NHL roundup: Ducks rout Panthers, end home skid

NHL roundup: Ducks rout Panthers, end home skid
Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) moves the puck up ice against the Florida Panthers. He finished with a goal and two assists.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and two assists, and the Anaheim Ducks ended their four-game home skid.

Teemu Selanne, Jakob Silfverberg, Kyle Palmieri and Perry scored during Anaheim’s four-goal second period.

Patrick Maroon also scored an early goal before leaving the game with a lower-body injury for the Ducks, who pulled within one point of San Jose atop the Pacific Division standings.

Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for Anaheim, which is four points behind Western Conference-leading St. Louis with 11 games left.

Jimmy Hayes and Tomas Fleischmann scored in the second period for the Panthers, who lost all three games on their West Coast road trip by a combined 12-3.

Devils 3, Maple Leafs 2.

NEWARK (AP) — Rookie defenseman Jon Merrill set up a second-period breakaway goal by Patrik Elias and scored 32 seconds later to lead New Jersey to a much-needed win and send Toronto to a fifth consecutive loss.

Damien Brunner also scored and Cory Schneider had 21 saves as the Devils gave their slim playoff hopes a boost by winning for the second time in six games.

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Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel scored for the Maple Leafs, who saw embattled goaltender James Reimer give up three goals on 10 shots in less than 22 minutes of action.

The skid ties Toronto’s longest of the season and it could not have come at a worse with nine games left in the regular season.

Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 0.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves in his 58th NHL shutout, and Travis Hamonic scored a coast-to-coast, power-play goal in the second period.

Nabokov got the best of Russian counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky in their third meeting this season and posted his third shutout in this campaign. It was just the Islanders’ second regulation win ever over the Blue Jackets.

Columbus, which has dropped to fifth in the Metropolitan Division, has fallen out of an Eastern Conference playoff position with 11 games left. The Blue Jackets lost their second consecutive game and for the third time in four. This one was particularly costly as the Islanders are far out of postseason contention.

Canucks 4, Sabres 2.

VANCOUVER (AP) — Zack Kassian had four assists and Vancouver rallied to beat Buffalo.

The Canucks have consecutive wins for the first time since mid-January. Vancouver pulled within three points of eighth-place Phoenix, and one point of ninth-place Dallas in the race for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Sabres, last in the NHL by a wide margin, suffered their eighth loss in the past 10 games as they squandered an early 2-0 lead.

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Brad Richardson, Shawn Matthias, Yannick Weber, David Booth scored for the Canucks. It was Booth’s first goal in 33 games.

Tyler Ennis and Jamie McBain scored for Buffalo.

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