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|Tuesday, 15 January 2008 19:28|
Hossa scored the Thrashers' first three goals, notching his seventh career hat trick, and first in nearly a year. His last came against Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2007.
Eric Perrin and Slava Kozlov also scored, while Tobias Enstrom and Mark Recchi each added two assists for Atlanta.
Nicklas Kronwall scored for NHL-leading Detroit, which has lost three straight. Chris Osgood stopped 13 shots before being pulled in favor of Dominik Hasek less than halfway through the game.
Avalanche 3, Lightning 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jose Theodore made 22 of his 32 saves in the third period for his 24th career shutout - and first since Feb. 28, 2004, against Carolina - to lead Colorado.
Jeff Finger and Paul Stastny had power-play goals for the Avalanche, who have won three games in a row. Milan Hejduk added an empty-net goal with 1:34 left.
Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier was held without a point for the third straight games, his longest drought this season. The Lightning have lost 12 of 15.
Maple Leafs 5, Hurricanes 4
TORONTO (AP) - Ian White had a goal and an assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs snap a five-game losing streak.
Tomas Kaberle, Chad Kilger, Matt Stajan and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for Toronto, which won for the third time in regulation in 14 games. The Maple Leafs will try to win a second consecutive game for the first time in more than a month when they play in Boston on Thursday night.
Sergei Samsonov, Erik Cole, Andrew Ladd and Rob Brind'Amour scored for the Hurricanes, who lost their third in a row and fourth in five games. With Atlanta winning earlier in the night, Carolina fell out of first place in the Southeast Division.
Capitals 4, Senators 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored the tiebreaking goal on a third-period power play and the Capitals completed a season sweep of the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators.
Ovechkin collected Brooks Laich's long rebound between the circles and pushed in a knuckling shot that glanced off the right leg pad of Ottawa's Ray Emery at 9:11.
Washington used Ovechkin's team-leading 34th to seal its fourth win this season against the Senators, whose 62 points are second-most in the NHL. The Capitals hadn't swept Ottawa since 1995-96.
Alexander Semin scored twice, and Mike Green also tallied for the Capitals. Dean McAmmond and Wade Redden had goals for Ottawa.
Canadiens 3, Islanders 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Tomas Plekanec scored in each of the first two periods, and Cristobal Huet stopped 17 shots for Montreal.
Plekanec netted an even-strength goal in the first, when Huet faced only one shot, and added a short-handed tally in the second as the Canadiens won for the sixth time in nine games (6-1-2).
Huet bounced back from a sub-par game for him and his teammates Saturday in a 4-1 road loss to the New York Rangers, when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 28 shots through two periods.
His only blemish against the Islanders came when Richard Park smacked a rebound past him with 9:04 left. Park's first goal in 11 games brought New York within 2-1.
Alex Kovalev's 20th goal, scored into an empty net with 27.5 seconds left, sealed it.
Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jason Chimera scored a second-period goal and Pascal Leclaire made it stand up with 25 saves as the Blue Jackets set a franchise record with their sixth straight home win.
Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have won three in a row overall, all at home. Ron Hainsey also had a goal for Columbus, which now hits the road for a five-game road trip.
Daniel Sedin and Kris Beech had the goals for Vancouver, which had given up just one goal in winning the two previous meetings with the Blue Jackets this season.
Predators 3, Flames 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Mason stopped 22 shots and J.P Dumont scored a goal and added an assist as the Predators shut out the Calgary Flames.
Martin Erat and Ville Koistinen also scored for the Predators, who sent the Flames to their fourth straight loss.
It was Mason's third shutout of the season, and 11th of his career. Nashville outshot Calgary 38-22.
Coyotes 5, Sharks 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Shane Doan had two goals and an assist, and Peter Mueller had four assists to lead Phoenix past San Jose.
Ed Jovanovski added a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who have won seven of nine to climb into playoff contention in 11th place in the Western Conference. Phoenix has won four straight at home, where it has a losing record.
With the game tied at 3 early in the third period, Joel Perrault scooped up a rebound of Jovanovski's shot at the right circle and fired it through a swarm of Sharks and past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks, who are second in the Western Conference, have dropped back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game skid from Dec. 18-22.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist for the Sharks.
Kings 3, Oilers 1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings won their third in a row.
Dustin Brown and Lubomir Visnovsky also scored for Los Angeles, which started off a three-game road trip by winning for the sixth time in eight games following an eight-game losing streak.
Dustin Penner had the lone goal for Edmonton, which had its four-game winning streak stopped. The Oilers (21-22-4) also failed to go over the .500 mark for the first time since their fourth game of the season.