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Kadri scores 2 as Maple Leafs beat Penguins to snap skid
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Nazem Kadri scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Kasperi Kapanen, Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau also scored to help the Maple Leafs get their franchise-record 10th straight home win. Frederik Andersen, appearing in his 57th game this season, stopped 38 shots.

Sidney Crosby and Patrick Hornqvist scored for the Penguins, who had won three straight and nine of their last 12.

Andersen had a shutout going until Crosby got his 23rd of the season with 3:36 remaining with a backhander thatn went in off Toronto defenseman Ron Hainsey's stick to make it 4-1. It was Crosby's 26th career goal and 57th point against the Maple Leafs.

Hornqvist then tipped Evgeni Malkin's shot from the point with 2:28 to go. Malking got his 40th assist and 59th point against Toronto.

Marleau added an empty-netter with 58 seconds left to close the scoring.

The Maple Leafs, who had won 13 of 15 games before their four-game road slide, led 3-0 on nine shots midway through the game.

Toronto looked sluggish to start. Pittsburgh bottled the Leafs up in their end and outshot them 6-0 in the first four minutes. It took Toronto 5 1/2 minutes to register a shot on goal and that was a clearance during a penalty kill.

Toronto went ahead at 9:10 on a pretty goal by Kapanen that started with a no-look pass from Josh Leivo from behind the goal to Tyler Bozak. He slid the puck over to Kapanen, who buried it.

Kadri made it 2-0, tipping in Morgan Rielly's shot with 47 seconds remaining in the period.

The Leafs didn't put a shot on goal for the first 11 minutes of the second period but took advantage of the power play at 11:35. Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry stopped Marner's shot from the point but gave up a rebound that went straight to Kadri for his second.

Kadri now has 26 goals on the season,adidas Ivan Provorov jersey, an amazing turnaround for a player who went 0-for-December. His Jan. 4 goal against San Jose ended a 12-game scoring slump dating back to Nov. 30. The 27-year-old center, who had a career-high 32 goals in 82 games last season, notched his sixth multi-goal game of the campaign.

Brian Dumoulin's goal for Pittsburgh with two minutes left in the second was waved off for goalie interference as the Penguins' defenseman, who was pushed into the crease by Hainsey,adidas Ivan Provorov jersey, caught Andersen's head with his arm as he went across goal before stuffing the puck in.

Marner scored on a deflected shot from the blue line on the ensuing power play, rubbing salt in the wound. It was his 19th of the season,adidas Travis Konecny jersey, matching his rookie total last year.

Jarry, who had won his last three starts,adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey, gave up four goals on 16 shots through two periods before giving way to Casey DeSmith, to start the third.

Ron Francis out as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes

“Since I took control of the team,adidas Claude Giroux jersey, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said in a release on Wednesday. “There are a lot of good people working in the organization,adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions.

“Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role.”

The Hurricanes said whatever new GM they hire will report directly to Dundon, bypassing the team’s new president of hockey ops — Francis.

Francis, 55, was handed the role as GM, replacing Jim Rutherford. Rutherford has gone on to win back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

France played 1,731 NHL games over his 25-year career, including 1,186 games with the Hartford Whalers/Hurricanes organization.

It’s been an up and down season for the Hurricanes, but they’re still in the running for a playoff berth. The Hurricanes own the distinction of having the longest playoff drought among the 31 NHL teams. Carolina hasn’t played a playoff game since 2009.

Francis went out and signed former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling in the offseason, giving him a four-year deal worth north of $16 million. It was a risky move at the time, given the question marks surrounding Darling’s ability to take on the role of a starting goalie.

The NHL's top two goal-scorers meet Monday night in the U.S. capital as Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Laine and Ovechkin come into the week deadlocked at 40 goals apiece,Authentic Ivan Provorov jersey, and both players have 14 games remaining in the regular season. It's also a pivotal game for both teams with regard to their respective playoff races. The Capitals enter the night just one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins,Authentic Ivan Provorov jersey, but have two games in hand. Winnipeg is looking to close a seven-point gap between themselves and Central-leading Nashville, whom they'll face Tuesday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning remain the team to beat in oddsmakers' eyes as they set their sights on securing the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning carry a five-game winning streak - and a six-point advantage over the runner-up Boston Bruins - into Tuesday's encounter with their 1992 expansion cousins,Authentic Travis Konecny jersey, the Ottawa Senators. The Lightning boast +400 odds on Bet365 to win their second Stanley Cup championship after becoming the first team to reach the 100-point plateau with a 3-2 shootout win over Montreal on Saturday. Ottawa finds itself at the other end of the standings, 43 points behind Tampa Bay entering Monday.

It's a match made in Vegas as the New Jersey Devils make their first-ever visit to Nevada on Wednesday for a date with the continually surprising Golden Knights. New Jersey enters the week as one of the top Under plays in the league,Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey, having gone below the number in seven of their previous eight games. Vegas is also trending in that direction with six Unders in its previous seven games - and has the upper hand on the visitors by virtue of a 3-2 victory in Newark last week. The expansion Golden Knights remain a strong play in Stanley Cup futures, installed at +800 to win the championship.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is now No. 5 on the all-time scoring list among Russian-born players,Authentic Claude Giroux jersey, passing Pavel Datsyuk over the weekend. Malkin has a point in 18 of his past 20 games; the Penguins are 14-5-1 SU over that span.

The New York Islanders surrendered 50 or more shots for the league-leading sixth time over the weekend, but escaped with a victory over the host Calgary Flames. Surprisingly, the Islanders are an impressive 3-2-1 SU in those games.

The Flames have activated No. 1 netminder Mike Smith from injured reserve after he sat out 13 games with a groin injury. The Flames went 5-6-2 in his absence,Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, then dropped a 5-2 decision in his return Sunday night against the Islanders.

The Bruins' banged-up forward corps received more bad news over the weekend after Brad Marchand was held out of Sunday's game against Chicago with an upper-body injury. Marchand is questionable for Tuesday's road encounter with Carolina.

The Nashville Predators' double-digit winning streak might be over, but their chances of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup title are alive and thriving. Nashville has moved all the way up to +450 on Bet365 - their strongest odds of the season.

The Florida Panthers have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past several weeks, and might be a sneaky underdog play entering the postseason. The Panthers enter the week at +2,800 to secure their first-ever championship.

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