NHL ROUNDUP | Tuesday's other games
Canadiens 5, Lightning 2
MONTREAL -- Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game 6:01 into the third period, leading the Canadiens. Plekanec, who entered with three goals in 38 games, beat Johan Holmqvist in the second for his first goal in 14 games to tie it at 1. The Czech forward connected again in the third for his second career multigoal game, giving Montreal its second and final lead. He hit the post later in the period. Alex Kovalev, Michael Ryder and Christopher Higgins also scored for the Canadiens, who recovered from losing two straight in regulation for the first time this season.
Flyers 3, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist, and the suddenly surging Flyers held off the hard-charging Islanders. Robert Esche stopped 40 shots, but nearly lost a 3-0 lead when Jason Blake and Mike Sillinger scored 33 seconds apart in the final three minutes. That was the most offense the Islanders had mustered in a week. New York had been shut out twice in the previous three games and had only one goal overall. The Islanders have hit the skids, losing four straight for the first time this season.
Wild 5, Thrashers 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two goals and two assists, Mark Parrish scored twice and the Wild extended their dominance at home. Brian Rolston also scored for Minnesota, which tied a season high with its eighth straight home win. It was just the second time in that stretch the Wild won by more than one goal. Minnesota, which entered the night tied with Calgary atop the Northwest Division, is an NHL-best 17-3-1 at home and hasn't lost at the Xcel Energy Center since Dec. 1. Jon Sim scored with 22.3 seconds left for Atlanta, which looked sluggish in the final game of a four-game road trip. The Thrashers, who won 3-2 in overtime at Ottawa on Monday, finished with just 15 shots on goal, their lowest total since getting 11 on opening night.
Blackhawks 4, Blues 1
ST. LOUIS -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks erased a third-period deficit with a three-goal flurry, ending the Blues' eight-game point streak. Manny Legace hadn't allowed a goal in 127 minutes, 13 seconds and appeared headed for his second consecutive shutout before the Blackhawks scored three times on six shots in a span of 3:23 to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Rangers 3, Devils 2, SO
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Marcel Hossa scored in the eighth round of a shootout to lift the Rangers. Michael Nylander and Petr Prucha scored in regulation for the Rangers, who ended a five-game road losing streak. John Madden and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils, who had won three in a row.
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