It's still hot in Florida
Jay Bouwmeester and Stephen Weiss scored power-play goals in the first period and the Panthers handed the visiting Montreal Canadiens their fourth straight loss, 5-1, last night.
Richard Zednik, Radek Dvorak, and Michael Frolik also scored for the Panthers, 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. Weiss added two assists, and Cory Stillman helped set up three goals.
Dvorak's goal came on a penalty shot at 11:03 of the third period and gave Florida a 4-1 lead.
Robert Lang scored a power-play goal for Montreal, which ended a five-game road trip with four consecutive losses. The Canadiens, on their longest losing streak this season, gave up at least four goals in every game of the trip.
Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for Florida, improving to 6-1-2 in his last nine starts.
All-Star starter Carey Price, making his third start since missing eight games because of an ankle injury, stopped 31 shots in the loss. Montreal had won the three previous meetings this season.
Stars 4, Red Wings 2 - Brad Richards had two power-play assists a minute apart midway through the first period, sparking Dallas to victory in Detroit.
Steve Ott, Jere Lehtinen, Chris Conner, and Loui Eriksson put the Stars ahead, 4-0, early in the second period.
Marian Hossa and Andreas Lilja scored for the Red Wings during a second period in which they almost scored two more goals, but video review and incidental contact prevented them from tying the game.
Senators 3, Blues 1 - Peter Regin scored his first career goal with 1:57 left to lift visiting Ottawa over St. Louis.
Regin broke a 1-1 deadlock when he gained control of the puck on the left side, skated behind the Blues' net, and beat goalie Chris Mason with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Maple Leafs 7, Avalanche 4 - Jason Blake's goal early in the third snapped a tie, and Dominic Moore scored twice for Toronto, which broke a four-game skid by winning in Denver.
Nik Antropov, Mikhail Grabovski, Jeff Finger, and Matt Stajan also scored for Toronto, and Vesa Toskala made 17 saves. It was the most goals the Avalanche have allowed this season.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2 - Eric Staal scored with 1:36 left to push host Carolina past Tampa Bay. Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist, Chad LaRose also scored, and Cam Ward earned his 100th victory for the Hurricanes.
Kings 5, Blackhawks 2 - Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll scored less than two minutes apart in the first period, Patrick O'Sullivan added a shorthanded goal, and host Los Angeles beat Chicago for its third straight victory.
Islanders 5, Thrashers 4 - Kyle Okposo had his first career two-goal game and Yann Danis stopped 29 shots as New York beat Atlanta to snap a 14-game road losing streak.
Sharks 2, Coyotes 0 - Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves to stay perfect since the All-Star break, and Christian Ehrhoff scored an early goal in host San Jose's win.