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Kostitsyn leads Habs past Pens

PITTSBURGH — Andrei Kostitsyn had his first career hat trick, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

Kostitsyn, who missed the previous two games with a minor leg injury, scored twice in the first period and had the winner in the third. Tomas Plekanec added two assists for Montreal, 3-0-1 in its past four games.

Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have scored only three goals in the past three games.

Kostitsyn, who entered the game with six goals this season and didn’t have one since Dec. 4, scored 1:15 in on a pass from Plekanec after Josh Gorges’ shot went wide but bounced hard off the boards.

Blue Jackets 3, Flyers 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rookie Steve Mason made 20 saves for his third shutout in Columbus’ victory over Philadelphia, the Blue Jackets’ first win over the Flyers in franchise history.

Mason improved to 10-7-1 and lowered his NHL-best goals-against average to 1.87.

Jan Hejda and Andrew Murray scored in the first period, and Manny Malhotra completed the scoring in the second. Columbus is 1-4-3 against Philadelphia.

Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Blake Wheeler scored twice in the second period, and Michael Ryder broke a tie with 6:14 left to help the Boston Bruins win their seventh straight game, 4-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Chuck Kobasew added an empty-net goal for Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

Matt Cullen and Anton Babchuk scored for Carolina.

Sabres 4, Islanders 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ales Kotalik and Drew Stafford scored shootout goals, and Ryan Miller stopped both of New York’s attempts in the Buffalo Sabres’ victory over the New York Islanders.

Miller finished with 32 saves, and the Sabres earned the full two points in the standings after the Islanders tied it game with two goals in the final 1:34.

Devils 4, Rangers 2

NEW YORK — Travis Zajac had a goal and two assists for New Jersey, who broke out of a team-record scoreless drought and beat the Rangers.

The Devils were blanked in their previous two games and went seven periods without a goal — spanning a New Jersey record of 159 minutes, 18 seconds — before Brian Rolston ripped a slap shot past Henrik Lundqvist 2:54 in during a power play.

Lightning 6, Panthers 4

TAMPA, Fla. — Vincent Lecavalier scored twice, and Martin St. Louis had a goal and three assists to help Tampa Bay win its third straight game.

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