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Penguins rout 'Canes, win sixth straight

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ��� The Pittsburgh Penguins made plenty of moves Friday night - on the ice, with the roster and in the standings.

Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had two goals and an assist and the Penguins moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division by routing the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 for their season-best sixth straight victory.

And general manager Jim Rutherford was just as busy as his players were, pulling off a mid-game trade in which Pittsburgh picked up center Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators as part of a push for a third straight Stanley Cup.

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Leafs' Matthews out with shoulder injury

TORONTO (AP) Auston Matthews will miss the Toronto Maple Leafs' game Saturday night against Boston because of a shoulder injury.

"He's day-to-day," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after practice Friday. "He'll get looked at more today, and then we'll know more about the day-to-day tomorrow."

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Penguins get C Brassard in 3-team trade

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from Ottawa on Friday night in a three-team deal that sent defenseman Ian Cole to Ottawa and forward Ryan Reaves to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Penguins announced the deal Friday night during their 6-1 victory at Carolina, with Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford calling it "the most complex trade I've made" because of salary cap issues and the involvement of a third team.

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Hellebuyck stops 34 as Jets blank Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Connor Hellebuyck shut down the St. Louis Blues - again.

Hellebuyck made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist in the Winnipeg Jets' 4-0 victory Friday night.

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Islanders F Bailey gets $30M for 6 years

NEW YORK (AP) Josh Bailey agreed to a six-year, $30 million deal Friday to stay with the New York Islanders instead of testing free agency this summer.

The 28-year-old forward, selected to his first All-Star appearance last month, has 15 goals and 47 assists this season - already setting career highs for assists and points (62). Bailey is tied for seventh in the league in assists and third on the Islanders in points, behind rookie Mathew Barzal (65) and captain John Tavares (64).

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Karlsson scores 2 as Vegas downs Canucks

LAS VEGAS (AP) At the start of the NHL season, most figured the Vegas Golden Knights would be struggling heading into the final month and would be sellers at the trade deadline.

Instead, they're perched atop the league standings with 86 points, ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay, which has 85.

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Granlund, Staal lead Wild by Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) The Minnesota Wild have been thriving lately on the road to keep pace in the Central Division. After smothering the Rangers 4-1, they completed a three-game sweep in the New York area.

Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal each scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in the Wild's victory over the free-falling New York Rangers on Friday night. The Wild also beat the Islanders on Monday night and New Jersey on Thursday night.

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Berube's 42 saves lift Chicago by Sharks

CHICAGO (AP) Jean-Francois Berube had a good time in his return to the NHL - at the San Jose Sharks expense.

Berube made 42 saves in his first start for Chicago and the Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Friday night.

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Ex-women's F Mleczko to join NHL booth

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) AJ Mleczko understands there is not a lot of women's hockey on television outside the Olympics.

Mleczko took home Olympic gold with the U.S. in 1998 and silver in 2002. She took on a broadcaster's role for the 2006 Games. And now she will make the transition to men's hockey at the NHL level for at least one day when she does color analysis on NBC's national broadcast March 6 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Boston Bruins.

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Devils acquire Grabner from Rangers

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have acquired speedy winger Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers in the first trade between the cross-river rivals.

New Jersey sends a 2018 second-round draft pick and 20-year-old defensive prospect Yegor Rykov to New York. The teams announced the deal Thursday night after the Devils lost to the Minnesota Wild at home and the Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens on the road.

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