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Doan lifts Phoenix past Edmonton in OT

by Brian Compton
Good teams find a way to overcome adversity. The Phoenix Coyotes did just that not once but twice on Tuesday night.

Despite blowing separate two-goal leads, Shane Doan scored his second goal of the night on the power play at 1:37 of overtime as the Coyotes escaped with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

"You get a 4-on-3, you've got to score," Doan said. "The guy lost his stick, so we just tried to get a good shot. I was trying to hit the net, and it found a hole." 

Phoenix jumped out to a 2-0 lead, as Radim Vrbata tallied his 13th goal of the season on a breakaway 12:32 into the game before Doan got his first of the night at 7:38 of the second period. But the Oilers quickly erased the deficit as Gilbert Brule and Patrick O'Sullivan scored just 2:08 apart against Ilya Bryzgalov to make it 2-2.

"We'll take the positives out of it, we came back, we got a point," Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "It's a good way to get a little momentum, even though we lost the game we'll take a little of the momentum we gained in the third period and roll with it."

The Coyotes quickly responded, as Martin Hanzal capitalized on a turnover by Jeff Deslauriers (25 saves) at 14:47 before Petr Prucha doubled the Coyotes' lead with his ninth goal of the season with 2:06 left in the period thanks to a turnover by Oilers forward Robert Nilsson.

"I'm glad our guys stuck with it," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We got to overtime and found a way to get the extra point, and that's what counts."

But once again, the Coyotes failed to protect a two-goal lead. Denis Grebeshkov made it a 4-3 game at 8:10 of the third period when he took a pass from behind the net by Sam Gagner and ripped it past Bryzgalov. Dustin Penner tied it 49 seconds later with his 20th goal of the season as the Oilers managed to force overtime.

"We made it a lot harder than we needed to," Doan said. "That's a big win for us on the road. We wanted to find a way to win, and it was big."

Penguins 5, Thrashers 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

So much for Pittsburgh's losing streak.

Jordan Staal scored twice and Brent Johnson made 31 saves as the Pens ended their five-game skid by pounding on Atlanta at Mellon Arena. It was the Thrashers' ninth straight loss.

Ruslan Fedotenko also scored on the power play for the Penguins, who had failed to capitalize on their previous 13 chances.

''It's nice to get on the winning side again,'' Staal said. ''We kept it simple, didn't turn the puck over a whole lot and we played in their end a lot more. When you do those things, you're going to find ways to win games.''

The Thrashers, who last won on Dec. 17, are 0-6-3 during their longest losing streak since they dropped nine in a row in October 2002.

''We've lost nine in a row, and we've got to find a way to win. We have to find it right away,'' goalie Ondrej Pavelec said. ''There's no time.''

Johnson made 16 of his saves in a scoreless first period before Kris Letang gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead 39 seconds into the second. Jim Slater tied it for Atlanta at 2:57, but the Pens responded with goals from Staal and Fedotenko less than seven minutes apart to take a 3-1 lead. Slater scored again with a shot from the slot at 16:14 of the second, but Johnson slammed the door on the Thrashers the rest of the way.

Luca Caputi scored his second NHL goal at 8:32 of the third when he put Evgeni Malkin's rebound past Pavelec, and Staal followed with his second of the night -- and 13th of the season -- with 4:22 remaining.

''We weathered that a bit (in the first period) and got to our game more and more,'' Staal said after Pittsburgh's seventh straight win against Atlanta. ''By the third period, I felt we were dominating the game.''

Bruins 4, Senators 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

One night after calling out his team after a loss in New York, Boston coach Claude Julien watched his team respond with a superb effort. Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist during a four-goal first period as the Bruins cruised past Ottawa at Scotiabank Place. Tim Thomas made 28 saves for his 11th consecutive win against the Senators.

"We came out hard,'' Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. ''We took advantage of the chances and opportunities we had and the most important thing is that we scored goals. Obviously, when you capitalize on those chances it's a big advantage and we were feeding off that momentum.''

Brian Elliott stopped only 12 of 16 shots for the Sens and was replaced by Pascal Leclaire, who made 19 saves.

"It was a brutal first period," Ottawa center Mike Fisher said. "We didn't come out with the effort we needed right from the start. We didn't come ready to play tonight and it's got to come from everyone and not just our goaltender."

Wheeler got credit for opening the scoring 1:46 in when Andrew Ference's backhander from a sharp angle went in off his skate. David Krejci got a power-play goal at 6:05 that not only gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in goals, but an 11-0 edge in shots on goal.

Wheeler, who assisted on Krejci's power-play goal, got his second of the period -- his third in two games and 10th of the season -- when he deflected Krejci's wrist shot from the right point past Elliott.

Recchi, who also set up Krejci's goal, then scored on the power play at 13:45, ending Elliott's night.

"I thought we had good battle tonight,'' Julien said. ''That's something we've been looking for from our team for a while so hopefully we can build on that and not go back to our old ways next game.''

