Lightning end Wild's eight-game home winning streak
Published: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Martin St. Louis and Vincent LeCavalier scored goals for Tampa Bay, which ended Minnesota's eight-game home winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.
Defenseman Dan Boyle also scored for the Lightning, who won for only the second time in five games and improved to 6-10-1 in their last 17. Marc Denis stopped 29 shots to contribute toward the rare road-team victory at Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild have an NHL-high 17 wins.
Mark Parrish kept up his quality play for Minnesota with a second-period goal, and he nearly tied it with about four minutes remaining on a shot from the circle that hit the post. Pavol Demitra scored in the third period off a rebound of Mikko Koivu's shot.
The Parrish-Demitra-Koivu line, one reason why the Wild have been extra cautious about bringing standout Marian Gaborik back from his groin injury until he's fully conditioned, peppered Denis down the stretch and clearly made him work for the victory.
Former Minnesota defenseman Filip Kuba, an All-Star game selection in 2004, had a three-game goal streak end for Tampa Bay.
RANGERS 3, FLYERS 2
Martin Straka's sixth NHL hat trick pushed him over the 20-goal mark for the sixth time and carried the streaking Rangers to a victory over visiting Philadelphia.
Straka scored in each period for the Rangers, who have won three straight following a seven-game losing streak.
Straka gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead and finished his first hat trick since last March 29 with an unassisted breakaway goal that made it 3-1 with 13:06 left. Straka who flashed a wide smile and fist pumps after each tally brought dozens of hats raining to the ice after his 21st goal.
Philadelphia had its longest winning streak of the season end at three despite the first goal of the season by Eric Meloche. The Flyers, 3-2 on their eight-game road trip, are last in the NHL with 11 wins.
COYOTES 2, HURRICANES 0
Curtis Joseph made 29 saves in his second straight shutout and the visiting Coyotes beat the slumping Hurricanes.
Yanic Perreault and Ed Jovanovski each scored to lead the Coyotes to their season-best fourth straight win.
It was the 49th shutout and the 438th victory of Joseph's 17-year career. He surpassed Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's career wins list, and followed his 8-0 victory over San Jose last week with another perfect performance.
CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 1
Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Semin each scored twice, Alex Ovechkin had three assists, and the host Capitals ended their five-game losing streak by beating the Canadiens.
Zubrus put Washington ahead 2-1 in the first period with two goals in less than 2 minutes — both with help from reigning rookie of the year Ovechkin — and Lawrence Nycholat and Semin scored 56 seconds apart in the second period.
That was it for Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet, who was yanked 8:48 into the second period and cracked his stick across his knee after leaving the ice. Huet came into the game leading the NHL with a .930 save percentage, but he allowed four goals on 19 shots before giving way to David Aebischer.
MAPLE LEAFS 10, BRUINS 2
Alex Steen had a hat trick and two assists and the visiting Maple Leafs cruised past the Bruins.
With the Leafs trailing 2-1 after the first period, Toronto scored five goals in the second period.
After Bates Battaglia and Steen had already scored to help Toronto regain the lead at 3-2, they each struck again along with Kris Newbury in a span of 42 seconds to give Toronto a 6-2 lead with 3:45 remaining in the period.
Matt Stajan scored two third period goals while Steen and Chad Kilger closed out the scoring for Toronto, which last scored 10 goals in 1998.
The Bruins lost their third straight and have been outscored 20-3 in the last three games and allowed 28 goals in the last five games.
DEVILS 4, ISLANDERS 3
Zach Parise scored two goals and Martin Brodeur made 40 saves to lead the host Devils over the Islanders.
Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who have won four of their last five.
Trent Hunter, Andy Hilbert and Mike Sillinger got goals for the Islanders.
BLUES 2, BLACKHAWKS 0
Lee Stempniak and Dennis Wideman scored power-play goals to lead the host Blues over the Blackhawks.
Blues goalie Manny Legace stopped 28 shots to earn his 15th career shutout.
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