Sundin lifts Toronto
Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds left and the Maple Leafs extended their franchise-record point streak to 14 games with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night in Toronto. Wade Belak scored Toronto's tying goal in the third period, and Bryan McCabe added an empty-netter for the Maple Leafs, 12-0-1-1 during the streak.
Toronto hasn't lost in regulation since Nov. 20 at Edmonton.
Belak, a defenseman known more for fighting, scored his first goal of the season at 8:31 of the third by skating toward the net and putting a rebound past goalie Jose Theodore.
Thrashers 7, Penguins 4 -- Marc Savard had a goal and four assists and Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov each had two goals as visiting Atlanta broke out of its offensive slump. Savard established a career high for points in a game. Kovalchuk added three assists while breaking out of an eight-game goal drought and tying Columbus's Rick Nash for the NHL goal-scoring lead with 20. Kovalchuk's five points matched his career high.
Kozlov also had two assists as the Thrashers won for the first time since beating Pittsburgh, 6-3, Dec. 12.
The NHL's second-highest scoring team had been shut out in a team record three consecutive games, but Ronald Petrovicky scored eight seconds after the opening faceoff and Atlanta added three more goals in the opening 30 minutes.
Senators 3, Rangers 1 -- Curtis Leschyshyn, Peter Schaefer, and Jason Spezza scored to lead host Ottawa. Patrick Lalime made 24 saves for Ottawa, which scored three straight goals after falling behind, 1-0, for the 19th time in 31 games.
The Senators avenged their most lopsided defeat of the season, a 6-2 loss in New York Nov. 23. Ottawa improved to 3-1 on its season-high, five-game homestand.
Stars 2, Lightning 1 -- Mike Modano scored his first goal in 12 games and Marty Turco made 26 saves, helping visiting Dallas beat Tampa Bay. Brenden Morrow also scored for Dallas, 4-12-2 on the road. In 18 road games, the Stars have scored 21 goals.
Flyers 3, Islanders 1 -- Jim Vandermeer had his first two-goal game in the NHL, and Robert Esche made 18 saves in his return from injury, leading host Philadelphia over the New York Islanders. Philadelphia snapped a season-worst five-game winless streak (0-1-2-2) and won at home for the first time in four games.
Predators 1, Red Wings 0 -- Dan Hamhuis scored at 8:33 of the third period and Tomas Vokoun stopped 21 shots as host Nashville snapped a five-game winless skid. The Predators are undefeated against Detroit this season, improving to 3-0 over the Western Conference's best team.
Wild 5, Blue Jackets 2 -- Wes Walz scored two goals and host Minnesota ran its unbeaten streak to five games. Walz scored a shorthanded goal in the first period and the Blue Jackets were outscored on their own power play for the second straight night. Columbus remained the only NHL team without a road victory, falling to 0-11-1-2 away from Ohio.
Blues 1, Coyotes 1 -- Chris Osgood stopped 24 shots for host St. Louis, and Sean Burke of Phoenix made 30 saves. Shane Doan scored a shorthanded goal 5:59 in, and Pavol Demitra tied it with a power-play goal with 6:02 left in the second period.
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