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Dillon Dube posted his first career hat trick and host Calgary Flames mounted a four-goal first period for a 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. After the game, the Flames (11-11-2) fired head coach Geoff Ward and replaced him with Darryl Sutter. A former Calgary head coach from 2002 to 2006, Sutter led the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. Sean Monahan, Derek Ryan and Brett Ritchie each added a goal and an assist for the Flames. Josh Leivo also scored, Matthew Tkachuk had three assists and goalkeeper David Rittich made 29 saves. Josh Norris, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa. Senators goalkeeper Matt Murray gave up four goals on 11 first-quarter shots. Joey Daccord played the rest of the way, allowing three goals on 18 shots. Rangers 6, Devils 1 Chris Kreider continued his role by recording a natural hat trick when New York beat New Jersey in Newark, NJ. The Rangers won for the fifth time in seven games. Kreider’s fourth career treble gave him nine of the 13 goals the team led in the last six games. Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Smith and Alexis Lafreniere also scored for the Rangers. New York goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves before injuring himself in the third period. Alexandar Georgiev finished the game by stopping three shots. Jack Hughes scored for the Devils, who lost their fourth and eighth consecutive home games. Mackenzie Blackwood allowed four goals on 15 shots before being retired in the third period. Replacement Aaron Dell made two saves and gave up two goals. Flyers 4, Penguins 3 Claude Giroux scored his second goal of the game with 2:08 left on a shot that slipped over the goal line as Philadelphia erased a three-goal opening deficit to beat Pittsburgh. Scott Laughton produced the tying goal and Sean Couturier also scored for Philadelphia. Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom and Nicolas Aube-Kubel each had two assists and Giroux enjoyed a three-point night with one assist. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott made 26 saves. Kris Letang, Mark Friedman and Jared McCann scored in the first 3:57 for the Penguins. Tristan Jarry made 31 saves. Panthers 5, Predators 4 Aaron Ekblad scored two goals and two assists, Mason Marchment scored the first score of his career and Florida opened their five-game road trip with a victory over Nashville. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded a goal and an assist for Florida, and Carter Verhaeghe scored for the first time in 11 games. Aleksander Barkov had three assists for the Panthers, who went 7-1-1 on the road. Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 of 35 shots, and Radko Gudas played in his 500th NHL game. Filip Forsberg scored a goal and two assists, Mattias Ekholm added a goal and an assist and Colton Sissons and Ryan Johansen scored for Nashville, which fell to 3-7-1 in its last 11 against Florida. Viktor Arvidsson had three assists. Islanders 5, Sabers 2 Matt Martin produced his first multi-goal game in nearly seven years for New York, which was never behind in a win over Buffalo in Uniondale, NY Noah Dobson scored just past the midpoint of the first while Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle scored in the second and third periods for the Islanders, who are 5-0-1 in their last six and are 10-2-2 since Feb. 1. Taylor Hall snapped a prolonged goal drought in the second period and Rasmus Ristolainen scored in the third for the Sabers, who have lost five in a row (0-4-1). Hurricanes 5, Red Wings 2 Jordan Staal scored the 45-second lead goal in what became a three-goal third period for Carolina against Detroit in Raleigh, NC Jesper Fast and Nino Niederreiter added goals in the final period as the Hurricanes they won their fourth game in a row. Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas also scored for Carolina. Hurricanes goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 33 shots. Detroit’s goals were scored by Filip Zadina. Red Wings goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves. Jets 4, Canadiens 3 (overtime) Pierre-Luc Dubois scored with 31 seconds left in overtime. Winnipeg defeated host Montreal in the first game of a two-game series. Paul Stastny scored twice and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Winnipeg, who won for the sixth time in their last seven games. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves. Brendan Gallagher, Tyler Toffoli and Corey Perry scored for the Canadiens, who fell to 1-1-2 with new coach Dominique Ducharme, who replaced first Claude Julien last week. Jake Allen stopped 23 of 27 shots. Lightning 3, Blackhawks 2 (Overtime) Alex Killorn beat the overtime bell by a split second and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots as visiting Tampa Bay earned their sixth straight victory. Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals to end the game, erasing a 2-0 deficit after two periods. Anthony Cirelli scored with few hands and Steven Stamkos tied the game. Killorn delivered the winner of the game after reaching the top of the slot, spinning and shooting at the last moment. Ryan Carpenter (low handed) and Alex DeBrincat scored goals in the second period and Kevin Lankinen stopped 31 shots to lead the Blackhawks, who host the Lightning on Friday and Sunday. Blue Jackets 3, Stars 2 Boone Jenner scored a goal and an assist and Joonas Korpisalo made 22 saves to lead visiting Columbus over Dallas. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eric Robinson each scored early in the third period for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row following an 0-4-1 streak. Defender Miro Heiskanen scored from the spot at 7:35 a.m. in the third period to end Dallas’ goalless streak at 189 minutes, 46 seconds. Jason Robertson scored midway through the third period and Anton Khudobin deflected 19 shots for Dallas, which fell for the 10th time in 11 games (1-7-3). Canucks 3, Maple Leafs 1 Jake Virtanen scored two goals and Thatcher Demko had 31 saves to lead host Vancouver over Toronto. It was the second multi-goal game of Virtanen’s career. Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver, which snapped a five-game losing streak against the Maple Leafs and won for the fourth time in its last 16 games (4-10-2). The Canucks did it despite playing without All-Star center Elias Pettersson (lower body). Pierre Engvall scored for Toronto, which had an interrupted four-game winning streak. Michael Hutchinson finished with 25 saves for the Maple Leafs, who suffered their second road loss in 12 games (9-2-1) this season. – Field level media