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Lightning victory ends home losing streak

AP, TAMPA, Florida

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat both scored their first NHL goals, as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday.

Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a five-game losing streak at home.

Eric Staal scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, who have won just three in 10 attempts against fellow Southeast Division rivals.

Tampa Bay, with Mathieu Garon starting in goal each time, have won all three games this season against the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay have beaten three Carolina goalies — Justin Peters, Cam Ward and Dan Ellis — in the process.

Johnson put the Lightning ahead 1-0 when he beat Peters from the low left circle with 9:06 left in the first.

After Palat scored on a redirection of Sami Salo’s shot from the blue line at 6:35 of the second, Thompson made it 3-0 with 7:05 to go in the period with a breakaway goal.

Purcell scored on a breakaway to put Tampa Bay up 4-0 at 3:54 of the third, but Staal ended Garon’s shutout bid during a breakaway at 6:21.

In Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in the shootout to finish with his second career shutout — both coming in the last week — to lift surging Columbus to a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, extending the Blue Jackets’ franchise record point streak to 10 games.

Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout, making nice moves then firing shots past Mike Smith, who made 23 saves and also got credit for a shutout, his fourth of the season and 23rd of his career. It was the fourth straight shootout game for the Blue Jackets.

In Newark, New Jersey, big defenseman Jarred Tinordi, in his NHL debut, set up Tomas Plekanec’s tiebreaking goal in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Plekanec deflected a shot by the son of former NHL defenseman Mark Tinordi past Johan Hedberg at 6:49 after the goalie made an ill-advised clearing attempt from behind his net. Tinordi got the puck above the left circle and let it fly.

Colby Armstrong also scored for Montreal and Carey Price made 32 saves. The Canadiens moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for the most points in the Eastern Conference.

Defenseman Peter Harrold scored for New Jersey.

In Toronto, Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout to lift Winnipeg over Toronto 5-4.

Bogosian beat James Reimer for Winnipeg’s second goal of the shootout after Blake Wheeler scored to open it.

Tyler Bozak had the lone shootout goal for Toronto.

Wheeler had two goals in regulation, and James Wright and Antti Miettinen also scored for Winnipeg, who earned their fifth win in six games and moved into first place in the Southeast Division.

In other games on Saturday it was:

‧ Red Wings 5, Canucks 2

‧ NY Islanders 4, Panthers 3

‧ Blackhawks 8, Stars 1

‧ Blues 2, Ducks 1

‧ Bruins 4, Capitals 1

‧ Penguins 3, NY Rangers 0

‧ Kings 5, Sharks 2

‧ Senators 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

‧ Wild 6, Avalanche 4

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