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Panthers 6, Lightning 1

Panthers 6, Lightning 1

In Tampa, Florida, Richard Shulmistra stopped 20 shots in his second career start and Pavel Bure extended his club-record point streak to 11 games with two assists as Florida beat Tampa Bay.

Cam Stewart and Scott Mellanby each scored twice for Florida. The Panthers have won six straight against the Lightning, who dropped their sixth consecutive game.

The six-game losing skid is Tampa Bay's longest this season. The Lightning is 1-6-2 against Southeast Division opponents.

Bure has 12 goals and 22 points during his streak.


Avalanche 5, Blues 1

In Denver, Joe Sakic scored his 1,000th career point on a second-period assist helping Colorado keep up their recent dominance over St Louis.

Sakic became the 56th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points and the 14th to do it with one organization. He has 381 goals and 619 assists in 810 games.

Colorado is 6-0-1 against the Blues in the last seven meetings.

Avalanche goalie Marc Denis had 29 saves. St Louis' Roman Turek allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Jamie McLennan midway through the second period.


Sharks 3, Stars 1

In Dallas, Mike Ricci scored twice in the second period for San Jose spoiling Brett Hull's 599th career goal in the Sharks' victory over Dallas.

Owen Nolan's empty-netter with 5.9 seconds left - his 27th goal - clinched the win for the Sharks.

Hull, of Dallas, is on the brink of becoming the 12th player in NHL history to record at least 600 goals. He is trying to join his father, Bobby, who scored 610. They would become the first father-son combination in the club.


Canadiens 4, Senators 4

In Ontario, Patrice Brisebois scored with 3:45 remaining in the third period and assisted on two goals, helping the injury-plagued Montreal Canadiens to a 4-4 tie Monday against the Ottawa Senators.

Former Senator Sergei Zholtok scored twice for the Canadiens, who trailed 4-2 in the third, and Benoit Brunet added a power-play goal.

Shawn McEachern, with a goal and two assists, rookie Mike Fisher, captain Daniel Alfredsson and defenseman Igor Kravchuk, with a power-play goal, scored for the Senators.

Ottawa's Vinnie Prospal had three assists.


Flyers 5, Flames 1

In Calgary, Alberta, John LeClair scored twice and added an assist and Philadelphia had four third-period goals against Fred Brathwaite to beat Calgary.

The outburst, including LeClair's 20th and 21st goals, came in a 4:46 span against Brathwaite, who entered the game as the NHL-leader in both goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.932). Brathwaite was selected as NHL player of the week earlier Monday.

Mark Recchi, with the 350th goal of his career, also scored for Philadelphia, which halted a three-game winless skid.

Marc Savard scored the lone goal for Calgary, which had its seven-game home-unbeaten streak end.


Islanders 3, Bruins 0

In Uniondale, New York, Rookie Roberto Luongo stopped 34 shots for his first NHL shutout, and goals by Mats Lindgren, Bill Muckalt and Niklas Andersson helped the New York Islanders to a victory over Boston.

For Luongo, it was his third victory overall and second against the Bruins. His first NHL game and win was Nov. 28 at Boston.

With the victory, the Islanders have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, and are 3-1-1 in their last five.

Rob Tallas stopped 24 shots for Boston, which is winless in four contests (0-3-1).


Devils 4 Sabres 1

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Petr Sykora and John Madden scored breakaway goals to spark New Jersey to a victory over Buffalo.

Sykora added a second goal into an empty net with 5.8 seconds remaining to seal the win. Patrik Elias also scored for the Devils who won for the fifth time in eight games (5-2-1).

New Jersey posted its first win in the second game of back-to-back contests after eight-straight defeats.

Lindy Ruff, coaching his 200th game, saw the Sabres lose for only the second time in eight games (4-2-2). Geoff Sanderson had the lone Buffalo goal, ending Martin Brodeur's shutout bid on sharp angle shot from along the right boards with 9:49 remaining.


Red Wings 3, Thrashers 2, OT

In Detriot, Steve Duchesne scored 3:21 into overtime and Steve Yzerman moved into a ninth-place on the NHL career-goals list as Detroit beat Atlanta.

Duchesne, denied from point-blank range by Thrashers rookie goalie Scott Fankhouser late in the third period, didn't miss his chance in overtime.

Yzerman scored his 608th career goal, tying him with former teammate Dino Ciccarelli on the NHL list.

Pat Verbeek also scored for the Red Wings, who got 21 saves from Wregget.

Mike Stapleton scored for Atlanta and Dean Sylvester had his 10th goal in his last 17 games.

The expansion Thrashers had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped.


Oilers 4, Mighty Ducks 1

In Edmonton, Alberta, Todd Marchant scored twice and the Edmonton used a three-goal third period to defeat Anaheim on Monday night.

Bill Guerin and Pat Falloon also scored for the Oilers, who are 4-0-2 in their last six home games. Falloon, Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth each had two assists.

Tony Hrkac scored in the first period for Anaheim, which had a five-game road-winning streak end. Anaheim outshot Edmonton 32-30, including 16-7 in the opening period.


Blackhawks 2, Capitals 2, tie

Washington blew a late lead and settled for a tie with Chicago.

Doug Gilmour scored the tying goal with 6:55 to play, his 12th of the season. Michael Nylander also scored for the Blackhawks, who had won three of five.

Chris Simon and James Black scored for the Capitals, who had lost three straight. The team welcomed back leading scorer Peter Bondra after an eight-game absence with a knee injury.

The game marked the first meeting between the clubs since a locker-room brawl involving Capitals GM George McPhee and Blackhawks head coach - now assistant coach - Lorne Molleken following an exhibition game on September 25.