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Blues cool off Avs to end 4-game skid

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko doesn't like talking about himself. Alex Pietrangelo, however, doesn't mind talking about his teammate.

Tarasenko had a goal and two assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

"When he gets going, he's hard to handle," Pietrangelo said about Tarasenko. "His game is more well-rounded than you think. He doesn't get enough credit."

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Jackets edge Leafs on OT penalty shot

TORONTO (AP) Gustav Nyquist couldn't recall getting a penalty shot in overtime before.

He scored on his chance 1:57 into the extra period Monday night, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Flyers net 4 in 2nd period to beat Vegas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Blame the Flyers' slow start on jet lag, bad hockey, or maybe Gritty just woke up on the wrong side of the cradle. Whatever the reason, the first few weeks of the season again meant Philadelphia was buried in the standings.

Against Vegas, the Flyers may have had their breakthrough.

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Pavelski's goal puts Stars over Senators

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Stars fans expected to see plenty of goals this season from Joe Pavelski, signed as a free agent after a 38-goal season for San Jose.

On Monday night, they saw his first in his new home rink.

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Neal off to hot, fresh start with Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) James Neal didn't feel like himself last season and knew he had to do something about it.

The new Edmonton Oilers forward dialed up his offseason training so he'd be ready for a fresh start after a disappointing season with the Calgary Flames sparked a trade between the Alberta rivals in July.

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Caps top 'Hawks after blowing lead of 2

CHICAGO (AP) The Washington Capitals admitted they weren't at their best. Still good enough to pull out a win to start a five-game road trip.

Tom Wilson broke a tie with 8:13 left and the Capitals rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Sunday night for their third straight win.

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Canucks hold on to beat Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) Vancouver captain Bo Horvat wanted to set the tone early after a tough loss the previous day. He got the Canucks started with a needed power-play goal and they bounced back with a big road win.

Brock Boeser and Jay Beagle scored late in Vancouver's three-goal first period and the Canucks held on to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Sunday.

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Backlund propels Flames past Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Cam Talbot and Michael Stone haven't played much through the first three weeks of the Calgary Flames' season. They made the most of their opportunities Sunday night.

Talbot made 29 saves and Stone scored the Flames' first goal as they rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

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Jets beat Oilers in SO to end skid at 3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Connor Hellebuyck's first shutout of the season couldn't have come at a better time for the Winnipeg Jets.

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored in the shootout and the Jets snapped a three-game losing skid with a 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

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Wild beat Canadiens 4-3 for second win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild called a players-only meeting as they struggled to start the season. In their first game since that meeting, the Wild earned a win and gained a sense of relief.

Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Wild won their second game of the season, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Sunday.

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