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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins responded to another cheap shot by Tom Wilson by scoring three times in the second period of a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Wilson smashed Brandon Carlo’s head into the glass with 90 seconds left in the first period, less than a week after Wilson’s questionable hit in a game against the Penguins. After the hit, Trent Frederic, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand tallied in an 8:15 span of the middle stanza. Marchand finished with two goals and an assist as Boston climbed within one game of the Caps and Islanders for the East Division lead. Bergeron had a goal and an assist.

CHICAGO (AP) — Philipp Kurashev scored the lone shootout goal and the Blackhawks bounced back from Thursday’s agonizing loss to Tampa Bay by beating the Lightning, 4-3. The win came a day after the Hawks lost on a goal with one-tenth of a second left in overtime. Alex DeBrincat scored twice and Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) added the tying goal for the Blackhawks, who lost their first three games to the Lightning this season. Malcolm Subban made 39 saves, plus three more in the shootout. Chicago improved to 4-1-1 in its past six games and snapped Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Vegas blew leads of 3-0 and 4-2 before Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game 1:25 into overtime to give the Golden Knights a 5-4 win over the Sharks. The Sharks had tied the game with 1:07 left in regulation when Kevin Labanc accidentally pushed a weak clearing attempt into the net. Alex Tuch scored on a one-timer to make it 4-2 with his sixth goal in the past six games. Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson also scored for Vegas, and Oscar Dansk made 25 saves in his first start since 2019.

DENVER (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored his second goal of the game 2:45 into overtime, Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves and the Colorado Avalanche rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the struggling Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Brandon Saad also scored for a Colorado team missing star player Nathan MacKinnon, who was a late scratch. MacKinnon left in the third period Wednesday in San Jose after taking a hit to the head.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — No. 20 Loyola Chicago earned a 73-49 win over Southern Illinois on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Freshman Jacob Hutson had 13 points and Lucas Williamson and Braden Norris each added 11. Loyola Chicago opened the game on a 10-0 run before Anthony D’Avanzo scored the Salukis’ first basket 5:23 into the game. The Ramblers have won three straight games against Southern Illinois after sweeping a two-game set in Chicago to close out the regular season.

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