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Letang scores two, leads Penguins in OT

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The Penguins' Kris Letang returns to the bench after scoring during the first period of Tuesday's game against the Panthers in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang scored his second goal of the game with 54 seconds left in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 7-6 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Letang, who hadn’t played since Dec. 28 due to a lower-body injury, also added two assists for Pittsburgh. His power-play blast from above the left gave the Penguins just their fourth overtime victory of the season as Pittsburgh, currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, opened up a small bit of breathing room over the ninth-place Panthers.

Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Danton Heinen each had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh. Rickard Rakell and Drew O’Connor also scored for the Penguins, who beat the Panthers for the 18th time in Florida’s last 21 visits to Pittsburgh.

RED WINGS 3, SHARKS 2 (OT): Andrew Copp scored 25 seconds into overtime to give Detroit a home victory over San Jose. Copp banged in a rebound near the goal crease after goalie James Reimer stopped Michael Rasmussen’s shot. Rasmussen and Adam Erne scored in regulation, with Dylan Larkin reaching 400 NHL points with an assist on Erne’s goal. Ville Husso made 26 saves.

KINGS 4, FLYERS 3 (OT): Kevin Fiala scored 1 minute, 9 seconds into overtime to lead Los Angeles at Philadelphia. Anze Kopitar scored two goals and Samuel Fagemo added one for the Kings.

BRUINS 4, CANADIENS 2: Patrice Bergeron broke a tie with 2:55 left and NHL-leading Boston beat host Montreal for its sixth straight victory.

LIGHTNING 4, WILD 2: Steven Stamkos scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:38 remaining and Tampa Bay won its 10th consecutive home game by defeating Minnesota.

DEVILS 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (OT): Dougie Hamilton scored late to tie the game and netted a power-play goal with 1:06 left in overtime to lead New Jersey to a home victory over Vegas.

PREDATORS 2, JETS 1: Tanner Jeannot scored early in the third period and Juuse Saros made 32 saves to lead host Nashville over Winnipeg.

SABRES 5, BLUES 3: Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner each had a goal and two assists as Buffalo won at St. Louis. Alex Tuch had a goal and an assist, and Owen Power and Dylan Cozens also scored for the Sabres.


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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins activated veteran defenseman Kris Letang off injured reserve, clearing the way for him to play Tuesday night against Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:38 remaining and the Tampa Bay Lightning won their 10th consecutive home game by defeating the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Tuesday night.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller grew up idolizing goalie Dominik Hasek, and upon signing with the Buffalo Sabres in 2002, fantasized of one day having his name and number hang from the arena rafters.

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