NHL roundup: Jets rookie Ehlers scores 3 in win

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[January 27, 2016]  The Sports Xchange

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Nikolaj Ehlers scored a hat trick and Dustin Byfuglien notched two of his own as the Winnipeg Jets dispatched the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night at MTS Centre.

Ehlers scored twice 6:58 apart in the first period and once in the second as the Byfuglien scored twice in the second period as the Jets snapped a three-game skid.

Blake Wheeler assisted on four of the Jets' goals, including all three of Ehlers', while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots.

The Coyotes got goals from Brad Richardson and Anthony Duclair. Louis Domingue was pulled in favor of Anders Lindback following the second period after allowing five goals on 25 shots. Lindback stopped all 12 shots he faced.

Penguins 2, Devils 0

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel scored goals, Marc-Andre Fleury made a succession of strong saves during his 42nd career shutout and Pittsburgh moved into the All-Star break with a win over New Jersey.

The Penguins won their third in a row and fourth in five games -- and improved to 9-3-4 in their last 16 games -- while halting the Devils' attempt to win five consecutive games for the first time in nearly three years.

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots for the Devils, but his efficient night couldn't prevent New Jersey from losing in Pittsburgh for the fifth straight time and the 11th time in its last 13 trips to Consol Energy Center.

Ducks 6, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- Anaheim spotted Boston a goal in the first minute and scored four consecutive goals against two goaltenders en route to a victory in the final game before All-Star weekend for both teams.

Corey Perry, David Perron, Ryan Kesler and rookie Shea Theodore all had a goal and an assist as the Ducks won for the fifth time in their last six games and beat the Bruins for the fourth straight time. Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg had two assists apiece.

Zach Trotman and Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins.

Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 1

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov signed a $35.4 million contract extension and scored a power-play goal all on the same day, leading Florida over Toronto at the BB&T Center.

Vincent Trocheck, Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith all had a goal and an assist for the panthers and Alex Petrovic also scored. Brian Campbell recorded two assists.

Nazem Kadri scored the Maple Leafs' only goal.

Sabres 3, Senators 2

OTTAWA -- Rookie Jack Eichel scored two goals, including the winner at 1:08 of the third period, to help Buffalo snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre.

Evander Kane had the other Sabres goal.

Erik Karlsson and Bobby Ryan replied for the Senators.

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Hurricanes 5, Blackhawks 0

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Riley Nash scored two goals and Carolina cooled red-hot Chicago goalie Corey Crawford after the first period in a victory at PNC Arena.

Jeff Skinner, John-Michael Liles and Joakim Nordstrom also scored for the Hurricanes while Eddie Lack made 26 saves for the shutout.

Blue Jackets 5, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a goal and added an assist as Columbus swept a back-to-back, home-and-home set against Montreal at the Bell Centre.

Boone Jenner, Scott Hartnell, Brandon Saad and Cam Atkinson also scored for the Blue Jackets. Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots for the Blue Jackets while Ben Scrivens, in his first home start since being acquired, made 21 saves for the Canadiens.

Predators 2, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- James Neal scored with 4:44 left in the third period to snap a tie and give Nashville a win over Vancouver.

Craig Smith also scored for Nashville while Mattias Ekholm had an assist to give him five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games.

Brandon Sutter, who returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing 33 games with a sports hernia, scored for the Canucks. Vancouver was playing its first game at home after a six-game road trip.

Sharks 6, Avalanche 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton had a night for the history books during a San Jose victory over Colorado.

Thornton became the 33rd player in league history to achieve 1,300 career points with his two assists while Melker Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski, Joel Ward, Paul Martin and Dylan DeMelo all scored for the Sharks.

Nathan MacKinnon converted Colorado's fifth power-play chance of the game with his 17th goal at 11:35 of the third period to deny Martin Jones of his fifth shutout of the season. Jones finished with 21 saves.

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