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 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Marian Gaborik posted the NHL's first five-goal game in 11 years, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Gaborik's outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington. Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux was the last to net five in regulation, pulling off the feat on March 26, 1996.
Gaborik had a goal in the first period, two on power plays in the second, and found the net twice more in the third to set the team record for tallies in a game. No Wild player had ever had four goals in a game.
With an assist on Pierre-Marc Bouchard's goal, Gaborik tied his career high with six points.
Bouchard, Pavol Demitra, and Aaron Voros added two points apiece for Minnesota, which extended its winning streak to four games.
Michal Rozsival, Martin Straka and Nigel Dawes scored for New York, which fell to 2-5-1 in its last eight.
Penguins 5, Bruins 4, SO
BOSTON (AP) - Sidney Crosby scored a goal, assisted on two by Evgeni Malkin, and dropped the gloves for the first time in the NHL to spur Pittsburgh past Boston.
The 20-year-old Penguins captain helped set up Malkin's first of the game 55 seconds in, scored his 16th of the season at 8:26, and then assisted on Malkin's 13th as Pittsburgh jumped to a 3-0 lead.
Crosby fought Andrew Ference in the second period.
Colby Armstrong had three assists in helping the Penguins take a 4-0 lead they couldn't hold. Journeyman Ty Conklin, making his first start for Pittsburgh, stopped both shots in the shootout and helped his new club win for the second time in five games.
Ryan Christensen and rookie Chris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. Conklin made 41 saves through overtime, then turned aside Phil Kessel and Marco Sturm in the tiebreaker.
The Bruins rallied on late second-period goals by Sturm and P.J. Axelsson, and got even when Petteri Nokelainen and Dennis Wideman scored in the third.
Blues 3, Red Wings 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak scored power-play goals in the third period, and Manny Legace made 34 saves to help St. Louis snap its four-game slide and end Detroit's 12-game point streak.
The Red Wings were 10-0-2 since losing 3-2 at Nashville on Nov. 22.
Chris Osgood (15-2-1) hadn't lost since dropping a 3-2 decision at Chicago on Nov. 11.
Brad Boyes scored his 20th goal for St. Louis, and Paul Kariya and Andy McDonald each had two assists. McDonald has four points in his first two games with the Blues, and Kariya has 31 points in 31 games.
Valtteri Filppula and Mikael Samuelsson scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg picked up an assist on Filppula's goal, giving him 50 points (25 goals, 25 assists). Zetterberg has nine points in five games.
Thrashers 3, Senators 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Todd White's power-play goal 47 seconds into the third period broke a tie and helped Atlanta snap Ottawa's winning streak at six.
Atlanta, which ended its four-game skid on Tuesday night with a win over Tampa Bay, beat Ottawa for the first time this season after three losses.
White converted from in close, beating goalie Martin Gerber, who had 42 saves. The Thrashers tied a franchise record with 45 shots.
The Senators took a 2-1 lead with three minutes left in the second period on a goal by Daniel Alfredsson.
The Thrashers tied it 46 seconds later when Ilya Kovalchuk put a rebound of Ken Klee's shot past Gerber. It was the NHL-leading 28th goal for Kovalchuk, who has scored four times in three games.
Canadiens 5, Capitals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Guilliaume Latendresse scored two goals in his return from a benching for Montreal.
Latendresse, scratched by coach Guy Carbonneau for the Canadiens' 3-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday, notched the fourth two-goal game of his NHL career - the second this month.
Montreal won the first of a season-high six-game road trip despite Washington holding a 37-21 shots advantage.
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead at 6:33 of the second period when Tomas Plekanec scored his 11th goal.
Nicklas Backstrom scored his sixth as the Capitals cut their deficit to 2-1 with a power-play tally at 9:10 of the second.
The Canadiens took a 4-1 lead on Sergei Kostitsyn's first NHL goal. Alexander Semin's fourth of the season and second in two games made it 4-2.
Mark Streit closed the scoring with 1:21 left.
Panthers 5, Hurricanes 4.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Brett McLean scored the winning goal, and Florida moved above .500 for the first time this season (17-16-2).
Stephen Weiss, Jozef Stumpel, Olli Jokinen and Radek Dvorak scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight. Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves.
Ray Whitney, Cory Stillman, Erik Cole and Andrew Ladd had goals for Carolina.
Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Vincent Lecavalier scored with 41.6 seconds left in the third period and rookie Karri Ramo made 31 saves to lead Tampa Bay past Toronto.
Jason Ward also scored for the Lightning, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Ramo made his first career start.
Matt Stajan scored for Toronto, which lost its third straight.
 

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