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Kadri nets 3, Leafs push Caps' skid to 7

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his hat-trick goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) The cheers coming from the Toronto Maple Leafs' locker-room could have easily been swapped out for sighs of relief.

Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.

Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. William Nylander added three assists, while Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown had two each. Frederik Andersen stopped 41 shots for the win.


Struggling Oilers fire GM Chiarelli

Edmonton fired Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday in an indictment of his roster moves in three-plus years as general manager, with the Oilers in striking distance of a playoff spot during another losing season.

The team announced Chiarelli's abrupt dismissal in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.


Saros stops 47 as Predators top Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) If Nashville and Vegas meet in the postseason, Predators coach Peter Laviolette shouldn't have a problem choosing his starting goaltender.

Juuse Saros owns the Golden Knights.


Habs edge Coyotes in Galchenyuk's return

MONTREAL (AP) The MVPs for the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night never touched the ice.

For coach Claude Julien, this win was as much a credit to his video replay coaches as anybody else.


Staal scores 2, Wild defeat slumping Avs

DENVER (AP) Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild have their timing down. Too bad they can't pass on the down time.

Staal had two goals, including the tiebreaker on a second-period power play, Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and the Wild rolled into the All-Star break by beating the slumping Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night.


Teravainen, Niederreiter lead Hurricanes

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists, Nino Niederreiter scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for Carolina in his first NHL start. Greg McKegg and Dougie Hamilton each added a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes snapped Vancouver's five-game point streak in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.


Sanford, Bozak return to lift Blues

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While the St. Louis Blues played perhaps their most complete game of the season, the Anaheim Ducks left their home ice amid boos and embarrassment.

Both of these teams are looking forward to their upcoming nine-day breaks, but for very different reasons.


Rangers hit break after strong stretch

With the New York Rangers playing their best hockey in months as they went into their extended break, veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist hopes his young teammates don't focus too far ahead when they return.

The Rangers have won four of five to pull within nine points of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. After beating Boston last Saturday, they are on their bye week heading into this weekend's All-Star break and don't play again until hosting Philadelphia next Tuesday night.


Blackhawks win SO to end Isles' run at 5

CHICAGO (AP) The signature stars came through again for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in a shootout to send Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders that ended New York's five-game winning streak Tuesday night.


Karlsson may compete in All-Star events

WASHINGTON (AP) There is still a chance San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson takes part in NHL All-Star Weekend despite missing the final three games before the break with an injury.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says Karlsson went back to California for more tests on what the team is calling a lower-body injury. DeBoer didn't have any further update on Karlsson before his team faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals.

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