St. Louis, Bolts edge past Caps


Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TAMPA — Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and an assist and Martin St. Louis snapped a third-period tie with his 28th goal of the season Thursday, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals.

Vinny Prospal had a goal and two assists and Ryan Craig also scored for the Lightning, who got 18 saves from goaltender Johan Holmqvist to match a season high with their third straight win.

Alexander Semen scored two goals and Alexander Ovechkin had two assists for Washington, which had won three in a row following a tough stretch in which the Capitals lost seven of eight games.

Lecavalier scored his 25th goal for a 2-1 lead in the first period, then added his 26th after making a nifty move to get the puck around Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig for a 4-3 advantage with 7:36 remaining in the second.

HURRICANES 6, PANTHERS 4

Cory Stillman scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and Carolina rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Florida.

Chad LaRose, Erik Cole, Scott Walker, Craig Adams and Ray Whitney also scored for the Hurricanes, who trailed 3-0 after two periods before scoring their first five goals in about a 10-minute span of the third.

Whitney's goal was an empty-netter in the final seconds which closed a six-goal third period — the first time they've had five or more goals in the third since scoring five on Oct. 28, 2005, against Philadelphia.

Olli Jokinen scored two goals and Juraj Kolnik and Stephen Weiss added one goal apiece for the Panthers in what seemed like an easy victory but melted down into just another empty trip to Raleigh — where they haven't won since Dec. 6, 2002.

SENATORS 6, RANGERS 4

Daniel Alfredsson gave Ottawa a five-goal lead early in the third period and the Senators then held off host New York's furious rally to beat the Rangers.

Just two nights after a lackluster 5-3 home loss to the New York Islanders that snapped a four-game winning streak and caused a rare postgame rant from coach Tom Renney, the Rangers fell behind 5-0 early in the third period.

Ray Emery and the Senators were cruising when Alfredsson's goal at 1:02 of the third sent many Rangers fans home early.

They missed a lot. This one wasn't settled until Dany Heatley's empty-net goal with 34 seconds left.

Emery, 6-1-1 in his past eight starts, allowed only 13 goals in that span before the Rangers broke out with four in 7:10.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 2

Jeff O'Neill scored twice and Mats Sundin added two assists, lifting the banged-up Maple Leafs over the host Sabres.

Alex Steen had a goal and assist, and Pavel Kubina also scored in a game the Maple Leafs never trailed. Sundin's two assists gave him 495 with Toronto, moving him into third on the team's career list, two ahead of former captain Dave Keon.

ISLANDERS 5, BRUINS 4, SO

Jason Blake and Miroslav Satan each scored goals in the shootout to lift the Islanders over the Bruins.

Satan scored on the Islanders' first shootout attempt and the Bruins extended it to sudden death when Marc Savard scored on the Bruins' third shot. Brad Boyes than failed to convert and Blake put a shot over the shoulder of Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen for the game-winner.

CANADIENS 4, FLYERS 2

Chris Higgins scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and added an assist to help the Canadiens beat Philadelphia, handing the Flyers their fifth straight loss.

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