- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

SHARKS 5, STARS 2

Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists, Joe Thornton added another timely goal, and San Jose won back-to-back games for just the second time in nearly four weeks, beating Dallas on Saturday.

Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves, and Devin Setoguchi had a goal and an assist as the Sharks pulled within one point of Detroit for the overall NHL lead with their fifth win in six meetings with the Stars, who knocked them out of the playoffs in the second round last spring.

Dallas101 - 2

San Jose221 - 5

– 1, Dallas, Eriksson 33 (Morrison, Ribeiro), 7:30. 2, San Jose, Thornton 23 (Marleau, Boyle), 13:05 (pp). 3, San Jose, Setoguchi 26 (Lukowich, Pavelski), 13:34.

– 4, San Jose, Pavelski 21, 14:17. 5, San Jose, Michalek 21 (Setoguchi, Pavelski), 14:36.

– 6, Dallas, Robidas 3 (Grossman, Ott), 5:17. 7, San Jose, Marleau 37, 19:00 (sh-en).

Shots on Goal – Dallas 10-5-10 – 25. San Jose 12-9-9 – 30. Power-play – Dallas 0 of 4; San Jose 1 of 4. Goalies – Dallas, Turco 32-28-8 (29 shots-25 saves). San Jose, Nabokov 36-8-7 (25-23). A – 17,496 (17,496). T – 2:26.

RANGERS 5, SABRES 3

Former Buffalo captain Chris Drury scored during New York’s three-goal second period, helping carry the Rangers to a victory over the sliding Sabres.

Ryan Callahan and Nikolai Zherdev added goals in the decisive middle frame after Markus Naslund staked the Rangers to a 1-0 lead in the first. New York won its third straight and moved eight points ahead of 10th-place Buffalo, which is falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Buffalo012 - 3

N.Y. Rangers131 - 5

– 1, N.Y. Rangers, Naslund 22 (Staal, Antropov), 9:01.

– 2, N.Y. Rangers, Drury 18 (Mara, Antropov), 2:25 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Paille 10 (D.Moore, Afinogenov), 2:52. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 18 (Dubinsky), 5:25. 5, N.Y. Rangers, Zherdev 21 (Gomez, Avery), 17:26.

– 6, Buffalo, MacArthur 13 (Gaustad, Kaleta), :18. 7, Buffalo, Lydman 3 (Vanek, Pominville), 18:39. 8, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 19 (Sjostrom, Girardi), 19:35 (en).

– Korpikoski, NYR, 6:24 first.

Shots on Goal – Buffalo 14-12-14 – 40. N.Y. Rangers 9-10-12 – 31. Power-play – Buffalo 0 of 5; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 2. Goalies – Buffalo, Lalime 5-13-3 (19 shots-15 saves), Tellqvist (0:00 third, 11-11). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 33-21-7 (40-37).

SENATORS 5, ISLANDERS 2

Chris Neil, Filip Kuba, Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley and Nick Foligno scored to help Ottawa win its seventh straight home game.

Brian Elliott made 20 saves, and Daniel Alfredsson and Brendan Bell had three assists each for Ottawa. The Senators improved to 31-30-10, the first time they’ve been above .500 since Nov. 6. Josh Bailey scored twice for the Islanders.

Neil opened the scoring 28 seconds into the period with a shot from the slot that barely crossed the line after goalie Yann Danis got a piece of the puck.

N.Y. Islanders002 - 2

Ottawa041 - 5

– None.

– 1, Ottawa, Neil 3 (Ruutu), :28. 2, Ottawa, Kuba 3 (Alfredsson, Bell), 9:14. 3, Ottawa, Fisher 12 (Foligno, Shannon), 13:06. 4, Ottawa, Heatley 34 (Spezza, Alfredsson), 13:43.

– 5, N.Y. Islanders, Bailey 4 (Comeau, Nielsen), 3:02 (pp). 6, Ottawa, Foligno 16 (Alfredsson, Bell), 12:32 (pp). 7, N.Y. Islanders, Bailey 5 (Okposo, Tambellini), 13:26.

