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They are 9-0-1 in their past 10 games.The player to watch for Tampa Bay in Calgary surprisingly is fourth-line winger Danick Martel, who replaced Ryan Callahan in the lineup in Vancouver after Callahan was scratched following warmups. Martel picked up an assist for his first point in six NHL games, but his second period hit that injured Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher made him a target for the remainder of the night.I think pretty much everyone thought I would have a bad game and just play two, three minutes, maybe one, two shifts and just feel it around and cover some shifts,” Martel told reports.“But I wanted to make a difference. I don’t have a lot of opportunities at the start of the year, so when I have some, I have to get ready. I said the same thing the first game. I’m playing my role. I played a decent game again today for the warmup I had, so I’m proud of it.”The Lightning were tight-lipped on Callahan’s injury other than to say it was in the upper body area and that he wasn’t sure when exactly it occurred.“We hope (it’s minor),” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.Calgary’s vaunted offence will give the Lightning a test as well. Tampa gave up 40 shots in Winnipeg and 38 in Vancouver. Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will be trying to stop a Flames offence that has four players with 17-plus goals each – Sean Monahan (20), Elias Lindholm (17) and Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk 15 each after 35 games of the regular season.The Flames went 2-1 on their road trip but were left to bemoan an off night in Dallas that they know they can’t repeat on Thursday.“It’s a good test,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said.“We haven’t seen them yet but we know what they’ve been doing – pretty much winning every game. They are up top by five or six points. They’re a team that is one of the best if not the best in the league right now so it’s a real test. We’ve got to clean some stuff up.”David Rittich is expected to get the start in goal for Calgary. He drew praise for his efforts in Dallas. WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Josh Morrissey scored one of Winnipeg’s three power-play goals and the Jets got goals from seven players while routing the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 on Sunday.Kyle Connor [url=http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-paul-carey-jersey]Paul Carey Jersey Womens[/url] , Brandon Tanev, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Tyler Myers also scored for Winnipeg (18-9-2).Mark Scheifele assisted on all three of Winnipeg’s second-period goals, and Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine each had two assists.Jakub Voracek scored his eighth goal for the Flyers (12-13-3).The Jets’ power play was 3 for 6, while the Flyers went 0 for 2.Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for Winnipeg.BRUINS 2, SENATORS 1, OTOTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Torey Krug scored 3:07 into overtime and Boston beat Ottawa.Krug took a cross-crease pass from David Krejci and beat goalie Mike McKenna with a one-timer.Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (16-10-4), and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.Mark Stone scored in regulation for the Senators (13-14-4), who got a 42-save performance from McKenna, including a diving two-pad stack save against Sean Kuraly in overtime.CANADIENS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2CHICAGO (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored the tiebreaking goal on a deflection with 1:17 left in the third period and Montreal beat Chicago for its third straight win.Max Domi and Shea Weber scored in the first period to give Montreal an early lead. 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Vancouver was 2-10-2 in its previous 14 games.Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves to improve to 10-9-3 on the season and 2-4-0 lifetime against St. Louis.Jake Allen stopped three of six shots in 14:06 before being pulled in favor of Chad Johnson, who made 12 saves. Allen recorded his first shutout of the season Friday at Winnipeg.DUCKS 6, DEVILS 5, SOANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Daniel Sprong and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout to lead Anaheim.Ducks goalie John Gibson blocked one New Jersey shot in the shootout and Taylor Hall’s attempt bounced off the crossbar.Jakob Silfverberg, Kiefer Sherwood, Brandon Montour, Pontus Aberg, Ondrej Kase scored in regulation for the Ducks, with three of the goals deflected off New Jersey players.Anaheim’s Ryan Miller [url=http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-tyson-barrie-jersey]Tyson Barrie Jersey[/url] , looking to become the all-time leader in U.S.-born goaltender wins, left the game with 12:47 left in the third period after a pair of players crashed into him at the net. He appeared to have injured his left leg. Miller stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced. Gibson had seven saves through overtime.Kyle Palmieri had two goals for the Devils, and Damon Severson, Brent Seney and Marcus Johansson also scored. Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots.OILERS 1, FLAMES 0EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves in his third shutout of the season and Connor McDavid scored the only goal to lead Edmonton.The Oilers have won three straight and have gone 6-1-0 in their last seven games.David Rittich made 29 saves for Calgary, which had a five-game winning streak snapped is 9-2-1 in the last 12 outings.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, STARS 2LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Tuch got his 10th goal of the season and Vegas won its fifth straight at home.Tuch became the fifth Golden Knights player to reach double figures in goals just before the end of the second period, when he chopped a loose puck just past defenseman Miro Heiskanen’s skate and through goaltender Ben Bishop’s five-hole to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead.Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith also scored to help Vegas improve to 10-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots.Martin Hanzal and Esa Lindell scored for Dallas, and Bishop made 24 saves. The Stars snapped a four-game winning streak.

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