Filip Kuba scored the lone goal for Ottawa, beating Thomas on the power play at 2:41 of the second period. The Sens went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Alexei Ponikarovsky tallied the game-winner and Jonas Gustavsson made 29 saves as Toronto rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Florida at the Air Canada Centre. Lee Stempniak and Tomas Kaberle also scored for the Leafs, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games.

''These are the games you want to play,'' Gustavsson said. ''Tight games when everything can happen. I didn't know that we were going to win until the last second. It was a great relief.''

Former Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe gave Florida an early lead with a pair of goals, but it wasn't enough to prevent Toronto from improving to 7-1-2 against Southeast Division teams.

Both of McCabe's goals came in the first 8:31. He got the Panthers on the board at 5:32 when he took a pass from Dominic Moore and rifled a slap shot past Gustavsson for his sixth goal of the season. The second came via the power play, as he wristed one past the Leafs' goaltender to make it 2-0.

"It's just another night in the office,'' McCabe said of playing against his former team -- and his former fans, who booed him whenever he touched the puck. ''Last year was a little emotional coming back, but now it's just another team.''

Toronto started its comeback when Stempniak scored on the power play at 10:13 of the first. With Steven Reinprecht in the box for shooting the puck over the glass, Stempniak one-timed a feed from Kaberle past Tomas Vokoun to make it 2-1. Kaberle tied the game 3:49 into the second on an even-strength tally, firing a low shot through Vokoun's legs for his fourth goal of the season.

Ponikarovsky then put Toronto in front with 3:09 left in the second, as he won a battle for a rebound and backhanded it past Vokoun to make it 3-2. It was his 14th goal of the season. Gustavsson preserved the lead with seven saves in the third period.

''That was a big game, but it was just another game,'' Ponikarovsky said. ''It's going to be a battle until the end.''

Flames 3, Predators 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

David Moss and Olli Jokinen each ended scoring droughts in the second period and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves as Calgary won its fifth straight with a victory at Nashville.

Moss hadn't scored since Dec. 3, while Jokinen found the back of the net for the first time since Dec. 9. It was Calgary's fourth straight win in Music City.

"As a group, we're not thinking about this guy hasn't scored,'' said Flames center Daymond Langkow, who added an empty-netter. ''We're just trying to play our game as a team. But yeah, it was good. Moss really goes to the net hard and having fun there for a few seconds and finally put it home. And Olli going to the net there for the rebound. Obviously big goals for us.''

The Predators saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Patric Hornqvist scored Nashville's lone goal, a power-play tally in the third period.

''We didn't have a lot of motivation, and it gave Calgary a lot of confidence going into the third period with a 2-0 lead, and that comes out to be the difference in the hockey game,'' Preds forward Steve Sullivan said.

Dan Ellis, who made 31 saves, stopped all 12 shots he faced in the opening period, but Moss -- who made his 200th NHL appearance -- solved the Nashville goaltender 9:32 into the second, when he poked a loose puck home for his seventh goal of the season.

"It's nice to get one,'' Moss said. ''It's been a while. Those are the types of goals that I like to score, and hopefully there's more to come.''

Jokinen made it 2-0 in the final moments of the second period, as he collected Dion Phaneuf's rebound and put it past Ellis for his eighth goal of the season.

''It's a big win for us,'' Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. ''It's a road win. We need points obviously, and it's a huge win anyway you look at it. But again, it's a lesson to be learned for us in the third.''

Nashville entered Tuesday's action having scored four goals in 14 of the past 24 games. Calgary, though, has allowed only five goals during this win streak, and Kiprusoff has surrendered four in his four victories. 

''I think he got a little lucky too, but he's absolutely one of the best goaltenders in the world,'' Hornqvist said.

Blackhawks 4, Wild 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Marian Hossa is proving to be worth every penny. The stud forward scored twice for the second straight game and Cristobal Huet made 19 saves as Chicago grabbed the No. 1 spot in the NHL standings with a convincing victory over Minnesota at the United Center.

Hossa, who signed a 12-year deal worth $62.8 million last summer, broke a 1-1 tie in the second period before giving the Blackhawks a three-goal lead midway through the third for his 10th goal in just 21 games since returning from shoulder surgery.

''Obviously coming to a new team it takes a little time to adjust to the chemistry,'' Hossa said. ''Right now we are finding each other more and more for scoring opportunities and things are going in right now.''

Chicago now has 63 points, two more than San Jose and New Jersey in the NHL standings. Tuesday's win was the Hawks' fourth straight.

''We like the way we're playing,'' Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his team improved to 20-4-1 on home ice. ''I think at home, we've been very effective in a lot of ways. Ask me at the end of that eight-game road trip we got coming up at the end of the month and we'll have a better idea.''

Guillaume Latendresse opened the scoring when the Wild forward converted on Kyle Brodziak's centering pass at 13:52 of the first. But John Madden tied the game for Chicago before the end of the period, as he beat Josh Harding (29 saves) for his ninth goal of the season.

The Blackhawks then took the lead in controversial fashion when Hossa scored at 12:38 of the second. Moments after he checked Harding off the puck when the Wild goalie went behind the net, Chicago forward Patrick Sharp took a carom pass from Brian
Campbell and found Hossa open in the left circle for his first goal of the night.

