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NHL: Canucks widen Northwest lead

OVERTIME PROS:Vancouver are 5-0 this season in games decided in overtime and are now 11 points ahead of the second-place Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Division

AP, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin scored the overtime winner to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, extending their points lead in the NHL’s Northwest Division into double figures.

Ryan Kesler and Cody Hodgson scored in regulation for Vancouver, who are 5-0 this season in games decided in overtime, and now stand 11 points clear of nearest rival Minnesota.

Jamal Mayers and Viktor Stalberg had goals for Chicago, who have lost three straight to drop to fourth in the closely contested Central Division, albeit only four points off the top.

Bruins 4, Senators 3

In Boston, Dennis Seidenberg scored the tiebreaking goal on a slap shot from center ice in the third period, rallying Boston to victory over Ottawa in a clash of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.

Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara had power-play goals for the Bruins, who fell behind 3-1, while being dominated in the second period.

Milan Lucic’s goal with 45 seconds left in the second got the Bruins within one and Marchand’s power-play goal 2:20 into the third tied it.

Seidenberg put Boston ahead with 12:51 remaining and that stood as the winner, giving the Bruins a six-point lead over the Senators.

Red Wings 3, Flames 1

In Calgary, Jiri Hudler scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift Detroit past Calgary.

Drew Miller made it a two-goal cushion four minutes later. Cory Emmerton also scored for Detroit.

Mike Cammalleri scored the lone goal for Calgary, who have lost three straight at home following an eight-game winning streak there.

Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO

In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin tied it with six seconds left in regulation and then scored the lone shootout goal to lift Pittsburgh over Toronto.

Malkin’s 27th goal capped a furious third-period rally by the Penguins, who trailed by three with 13 minutes to play. The NHL’s leading scorer later flipped a wrist shot past the goalie in the second round of the shootout to extend Pittsburgh’s winning streak to eight games.

The Maple Leafs appeared to be in complete control after Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored 19 seconds apart in the third period to give Toronto a 4-1 lead.

Pittsburgh put together a rally that Malkin finished when a slap shot caromed off his shoulder and into the net.

Matt Cooke snapped a 19-game scoring drought for Pittsburgh and Steve Sullivan and Joe Vitale keyed the Penguins’ third-period surge.

Mikhail Grabovski scored twice for Toronto.

Jets 2, Flyers 1, SO

In Philadelphia, Bryan Little had the only goal during a shootout, lifting Winnipeg over Philadelphia.

The Jets have won six straight games in Philadelphia, including four when they were the Atlanta Thrashers.

Chris Thorburn scored his first goal in nearly a year for Winnipeg’s lone tally in regulation.

Brayden Schenn scored for Philadelphia in the first period.

Oilers 3, Avalanche 2

In Edmonton, Taylor Hall scored in the third period to give Edmonton a two-goal cushion and a win against Colorado.

Jordan Eberle and Eric Belanger also scored for the Oilers.

Peter Mueller and Gabriel Landeskog had goals for the Avalanche, who have lost three in a row and fallen below the postseason cutoff in the Western Conference.

Sabres 3, Canadiens 1

In Montreal, Paul Gaustad had a goal and two assists to lift Buffalo to a win against Montreal.

Gaustad set up Ville Leino’s fourth goal 4:01 into the second period to tie it 1-1. Gaustad beat the goalie from the goal mouth to give the Sabres the lead 6:17 into the third and assisted as Patrick Kaleta scored into an empty net with 51.1 seconds remaining.

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