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Conklin, Staal boost Penguins

Pittsburgh extends winning streak to 8

Patrik Elias (center) celebrates with teammates after putting New Jersey ahead for good with a first-period gaol against Carolina. Patrik Elias (center) celebrates with teammates after putting New Jersey ahead for good with a first-period gaol against Carolina. (Jon Gardiner/Reuters)
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Associated Press / January 11, 2008

Ty Conklin made 35 saves, Jordan Staal had two goals and an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Lightning last night in Tampa.

It's the Penguins' longest win streak since a 10-game stretch in January and February 1999. Pittsburgh also stopped a 12-game losing skid against Tampa Bay.

Conklin, the former University of New Hampshire standout, has won nine starts in a row, while Staal snapped a seven-game goal drought. Ryan Malone and Evgeni Malkin had third-period goals for Pittsburgh.

"I think everybody's confident," Conklin said. "It's not one or two guys, it's a team."

Wild 6, Red Wings 5 - Martin Gaborik scored on the final attempt in a shootout, lifting visiting Minnesota over Detroit.

The NHL-leading Red Wings appeared to have the game in hand with 1:08 left in regulation, when they went ahead for the first time on Dan Cleary's goal. But less than 20 seconds later, Eric Belanger poked a loose puck past Chris Osgood to force overtime. Osgood gave up a goal on the first shot he faced and allowed a season-high five goals.

In the shootout, Brian Rolston and Gaborik scored, while Jiri Hudler was the only Red Wing to get a shot past Josh Harding.

Flyers 6, Rangers 2 - Scott Hartnell scored three consecutive goals and Antero Niittymaki won his fourth straight start to lead visiting Philadelphia past New York.

New York grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period on a rare pair of goals from hard-hitting forward Ryan Hollweg, but that was gone midway through the second period.

Simon Gagne pushed the Philadelphia lead to 6-2, scoring a power-play goal with five minutes left. It was his first game since Nov. 7, when he was forced out for the second time with post-concussion symptoms. He sat out 30 games total.

The Flyers didn't need much offense from him as Hartnell got his second NHL hat trick when he scored once in the second period and two more to start the third.

Blues 4, Stars 2 - Brad Boyes scored twice, Paul Kariya had a goal and two assists, and host St. Louis extended its point streak to six games.

Goalie Manny Legace, who learned earlier in the day he had made his first All-Star team, stopped 24 shots. Legace has allowed only three goals in his last 319 minutes of action.

Mike Ribeiro, playing in his 400th game, had a goal and an assist for the Stars.

Senators 3, Sabres 2 - Dean McAmmond scored on Ottawa's sixth shootout attempt and the Senators handed visiting Buffalo its eighth straight loss (0-5-3).

McAmmond put a wrist shot past Jocelyn Thibault after each team scored once in the first five shootout rounds. Martin Gerber denied Jochen Hecht on Buffalo's sixth attempt to give Ottawa its third straight win.

Panthers 3, Thrashers 2 - Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 36th goal but missed in the shootout as host Atlanta lost to Florida.

After Kovalchuk fired wide of the net on the final round of the shootout, Olli Jokinen beat goalie Kari Lehtonen on the stick side to seal it for the Panthers.

Devils 4, Hurricanes 1 - Patrik Elias scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Martin Brodeur made 20 saves as New Jersey beat host Carolina for its seventh win in nine games.

Oilers 5, Coyotes 2 - Robert Nilsson and Kyle Brodziak each had a goal and an assist, and host Edmonton beat Phoenix.

Kings 5, Maple Leafs 2 - Dustin Brown scored twice on power plays, Alexander Frolov and Rob Blake each had a goal and an assist, and host Los Angeles beat Toronto.

Sharks 3, Canucks 1 - Jeremy Roenick and Milan Michalek scored power-play goals, and host San Jose beat Vancouver for its sixth victory in seven games.

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