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Wednesday, 02.10.2010 / 11:51 PM / News

Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) -Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens ended Washington's team-record winning streak at 14 games with a 6-5 victory Wednesday night.

Washington, which hadn't lost in nearly a month, fell three wins short of tying the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins' NHL-record streak of 17 games.

Brooks Laich tied it at 5 for Washington, scoring his third goal of the game with 18.4 seconds left and goalie Jose Theodore pulled for an extra attacker.

Trailing 5-2 after Plekanec scored Montreal's fourth goal of the second with 1:04 left in the period, Washington battled back with three goals in the third - including two by Laich - to send the game to overtime.

Scott Gomez, Glen Metropolit, Maxim Lapierre and Tom Pyatt added goals for the Canadiens. Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green also scored for Washington.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Steve Mason made 40 saves for his second shutout in three games since Claude Noel took over as interim coach, and Columbus beat San Jose to end the Sharks' road winning streak at nine games.

Rick Nash scored his 26th goal, Jake Voracek ended a long scoring drought, and Antoine Vermette added an empty-netter for the Blue Jackets.

The shutout was Mason's fourth of the season and raised his franchise record to 14. He led the NHL in shutouts as a rookie last season with 10.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Evgeni Malkin took advantage of a couple of favorable bounces to score a goal and set up one of Chris Kunitz's two goals and Pittsburgh bounced back from a pair of road losses to beat New York.

With Kunitz scoring his first two goals since Dec. 29, the Penguins shook off a 5-4 loss Sunday to Washington in which they couldn't hold a 4-1 lead to win their seventh in a row at home against the Islanders. New York lost its eighth in nine games as Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 37 of 38 shots.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Simon Gagne scored at 3:27 of overtime and Philadelphia overcame a 2-0 deficit for the second straight game to beat New Jersey.

Gagne had chances on a wraparound and a shot in close before beating Martin Brodeur with a shot to give the Flyers a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Jeff Carter and Aaron Asham also scored for the Flyers, and Michael Leighton made 21 saves. Travis Zajac and Rob Niedermayer scored for the Devils.

DENVER (AP) - Kyle Cumiskey scored 9 seconds into overtime after Colorado overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period.

Chris Stewart had a goal and an assist, Chris Durno also scored, Paul Stastny had three assists, and Craig Anderson made 33 saves for Colorado.

Nik Antropov, Niclas Bergfors and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, and Hedberg made 31 saves.

NEW YORK (AP) - Colin Wilson scored the go-ahead goal on a second-period power play, Jordin Tootoo also scored, and Dan Ellis made 37 saves to help Nashville snap a five-game road losing streak.

Vinny Prospal had a power-play goal for New York, 2-8 in its last 10 games.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist and Phoenix beat Minnesota to complete a four-game season sweep.

Radim Vrbata and Matthew Lombardi also scored for Phoenix. The Coyotes have won eight of their last nine games.

Guillaume Latendresse and Martin Havlat scored for Minnesota.

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