''I was behind the net and a guy took my legs right out. That should have been tripping,'' Harding said. ''We can sit here and break down the whole game and make excuse after excuse, but when the final buzzer went off, they won.''

Patrick Kane gave Chicago a 3-1 lead with a power-play goal 2:04 of the third period. It was his 18th goal of the season and came just moments after a two-man advantage expired.

Canucks 7, Blue Jackets 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Alex Burrows had a hat trick and Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists as Vancouver rallied, then blew past Columbus at GM Place.

Rick Rypien, Sami Salo and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for the Canucks, who got six goals on 17 shots against Steve Mason, last season's Calder Trophy winner. Mason was replaced by Mathieu Garon at 14:53 of the second period after Samuelsson gave Vancouver a 6-3 lead.

The Canucks moved into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with Nashville and Los Angeles. They are two points behind Calgary for the Northwest Division lead.
Vancouver, home after earning seven of eight points on a four-game road trip, won for the sixth time in seven games to improve to 26-16-1. Daniel Sedin had three assists in the victory.

"It feels good, that's for sure," Burrows said. "We haven't seen our fans in a while, since before our last road trip, and it feels good to come back here in kind of a trap game, the first game after a long road trip. Our start was a little bit sluggish and we fell behind early, but we were able to get back into it and get the two points."

R.J. Umberger, Kristian Huselius and Kris Russell scored for the Blue Jackets, who blew an early 2-0 lead. Columbus has lost 13 in a row on the road and 13 of its last 14 overall.

Umberger and Huselius quickly put the Blue Jackets up by a pair as Umberger beat Roberto Luongo (29 saves) at 6:07 of the first, and Huselius followed with a wrist shot that found its way through a crowd only 61 seconds later.

But Vancouver responded with three tallies before the end of the first. Rypien got the Canucks on the board just 39 seconds after Huselius' tally, and Burrows followed with back-to-back goals at 8:11 and 16:58 to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead.

"We've been struggling scoring goals and finally we got a couple," said Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, who hasn't scored in six games. "They took it to us and we sat back and let them back in the game. We've seemed to figure out our defensive game in the past five games and couldn't score. Tonight was the opposite."

The Canucks scored three more times on nine shots in the second. Henrik Sedin notched his 20th goal of the season at 6:36, and although Russell responded 17 seconds later to make it 4-3, Salo scored on the power play at 13:25 before Samuelsson made it 6-3 when he ended Mason's night with 5:07 left in the period.

"They put their weight to us and knocked us off pucks in our own zone and the put it in the net," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We were right in it when the fifth goal unnerved us. We were right there at 4-3 and battling, and the fifth goal killed us."

Burrows completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 5:02 of the third period. With Alexandre Bolduc in the box for hooking, Burrows took a pass from U.S. Olympian Ryan Kesler and beat Garon for his 14th goal of the season.

"All three goals were just unreal plays by my linemates and all three of them were tap-ins so it feels good," Burrows said. "But most important was the two points."

Ducks 3, Red Wings 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Saku Koivu scored his 200th goal and Jonas Hiller made 38 saves as Anaheim snapped a three-game skid with a win against Detroit at the Honda Center. Matt Beleskey scored his first NHL goal and Corey Perry ended a 10-game goal drought with a late score for the last-place Ducks, who saw All-Star center Ryan Getzlaf return to the lineup.

Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for the Red Wings after beating Anaheim twice earlier this season at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit is still without forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Cleary, who are close to returning from shoulder injuries. Both could play Thursday at Los Angeles.

"We weren't prepared to play, for whatever reason,'' Wings coach Mike Babcock said. ''It was our worst game in a while. We let ourselves down here. I don't think you can even find out how good you can be unless you play as hard as you're capable of playing, and we didn't do that tonight. Too many turnovers and poor execution, especially early.''

Koivu's milestone tally came just 5:37 into the game, and it came with the Ducks shorthanded. Despite having Getzlaf in the box for slashing, Koivu got around Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski and chipped a shot past Howard to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead.

"It was early in the game, so there was a lot of hockey left to be played," Koivu said. "A lot of times when you look at the stats, the teams that score the first goal, win. Especially when you get it on the PK like that, your chances to win are a lot greater. We were looking for a good start and when we get that, we’re a lot tougher to beat."

Beleskey made it 2-0 with his first NHL goal at 7:38 of the first. The 21-year-old rookie forward poked Sheldon Brookbank's rebound past Howard.

"It took a while, but it’s nice to get it off my back," said Beleskey, who was playing in his 22nd career NHL game. "Hopefully, there are more to come. Playing with Corey and Getz, they are pretty good guys to play with if you want to score a goal."

Valtteri Filppula scored on a rebound with 8:57 left to end Hiller's bid for his sixth career shutout, but Perry replied less than three minutes later. Anaheim's Kyle Chipchura added an empty-net goal with 7.8 seconds left.

"Everybody showed up and played a good game tonight," Hiller said. "We did a good job on the PK. They didn't have a lot of time in our zone. We knew we had to play tight against Detroit. They have a lot of skilled players."

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