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Colorado Avalanche center Lars Eller, left, celebrates his third period goal against the Detroit Red Wings with right wing Valeri Nichushkin, center, and defenseman Jack Johnson (3) during an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Nathan MacKinnon scored a tiebreaking goal with a burst of speed and a slick wrist shot midway through the second period to help the Colorado Avalanche pull away for a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Devon Toews scored early in the game and Bowen Byram gave Colorado a two-goal lead late in the second after MacKinnon's shot broke a defenseman's stick. Lars Eller had a goal and Mikko Rantanen scored his 46th early in the third, ending Ville Husso's day after he gave up five goals on just 21 shots.

MacKinnon also had an assist and Alexandar Georgiev made 33 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won five straight games for the third time this season.

Pius Suter pulled Detroit into a 1-all tie in the first period and Magnus Hellberg finished with two saves.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — David Pastrnak scored his 47th goal of the season and Linus Ullmark made 29 saves in Boston's win over Minnesota.

Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Trent Frederic also scored for Boston, which has won two in a row as it seeks to surpass the record 62 wins and 132 points in a season.

Pastrnak has six goals and seven assists in his past eight games and is second in the league in goals behind Connor McDavid, who started the day with 57.

Marcus Johansson and Oskar Sundqvist scored and Filip Gustavsson stopped 34 shots for the Wild.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Neal Pionk scored 55 seconds into overtime to lead Winnipeg past Nashville.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves for Winnipeg, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Josh Morrissey had two assists.

Cody Glass and Luke Evangelista scored and Juuse Saros made 30 saves for the Predators, who have lost two straight.

Predators captain Roman Josi did not return following the first period, and Nashville did not provide an update on the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman during the game.

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