Stars Deliver More Misery for Devils

DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin scored his team-leading 20th goal short-handed, Alexander Radulov had a goal and two assists and the Dallas Stars beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night.

Brett Ritchie had the tiebreaking goal on a power play after a second straight penalty against Sami Vatanen, and the Devils matched their season high with a fourth straight loss. The skid follows a season-best five-game winning streak that started with a win at home over the Stars.

Radulov's 15th goal got Dallas even early in the second period, and Ben Bishop stopped 39 of a season-high 42 shots faced for his fifth win in a season-high ninth straight start.

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Seguin had a breakaway with Miles Wood chasing him and decided at the last second to send the puck backward to Jamie Benn. After Benn's shot went across the crease back to Seguin, his shot caromed off Wood's skate into the net as the defenseman tried to close his feet with goalie Cory Schneider out of position.

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who scored in the final minute of each of the first two periods, starting with Brian Boyle on a power play with 14 seconds left in the first (see full recap).

Maple Leafs take win, chunk of Thornton's beard
TORONTO -- Auston Matthews and Tyler Bozak scored in a shootout to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in a game that opened with a fight that saw the Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri rip out part of Joe Thornton's mountain-man beard.

Toronto killed off Mitch Marner high-sticking penalty that gave the Sharks a 4-on-3 skating advantage for the final 1:50 of overtime.

Kevin Labanc was the lone successful San Jose shooter in six tries against Frederik Andersen in the tiebreaker.

Former Shark Patrick Marleau hit the post on his shootout attempt.

Matthews and Kadri scored in regulation for Toronto, and Brenden Dillon and Chris Tierney countered for San Jose.

Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak and a 10-game slid (0-8-2) against the Sharks (see full recap).

Canadiens knock off Lightning in shootout
MONTREAL -- Paul Byron scored in a shootout and the Montreal Canadiens ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Byron was the only player to score in the shootout. Max Pacioretty scored in regulation for Montreal in its first victory since Dec. 22. Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay.

Pacioretty opened the scoring at 20 seconds of the second period.

Mikhail Sergachev, traded by Montreal to Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin in June, sent a weak pass up the left boards that was picked off by Pacioretty. The Canadiens captain skated into the slot and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy up high.

There was little goal celebration from Pacioretty, who ended a 13-game goal drought dating to Nov. 30.

Vasilevskiy, coming off two straight shutouts, saw his shutout streak end at 184 minutes, 49 seconds (see full recap).

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