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Kovalchuk scores 2 as Russia rolls by US

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) The blistering pace on the ice and the atmosphere in the arena was reminiscent of the epic showdown between the United States and Russia in Sochi four years ago.

That's where the similarities end.

When the teams met again at the Olympics on Saturday night without NHL players, Ilya Kovalchuk and the Russians put on a clinic - outplaying, outhitting and outclassing the U.S. in a 4-0 shutout.


Backlund, Flames agree to 6 yrs., $32.1M

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Mikael Backlund signed a six-year, $32.1 million deal to stay with the Calgary Flames on Friday, deciding against testing free agency this summer.

The 28-year-old center had a breakout performance last season with 22 goals and 31 assists in 81 games that put him in the conversation for the Selke Trophy. This year he has 10 goals and 34 points through 58 games.


Bishop stops 27 as Stars holds off Blues

DALLAS (AP) With his team getting nearly doubled up on shots, Ben Bishop stopped nearly every one that came his way.

Bishop stopped 27 shots and the Dallas Stars held on to beat St. Louis 2-1 on Friday night, moving past the Blues into third place in the Central Division.


Wheeler, Scheifele help Jets top Avs 6-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) That 15-game goal drought was not bothering Blake Wheeler. And now it is over.

Wheeler scored twice and added an assist and Mark Scheifele assisted on three goals as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Friday night.


Greiss saves 45 as Isles top 'Canes 3-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) After allowing 19 goals in his previous four games, Thomas Greiss finally had the breakthrough night he and the New York Islanders were looking for.

Greiss stopped 45 shots for his first shutout of the season, and the Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday night.


Flyers win in OT to end skid in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers were glad to finally end their long losing streak in Columbus.

Sean Couturier scored 1:52 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 victory Friday night, snapping a stretch of 11 consecutive losses on the Blue Jackets' home ice.


Pens top Kings, home win streak hits 10

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins' rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese didn't know he scored the eventual game-winning goal until he was on the bench.

Aston-Reese broke a third-period tie with a power-play goal and the Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Thursday night for their 10th straight home victory.


Tampa pushes win streak vs. Wings to 11

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Detroit, again.

Stamkos scored twice, Kucherov had a goal and three assists, and the NHL-leading Lightning beat the Red Wings for the 11th straight time, 4-1 Thursday night.


Ovechkin scores 34th as Caps top Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For Tom Wilson, it didn't seem as if anything was out of the ordinary. He's seen Alex Ovechkin put on a show against plenty of teams.

The Minnesota Wild are tired of being spectators to the show.


Karlsson nets 30th as Knights top Oilers

LAS VEGAS (AP) For the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights, the third time was indeed a charm against the Edmonton Oilers.

William Karlsson got the 100th point of his career with his 30th goal of the season as the Golden Knights beat the Oilers 4-1 Thursday night.

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