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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 10.7 seconds left in overtime and the surging Washington Capitals beat New York 5-4 on Tuesday night, sending the Islanders to their seventh straight loss.

The Islanders managed to salvage a point thanks to third-period goals by Andy Sutton and Jon Sim that wiped out a 4-2 deficit. Sim tied it with 2:13 left in regulation with his first goal since being placed on waivers last week.

Ovechkin ended it with a snapper past Joey MacDonald, Washington's 40th shot of the game and his 19th goal this season. He gave the Capitals a 4-2 lead with 3:25 left in the second period.

The Capitals have won four straight and eight of 11 to open an eight-point lead in the Southeast Division.

Boyd Gordon and Brooks Laich scored in the first period, and defenseman Milan Jurcina added a goal in the second. Brent Johnson made 35 saves to win his fifth consecutive start.

Doug Weight and Richard Park scored power-play goals - while Capitals defenseman Sean Collins sat in the penalty box - that brought the Islanders within one each time.

The Islanders, who matched their longest losing streak of last season, have dropped nine of 10 (1-8-1).

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mike Richards and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists, and Philadelphia won its fifth straight game by beating Colorado.

Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Flyers, unbeaten in regulation in their last 10 home games (8-0-2).

Carter is second in the NHL with 22 goals, two behind Buffalo's Thomas Vanek.

Paul Stastny and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, who had won three of four - including a 2-1 victory Monday at Detroit.

The Avalanche had beaten the Flyers five straight times. Philadelphia's previous win over Colorado was 2-1 in overtime in 2002.

Philadelphia's Antero Niittymaki, who started in place of flu-ridden Martin Biron, stopped 29 shots for his sixth win in his last seven games.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal scored two power-play goals and Carolina took advantage of the penalty-prone Montreal Canadiens.

Joe Corvo added another power-play goal and Sergei Samsonov had two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid. Cam Ward made 22 saves, including one on a point-blank chance by Montreal's Alex Kovalev with 10 seconds remaining.

Kovalev scored a short-handed goal for the Canadiens and Guillaume Latendresse connected on a penalty shot. Montreal has lost three in a row.

The Canadiens were called for 11 of the game's first 12 penalties.

TORONTO (AP) - Vesa Toskala stopped Travis Zajac on a breakaway in the final seconds of overtime and Jason Blake had the winning goal in a shootout to lead Toronto over New Jersey.

Nik Antropov and Jeremy Williams scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight for the first time this season. Toskala finished with 25 stops.

Toronto has consistently struggled in the shootout since it was introduced in 2005 but Blake's spinaround deke past Scott Clemmensen led to a rare win in the tiebreaker.

Williams also converted in the shootout. Patrik Elias had the Devils' only successful attempt.

Mike Rupp and Zach Parise scored regulation goals for New Jersey.

OTTAWA (AP) - Colby Armstrong scored a pair of goals 31 seconds apart in the third period and Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots, losing a bid for his first career shutout on Chris Kelly's goal with 1:18 remaining. The 21-year-old Pavelec was pulled in the first period of Friday's 7-3 loss to Boston after allowing three goals on four shots.

Slava Kozlov scored his 14th goal midway through the first, and Armstrong increased the lead to 3-0 when he beat Martin Gerber twice early in the third.

Todd White scored into an empty net for the Thrashers, who ended a 0-2-1 skid and won for just the third time in 14 games (3-9-2).

The Senators have been held to four goals in their last four games.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to match his career best for points and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff beat St. Louis for the 11th straight time as Calgary ended a three-game losing streak.

Iginla, who leads the Flames with 37 points, was held to one assist during the team's slide. But in 46 games against the Blues he has 56 points - 20 goals and 36 assists - a total that includes a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory at St. Louis on Dec. 5.

The latest outburst was Iginla's 13th four-point game and second this season, also coming on the one-year anniversary of another four-pointer against the Blues last season. He's one point shy of 800 for his career.

Kiprusoff, who made 28 saves, hasn't lost to the Blues since Jan. 30, 2006, in a 3-2 shootout. He's 13-3-1 in his career against St. Louis.

Brad Boyes got his 16th goal and an assist for the Blues, who have lost four in a row while allowing 21 goals. St. Louis has dropped nine of 10 to the Flames.

DALLAS (AP) - Loui Eriksson scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:21 left in overtime, to help Dallas beat Phoenix.

Mike Ribeiro held the puck behind the net before passing to an open Eriksson, who put the rebound of his own shot past Ilja Bryzgalov.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco had 22 stops. The Stars held a 1-0 lead for more than two periods before the Coyotes tied it at 10:51 of the third on Todd Fedoruk's goal.

Phoenix dropped to 0-4 in overtime.

The Stars played their first game since cutting ties with Sean Avery on Sunday. The forward was eligible to return Tuesday from a six-game suspension after making a crude comment about ex-girlfriends dating other hockey players, but the team instead decided to part ways with Avery.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Nigel Dawes stole a pass, deked defender Chris Pronger and beat Jonas Hiller between the pads for a tiebreaking goal with 3:16 remaining that lifted New York over Anaheim.

Dawes grabbed a deflected pass by Anaheim's Kent Huskins and skated deftly around Pronger before scoring from close range for his fourth goal of the season.

Chris Drury had the Rangers' first goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves. Nikolai Zherdev completed the scoring in the final second, when he was on a breakaway and Pronger tripped him. Because there was an empty net, Zherdev was awarded the goal.

Chris Kunitz scored for Anaheim, which had won five straight at home. Hiller started in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, whose father died Monday.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Troy Brouwer had two goals and an assist, and Chicago beat Edmonton for its fifth straight win.

Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Duncan Keith, Colin Fraser, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager and Craig Adams also scored.

Shawn Horcoff and Marc Pouliot scored for the Oilers, who gave up nine goals for the first time since a 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 28, 1992.

After allowing five goals, Mathieu Garon was pulled for Dwayne Roloson.

Chicago scored five times in the second period to take a 7-1 lead. The Oilers scored an own goal while short-handed 5 minutes into the third when defenseman Tom Gilbert directed the puck into his own net for a goal that was credited to Keith.

The Blackhawks went 4-for-5 on the power play and improved to 15-4-6 since coach Joel Quenneville took over for Denis Savard. The last time Chicago won five consecutive games was in the 2001-02 season, also the last time the team made the playoffs.

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