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Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:39
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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Pavel Kubina scored his second straight winning goal to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to their second win against Philadelphia in two nights, beating the Flyers 3-2 on Wednesday.
Kubina scored in overtime on Tuesday when the Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Flyers 4-3. This time, Kubina got Philly early in the third period.
Playing without injured captain Mats Sundin for the last two periods, the Maple Leafs moved within five points of the Flyers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Ian White and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for Toronto, on a 9-3-1 run.
Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble had goals for the Flyers. Martin Biron, who made 51 saves on Tuesday, had 28 in the rematch.
Penguins 7, Sabres 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ty Conklin beat Buffalo for the fourth time this season and Pittsburgh withstood Sidney Crosby's absence due to an ankle injury flareup.
Tyler Kennedy scored his first goal in 17 games during a three-point night, Chris Minard netted the first goal of his 10-game NHL career, and Evgeni Malkin put in his 39th of the campaign during the Penguins' highest-scoring game this season. They also improved to 12-6-4 when Crosby doesn't play.
Petr Sykora, who was supposed to be out with a back injury, Sergei Gonchar, Jeff Taffe and Kris Letang also scored goals for the Penguins, who moved past idle New Jersey by one point for the Atlantic Division lead. They also tied idle Montreal for the Eastern Conference lead.
The Sabres, beginning to slide out of the conference race, are 1-4-2 in their last seven.
Capitals 3, Flames 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 55th and 56th goals, including the tiebreaker with 1:54 left, and Olie Kolzig earned his 300th win in Washington's victory over Calgary.
Ovechkin broke a 2-2 tie in the closing minutes with a power-play goal. Kolzig is the 23rd goalie to win 300 NHL games. He has earned every win with the Capitals.
Mike Green assisted on both of Ovechkin's goals.
Jarome Iginla and Kristian Huselius took advantage of a pair of 5-on-3 power plays and scored for Calgary.
Panthers 4, Islanders 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Florida defenseman Karlis Skrastins broke a tie 8:22 into the third period to lead streaking Florida over the slumping New York Islanders.
The Panthers won their season-high fifth straight game. Florida won all four meetings between the teams, completing its first season sweep of the Islanders since the Panthers' inaugural season in 1993-94.
Kamil Kreps and Stephen Weiss also scored for the Panthers, who moved within five points of eighth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brett McLean added an empty-net goal.
Bill Guerin and Blake Comeau scored for the Islanders, who have lost six of seven to drop to 13th in the East.
Hurricanes 3, Blackhawks 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Cam Ward made 25 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Eric Staal had a goal and two assists to lead surging Carolina over Chicago.
Erik Cole and Matt Cullen also scored for Carolina, which won its fifth straight and eighth in nine games to strengthen its hold on first place in the Southeast Division.
The Hurricanes scored all three goals during a 3:48 span midway through the first period. Ward, who made his 10th straight start, posted his sixth NHL shutout.
The Blackhawks lost their fourth straight (0-3-1), all but dashing their postseason hopes. Rookie goalie Corey Crawford started for the second straight night and made 29 saves.
Ducks 4, Canucks 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Travis Moen scored his first NHL short-handed goal, Doug Weight connected for a power-play tally, and Anaheim broke a club record with its eighth straight home victory.
Todd Marchant scored in his third straight game and Rob Niedermayer added a goal for the Ducks, who reached 40 wins for the fourth time in five seasons and avoided a four-game season sweep by the Canucks.
Jonas Hiller made 30 saves and earned an assist on Marchant's goal.
Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, making his 19th consecutive start and 35th in 37 games, was pulled 4:03 into the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots.
Rookie Mason Raymond scored for Vancouver.

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