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Tuesday, 26 February 2008 17:58
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 UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Evgeni Malkin and Jeff Taffe scored first-period goals for trade-depleted Pittsburgh, providing early offense for the Penguins in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Ty Conklin (17-4-5) kept the Penguins in front throughout by stopping a career-high 50 shots. Jordan Staal and Connor James - just up from the minors - also scored for Pittsburgh.
Just hours after the Penguins made the biggest splash on trade deadline day by acquiring star forward Marian Hossa from Atlanta for forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, Pittsburgh pulled out a win despite being outshot 52-21.
Frans Nielsen scored on Conklin in the second period to get the Islanders within 2-1. Trent Hunter hit the crossbar less than 2 minutes into the third, and New York dropped its second straight following a six-game winning streak.
Hurricanes 2, Devils 1, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Sergei Samsonov tapped in his own rebound with 3:24 left in overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past New Jersey, snapping the Devils' five-game winning streak.
Samsonov finished with two goals for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes, who won their third straight and avoided being swept by New Jersey for the first time in 16 years.
Brian Gionta scored for New Jersey, which remained atop the Atlantic Division by picking up a point for the ninth straight game. The Devils are 7-0-2 in their last nine.
Capitals 4, Wild 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Brooks Laich had two goals and assisted on two others to lead Washington. It was the first two-goal and four-point game for Laich, and gave the Capitals their first win in four games.
Laich's sterling performance came just hours after the Capitals acquired three players - veteran center Sergei Fedorov, goalie Cristobal Huet and left wing Matt Cooke - at the trading deadline in an attempt to snatch a playoff spot.
Minnesota, which made news by acquiring left wing Chris Simon from the New York Islanders, lost its fourth straight as it continues its tumble in the Western Conference. Brank Radivojevic had the lone goal for the Wild.
Bruins 4, Senators 0
BOSTON (AP) - David Krejci scored his first NHL goal, and Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead the Bruins to their fourth consecutive win.
Zdeno Chara scored twice, including an empty-netter, and Shawn Thornton also scored for the Bruins, who stood pat at the trading deadline and won for the fifth time in six games.
Martin Gerber made 25 saves for the Senators, who acquired ex-Bruin Martin Lapointe from the Chicago Blackhawks for a sixth-round draft choice. He was not with the team Thursday. The Senators, who lead the NHL with 210 goals, were shut out for the second consecutive game.
Canadiens 5, Thrashers 1
MONTREAL (AP) - Chris Higgins had two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens scored four times in the first half of the third period.
Higgins set up Andrei Markov's power-play goal as the Canadiens increased their lead to 3-1 at 8:17, and Sergei Kostitsyn added Montreal's fourth goal at 9:04.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots and Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Canadiens, who sent goalie Cristobal Huet to Washington for a second-round pick in the 2009 draft in their only trade of the day.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 41st goal in the second for Atlanta, which traded potential unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh before the trading deadline.
 

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