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Leafs are looking top-notch

Gary Roberts scored twice and the Maple Leafs extended their franchise-record points streak to 15 games with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night at Toronto.

 

Nik Antropov added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who haven't lost in regulation since Nov. 20 at Edmonton. Toronto is 13-0-1-1 during the stretch.

The Maple Leafs continued their new tradition of embracing in a group hug after the win.

Pavel Trnka and Kristian Huselius scored for the Panthers.

Florida goalie Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 23 shots before being replaced by Steve Shields at the start of the third period.

Shields left the game with 1:47 left after being hit in the mask with a hard shot.

Flames 2, Oilers 1 -- Rhett Warrener's first goal in 100 games was the difference in host Calgary's fourth straight victory. Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves before a soldout crowd of 18,389 -- Calgary's biggest of the season.

Oleg Saprykin's first-period goal and Warrener's second-period tally withstood a valiant Edmonton comeback attempt over the final 30 minutes.

Edmonton outshot Calgary, 13-7, in the third period, but couldn't solve Kiprusoff until Mike York converted Radek Dvorak's rebound with 3:16 left.

Blackhawks 3, Blues 0 -- Michael Leighton stopped 23 shots for his first shutout this season to lead host Chicago. Steve Sullivan, Scott Nichol, and Tyler Arnason scored for the Blackhawks, who won for only the second time in 21 games (2-12-4-3).

Leighton's shutout was the second of his career. He played in a scoreless tie in his NHL debut last season.

The Blues have lost two straight after a nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2).

Predators 3, Wild 3 -- Marian Gaborik broke a nine-game drought with a goal for host Minnesota. Richard Park and Jason Wiemer also scored for Minnesota, which extended its season-high unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

The Wild had better chances than the Predators, who stayed in it because of goalie Tomas Vokoun's tireless work (23 saves). Gaborik's season-long frustration continued in the first period, when he had two point-blank shots turned away by Vokoun in succession before Mark Eaton cleared the puck out of the crease.

Islanders 4, Flyers 2 -- Jason Blake's power-play goal with five minutes left and Garth Snow's 34 saves led host New York to a come-from-behind victory. Blake, on New York's only power play, fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat a screened Jeff Hackett.

Arron Asham scored twice, and Dave Scatchard added a goal for the Islanders, who have won five straight at home.

The Flyers got goals from Michal Handzus and Mark Recchi and 26 saves from Hackett. Philadelphia has won just twice in nine games (2-3-2-2).

Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 -- Peter Bondra scored with 53.8 seconds remaining to lift host Washington. Bondra was camped out behind Montreal goalie Mathieu Garon and knocked in a loose puck in the crease to give Washington its first win on its five-game homestand.

Former Capitals player Jan Bulis also scored for Montreal, which hasn't won back-to-back games since beating the Red Wings and Islanders Oct. 20 and 23.

Senators 2, Sabres 2 -- Derek Roy scored his first NHL goal and host Buffalo snapped a seven-game losing streak despite blowing a two-goal lead. Todd White and Antoine Vermette scored 29 seconds apart late in the second period to help Ottawa tie the game.

The Sabres, on a losing streak that was tied for the franchise's longest, are winless in their last eight (0-7-1). Ottawa is 3-0-1 in its last four.

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