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Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:40
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 BOSTON (AP) -Brad Boyes scored his 21st goal and Manny Legace made 24 saves, leading St. Louis to a 4-1 win over Boston on Saturday.
Lee Stempniak, Jamal Mayers and Keith Tkachuk also scored for the Blues, who won for the second time in six games.
Zdeno Chara had a power-play goal for the Bruins, who started the week hoping to close the gap on Ottawa for the Eastern Conference's top spot, but lost their third straight game and finished their homestand 1-4.
Boston goalie Tim Thomas, starting his second straight game after missing six with a strained groin, had 25 saves.
Boyes, making his first appearance in Boston since the Bruins traded him to the Blues last season for defenseman Dennis Wideman, scored his 12th goal in 17 games.
Blackhawks 4, Senators 3, OT
OTTAWA (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored the tying goal early in the third period and set up Jonathan Toews' winning tally in overtime in Chicago's win over Ottawa.
Sharp, who misfired on a second-period penalty shot, scored 38 seconds into the third to draw Chicago even at 3.
Toews redirected Sharp's pass beyond Ray Emery 2:08 into overtime to finish with a goal and two assists.
Martin Lapointe and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago in Martin Havlat's first game in Ottawa since he was dealt to the Blackhawks on July 10, 2006.
Dany Heatley scored twice for Ottawa and Dean McAmmond got his second short-handed goal of the season. Havlat, who didn't figure in the scoring, left the game in the second period because of a groin injury. He didn't return.
Thrashers 3, Canadiens 2, SO
ATLANTA (AP) - Slava Kozlov and Marian Hossa each scored in the shootout to push Atlanta past Montreal.
Atlanta has won three straight after losing four in a row and eight of 11. The Canadiens, who were tied for fifth in the NHL with 23 road points, had won four straight and five of six away from Montreal.
Kozlov gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead with his 15th goal. Hossa had two assists.
Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen, who made 32 saves in regulation and three in overtime, stopped the two attempts he faced in the shootout.
Montreal forced a 1-1 tie on Alex Kovalev's 15th goal with 11:40 remaining.
The Thrashers took a 2-1 lead on Eric Perrin's seventh goal. Perrin, who assisted on Kozlov's goal, scored the power-play goal with 1:07 left in the second.
Montreal's Cristobal Huet, 3-1 in his last four starts against Atlanta, stopped 26 shots.
Maple Leafs 2, Panthers 1, OT
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Pavel Kubina scored a power-play goal 34 seconds into overtime to help Toronto snap a three-game losing streak.
Kyle Wellwood also scored for Toronto, which improved to 2-3 on its franchise record-tying, seven-game road trip. Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin each had two assists.
Olli Jokinen scored for the Panthers, which had won three straight.
Vesa Toskala stopped 29 shots for the Leafs. Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for Florida.
Islanders 3, Capitals 2, OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Richard Park's goal 3:43 into overtime helped the New York Islanders beat Washington.
Park took Radek Martinek's pass in the lower left circle and beat Olie Kolzig with a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season, giving the Islanders consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 16-19.
Miroslav Satan and Bill Guerin also scored for the Islanders, and Rick DiPietro stopped 14 shots in his 106th NHL victory. That moved him into a third-place tie with Kelly Hrudey on New York's career list.
Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, 1-2-2 in their last five (1-2-2). Kolzig made 28 saves.
Hurricanes 4, Lightning 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Ray Whitney scored twice and had an assist in the third period, and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots to lead Carolina past Tampa Bay.
Andrew Ladd and Eric Staal, who had an empty-net goal with 2.8 seconds to play, also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes. Carolina is 3-4 in its past seven games.
Martin St. Louis scored for Tampa Bay.
Carolina center Brandon Nolan, the son of New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan, had an assist in his NHL debut. The Hurricanes said Nolan is the 15th son in league history to play a game in the same season that his father served as a head coach.
Red Wings 4, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Dominik Hasek made 18 saves, and tight-checking Detroit suffocated Marian Gaborik and Minnesota.
Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Daniel Cleary and Tomas Kopecky scored for the Red Wings, who were without two top offensive players in Henrik Zetterberg (back) and Tomas Holmstrom (knee).
The team hardly missed them, piling up a season-high 51 shots, the most ever allowed by the defensive-minded Wild at home.
Two nights after becoming the first player in nearly 11 years to score five goals in a game, Gaborik was held to just two shots.
Nicklas Lidstrom's lob pass to Cleary for a breakaway goal was the 900th point of his NHL career and gave the Wings a 3-0 lead with 4 minutes to play in the second period. The Red Wings are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games and are running away from rest of the Western Conference with 55 points in 36 games (26-7-3).
Kim Johnsson managed the only goal of the night for the Wild. Niklas Backstrom made a career-high 47 saves.
Sabres 6, Flyers 5, SO
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ales Kotalik scored the only shootout goal, and Buffalo beat Philadelphia to sweep the home-and-home series and extend the Sabres' season-high winning streak to six games.
Kotalik, who also scored in regulation, beat goalie Martin Biron to the glove side for the winner.
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek scored on a deflection with 7.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Philadelphia had taken a 5-4 lead when Kimmo Timonen scored a power-play goal 3:51 into the third period, after the Flyers rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards each had two goals in regulation for the Flyers, who have lost a season-high six straight games. They have lost nine of 10 at home since opening the season 6-0 in Philadelphia.
Maxim Afinogenov, Jason Pominville, and Jaroslav Spacek also scored for the Sabres, who have won 13 of 17.
Predators 4, Kings 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jason Arnott recorded his first hat trick in more than two years and Nashville snapped a five-game losing streak and sent Los Angeles to its seventh straight loss.
The hat trick was the seventh of Arnott's career, and first with the Predators. His last one came on Nov. 16, 2005 at Anaheim when he was with Dallas.
Ryan Suter also scored for Nashville, and J.P. Dumont added two assists.
Lubomir Visnovsky got Los Angeles even at 1, and Patrick O'Sullivan's short-handed goal staked the Kings to a 2-1 lead. O'Sullivan added a goal with 8:53 left to make it 4-3.
Ducks 5, Sharks 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Chris Pronger had a goal and an assist, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves in Anaheim's second win in San Jose in five days.
Todd Bertuzzi, Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Ducks, who won their third straight.
Sean O'Donnell added an empty-net goal to seal another win for Anaheim, which has taken at least a point from the Sharks in the California rivals' last eight meetings, including Tuesday's 2-0 win.
Patrick Marleau scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight home game over the last eight days - all to division rivals. Marcel Goc also scored for the Sharks.
Canucks 2, Coyotes 1, SO
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Roberto Luongo made 27 saves and stopped three of four attempts in the shootout to lift Vancouver over Phoenix.
Taylor Pyatt recorded his first shootout goal, and Trevor Linden also scored in the tiebreaker for the Canucks, who have won three straight.
Zbynek Michalek tied the game with 5:51 remaining in regulation and Radim Vrbata scored in the shootout for the Coyotes, who lost for just the second time in seven games (5-1-1). Phoenix had been 3-0 in overtime this season.
Joel Perrault had a chance to extend the shootout, but put a shot over the net on his first career shootout attempt.
Daniel Sedin broke a scoreless tie with 9:49 remaining.
 

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