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Mantha scores in debut, Caps rout Flyers

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WASHINGTON (AP) Anthony Mantha had a two points in his Washington debut, Alex Ovechkin scored the 728th goal of his NHL career and the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory.

The East Division-leading Capitals went 3 for 3 on the power play as part of another offensive outburst. They routed the banged-up Boston Bruins 8-1 Sunday night on the eve of the trade deadline.

They gave up skilled young forward Jakub Vrana, a first-round pick and a second-rounder to get Mantha from Detroit in the hopes of better positioning themselves for another deep playoff run. So far, so good: Mantha picked up an assist on Tom Wilson's goal in the first period, then showed off his shot in the second for his 12th of the season.


Bruins top Sabres in SO in Hall's debut

BOSTON (AP) Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored in Boston's two chances in the shootout and the Bruins, with newcomer Taylor Hall, rebounded for a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Craig Smith and David Krejci scored in regulation for Boston, which had lost its last two games but improved to 4-2-1 in its last seven.


Surging Preds get 3 in 1st to beat Tampa

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Roman Josi had a goal and an assist in Nashville's three-goal first period as the Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games.

Josi also had an assist in the third. Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and an assist, Rocco Grimaldi added a goal and an assist, and Tanner Jeannot and Mikael Granlund also scored. Ryan Johansen and Rem Pitclick each had two assists with Pitlick's the first points of his career.


Rangers' Shesterkin earns 1st shutout

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves for his first NHL shutout and the New York Rangers opened a four-game series against the rival New Jersey Devils with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night.

Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored and Adam Fox had assists on both goals as New York improved to 10-4-3 since March 13. Pavel Buchnevich scored into an empty net with 28 seconds to play for the 20,000th goal in Rangers' franchise history.


Gaudreau lifts Flames over Leafs in OT

TORONTO (AP) Johnny Gaudreau scored 36 seconds into overtime and the Calgary Flames beat the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Tuesday night.

Juuso Valimaki and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Flames. Gaudreau and Lindholm each added an assist, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots. Calgary won its second straight to pull six points behind Montreal for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division.


Panthers top Stars on Vatrano's OT goal

DALLAS (AP) Frank Vatrano scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime, and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Aleksander Barkov and Radko Gudas scored in regulation, and Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and matched Tampa Bay and Carolina with 58 points atop the Central Division.


Trades start likely overhaul for Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) General manager Jarmo Kekalainen sees the overhaul of the Columbus Blue Jackets as "an opportunity to reload" rather than a rebuilding job.

Whatever he wants to call it, the Blue Jackets already look different after the trade deadline. The offseason could bring even more big changes.


Avalanche, Sakic embrace win-now mode

DENVER (AP) Deep down, this is precisely the sort of depth Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic always pictured.

Two goaltenders to back up one of the best in the league. Three balanced lines to complement a top one that's anchored by Nathan MacKinnon. A blue line filled with the perfect mix of young and veteran defensemen.


Brown's goal streak at 8 games, Sens win

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Brady Tkachuk scored twice, Connor Brown extended his franchise-record goal-scoring streak to eight games and the Ottawa Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 Monday night.

Evgenii Dadonov also scored and Thomas Chabot and Josh Norris each had two assists as Ottawa rallied from two goals down and ended a four-game losing streak. Anton Forsberg was impressive in goal after a shaky start with 24 saves.


Police shooting pauses sports in Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In the raw aftermath of another killing of a Black man by police in Minnesota, there was no place for pro sports in the Twin Cities on Monday.

The Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves all postponed their games a day after the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright following a traffic stop in a nearby suburb.