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[October 27, 2014]  Oct 26 (Reuters) - Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games:

Kings 5, Blue Jackets 2

With "That '70s Line" cranking the hits again, the Los Angeles Kings smashed a club record on Sunday.

Rookie Tanner Pearson scored twice and the streaking Kings earned a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets before an announced crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center.

Centers Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli -- the other members of That '70s Line, a nickname inspired by their jersey numbers -- added a goal and three assists each for the Kings (6-1-1), who set a franchise mark with a six-game winning streak at home.

The Blue Jackets (4-4-0) dropped their third game in four outings.

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Jets 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)

Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored his fifth goal of the season on a deflection with just 25 seconds left in overtime in the battle of Central Division rivals.

The play began with an innocent-looking backhand by Jets' left winger Andrew Ladd. Little, situated in front of the goal, directed it into the net.

Even after seeing a replay on the giant screen high above center ice, Little still was not sure he touched the puck on its route to the back of the net.

Just minutes earlier, goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a spectacular save off Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog to keep the Jets in it.

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Blackhawks 2, Senators 1

Scott Darling stopped 32 shots on his NHL debut to lift Chicago past Ottawa.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brent Seabrook scored for Chicago, which peppered Senators goaltender Craig Anderson with 45 shots.

Senators left winger Milan Michalek scored the lone goal against Darling, a 25-year-old suburban Chicago native who grew up cheering for the Blackhawks.

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Sharks 4, Ducks 1

The San Jose Sharks ended two streaks, their own three-game skid and the Anaheim Ducks' seven-game surge, while rolling to a win.

Defensemen Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and centers Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored as San Jose (5-4-1) built a 4-0 lead. Centers Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each contributed two assists.

Goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 33-of-34 Anaheim shots en route to his fourth win of the season.

Ducks left winger Matt Beleskey broke up Niemi's shutout bid on a power-play goal with just over five minutes remaining.

Goalie Frederik Anderson made 33 saves for Anaheim (7-2-0).

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Canucks 4, Capitals 2

Center Nick Bonino scored a goal and assisted on the winner as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Washington Capitals.

The Canucks (5-3-0) won for the second time in three games. The Capitals (4-2-2) completed a Western Canada trip with two losses in three games.

Center Henrik Sedin, defenseman Luca Sbisa and right winger Radim Vrbata (an empty-netter on a power-play with 1:01 left) also scored for the Canucks.

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin was kept off the scoresheet for the fourth straight game. (Editing by Frank Pingue/John O'Brien)

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