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Blues seek to rebound, end Bruins' run

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While the St. Louis Blues' historic winning streak has ended, the surging Boston Bruins keep rolling along.

The Blues on Saturday will look to rebound from their first loss in a month and keep the visiting Bruins from extending their season-high winning streak to eight games.

St. Louis went from underachiever to third in the Central Division thanks to a club-record 11-game winning streak that followed a 4-3 loss at Los Angeles on Jan. 21. The Blues outscored their opponents 43-16 and posted four shutouts during the streak.


Oilers' McDavid gets 2-game suspension

NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton Oilers All-Star Connor McDavid has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of the New York Islanders' Nick Leddy during Edmonton's 4-3 win on Thursday night.

The league announced the suspension on Friday. McDavid was given a minor penalty for the hit, which occurred late in the first period. He later scored the game-winner in overtime.


Stars get veteran D Lovejoy from Devils

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars acquired veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

The Stars sent defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2019 third-round draft pick to the Devils in the deal reached two days before the NHL's trade deadline.


Elliott to start outdoor game for Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Coach Scott Gordon says veteran goaltender Brian Elliott will start the Flyers' Stadium Series outdoor game Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins instead of rookie sensation Carter Hart.

Gordon told Elliott and Hart of his difficult decision before Philadelphia's outdoor practice under the lights Friday at Lincoln Financial Field. Hart said he was disappointed but hopes to respond and not let it set him back.


Duchene, Jackets beat Sens after trade

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Matt Duchene appreciated how short the walk was to join his new team.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves, and Duchene's first game with the Columbus Blue Jackets was a 3-0 win over his former team, the Ottawa Senators, on Friday night.


Laine's 2 goals lead Jets past Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Patrik Laine hadn't scored a goal for Winnipeg in 15 games. He ended that drought in a big way Friday night.

Laine contributed a pair of power-play goals and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves to lead Winnipeg to a 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, the team that eliminated the Jets from last season's Western Conference Final.


Flames edge Ducks for 4th straight win

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Flames rookie Andrew Mangiapane got a lucky bounce and took full advantage.

Mangiapane scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left and Calgary beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Friday night for its fourth straight victory.


Compher scores 2, Avs top 'Hawks late

CHICAGO (AP) Skating in his home state, J.T. Compher helped keep the Colorado Avalanche rolling.

Compher scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to snap a tie with 5:22 left in the third period, and Colorado beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 Friday night for its third straight win.


Wild start hot, hold on to beat Wings

DETROIT (AP) Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau was asked about this upcoming stretch, when the Wild will face some of the top teams in the NHL.

"We playing anybody any good?" he joked.


Sabres put Okposo on IR with concussion

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Kyle Okposo on injured reserve and demoted defenseman Lawrence Pilut to the minors.

Okposo is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with his third concussion in less than three years. The 30-year-old was felled by a punch to the face during a fight with defenseman Tony DeAngelo in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Feb. 15.