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Pronger leads surging Ducks past Panthers

Chris Pronger snapped a third-period tie with his second goal of the game and the Anaheim Ducks improved the best start in franchise history by beating the Florida Panthers 5-4 Tuesday night in Sunrise, Fla.

The Ducks, who broke the team record with their sixth consecutive road victory, improved to 24-3-6. Their 54 points are the most by any team through 33 games since the 1979 Philadelphia Flyers had 54.

Blackhawks 3, Blues 2: At St. Louis, Peter Bondra scored his 499th career goal in his first game with Chicago to lead the Blackhawks past the Blues in the debut of St. Louis coach Andy Murray.

Sabres 3, Devils 2: At East Rutherford, N.J., Daniel Briere had three assists to lead Buffalo past New Jersey.

Rangers 3, Flyers 1: At Philadelphia, Jarkko Immonen and Matt Cullen each had a goal and assist and New York beat the Flyers.

Senators 3, Red Wings 2: At Detroit, Jason Spezza scored a pair of second-period goals to lead Ottawa past the Red Wings.

Canadiens 4, Bruins 3: At Montreal, Sergei Samsonov scored twice and David Aebischer made 31 saves, leading the Canadiens over Boston.

Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 4: At Toronto, Darcy Tucker and Jeff O’Neill scored in the third period and the Maple Leafs stopped a seven-game skid with a win over Tampa Bay.

Predators 3, Oilers 2: At Nashville, Tenn., David Legwand scored with 2:45 left, and Nashville edged Edmonton.

Blue Jackets 3, Stars 1: At Dallas, rookie goalie Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 shots and Columbus beat the Stars.

Canucks 5, Coyotes 2: At Vancouver, B.C., Kevin Bieksa and Jan Bulis scored 51 seconds apart in the first period to lead the Canucks over Phoenix.

Sharks 3, Kings 1: At Los Angeles, Joe Pavelski scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 36 shots to lead San Jose past the Kings.

Flames 5, Wild 2: At Calgary, Alberta, Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to lead the Flames past Minnesota.

Around the league

Boston rookie forward Phil Kessel underwent cancer surgery and is “on the road to recovery,” his agent Wade Arnott said. … The family of Montreal Canadian hockey great Bob Gainey thanked supportive fans and all those who helped search for his daughter Laura, who has been missing since being swept overboard in the Atlantic.