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Lightning beat Penguins to snap 10-game slump

AP, TAMPA, Florida

Tyler Johnson scored three goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay, 3-5-1 in their past nine games, also got a goal and two assists from Nikita Kucherov. Ondrej Palat had three assists in the Lightning’s first win over Pittsburgh since Nov. 17, 2011.

Johnson scored twice in the first and extended the Lightning’s lead to 4-0 at 2 minutes, 37 seconds of the second with a two-on-one goal against Jeff Zatkoff, who replaced Marc-Andre Fleury earlier in the period.

Patric Hornqvist, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, who have 13 players out due to illness or injury. It was Pittsburgh’s first regulation loss to an Atlantic Division team (16-1-5) since a 5-1 defeat Jan. 20 against Florida.

RANGERS 4, CAPITALS 2

In New York, Rick Nash and Martin St Louis each scored twice, while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves as New York extended their winning streak to seven games with a victory over Washington.

The game matched two of the NHL’s hottest teams in their final outing before the Christmas break. Washington had won three in a row, picking up points in nine straight games (7-0-2).

Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard had two assists apiece for the Rangers.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals in the first meeting of the season between the Metropolitan Division rivals.

BRUINS 5, PREDATORS 3

In Boston, Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for Boston in a win over Nashville.

David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, who held the Predators to 10 shots through the first two periods. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for Boston.

Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck each had a goal and an assist for Nashville. Beck’s goal 6:48 into the third period pulled the Predators to 4-3, but Rask did not let anything else by him as Boston won for the third time in four games.

CANADIENS 3, ISLANDERS 1

In Uniondale, New York, Carey Price made 37 saves, and Andrei Markov and Brendan Gallagher scored second-period goals as Montreal cooled off New York.

Markov, in his 800th NHL game, and Gallagher beat backup goalie Chad Johnson 5:17 apart to erase a 1-0 deficit. Montreal have won five of six, with Price allowing two goals or fewer in each game during that span.

David Desharnais scored with 1:11 left to make it 3-1 for the Canadiens, who mustered only 21 shots.

Kyle Okposo scored in the first period for the Islanders.

Johnson made 18 saves as No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak took a maintenance day and did not dress for the game. New York, who had won four straight overall, fell to 13-4 at home and 10-2 in their past 12 at Nassau Coliseum.

JETS 5, BLACKHAWKS 1

In Chicago, Mathieu Perreault scored two goals while extending his point streak to eight games as Winnipeg routed the listless Chicago Blackhawks.

Bryan Little also had his team-best 13th goal as Winnipeg stopped Chicago’s eight-game home winning streak. The Jets are responsible for two of the Blackhawks’ four regulation home losses, also winning 1-0 at the United Center on Nov. 2 in their first meeting of the season.

Winnipeg (18-10-7), one of the NHL’s biggest surprises, won for the third time in four games, bouncing back from an overtime loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.

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