NHL ROUNDUP Thursday's other games
Canadiens 4, Thrashers 1
ATLANTA -- Montreal broke out of its scoring slump, finding the net for the first time in three games, and All-Star Cristobal Huet made 44 saves to lead the Canadiens. Coming off two straight shutouts, the Canadiens won for just the fifth time in 14 games, taking control early in the second period after two Atlanta players were sent to the penalty box about a minute apart. Garnet Exelby was called for holding and Shane Hnidy went off for delay of game after the officials ruled that he intentionally flipped the puck over the glass. The Canadiens seized their chance, scoring twice in 46 seconds for a 3-1 lead.
Islanders 4, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Sillinger and Andy Hilbert scored 1:18 apart early in the third period to help the New York Islanders beat Philadelphia to snap a three game losing streak and hand the Flyers their seventh straight loss. Randy Robitaille and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders, who had dropped nine of 11. Randy Jones and Simon Gagne scored goals, and Peter Forsberg had his 600th assist for the Flyers, who have the fewest home wins (3) in the NHL. Their last win at home was 3-2 over Columbus on Nov. 24.
Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Alexander Semin and Chris Clark score two goals apiece to lead the Washington Capitals. The Capitals snapped a six-game road losing streak, avoiding their longest such streak since the 1975-76 season. Olaf Kolzig had 34 saves for his 260th career win, tying Gilles Meloche for 30th place on the all-time list. After Eric Staal pulled the Hurricanes to 3-2 at 12:07 of the third, Clark and Alex Ovechkin scored empty-netters in the final minute to secure the Capitals' win. Cole also scored for Carolina and John Grahame stopped 25 shots.
Canucks 2, Senators 1
OTTAWA -- Roberto Luongo made 34 saves, Rory Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season for Vancouver. Taylor Pyatt had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which won its third straight to end Ottawa's season-high five-game winning streak. Luongo, who stopped 30 shots Tuesday in a 4-0 win in Montreal for his third shutout of the season, had 10 saves in the first period and 11 in the second before Daniel Alfredsson scored 8:13 into the third to pull the Senators within one. His shutout streak ended at 154 minutes, 42 seconds.
Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Andrew Raycroft stopped 39 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Florida. Boyd Devereaux, Chad Kilger and John Pohl scored goals for the Leafs, who won for the third time in six games. Gregory Campbell and Ville Peltonen scored for Florida, which lost for the fifth time in seven games. Alex Auld gave up three goals on just 14 shots and was replaced at the start of the third period by Ed Belfour. Belfour finished with five saves.
Lightning 3, Devils 2, SO
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brad Richards scored both goals in regulation and had the only tally in the shootout to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning over the New Jersey Devils. Richards, second up for Tampa Bay in the shootout, whipped a forehand shot over Martin Brodeur for the decisive tally. Johan Holmqvist was steady throughout for the Lightning, making 25 saves in regulation, and one more in overtime before denying Zach Parise, Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias in the shootout.
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