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Matthew Tkachuk scores in his return from injury as the Panthers defeat the Sabres 3-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal and had an assist in his return from injury and the Florida Panthers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Tkachuk gave Florida a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with 4:24 to go in the first period and never relinquished it to win for the eighth time in nine games and move into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with the idle Boston Bruins. Both teams have 82 points.

Sam Bennett and Brandon Montour also scored for the Panthers while Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves. Montour also picked up a pair of assists and has 10 points in his past five games.

Dylan Cozens and Tage Thompson scored for the Sabres while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 34 shots.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2

TORONTO (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and an assist, William Karlsson had a goal and an assist, and Vegas snapped Toronto’s seven-game winning streak.

Ivan Barbashev and Mason Morelli scored just over three minutes apart in the second period to build a 2-0 lead for Vegas, which got 28 saves from Adin Hill. Nicolas Roy added a late goal and Shea Theodore had three assists.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Ryan Reaves scored for Toronto and Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots.

Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe was sent to the locker room by officials following a disagreement with 2:14 left in regulation.

RED WINGS 8, CAPITALS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Shayne Gostisbehere scored in each of the first two periods and Detroit beat Washington for their first six-game winning streak in nearly five years.

Lucas Raymond, Joe Veleno, J.T. Compher, Robby Fabbri, Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings. Alex Lyon finished with 18 saves.

Detroit leads the Eastern Conference’s wild-card standings and the franchise’s fans are clearly fired up about the team’s chances to make the playoffs for the first time since 2019.

Hendrix Lapierre, Michael Sgarbossa and Max Pacioretty scored and Charlie Lindgren stopped 23 shots for the Capitals, who had won four of their last five games to gain some ground on Philadelphia for the Metropolitan Division’s third guaranteed playoff spot.

FLYERS 6, LIGHTNING 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyson Foerster and Bobby Brink each scored as Philadelphia defeated Tampa Bay after a power outage led to a nine-minute delay in the first period.

The Flyers also got goals from three defensemen, Travis Sanheim, Sean Walker, and an empty-netter from Cam York in the third period. Noah Cates also added an empty-netter and goalie Samuel Ersson made 21 saves to earn the win, just the second in the last six games for Philadelphia.

Nicholas Paul and Steven Stamkos each scored for the Lightning, who had their four-game road winning streak snapped. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 23 shots. Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist on Stamkos’ goal, adding to his league-leading point total. Kucherov has 103 points in 60 games.

With the Flyers leading 1-0 and 13:43 remaining in the first period, a section of the building lost power and the game was stopped. The emergency lighting remained on and the teams resumed play after the delay.

CANADIENS 4, COYOTES 2

MONTREAL (AP) — Sam Montembeault made 36 saves to help Montreal snap their five-game losing streak with a victory over Arizona.

Joel Armia, Jordan Harris, Tanner Pearson and Nick Suzuki, with an empty-net goal, scored for Montreal.

Alex Kerfoot and Nick Bjugstad scored for Arizona.

Connor Ingram made 17 saves as Arizona’s losing streak was extended to 13 games.

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