal and three assists, Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists, and Garnet Hathaway, Hampus Lindholm, Charlie Coyle and Charlie McAvoy also scored for the Bruins. Swayman now has four shutouts on the season, all since Jan. 16.

Boston improved to 19-1-1 in its past 21 meetings against the Sabres, and 9-0-1 in the past 10. The Bruins won their 26th road game to match a franchise record set in 1971-72. Boston’s 53 wins through 69 games match the team’s fourth-highest total, and are four short of the franchise record set during a 78-game season in 1970-71.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 19 shots in dropping to 0-3-2 in his past five, a stretch in which he’s allowed 21 goals. The Sabres dropped to 2-7-2 in their past 11.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jack Eichel scored three goals for his second hat trick of the season and fourth of his career to lead Vegas.

Phil Kessel and Pavel Dorofeyev each had a goal and an assist, and Paul Cotter and Zach Whitecloud also scored for the Golden Knights. Alex Pietrangelo had a career-high four assists and Jiri Patera stopped 35 shots in his second career start to improve to 2-0.

Kirill Marchenko and Liam Foudy scored for Columbus and Patrik Laine had two assists. Daniil Tarasov was pulled late in the second period after giving up five goals on 28 shots. He was replaced by Michael Hutchinson, who had 10 saves.


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