NHL ROUNDUP | Thursday's other games
Rangers 6, Flyers 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Jaromir Jagr scored his NHL-leading 41st and 42nd goals and also had an assist to lead New York to its seventh straight victory. The Atlantic Division-leading Rangers have a four-point lead over the second-place Flyers. Kevin Weekes made 36 saves for New York, first in its division this late in the season for the first time since 1995-96. The Rangers, 3-0-2 against Philadelphia this season, didn't need a lot of shots to beat the Flyers. They scored three goals -- two on the power play -- in a 1:58 span early in the second period and had four goals in a 6:46 span. Jagr, the NHL leader with 91 points, scored two power-play goals to open the second period and give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. His second goal gave him 1,400 career points. Michael Nylander, Blair Betts, Jason Ward and Martin Rucinsky also scored for New York. Fred Meyer scored for Philadelphia. The Flyers have lost six of their last eight.
Islanders 3, Devils 2, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Trent Hunter smacked a shot between Martin Brodeur's pads in a shootout, denying the Canadian Olympian his 30th victory. Brodeur, who beat Philadelphia in a shootout on Wednesday night in the Devils' first game after the Olympic break, is trying to become the first player to have 30 wins in 10 straight seasons. He's the only goalie with more than eight in a row. Miroslav Satan, who was with his wife in Buffalo earlier in the day when she gave birth to a boy, also scored against Brodeur in the shootout. Viktor Kozlov and John Madden were stopped by U.S. Olympic goalie Rick DiPietro, who made 26 regular saves. New York's Alexei Zhitnik assisted on power-play goals in the second period by Brent Sopel and Jason Blake. Scott Gomez and Jay Pandolfo scored for New Jersey, which lost to New York for the second time in three games.
Senators 7, Capitals 1
OTTAWA -- Rookie defenseman Andrej Meszaros had three assists, Ray Emery made 30 saves and Ottawa scored five special-teams goals. Washington rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin scored his 38th goal with 5:07 remaining in the third to spoil Emery's shutout bid. Emery won for the second straight night since taking over for the injured Dominik Hasek. Wade Redden, Jason Spezza and Brian Pothier scored power-play goals and Antoine Vermette and Peter Schaefer had short-handed goals. Mike Fisher and Bryan Smolinski also scored for Ottawa.
Canadiens 1, Panthers 0
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Alexei Kovalev scored with 5:49 left in the third period and Cristobal Huet made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season for Montreal. Montreal native Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots for the Panthers. The Canadiens, eighth in the Eastern Conference, improved to 6-3-2 in their last 11 games. They haven't lost in regulation in their last seven, going 5-0-2.
Bruins 3, Thrashers 2
BOSTON -- Marco Sturm scored a power-play goal with 2:41 left to help the Bruins snap a three-game losing streak. Tom Fitzgerald and Glen Murray also scored, and Andrew Raycroft made 20 saves for his first win since Jan. 7. Ilya Kovalchuk and Peter Bondra scored for Atlanta.
Predators 3, Canucks 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greg Johnson broke a tie with a short-handed goal 45 seconds into the third period, and Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves for Nashville. Yanic Perreault and Mike Sillinger added goals to help Nashville win for only the second time in its last six games. Markus Naslund scored for Vancouver.
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