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Leafs tie game, lose Nolan

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't lose the game, but they were forced to rally without one of their star players.

Matt Stajan scored the tying goal with 3:02 left in regulation and the Maple Leafs rallied for a 3-3 tie with the Buffalo Sabres last night in Toronto.

Toronto forward Owen Nolan didn't return after Buffalo's Jay McKee high-sticked him in the face early in the first period. Nolan dropped to the ice and kicked his skates. McKee wasn't penalized.

Nolan was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Down, 3-1, in the third period, Toronto's Mats Sundin scored a power-play goal before Stajan tipped Ken Klee's shot past Martin Biron.

Rangers 4, Penguins 1 - Mark Messier set up two goals and Jussi Markkanen withstood a penalty shot and a sizable Penguins shots advantage in New York's victory in Pittsburgh.

Two excellent passes by Messier set up goals by former Penguins forwards Dan LaCouture in the first period and Petr Nedved in the second.

Lightning 6, Flyers 1 - Fredrik Modin scored three goals in Tampa Bay's victory over visiting Philadelphia.

Modin had not scored in his previous 13 games but rebounded for his second career hat trick.

Tampa Bay had scored nine goals in its previous seven games. Vincent Lecavalier, Ben Clymer and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Lightning.

Red Wings 3, Mighty Ducks 1 - Brendan Shanahan scored early in the third period to break a tie at Detroit.

Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby scored the other Detroit goals, and Manny Legace made 31 saves. The Red Wings (25-12-4-1) lead the NHL with 55 points.

Shanahan's goal, the 550th of his career, came on a wrist shot from inside the left circle.

Canadiens 5, Thrashers 1 - Richard Zednik and Joe Juneau each had a goal and an assist, leading Montreal to a home victory.

Jose Theodore stopped 27 shots and came within 4:50 of a shutout before allowing Chris Tamer's goal at 15:10 of the third.

Senators 5, Capitals 2 - Daniel Alfredsson and Bryan Smolinski scored two goals each as host Ottawa extended its season-high unbeaten streak to nine games.

Alfredsson broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal 4:53 into the third period.

Panthers 1, Blue Jackets 0 - Roberto Luongo stopped 42 shots for his third shutout of the season and Stephen Weiss scored the only goal at Sunrise, Fla.

Luongo stopped 18 shots in the third period to preserve the victory. Weiss scored three minutes into the second period.

Sharks 3, Blues 1 - Backup goalie Vesa Toskala made 25 saves, leading San Jose to victory in St. Louis.

Toskala improved to 7-4-4. Niko Dimitrakos, Marco Sturm and Todd Harvey scored for San Jose, which has won six of eight.

Predators 3, Devils 2 - David Legwand scored two goals, one on the power play, and host Nashville beat New Jersey.

Mark Eaton also scored for Nashville. Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves.

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