Kings, minus Kopitar, skate past Avalanche

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, Michael Handzus connected on a power play, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday after losing scoring leader Anze Kopitar for at least six weeks because of a broken right ankle.

Kopitar was checked lightly by defenseman Ryan O'Byrne against the left boards in the Colorado zone before falling backward with 4:21 left in the second. He lay on the ice for several moments before he was helped off by Handzus and a trainer, and was hunched over in severe pain when he went to the dressing room.

Handzus connected on a power play for Los Angeles, Trevor Lewis and Willie Mitchell also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves to help the Kings tighten their grip on a playoff spot and complete their first four-game season sweep of the Colorado-Quebec Nordiques franchise. Captain Dustin Brown had two assists.

Capitals 2, Canadiens 0

At Montreal, Braden Holtby made 18 saves for his second shutout, Marco Sturm and Alexander Semin scored, and Washington sent Montreal to its third straight shutout loss.

Flyers 4, Islanders 1

At Uniondale, N.Y., James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the first period and finished his first NHL hat trick in the third to help Philadelphia remain alone atop the Eastern Conference.

Flames 5, Oilers 4, SO

At Edmonton, Alberta, Alex Tanguay scored in the first round of a shootout to give Calgary a comeback victory over Edmonton.

Rangers 1, Bruins 0

At Boston, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for his NHL-leading 11th shutout, and Derek Stepan deflected Michael Sauer's shot into the net for the only goal to lead New York past Boston.

Sabres 2, Devils 0

At Buffalo, N.Y., Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and Buffalo all but ended New Jersey's playoff hopes.

Lightning 4, Hurricanes 2

At Raleigh, N.C., Simon Gagne scored two goals, the second into an empty net in the final minute, to help Tampa Bay beat Carolina.

Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1

At Chicago, Corey Perry scored twice in third period and Anaheim's surging top line powered the Ducks.

Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 2

At Detroit, Jiri Hudler broke a third-period tie and added an assist, Henrik Zetterberg also had a goal and an assist and Detroit beat Toronto.

Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 14 saves before leaving 6:11 into the third period when Toronto's Joffrey Lupul fell on him as Lupul tied it at 2.

Sharks 4, Coyotes 1

At Glendale, Ariz., Antti Niemi made 25 saves, and Logan Couture scored twice for San Jose.

Predators 4, Stars 2

At Nashville, Tenn., Mike Fisher and David Legwand each scored twice to help Nashville extend its winning streak to six games.

Blues 6, Wild 3

At St. Paul, Minn., Chris Stewart and David Backes scored 23 seconds apart in the second period, and Matt D'Agostini, Adam Cracknell, Alex Pietrangelo and Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis.

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