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PREDATORS 3, SHARKS 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. • Mattias Ekholm’s first NHL goal proved to be the game winner as Nashville beat San Jose for its first victory in four games.

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David Legwand also had a goal and an assist, and Shea Weber added two assists for the Predators, who have earned points in five of six games.

Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which has lost two of three.

The Predators took control against the Sharks by scoring three goals in the second period. Nashville is undefeated in regulation this season when scoring at least three times.

San Jose played without forward Logan Couture, who is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday for what is believed to be a hand injury.

FLYERS 3, DEVILS 2, OT

NEWARK, N.J. • Brayden Schenn scored at 1:50 of overtime and the Flyers beat the Devils after giving up a late short-handed goal that forced the extra session.

Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, which ended a six-game road trip with a 5-1 record. Ray Emery made 31 saves and won for the eighth time in nine games.


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Michael Ryder tied it at 2 on a short-handed goal with 30 seconds left in regulation. It came on a great feed from defenseman Marek Zidlicky, with goalie Martin Brodeur on the bench for an extra skater.

Adam Henrique also scored for New Jersey, which is 0-2-1 in its last three games.

Schenn’s game-winner was set up by a great back-door pass by defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the left point.

BLUES 5, OILERS 2

EDMONTON, Alberta • Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, and the Blues won their season-high sixth straight game.

Chris Stewart, Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Patrick Berglund also scored for the Blues (30-7-5), who are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games. They are two points behind Central Division-leading Chicago.

Nail Yakupov and Mark Arcobello had goals for the Oilers (14-27-5), who have lost five of six games and 11 of 14.

Blues forward T.J. Oshie had to be helped off the ice late in the third period after a knee-on-knee collision with Edmonton’s Taylor Hall.

Berglund sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

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