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AROUND THE NHL | Monday's games


Published: Tue, March 7, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1
NEW YORK -- Martin Gerber made 37 saves to help the NHL-leading Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers , spoiling goalie Henrik Lundqvist's first start since leading Sweden to the Olympic gold medal. Lundqvist, in goal for New York for the first time since beating Toronto on Feb. 10 in the Rangers' last home game before the Olympic break, made 17 saves. New York has lost two straight following a seven-game winning streak. Justin Williams and Kevyn Adams scored for Carolina, playing the second game of a five-game trip. The Hurricanes have won five straight to open a three-point lead over Detroit in the overall standings. They have won 11 of their last 14 games and 20 of 24. Steve Rucchin scored the Rangers' lone goal at 3:28 of the third period.
Thrashers 4, Panthers 3
ATLANTA -- Slava Kozlov scored the lone goal in the shootout to help Atlanta beat Florida. Marian Hossa added a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who won their second straight game. Atlanta has won six of its last eight and remains in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Montreal, which lost 5-4 in a shootout at Philadelphia. Olli Jokinen scored his 28th and 29th goals and had an assist for the Panthers, who have lost three straight and now are 8-22-4 on the road.
Capitals 5, Islanders 2
WASHINGTON -- Rookie Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals and the Capitals opened a five-game homestand with a victory. Ovechkin scored in his sixth straight game, matching his best streak, and became the first Capitals player to hit the 40-goal mark since Peter Bondra had 45 in 2000-01. Ovechkin also added a third-period assist for his 76th point of the season, 10 ahead of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in the rookie scoring race. Bryan Muir also scored two goals and Jeff Friesen added one for the Capitals. Arron Asham and Joel Bouchard scored for the Islanders, who were trying to win their third straight and move back to .500 for the first time since December.
Senators 4, Lightning 0
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ray Emery stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season and Ottawa beat Tampa Bay. Emery, who is filling in for the injured Dominik Hasek, helped the Senators win their fifth straight game. Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner, injured his groin 5 minutes into his first Olympic game with the Czech Republic on Feb. 15. Antoine Vermette, Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer scored for the Northeast Division-leading Senators. Ottawa is 37-0 when scoring four or more goals. Sean Burke made 30 saves for Tampa Bay.
Flyers 5, Canadiens 4, SO
PHILADELPHIA -- Petr Nedved scored the decisive goal in a shootout, helping the Philadelphia Flyers snap a four-game losing streak. Peter Forsberg had one goal and scored to extend the shootout after the Flyers' first two shooters missed. R.J. Umberger, Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen also scored for Philadelphia, which had lost three straight since returning from the Olympic break. Mike Ribeiro had two goals and Chris Higgins and Sheldon Souray also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens forced overtime with two goals in the final 4:30.
Associated Press


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