Shots on Goal – N.Y. Islanders 7-6-9 – 22. Ottawa 8-11-7 – 26. Power-play – N.Y. Islanders 1 of 5; Ottawa 1 of 3. Goalies – N.Y. Islanders, Danis 9-12-2 (26 shots-21 saves). Ottawa, Elliott 15-4-3 (22-20). A – 19,751 (19,153). T – 2:18.

BLUE JACKETS 3, PANTHERS 1

Raffi Torres scored twice late in the third period to give Columbus a victory over Florida in Sunrise.

Torres scored his first goal of the night with 2:46 remaining in the third. He tied it at 1-1 and ruined Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun’s bid for his seventh shutout of the season.

Then with just 1:33 left, Torres scored on a wrist shot to put Columbus up 2-1. Antoine Vermette added an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left.

Rostislav Olesz scored his first goal since Nov. 1 for Florida, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Columbus003 - 3

Florida100 - 1

– 1, Florida, Olesz 3 (Tarnasky, McLean), 15:31.

– None.

– 2, Columbus, Torres 9 (Huselius, Russell), 17:14. 3, Columbus, Torres 10 (Peca), 18:27. 4, Columbus, Vermette 14, 19:41 (en).

Shots on Goal – Columbus 10-10-17 – 37. Florida 9-8-6 – 23. Power-play – Columbus 0 of 1; Florida 0 of 3. Goalies – Columbus, Mason 30-17-3 (23 shots-22 saves). Florida, Vokoun 23-21-5 (36-34). A – 17,032 (19,250). T – 2:20.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 2

Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and two assists, and Toronto took a four-goal lead before going on to beat Montreal.

Ponikarovsky’s line combined for 11 points. Mikhail Grabovski had a goal and three assists - including one on Jason Blake’s 25th goal in the third - and Nikolai Kulemin had a goal and two assists.

Toronto led 4-0 following Ponikarovsky’s second goal in 6 minutes 9:09 into the second period.

Toronto221 - 5

Montreal020 - 2

– 1, Toronto, Kulemin 12 (Ponikarovsky, Grabovski), 7:51. 2, Toronto, Grabovski 18 (Ponikarovsky, Schenn), 8:14.

– 3, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 20 (Grabovski, Kulemin), 3:09. 4, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 21 (Kulemin, Kubina), 9:09 (pp). 5, Montreal, Lapierre 13 (Higgins), 12:50. 6, Montreal, Lapierre 14 (Tanguay, O’Byrne), 15:22.

– 7, Toronto, Blake 25 (Grabovski, Stralman), 4:21 (pp).

Shots on Goal – Toronto 9-17-11 – 37. Montreal 6-11-11 – 28. Power-play – Toronto 2 of 5; Montreal 0 of 3. Goalies – Toronto, Gerber 8-12-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Montreal, Halak 16-13-1 (37-32). A – 21,273 (21,273). T – 2:27.

THRASHERS 4, LIGHTNING 3 (SO)

Slava Kozlov scored the only shootout goal, and goalie Johan Hedberg stopped all three Tampa Bay tries in the tiebreaker in Atlanta’s victory.

Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Todd White each had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Thrashers, who have won seven of their last nine games.

Hedberg improved Atlanta’s shootout record to 6-1, stopping attempts by Steven Stamkos, Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.

Atlanta2100 - 4

Tampa Bay0300 - 3

Atlanta won shootout 1-0

– 1, Atlanta, Kozlov 22 (Enstrom, Armstrong), 6:12. 2, Atlanta, White 20 (Kozlov, Kovalchuk), 17:49 (pp).

– 3, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 17 (Krajicek, St. Louis), 3:50. 4, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 18 (Lashoff, Lecavalier), 5:12 (pp). 5, Atlanta, Kovalchuk 37 (White, Enstrom), 12:52 (pp). 6, Tampa Bay, Prospal 18 (Krajicek), 15:36 (pp).

– None.

– None.

– Atlanta 1 (Little NG, Kozlov G), Tampa Bay 0 (Stamkos NG, Lecavalier NG, St. Louis NG).

Shots on Goal – Atlanta 19-3-10-4 – 36. Tampa Bay 7-12-9-1 – 29. Power-play – Atlanta 2 of 6; Tampa Bay 2 of 5. Goalies – Atlanta, Hedberg 9-10-3 (29 shots-26 saves). Tampa Bay, Ramo 4-7-5 (36-33).

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