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Hall leads last-place Oilers past first-place Panthers

SUNRISE — Taylor Hall snapped a scoring drought with two goals and Cam Talbot stopped 30 shots as the Oilers added to Florida's slide by beating the Panthers 4-2 Monday night.

Former Lightning forward Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists for Edmonton, which led 3-0 after two periods and withstood a rally in the final 20 minutes. Jordan Eberle also scored for the Oilers, who are tied for last in the Pacific Division with the Flames.

Reilly Smith and Quinton Howden scored early in the third for Florida, the Atlantic Division leader which has dropped four straight since winning 12 in a row. The Panthers remained five points ahead of the third-place Lightning in the division.

Al Montoya gave up three goals on the first seven shots he faced, and the Panthers had their club-record home winning streak snapped at seven.

Purcell's goal with 1:28 left sealed it, the score coming when Montoya was heading toward the bench for an extra attacker. Montoya stopped 19 shots.

Florida was again without All-Star defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who hasn't played since taking a huge hit from Edmonton's Matt Hendricks on Jan. 11.

Fans booed Hendricks when he got on the ice, and 4:16 into the game Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson squared off with Hendricks and got at least 11 right-handed punches in, while the Oilers forward did all he could just to stay on his feet.

Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left in the second period with an undisclosed injury that apparently occurred while he was blocking a shot.

Game highlights: Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists and Brian Elliott had 36 saves as the host Blues beat the Penguins 5-2. … Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist to help the visiting Avalanche defeat the Jets 2-1. Jarome Iginla scored his 13th of the season and Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves for Colorado.

Oilers 2 1 1 4
at Panthers 0 0 2 2

First1, Edm, Hall 17 (Purcell), 5:50. 2, Edm, Eberle 11 (Nugent-Hopkins, Pouliot), 17:52. PenaltiesHendricks, Edm, major (fighting), 4:16; Gudbranson, Fla, major (fighting), 4:16; Pouliot, Edm (holding), 11:15; Nurse, Edm (holding), 19:10.

Second3, Edm, Hall 18 (Purcell, Draisaitl), 4:19. PenaltiesSekera, Edm (interference), 1:44; Jagr, Fla (tripping), 12:21; Edm bench, served by Yakupov (too many men), 13:22.

Third4, Fla, Smith 13, 2:45. 5, Fla, Howden 4 (Thornton, Campbell), 5:35. 6, Edm, Purcell 10 (Hall), 18:32. PenaltiesNone. ShotsEdm 6-9-9—24. Fla 9-14-10—33. Power playsEdm 0 of 1; Fla 0 of 4. GoaliesEdm, Talbot 9-13-3 (33 shots-31 saves). Fla, Montoya 7-2-1 (24-20).

at Blues 1 1 3 5
Penguins 1 1 0 2

First1, StL, Steen 14 (Stastny), 12:00. 2, Pit, Kunitz 8 (Letang, Crosby), 18:03. PenaltiesDaley, Pit (holding), 18:19.

Second3, Pit, Malkin 20 (Hagelin, Letang), 15:56. 4, StL, Tarasenko 25 (Edmundson, Fabbri), 17:14. PenaltiesStastny, StL (delay of game), 3:05; Kunitz, Pit (roughing), 5:12; Edmundson, StL (roughing), 5:12; Lehtera, StL (interference), 6:14.

Third5, StL, Brouwer 9 (Stastny, Parayko), 2:10. 6, StL, Stastny 5 (Brouwer, Bouwmeester), 11:38. 7, StL, Shattenkirk 9 (Steen, Stastny), 19:44 (en). PenaltiesKunitz, Pit (delay), 3:40; Tarasenko, StL (closing hand on puck), 17:41. ShotsPit 14-17-7—38. StL 9-8-8—25. Power playsPit 0 of 3; StL 0 of 2. GoaliesPit, Zatkoff 3-5-1 (24 shots-20 saves). StL, Elliott 9-5-4 (38-36).

Avalanche 0 2 0 2
at Jets 0 0 1 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesColorado bench, served by Skille (too many men), 5:51; Little, Wpg (tripping), 11:39.

Second1, Colo, Soderberg 9 (Holden, Comeau), 1:16. 2, Colo, Iginla 13 (Soderberg, Tanguay), 19:42 (pp). PenaltiesWheeler, Wpg (interference), 18:48.

Third3, Win, Armia 2 (Perreault, Ehlers), 19:18. PenaltiesBarrie, Col (tripping), 15:21. ShotsColo 10-16-8—34. Win 12-9-16—37. Power playsColo 1 of 2; Win 0 of 2. GoaliesColo, Varlamov 16-12-3 (37 shots-36 saves). Win, Hellebuyck 11-7-1 (34-32).

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