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NHL: Bruins stop skid with 3-0 win

BOSTON SPIRIT:Prior to the game, Boston Bruins fans took over singing the national anthem, a practice that started last week after the explosions at the Boston Marathon

AP, BOSTON

Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal as a member of the Bruins, helping Boston end a four-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

The Bruins were playing the second of back-to-back afternoon games after hosting the Penguins in a 3-2 loss on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but postponed because of the lockdown and manhunt for one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the Bruins pulled into a share of first place in Northeast Division with Montreal on 59 points. The Bruins have four games to play, one more than the Canadiens.

The Panthers honored local law enforcement by wearing Boston Police hats during their pregame skate. Bruins fans once again took over the singing of the national anthem, a practice that started last week in the first game since the deadly explosions at the marathon finish line.

DUCKS 3, OILERS 1

In Edmonton, Alberta, Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry scored to help put Anaheim on the brink of clinching the Pacific Division with a victory over Edmonton.

The Ducks could have clinched the division title if the Kings lost to Dallas in regulation, but that game went to overtime.

Taylor Hall scored for Edmonton, which lost for the seventh time in eight games to extend their playoff drought to seven years.

The Oilers’ last playoff appearance came in a Game 7 loss in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals against Carolina.

KINGS 4, STARS 3

In Los Angeles, Jeff Carter deflected the winning goal off his upper body with 51 seconds left in overtime as Los Angeles seized fourth place in the Western Conference with a win over Dallas.

Captain Dustin Brown scored two goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and Mike Richards scored an early goal before putting the puck off Carter’s chest for the overtime winner.

The Kings (26-14-5) moved two points clear of San Jose for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round after the Sharks lost to Columbus.

Alex Goligoski scored in the third period and Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for the Stars, who sit three points behind Columbus and Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the West.

AVALANCHE 5, BLUES 3

In Denver, Colorado, Jamie McGinn scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots as Colorado prevented St. Louis from wrapping up a playoff spot.

Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who chased Brian Elliott late in the second period. It was Colorado’s eighth straight home win over the Blues.

David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk had goals for St Louis, which could have secured a postseason berth with a win over a Colorado team that’s last in the Western Conference.

After Elliott gave up a fourth goal, the Blues pulled him in favor of Jake Allen. He allowed Kobasew’s third-period goal that gave Colorado a 5-3 advantage.

BLUE JACKETS 4, SHARKS 3

In San Jose, California, Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give Columbus a big boost in their push for the playoffs with a victory over San Jose.

Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also had a goal for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points. Columbus have played one more game than the Wild and two more than ninth-place Detroit, who is three points back in the race for the final playoff spot. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

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