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NHL Report / Scores, fast facts

>Sunday's games

Pittsburgh 2, Florida 1 (SO): Alex Kovalev and James Neal scored in the shootout, Marc-Andre Fleury had 37 saves and the Penguins set an NHL record by winning via shootout for the fourth consecutive game.

Atlanta 5, Ottawa 4 (SO): Andrew Ladd scored the deciding shootout goal and the Thrashers stayed on the fringe of the playoff race. With 76 points -- nine behind Buffalo for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot -- 11th-place Atlanta also trails Carolina and Toronto in the standings.

Vancouver 4, Columbus 1: Chris Higgins had two goals and an assist and the Canucks reached 50 victories for the first time in their 40-year history.

Boston 2, Philadelphia 1: Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal with 3:43 left in regulation for the Bruins. Nathan Horton also scored to help Northeast Division-leading Boston clinch a playoff spot.


>Saturday's late game

Flames 5, Oilers 4 (SO): The Flames, down by 4-1 early in the third period before rallying, are ninth in the Western Conference, a point behind eighth-place Chicago for the final playoff spot.


Around the rinks

Detroit Red Wings: Goalie Jimmy Howard is day-to-day after an MRI revealed no major damage to his left shoulder. General Manager Ken Holland said Howard should be able to return next weekend, if not Wednesday night against St. Louis.


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