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NHL: Avalanche rally to down Senators


Matt Duchene scored his first overtime winner to give the Colorado Avalanche a 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators that moved them to the top of the Northwest Division.

“It’s amazing. It’s my first ever,” Duchene told reporters of his winning goal. “It’s a pretty great feeling. It’s one of those things where you score and you kind of think: ‘Did I just score?’ You kind of black out. It’s pretty cool. It’s definitely a pretty good feeling and a huge win for us.”

The Senators looked set for victory when goals by Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson put them ahead for the fourth time with 8 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the third period, but the Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly forced overtime when he scored a goal with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the third period to tie the scores at 5-5, before Duchene’s wrister won it.

“The tying goal was just an incredibly huge goal for us,” Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. “It was a great play off the rush. We’ve won some games by being resilient, there’s no question about it.”

T.J. Galiardi, Cody McLeod and Kevin Porter also scored for Colorado (18-10-4), who won for the fifth straight game to open a two-point advantage over Vancouver in the division standings.

Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek and Matt Carkner scored for Ottawa (14-16-4).

“We played hard and we did a lot of good things,” Senators coach Cory Clouston said. “We just didn’t defend very well enough or get a save when we needed one. They’re a good team and they pressure you. They make you pay for your mistakes.”


In Chicago, Tomas Kopecky scored two goals as the injury-depleted Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings.

Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who improved to 9-9-0 at home.

Chicago rookie Corey Crawford made 29 saves in his eighth start in the last 10 games. He needed to make several timely stops, but the Blackhawks — who again played without star forwards Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa — provided solid defensive support for most of the game.

Patrick Eaves scored for the Red Wings, who lead the Western Conference with 43 points.


In Newark, New Jersey, Martin Erat scored a pair of power-play goals as the Nashville Predators won their fifth straight NHL game, 3-1 over the New Jersey Devils.

Steve Sullivan added a goal as Nashville matched a club record by earning a point in 10 straight games (8-0-2).

The Devils’ goal came from Mattias Tedenby in the third period.


In Sunrise, Florida, Marty Reasoner scored twice in the first period as Florida took a 4-0 lead inside 20 minutes and comfortably beat Buffalo.

Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves, while Michael Frolik and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers. Bryan McCabe and David Booth scored the other Florida goals.

Derek Roy and Tim Connolly scored for Buffalo.

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