DENVER

Anze Kopitar became the first Kings player with a four-goal game since 1993, Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-1 on Thursday night.

Kopitar was so efficient that he picked up his fourth career hat trick with 7:33 remaining in the second period. He added another goal early in the third. This was the first four-goal game by a Kings player since Luc Robitaille on Nov. 25, 1993, at Quebec.

Mikko Rantanen scored for Colorado.

Lightning 7, Islanders 6

NEW YORK (AP) — J.T. Miller scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and high-scoring Tampa Bay held off New York.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his NHL-leading 42nd victory, extending Tampa Bay’s franchise record. The Lightning improved to 12-2-1 in their last 15 games, extending their Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division leads to six points over idle Boston.

Sharks 2, Golden Knights 1, OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture scored 39 seconds into overtime to send San Jose to its season-high sixth straight victory.

Brent Burns also scored and Martin Jones made 24 saves to help the Sharks move within seven points of first-place Vegas with eight games remaining in the regular season.

Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots for his fifth shutout of the season, Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and Columbus beat Florida for its 10th straight victory.

Capitals 1, Red Wings 0

DETROIT (AP) — Philipp Grubauer made 39 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Brett Connolly scored on a third-period breakaway to lift Washington past Detroit Red.

The Capitals have won six of seven and lead Pittsburgh and Columbus by four points atop the Metropolitan Division as the regular season winds down. Washington has turned increasingly to Grubauer of late after Braden Holtby struggled in February and at the beginning of March. Holtby wasn’t available Thursday because of an injury coach Barry Trotz described as a tweak.

Maple Leafs 5, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auston Matthews had a goal in his return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 10 games and Toronto beat Nashville.

Hurricanes 6, Coyotes 5

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored his second goal with 1:58 left, and Carolina beat Arizonadespite giving up a weird goal when the puck stuck in goalie Cam Ward’s skate.

Oilers 6, Senators 2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists and Edmonton eliminated Ottawa from playoff contention.

Matt Duchene and Filip Chlapik replied for Ottawa.

Flyers 4, Rangers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Konecny scored twice, Claude Giroux had three assists and Philadelphia Flyers beat New York.

Canucks 5, Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Alexander Edler scored twice, Jacob Markstrom made 39 saves and Vancouver beat Chicago to stop a seven-game slide.



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