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NHL: Rangers Trounce Bruins, Stretch Atlantic Division Lead


The New York Rangers stretched their Atlantic Division lead to four points with a win Monday night in National Hockey League action. The Rangers got a goal and two assists from Michal Rozsival to defeat the Boston Bruins 5-2.

Montreal remained one point ahead of Atlanta in the battle for the final playoff spot in the East. The Canadiens topped Washington 4-2, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The Atlanta Thrashers tied a franchise record with their 33rd victory, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 5-0. Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season.

The streaking Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime, 6-5. Olli Jokinen scored on a breakaway with 1:44 left in the extra period. Florida has won six of its last seven games.

Nashville's Scott Nichol scored twice to lead the Predators past St. Louis 4-2.

Samuel Pahlsson scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:15 remaining to give the Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. The loss ended the Stars' eight game home winning streak.

Joe Sakic had two goals and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Los Angeles Kings 5-0. Rookie goaltender Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for his second shutout in just over a week.

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