Rangers sink Islanders
Leetch and Carter lead battle of NY
Brian Leetch and Anson Carter scored during a five-minute power play in the second period and the New York Rangers sent the New York Islanders to their seventh straight loss with a 4-2 victory last night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Leetch also scored earlier in the period to record his 24th career two-goal game. He has never had a hat trick.
Mike Dunham made 37 saves, allowing goals to Janne Niinimaa and Alexei Yashin in the second half of the third period. Dunham was helped by two Islanders goals being waved off because the whistle blew before the puck entered the net.
Martin Rucinsky sealed it for the Rangers when he took a pass from Bobby Holik and finished a two-on-one with 5:17 left.
But the turning point came 9:28 into the second when Islanders captain Michael Peca caught Rangers forward Jamie Lundmark with a leg-to-knee hit that knocked Lundmark out with a sprained knee and sent Peca to the dressing room with a game misconduct.
The Rangers took advantage when Leetch scored his second of the game and fifth this season 55 seconds after Peca was sent off.
Petr Nedved made a pass from the right-wing boards across the slot to Leetch, who wristed a shot from the left circle past the glove of Rick DiPietro.
Carter made it 3-0 with nine seconds remaining in Peca's penalty. He was sprung by a lead pass from Vladimir Malakhov and came in alone on DiPietro, beating him between the pads at 14:19.
Senators 4, Lightning 1 -- Martin Prusek made 29 saves for his third straight win, and Jason Spezza had two goals to lead Ottawa's victory in Tampa, Fla. Prusek has allowed just two goals in his three wins while filling in for Patrick Lalime, who is sidelined by the flu.
Bryan Smolinski and Antoine Vermette also scored for Ottawa.
Dave Andreychuk scored for the Lightning, who have lost three straight. Tampa Bay is winless in its last six games (0-4-2) and has scored just six goals in the span.
Prusek stopped Shane Willis's wrist shot from the low slot during a three-man rush in the final seconds of the second period. Willis took a pass from Vincent Lecavalier, and his shot hit Prusek in the upper body.
Ottawa built a 13-3 advantage in shots in the first period as the teams traded power-play goals.
Coyotes 3, Sabres 2 -- Branko Radivojevic scored with 4:03 remaining and Brian Boucher made 34 saves to lift visiting Phoenix over Buffalo. David Tanabe and Chris Gratton also scored for the Coyotes, who are unbeaten in their last four (3-0-1).
J.P. Dumont and Daniel Briere each scored their ninth goals of the season for Buffalo.
The loss snapped the Sabres' three-game home winning streak and dropped them to 3-4 in their last seven games.
Briere's power-play goal at 11:52 of the third tied the score at 2.
Gratton, who was acquired from the Sabres in exchange for Briere prior to the trade deadline in March, scored his fifth goal of the year in the second period, just 1:15 after Dumont tied the score at 1.
Taking a pass from Radivojevic, Gratton let go a quick wrist shot from the left circle that beat Buffalo goaltender Mika Noronen high to the stick side.
Predators 4, Blue Jackets 2 -- Rem Murray, Scott Hartnell, Greg Johnson, and Scott Walker scored goals, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 37 shots in Nashville's victory in Columbus, Ohio. Ukrainian emigre Nikolai Zherdev, the Blue Jackets' first-round draft pick who flew out of Russia Sunday, scored his first NHL goal and had another one disallowed.
Zherdev was met with a standing ovation when he skated to the bench during a break late in the game.
Rick Nash added his 17th goal for the Blue Jackets -- matching his total as a rookie last season.
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