Thrashers earn important victory
Alexei Zhitnik scored 1 minute, 26 seconds into overtime and the Atlanta Thrashers rallied past the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night in a key Southeast Division game at Atlanta.
Zhitnik’s fake allowed him to skate past Tampa Bay’s Flip Kuba for the unassisted goal.
Tampa Bay goaltender Johan Holmqvist was left bowed forward in dejection, his helmet touching the ice, after the game-winner.
The Thrashers moved back into a tie for the division lead with Carolina.
Senators 6, Canadiens 1: At Ottawa, Jason Spezza scored three goals and a career-high six points and the Senators’ top line combined for 15 points in a win over Montreal.
Daniel Alfredsson, who returned after missing four games because of a nagging hip injury, had two goals and three assists.
Panthers 6, Bruins 3: At Boston, Olli Jokinen and David Booth scored 14 seconds apart in the second period, Richard Zednik had two goals, and Florida beat the Bruins.
The Panthers won for the fourth time in five games, scoring 24 goals during that stretch.
Devils 6, Hurricanes 1: At Newark, N.J., Paul Martin scored two goals in an NHL game for the first time and New Jersey routed Carolina.
The offensive outburst was triggered by the Devils defensemen, as Colin White and Johnny Oduya joined Martin in scoring.
Sharks 4, Predators 3: At San Jose, Calif., Jonathan Cheechoo scored three goals, including the winner with 4:55 left, to help the Sharks win their third straight over Nashville.
Wild 4, Islanders 3 (OT): At St. Paul, Minn., Brent Burns scored 2:34 into overtime to lift Minnesota to a victory over New York, the Islanders’ seventh straight defeat.
Brian Rolston had two goals for the Wild.
Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (OT): At Toronto, Nik Antropov deflected in Anton Stralman’s slap shot 62 seconds into overtime to give the Maple Leafs a victory over Detroit.
Penguins 4, Kings 2: At Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up another and the Penguins won successive games for the first time since captain Sidney Crosby’s injury by beating Los Angeles.
Malkin’s fourth consecutive multipoint game gave him 69 points for the season, four behind NHL leader Alex Ovechkin of Washington.
Rangers 2, Flyers 0: At Philadelphia, Steve Valiquette made 31 saves to record his second straight shutout over the Flyers in New York’s win.
Nigel Dawes and Scott Gomez scored power-play goals for the Rangers.
Stars 6, Blues 2: At Dallas, Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen scored power-play goals and the Stars extended their winning streak to six games with a victory over St. Louis.
Flames 4, Oilers 1: At Calgary, Alberta, Owen Nolan scored two goals to lead the Flames over Edmonton.
Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla also scored for Calgary and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 14 shots.
Avalanche 6, Canucks 2: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Marek Svatos had two goals and an assist, and linemate Tyler Arnason added a goal and two assists, leading Colorado to a win over the Canucks.