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Flames win in OT, now 5-0-0 under Ward

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DENVER (AP) The Calgary Flames have traded controversy for good fortune and turned their season around. They even found a way to beat the Colorado Avalanche.

Sean Monahan scored 2:09 into overtime and the Flames rebounded after losing a two-goal lead to beat the Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night.

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, Derek Ryan also scored and David Rittich made 28 saves for Calgary, which has won five in a row under interim coach Geoff Ward and finally broke through against Colorado this season.


Jackets halt Capitals' 6-game win streak

WASHINGTON (AP) Because the Washington Capitals don't lose very often, they'll try to take something from a letdown game against the Columbus Blue Jackets rather than just burning the video.

Fresh off sweeping a four-game road trip, the NHL-leading Capitals fell flat in a 5-2 loss Monday night that snapped their winning streak at six. Washington hadn't lost in regulation since Nov. 20.


Varlamov sharp as Isles rout Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The New York Islanders showed they have more than just a strong defense.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots, Brock Nelson scored twice in the third period, and the Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Monday night.


Duclair's 2 goals help Sens down Bruins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Wins haven't come easily for Ottawa this season. On Monday night, the Senators found a way to beat one of the top teams in the NHL.

Anthony Duclair had two goals and one assist, and Anders Nilsson made 38 saves as the Senators (13-17-1) beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 Monday night.


Bettman: NHL to crack down on abuse

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the NHL will work swiftly to make changes to better deal with personnel conduct issues in the wake of incidents that surfaced in recent weeks.

Speaking at the end of the first day of the Board of Governors meeting at the Inn at Spanish Bay resort in Pebble Beach, Bettman told reporters that NHL personnel will be required to attend mandatory counseling regarding racism and anti-bullying. Bettman also talked about the formation of a hotline for people to call to report any such incidents.


Miller lifts Sabres in OT over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) It was a win that the Buffalo Sabres really wanted to get for coach Ralph Kreuger.

Colin Miller scored 1:13 into overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.


Georgiev, Rangers blank Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS (AP) Playing behind Henrik Lundqvist, the fifth-winningest goalie in NHL history, backup Alexandar Georgiev knows he has to be on his game as well.

Georgiev stopped 38 shots for his second shutout of the season and the New York Rangers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0 on Sunday night.


Bobrovsky stops 30, Panthers beat Sharks

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Joel Quenneville turned to No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for the second consecutive night, calling it a "real easy" decision.

Bobrovsky didn't let his coach down.


Scheifele scores twice as Jets top Ducks

WINNIPEG (AP) Nikolaj Ehlers took on Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf in Winnipeg's victory over the Ducks.

The 6-foot, 172-pound Ehlers, known for his quick feet, clashed with Getzlaf, who is 6x-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Both threw a couple punches in the brief, second-period bout.


Coyotes rally for SO win over Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) After falling behind early, the surprising Arizona Coyotes came back to pull out a win and grab a share of first place in the Pacific Division.

Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored on the Coyotes' first two attempts against Robin Lehner in the shootout, and Arizona rallied from two goals down to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday night.

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