Luc Robitaille netted three goals for his 15th career hat trick and became the Kings' career leading goal scorer in a wild 8-6 victory that snapped the Atlanta Thrashers' five-game winning streak last night in Los Angeles.
Rookie Jeff Giuliano, the former Boston College standout, scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 4:58 remaining. Dustin Brown and Tom Kostopoulos also scored for the Kings, who got a shorthanded goal from defenseman Mattias Norstrom. Jason LaBarbera made 33 saves in his first start since Dec. 29. Mathieu Garon sat out with a bruised shoulder.
Robitaille equaled boyhood idol Marcel Dionne's mark 4:20 in when he intercepted a clearing pass, then got a return feed from Derek Armstrong before faking goalie Mike Dunham to the ice and slipping the puck past Dunham's stick. His record-setting 551st with the Kings came on a breakaway as he beat Dunham between the pads.
Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 -- Kevyn Adams scored the go-ahead goal seconds after he inadvertently caused one to be waved off and Eric Staal added his 30th of the season, helping host Carolina beat New York for its ninth straight victory.
The winning streak ties the franchise record set earlier this season -- the previous best, seven, came about 21 years ago when the team was the Hartford Whalers.
Flames 3, Canadiens 2 -- At Calgary, Alberta, Jarome Iginla scored twice and added an assist as the Flames handed Bob Gainey his first loss in three games as Montreal's interim coach.
Iginla's 20th goal tied the score, 1-1, in the first period. His second of the night at 10:51 of the second was the winner.
Oilers 3, Sharks 2 -- Michael Peca and Ryan Smyth each scored shootout goals to lift Edmonton at San Jose, Calif., to snap the Oilers' three-game winning streak.
Peca and Smyth each caught San Jose goalie Vesa Toskala leaning to the wrong side. Nils Ekman made the Sharks' first shootout attempt but rookie goalie Mike Morrison turned back Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to give the Oilers the win.
Capitals 5, Blues 4 -- Matt Pettinger scored in the fourth round of a shootout as host Washington trimmed St. Louis for its season-high third straight victory.
After Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig kicked away a shot by Scott Young, Pettinger beat Curtis Sanford, providing Washington with its first three-game winning streak in three years.
Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 2 -- Kyle Calder scored two goals, Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves in his first game back following a groin pull, and host Chicago snapped Colorado's eight-game winning streak.
Khabibulin, who missed 10 games, was especially sharp in the first period when Colorado outshot Chicago, 39-25. For the game, the Avalanche held a 37-25 shot advantage.
Rangers 4, Penguins 2 -- Michal Rozsival scored the winning goal late in the third period as visiting New York ran Pittsburgh's losing streak to eight games.
Rozsival, a former Penguins defenseman who came into the game with 13 points in 46 games, had a goal and an assist as the Rangers won for the first time in three games.
Mighty Ducks 4, Senators 3 -- Chris Kunitz scored the only shootout goal, lifting Anaheim in Ottawa.
Kunitz deked Dominik Hasek and put a backhand over the Senators' veteran goalie on Anaheim's opening shot. Andy McDonald and Jonathan Hedstrom failed to beat Hasek, but Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson, and Patrick Eaves.
Coyotes 6, Panthers 3 -- Shane Doan scored two of host Phoenix's five power-play goals and Ladislav Nagy and Keith Ballard each had four assists to lead the Coyotes past Florida.
Canucks 4, Sabres 1 -- Nolan Baumgartner's power-play goal broke a tie four minutes into the third period, lifting host Vancouver past Buffalo for its third straight win.
Devils 4, Predators 3 -- Viktor Kozlov and Brian Gionta scored in a shootout as New Jersey beat Nashville for its eighth straight victory.