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Lightning sink Ducks to claim share of East lead

AP, ANAHEIM, California

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, second right, and Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, second left, battle for the puck in the third period of their NHL game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Wednesday.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four goals in the second period to overwhelm the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Wednesday and reclaim a share of the lead in the NHL Eastern Conference.

The Lightning moved level with the Montreal Canadiens, who were denied by the Ottawa Senators’ first-game goaltender.

The Lightning and the Canadiens are four points ahead of division rivals the Detroit Red Wings, who won in a shootout in Chicago.

Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored his 31st goal of the season, while Anton Stralman, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov also netted for the Lightning.

Patrick Maroon scored the goal for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who have conceded at least four goals in four of their past five games. Regular goalie Frederik Andersen has missed the past four due to injury.

Detroit’s Tomas Tatar scored in regulation and in the shootout, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gustav Nyquist also scored in the tiebreaker for Detroit, who went into the game with a record of only two wins from 10 shootouts this season.

Darren Helm had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Red Wings.

Jonathan Toews gave Chicago the lead with a goal in the first round of the shootout, but Patrick Kane’s backhander went off the crossbar and Patrick Sharp was stopped by Howard on the final attempt.

Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg scored in regulation for Chicago.

Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond made an NHL debut to remember as he pulled off 42 saves to help the Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.

With regular starter Robin Lehner and backup Craig Anderson both injured, Hammond was called up and stopped the first 26 shots he faced.

Milan Michalek, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Stone and Kyle Turris scored for the Ottawa Senators.

Max Pacioretty and Nathan Beaulieu had goals for the Canadiens.

Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu scored 1 minute, 50 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.

The Los Angeles Kings extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, with Jeff Carter scoring twice.

Edmonton defenseman Martin Marincin scored the lone shootout goal in the 12th round of the tiebreaker to give the Oilers a 4-3 win against the struggling Boston Bruins.

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