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Maple Leafs remain hot at home


January 31. 2014 12:30AM
Associated Press



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TORONTO — Nazem Kadri had three assists, including his 100th career point, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Thursday night for their fifth consecutive home victory.


James van Riemsdyk set a career high with his 22nd goal for Toronto, which scored five straight goals after falling behind 2-0 in the first. Joffrey Lupul, Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak each had a third-period score.


Toronto (28-21-6) has won eight of 10 overall. It was coming off a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.


Nick Bjugstad and Sean Bergenheim scored in the first for Florida (21-25-7), and Dmitry Kulikov had a third-period goal. Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves.


Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves, shaking off a slow start.


Canadiens 4, Bruins 1


BOSTON — Peter Budaj stopped 34 shots and Montreal ended Boston’s recent scoring binge.


The Canadiens won their second game in three nights after losing four in a row. They also stopped a four-game winning streak for the Bruins, who had 21 goals in that stretch.


Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty scored before Dougie Hamilton’s goal cut Montreal’s lead to 2-1 after one period. Brian Gionta made it 3-1 at 11:54 of the second, ending goalie Tuukka Rask’s night. He was replaced by Chad Johnson, who allowed the first shot he faced, by Daniel Briere, to get past him less than two minutes later.


The Bruins had scored six goals in each of their previous three games.


Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 2


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ryan Johansen scored twice, helping Columbus end a three-game slide.


Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had two goals in each of their previous three games. Jack Johnson and Fedor Tyutin each had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves.


Joel Ward had a short-handed goal and Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals, who had won two in a row after dropping seven straight.


Each team was 0 for 7 on the power play.


Senators 5, Lightning 3


OTTAWA, Ontario — Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson, Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored as Ottawa jumped to a four-goal lead and held on for the win.


Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for the Senators.


Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who have lost two straight. Anders Lindback had 23 saves after replacing an injured Ben Bishop.


Bishop, who was playing his first game in Ottawa since being traded to the Lightning last April, came way out of his net to play the puck two minutes into the first and ended up getting kicked in the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov. Bishop lay on the ice motionless, silencing the 19,757 on hand, before he was able to leave the ice on his own.


The Lightning also lost leading scorer Valterri Filpulla early in the second. Filpulla returned briefly, but then left the game with a lower body injury.




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