Lightning 4, Islanders 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders. "We started feeling better about ourselves on our early January road trip," Richards said. "Everybody thought we'd lose all four games, and we won our last two. That got us on a bit of a roll. Right now, we're just barely back in the playoffs, and we have to continue to be better." Vaclav Prospal had a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay, which has won five straight. Johan Holmqvist stopped 33 shots for his third straight win against New York. Alexei Yashin, Viktor Kozlov and Trent Hunter scored for the Islanders, who have dropped two straight and eight of their last 10, including four straight at home. "As bad as we were in the first half, we were still around .500," St. Louis said. "Right now, we're on this streak because everybody's chipping in." Isalnders goaltender Rick DiPietro said, "It was a tough loss. That was a big two points we let get away." DiPietro made 20 saves.
Bruins 3, Sabres 2, SO
BOSTON -- Marco Sturm scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift Boston over Buffalo and snap the Bruins' three-game losing streak. Marc Savard and P.J. Axelsson also scored for Boston, which avoided its longest losing streak of the season. Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, who have lost a season-high three straight. Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots for Buffalo, including an exceptional diving save with his stick on a shot by Paul Mara late in the second period. The Bruins were awed by the save. "Absolutely. I came in and saw it on TV and said, 'You've got to be kidding me,' " Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts said. "You've got to appreciate it." But Miller couldn't get his stick on Sturm's shot in the shootout. Tim Thomas made 34 saves for Boston. "Thomas made some huge saves over there as did Ryan," Roy said. "We had some opportunities that would have been goals and they just took them right away. Good goaltending goes a long way." Even Thomas appreciated the play Miller made. "It's fun to watch," he said. "If we would have lost I would have still said its a great save. I think that's one of the best saves I've seen."
Stars 3, Kings 1
DALLAS -- Stu Barnes and Niklas Hagman scored power-play goals, Marty Turco stopped 20 shots and the injury-depleted Stars snapped a three-game losing streak. Trevor Daley added a goal, and Mike Ribeiro had two assists for Dallas. "We needed those points," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "There was a good amount of desperation and work ethic. We did exactly what we needed to do and got a contribution from everybody." Michael Cammalleri had a power-play goal for Los Angeles. Dallas is 6-0 against Los Angeles this season, outscoring the Kings 23-11. Los Angeles has lost four straight overall. "This was a big confidence-builder for us," Daley said. "We had a sense of urgency."
Coyotes 5, Blues 4, SO
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ladislav Nagy scored the deciding goal in a shootout, giving Phoenix a victory and snapping St. Louis' three-game winning streak. The Coyotes salvaged the finale of a three-game homestand after returning to Arizona on a seven-game winning streak. The first two skaters for both teams failed to score in the shootout before the Blues' Doug Weight beat Mikael Tellqvist. But Shane Doan kept the Coyotes alive with a goal against Manny Legace, and then Tellqvist blocked Peter Sejna's shot to set up Nagy's winner. Ed Jovanovski scored twice and had an assist for Phoenix, and nearly won it in overtime when his shot careened off the crossbar with less than a minute to play. Jovanovski broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal in the waning seconds of the second period and then broke a 3-3 tie with another late in the third. Third-period goals by Dennis Wideman and Sejna tied it again for St. Louis.
Red Wings 2, Canadiens 0
DETROIT -- Dominik Hasek made 23 saves to earn his sixth shutout this season and 74th career in Detroit's win over Montreal. Jiri Hudler, and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, which won its fourth straight. Hasek, who leads the NHL with a 1.98 goals-against average, is one shutout behind New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for tops in the league. But that wasn't enough to earn a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team. David Aebischer made 37 saves for Montreal. Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios played in his 1,515th NHL game and moved past former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman into 10th place on the career list.
Predators 5, Flames 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Legwand had a goal and two assists, and Martin Erat had one of each to lift Nashville to its sixth straight victory. Scott Hartnell, Jason Arnott and Ryan Suter also scored for Nashville. Kristian Huselius scored twice and Daymond Langkow added a goal for Calgary, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
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