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NHL: Predators Shut Out Blue Jackets in Thursday Action


The Nashville Predators shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 Thursday to lead the National Hockey League.

Goalie Chris Mason stopped 33 shots for a club-record fifth shut out this season. David Legwant and Paul Kariya each had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators on their home ice. Nashville leads the NHL with 69 points in the standings.

The Edmonton Oilers thumped the Anaheim Ducks 4-1, who lost their league-lead with only two victories in their last 10 games. Ryan Smyth scored two goals and had one assist for host Edmonton. Anaheim is tied with Buffalo for second place in the standings, just behind Nashville.

Boston's Phil Kessel scored in a tiebreaker as the Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4. The Bruins rallied twice in regulation to send the game into overtime before beating the Penguins in the shootout.

The Islanders, Canadiens, Capitals, Canucks, Maple Leafs, Lightning, Sharks and Blues also won Thursday.

The New York Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet made an impressive 44 saves to lead the Canadiens 4-1 over the Atlanta Thrashers. The Washington Capitals beat division rival and defending champion, the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2, the Vancouver Canucks ended Ottawa's winning streak at five games with a 2-1 win over the Senators, and the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won a shootout to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2, the San Jose Sharks overpowered the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2, and the St. Louis Blues scored twice in two-and-a-half minutes in the the first period in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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