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Lightning strikes come early

St. Louis leads way with hat trick

Martin St. Louis had his second hat trick of his career and Dave Andreychuk got his 1,300th point last night in Tampa, leading the Lightning to their fifth straight victory, 5-4, over the Carolina Hurricanes.

St. Louis scored all three of his goals during the Lightning's five-goal first period against goaltenders Kevin Weekes and Jamie Storr, matching the three-goal performance the All-Star forward had against Carolina Jan. 30, 2003.

Andreychuk scored the 622d goal of his 22-year career in the period, making him the 25th player in NHL history with 1,300 points. Brad Richards scored 35 seconds into the game, and Carolina coach Peter Laviolette yanked Weekes when St. Louis scored on Tampa Bay's second shot, less than three minutes later.

Storr wasn't much better at first, giving up two goals to St. Louis in a three-minute span before Andreychuk got his ninth of the season on a power play to give the Lightning a 5-1 lead.

Tampa Bay goalie Nikolai Khabibulin needed every bit of the cushion. Carolina scored three straight goals, pulling to 5-4 on Josef Vasicek's shot from the lower left circle with 10:23 remaining.

Blues 5, Blue Jackets 3 -- Eric Boguniecki scored twice to lead slumping St. Louis over visiting Columbus. Mark Rycroft added a goal and an assist for the Blues. Chris Pronger and Dallas Drake also scored for St. Louis, which won for just the fourth time in its last 14 games.

Backup goalie Reinhard Divis made 23 saves to improve his record to 3-0 and keep the Blues perfect against the Blue Jackets (4-0-0-0).

Predators 4, Coyotes 3 -- Scott Hartnell scored a power-play goal with 47 seconds left, sending Nashville over visiting Phoenix.Andrew Hutchinson, Marek Zidlicky, and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville, which got 21 saves from Tomas Vokoun.

Daymond Langkow, Daniel Cleary, and Brian Savage scored for Phoenix.

Avalanche 4, Stars 1 -- Peter Forsberg scored twice and David Aebischer stopped 29 shots to lead host Colorado to its fourth straight win, over Dallas.

Brad Larsen scored his first goal in nearly two years and Dan Hinote added his fourth of the season for the Avalanche, 9-1-2-1 in their past 13 games.

Dallas missed several chances early against Colorado last Saturday and wound up losing, 4-2.

Oilers 1, Mighty Ducks 0 -- Tommy Salo made 28 saves, Ales Hemksy scored, and Edmonton extended visiting Anaheim's winless streak to eight games.

Hemksy scored in the first period and Salo got his second shutout in four games for the Oilers (18-19-7-1), who have won three of their last four and are 5-2-0-1 in their last eight.

Salo, who shut out the Flyers, 3-0, in Philadelphia Jan. 10, has two shutouts this season and 36 in his career.

Sharks 3, Canucks 1 -- Alex Korolyuk had a goal and an assist, and Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves in host San Jose's victory over Vancouver in a meeting of division leaders.

Alyn McCauley and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored for the surprising Sharks, who moved 7 points ahead of Los Angeles in the Pacific Division.

San Jose, widely thought to be in a rebuilding season, now has the largest division lead in the league.

Devils 3, Rangers 3 -- Matthew Barnaby scored with 1:49 remaining in regulation to lift host New York into a tie with New Jersey.

The Devils appeared to be on their way to another win over the Rangers after Sergei Brylin scored to snap a third-period tie.

But Barnaby salvaged a rare point for New York against New Jersey with his late goal.

Islanders 4, Senators 4 -- Todd White, Martin Havlat, and Zdeno Chara scored in the third period to help host Ottawa overcome a four-goal deficit.

Michael Peca scored twice, and Mattias Weinhandl and Mariusz Czerkawski had power-play goals as New York built a 4-0 lead 14:13 into the second.

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