Ice Hockey: Vokoun keeps Pittsburgh at bay as Timonen seals points for Nashville

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Kimmo Timonen scored two power-play goals and assisted in a third in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Martin Erat broke a 2-2 tie at 7:19 of the third period, beating Sebastien Caron through the legs.

"We talked about creating movement, attacking seams and getting traffic," the Nashville coach, Barry Trotz, said. "We talked about getting back to the basics."

Nashville's Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for his 81st career victory, tying the franchise record set by Mike Dunham.

In Washington, Mike Grier's first goal since the opening night of the season and Joel Kwiatkowski's tying score in the third period gave the Washington Capitals a 2-2 draw with the New Jersey Devils.

Grant Marshall and Sergei Brylin scored power-play goals in the second period for the Devils, who dominated early on while the Capitals piled up penalty minutes. Through two periods, the visiting Devils had more power-play shots, 17, than the Capitals had total shots, 12.

In Ottawa, Peter Schaefer scored with 5:55 remaining in the third period and Patrick Lalime recorded the Senators' second straight shut-out in a victory over the New York Islanders.

Ottawa ended the Islanders' six-game winning streak by extending their own season-high unbeaten run to eight games. Lalime made 32 saves for his 30th career shut-out. Garth Snow, who has won nine and lost four games since becoming the Islanders' No 1 goaltender, stopped 22 shots. New York failed to record a point for just the third time in 14 games.

In Boston, Shaone Morrisonn had a goal and an assist to help the Boston Bruins snap a nine-game winless streak at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Felix Potvin preserved the victory when he robbed Tom Fitzgerald with a glove save with 29 seconds remaining. Potvin stopped 22 shots and won for the first time in Boston this season. Morrisonn scored his first NHL goal for Boston while Gary Roberts and Matt Stajan scored for Toronto, who have lost twice and drawn once since earning at least one point in a team-record 16 straight games.

In St Louis, Chris Pronger scored the first of four power-play goals and Doug Weight added three assists as the Blues beat the New York Rangers 5-4 to win for just the second time in seven games.

The Blues coach, Joel Quenneville, earned his 300th NHL victory in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams.

Reinhard Divis started his second NHL game for the Blues and made 39 saves.