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January 24. 2014 12:05AM
Associated Press

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a team-record eighth-straight win — and the longest active streak in the league — in the franchise’s 1,000th game with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Jack Johnson, Derek MacKenzie and Nathan Horton also scored for Columbus, which played their inaugural season in 2000 and has only made the playoffs once.

Sergei Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top goalie, made 26 saves in his first game against his former club. He has won seven in a row since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him a month.

Hurricanes 5, Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Alexander Semin had two goals and defenseman Andrej Sekera added a score at 9:50 of the third to lift Carolina to a win over Buffalo.

Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who overcame three one-goal deficits. Jiri Tlusty sealed the win by scoring into an empty net with one second remaining.

Sekera also added two assists in facing his former team for the first time since the Sabres traded him to Carolina on June 30.

Blues 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK — St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and the Blues got the best of New York.

Alexander Steen also had a goal for the Blues before leaving late in the second period with a lower-body injury. David Backes had two assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in beating New York’s Henrik Lundqvist in a matchup of Olympic goalies.

New York’s Rick Nash scored his sixth goal in four games, netting at least one in each, but Shattenkirk took advantage of Nash’s slashing penalty, scoring nine seconds into the power play at 3:09.

Penguins 6, Islanders 4

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Evgeni Malkin’s third-period goal proved to be the game-winner as Pittsburgh held on to win another back-and-forth game on Long Island.

The Islanders had taken a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Michael Grabner and Brock Nelson, but Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby tied it right back up.

Olli Maatta, Kris Letang and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh, which killed off 50 seconds of a New York 5-on-3 late in the third to preserve the win.

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