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Tuesday, 04 March 2008 19:52
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 BOSTON (AP) -Florida goaltender Craig Anderson followed his record-setting shutout two days ago with a 40-save win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Nathan Horton scored 22 seconds into overtime to give the Panthers the 1-0 win.
Anderson stopped 53 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Islanders on Sunday, the most ever in a shutout since shots on goal started being kept in the 1955-56 season.
Since 1989-90, it's the most saves in consecutive shutouts; Dominik Hasek for Buffalo in December 1997 had 75 saves, according to STATS LLC.
Alex Auld made 31 saves for the Bruins, but was beaten by Horton's wrist shot inside the left post on the first shift of the extra period.
The Panthers won for just the second time in five games. Boston, coming off an embarrassing 10-2 loss at Washington on Monday, lost for just the third time in 10 games.
Sabres 5, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Derek Roy and Jason Pominville scored 18 seconds apart early in the third period. Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov each had two goals for the Sabres, who pulled within one point of the Flyers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Desperate to avoid falling five points behind the Flyers, the Sabres played like a team in a must-win situation.
Scottie Upshall and Steve Downie scored for Philadelphia, which lost in regulation for the first time in five games.
The injury-depleted Flyers were without star center Daniel Briere, who missed his first game this season with a sprained right shoulder. Briere was injured in a shootout loss to the Rangers on Sunday. He scored the decisive shootout goal to beat his former team in Buffalo last week and end Philadelphia's 10-game skid.
The Flyers already were missing All-Star Mike Richards (hamstring) and two-time 40-goal scorer Simon Gagne (concussion).
Islanders 4, Rangers 3, SO
NEW YORK (AP) - Jeff Tambellini scored in the sixth round in the shootout, and Wade Dubielewicz, subbing for the second straight game for Rick DiPietro, made 27 saves through overtime. He then turned aside five shooters in the tiebreaker.
DiPietro was away from the team following the death of his grandmother, and is expected to return to practice Wednesday.
Dubielewicz built off his shootout win at New Jersey on the final day of last season to clinch a playoff spot for the Islanders when DiPietro was injured.
Rangers forward Nigel Dawes and Islanders captain Bill Guerin were the only others to score in the shootout.
Blake Comeau, Sean Bergenheim, and Trent Hunter had goals in regulation for the Islanders, who shook off Ryan Callahan's short-handed goal in the third period. Dawes and Chris Drury had the other goals for the Rangers, 7-0-3 in their last 10.
Penguins 2, Lightning 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Sidney Crosby missed scoring chance after scoring chance before finally setting up Maxime Talbot for the game's first goal with only 2:47 remaining. The Pittsburgh star made a dazzling return in his first game in 6 1/2 weeks.
Marc-Andre Fleury, in only his second start following his own extended injury layoff with a bad ankle, made 35 saves in his first shutout since Nov. 24. Evgeni Malkin, edging to within a point of the NHL scoring lead, scored into an empty net with 5 seconds remaining.
But it was Crosby's night. The reigning NHL scoring champion and MVP appeared as if he had been off only a few days rather than since Jan. 18 with a high ankle sprain. He created numerous scoring opportunities with his speed and stickhandling as the Penguins retained their Atlantic Division lead.
Devils 4, Maple Leafs 1
TORONTO (AP) - Zach Parise scored twice and Martin Brodeur made 40 saves as the Devils snapped a three-game winless streak and damaged the Maple Leafs' playoff hopes.
David Clarkson and Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, who were 0-2-1 in their last three games.
Nik Antropov scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who had picked up nine of a possible 10 points in their last five games. Toronto remained six points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Vesa Toskala made his 19th consecutive start in goal for Toronto, but wasn't very sharp, giving up four goals on 25 shots.
The Devils remained fourth in the Eastern Conference. They are one point behind the conference-leading Penguins in the Atlantic Division.
Blackhawks 4, Wild 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jason Williams had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks snapped the Wild's three-game winning streak.
Dustin Byfuglien, Duncan Keith and Craig Adams scored for Chicago, which got its eighth win in 11 games and first in Minnesota since March 29, 2002.
Pavol Demitra and Stephane Veilleux had goals for Minnesota, which had won three straight after losing its previous four.
Chicago rookie Jonathan Toews played despite needing 50 stitches under his nose and in his mouth after being hit by Vancouver's Matt Pettinger on Sunday. Toews started the game wearing a metal face cage, but switched to a glass shield after the first period.
Avalanche 2, Canucks 1
DENVER (AP) - John-Michael Liles scored his first goal in nearly four months, Peter Forsberg showed very little rust in his return and the Avalanche won their fourth straight.
Forsberg didn't appear as though he'd been out of the game for almost a year. He had a nifty give-and-go with Joe Sakic that Roberto Luongo turned aside, displayed some nice moves on his troublesome right foot and even mixed it up a little bit with Alex Burrows.
The Avalanche are 4-0 since signing Forsberg and acquiring defensemen Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei just before the trade deadline.
Paul Stastny scored his 20th goal of the season in the first period and Andrew Brunette had two assists.
It was Liles' third goal of the season and first since Nov. 9 against the Canucks.
Jose Theodore won his fourth straight, his longest streak of the season, as he finished with 26 saves.
Flames 1, Blue Jackets 0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Craig Conroy scored in the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves as the Flames climbed into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division with Minnesota.
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It was the second shutout of the season and 26th of his career for Kiprusoff, who improved to 33-20-9. The two shutouts have come in his last five games.
Predators 5, Oilers 1
EDMONTON, Albeta (AP) - Martin Erat scored his first career hat trick as the Predators beat the Oilers for the eighth straight time.
J.P. Dumont and Ville Koistinen also scored for the Predators, while Tom Gilbert responded for Edmonton.
The victory moved Nashville into seventh place in the Western Conference.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Oilers and stopped their run of consecutive victories on home ice at seven, one short of the franchise record.
Blues 3, Kings 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ryan Johnson scored his fifth goal of the season as the Blues snapped a six-game skid. The Blues had gone 0-5-1 in their previous six games, scoring only four goals in that span. But they handed the Kings their fifth straight loss and seventh in eight games.
St. Louis also got goals from Andy McDonald and Keith Tkachuk. Manny Legace stopped 31 shots for the victory.
The Kings got goals from Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown.
 

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