- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Frank Vatrano had three goals for his first career hat trick, Patrice Bergeron scored twice, and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 Friday night to sweep the teams’ home-and-home series.

Loui Eriksson also scored for Boston, which is 4-0-1 in its past five games, 10-1-3 in its past 14 games. Ryan Spooner added three assists and Brad Marchand added two.

Conor Sheary - Vatrano’s college teammate at UMass - got his first two NHL points with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Daley scored his first goal with the Penguins, who are 0-3 since Mike Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as the team’s head coach last weekend.

Overall, Pittsburgh has lost four in a row (0-3-1) and six of its past seven to sit 12th in the Eastern Conference.

Sidney Crosby had two assists for the Penguins to break a three-game point-scoring drought.

CAPITALS 5, LIGHTNING 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie both finished with two goals and two assists and Marcus Johansson got the tiebreaking goal with 5:44 left to help Washington rally from three goals down and beat Tampa Bay.

The Capitals now have won four straight games overall and seven straight at home. They fell behind 3-0 midway through the second period but scored the game’s final five goals - including four in the third period.

Johansson broke a 3-3 tie on his power-play goal from the right side after a pass from Oshie. Ovechkin also got an assist.

Ovechkin scored the team’s other two power-play goals. Oshie added an empty-net goal. Nicklas Backstrom earned his 600th career point with an assist on the final Oshie goal.

Alex Killorn, Andrej Sustr and Steven Stamkos each scored once for Tampa Bay.

SENATORS 4, SHARKS 2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made 31 saves and Ottawa got its fourth straight home win.

Ottawa has won just two of its past five games. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Wideman and Erik Karlsson also scored.

Joe Thornton and Brent Burns had the goals for the Sharks, and Alex Stalock made 31 saves.

Pageau started and finished the play that gave the Senators a 2-1 lead 8:22 into the third period. After Pageau’s faceoff win, Cody Ceci took a shot, and then Dave Dziurzynski fired the rebound back at net. Stalock got a piece of Dziurzynski’s shot but left the rebound right on the goal line for Pageau to poke in.

Wideman got the eventual winner and Karlsson provided some insurance with goals later in the period.

CANUCKS 4, RED WINGS 3, SO

DETROIT (AP) - Linden Vey, making his season debut, scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give Vancouver a win over Detroit.

Jared McCann, Sven Baertschi and Radim Vrbata scored in regulation for the Canucks, who were without injured captain Henrik Sedin. Ryan Miller had 25 saves through overtime.

Joakim Andersson, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard had 37 saves.

Zetterberg tied the game at 3 with 1:07 to play, taking a Pavel Datsyuk pass and beating Miller on the stick side. Detroit dominated the 3-on-3 overtime, but Miller stopped Gustav Nyquist and Datsyuk hit the post.

Vrbata also scored in the second round of the tiebreaker, and Brad Richards tied it for Detroit in the third.

JETS 5, RANGERS 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Bryan Little scored two first-period goals, Blake Wheeler had four assists and Winnipeg beat New York.

Little scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season in a 2:31 span for a 2-0 lead.

His line - with wingers Andrew Ladd and Wheeler - combined for nine points after only recording four points as a line over the past four games.

Winnipeg also got goals from blue liners Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, as well as Ladd on the empty net.

J.T. Miller and Dan Boyle scored the Rangers.

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck picked up his fifth win in seven starts with a 26-save effort. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and fell to 15-8-3 on the year.

PANTHERS 2, HURRICANES 0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Roberto Luongo made 24 saves, Willie Mitchell scored 4:09 into the third period and Florida beat Carolina for its third straight win.

Mitchell got his first goal of the season on a slap shot to put Florida up 1-0. He beat goalie Cam Ward to the glove side, and Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov picked up assists. It was just the 34th goal for Mitchell in 894 NHL games.

Reilly Smith added an empty-net goal with 21 seconds left. Smith has scored in four straight games.

The Panthers have outscored opponents 12-2 during their three-game streak and have beaten Carolina five straight times, including 4-1 in the teams’ first meeting Oct. 13.

Mitchell’s last goal was on April 2.

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