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Tuesday, 26 February 2008 19:52
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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.
Stars 3, Blues 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Loui Eriksson scored twice and Mike Ribeiro added a pair of assists in a three-goal third period for Dallas, which rallied to defeat St. Louis.
The Stars, who trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, also got a goal from Jere Lehtinen to win in St. Louis for the first time in five games. Marty Turco stopped 27 shots for Dallas in the game after being scored on the first shot he faced.
Earlier in the day, Dallas acquired center Brad Richards and goalie Johan Holmqvist from Tampa Bay in exchange for forwards Jeff Halpern and Jussi Jokinen and goalie Mike Smith.
The Blues, who have dropped four straight (0-3-1), got a first-period goal from Keith Tkachuk.
Oilers 4, Red Wings 3, SO
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Robert Nilsson scored the lone goal in the shootout, giving the Edmonton Oilers their NHL-record 13th shootout win this season.
Fernando Pisani sent it to overtime on a late power-play goal when he took a shot through a pile of players in front of goalie Chris Osgood and into the goal with just 28 seconds left to play in regulation.
Tom Gilbert and Geoff Sanderson and scored in regulation for Edmonton, which has won its last five at home.
Jonathan Ericsson, Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula scored for Detroit, which lost its third in a row and ninth in 10 games.
Avalanche 4, Flames 3, OT
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Paul Stastny set up the tying goal, then scored the overtime winner as the Colorado Avalanche came from behind.
Colorado entered with the NHL's worst power play, but scored the tying and winning goals with the extra man after going 0-for-3 to start the game.
Ryan Smyth set up Stastny at the side of the net when Miikka Kiprusoff went down and Stastny slid the winning goal into an empty net. Colorado had tied it at 13:33 of the third period when Milan Hejduk wristed a shot inside the far post from the faceoff dot after taking a drop pass from Stastny.
 

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