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CHICAGO (AP) -Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks won their eighth straight to match the franchise record, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Friday night.

Andrew Ladd, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland also scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 17 saves. The Blackhawks also won eight straight games in December 1971 and January 1981.

Mike Richards scored for Philadelphia. The Flyers had won three straight.

In front off a franchise regular-season record crowd of 22,712, Ladd and Sharp gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead in the first 3 minutes.

After outshooting Philadelphia 14-1 in the second period, Chicago broke the game open early in the third. Campbell and Versteeg scored on 5-on-3 power plays, and Bolland also scored in the first 6 minutes.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Bill Guerin scored twice to reach 400 goals, and Rick DiPietro made 28 saves in his first game since late October to help New York snap a 10-game losing streak.

Guerin became the 79th NHL player, and the eighth U.S.-born player, to score 400 goals. Kyle Okposo and Freddy Meyer also scored for the Islanders, who won for the first time since Nov. 29 to end an 0-9-1 slump. DiPietro assisted on Okposo's goal to break Billy Smith's franchise record for career points by a goalie with 14.

DiPietro returned after missing 27 games following his second knee surgery in five months. Coming off surgery on his right knee in June, DiPietro appeared in only three previous games this season, the last a one-period stint against Carolina on Oct. 25. He had arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 31 to repair a torn meniscus, but the Islanders wouldn't reveal which knee was injured.

Lee Stempniak scored for Toronto.

ATLANTA (AP) - Eric Staal scored three goals in 4:31 span of the third period for Carolina to overshadow Bryan Little's first career hat trick.

Staal's sixth career hat trick, and second in 17 games, helped Carolina win for the second time in three games and fourth in six.

After Staal tied it at 3 on a power play with 12:33 remaining, Little answered with his third goal of the game. Staal tied it again at 9:18, and made it 5-4 at 11:58.

Patrick Eaves and Chad LaRose also scored for Carolina.

Todd White had a goal for Atlanta.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves for Pittsburgh's first shutout of the season, and Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the second period.

Fleury, making his fifth straight start after missing 12 games because of an undisclosed injury, had his 12th career shutout.

Scott Clemmensen stopped 18 shots for New Jersey. The Devils were shut out 2-0 by Boston on Tuesday night and haven't scored in seven regulation periods.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin, Viktor Kozlov and Boyd Gordon scored goals, and Jose Theodore made 22 saves for Washington.

Ovechkin pushed the puck through Henrik Tallinder's legs just inside the blue line and fired a shot past Patrick Lalime while falling, giving the Capitals a 3-1 lead.

Washington improved to an Eastern Conference-best 14-1-1 at home.

Thomas Vanek had his 25th goal for Buffalo, and Maxim Afinogenov also scored.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Malone beat backup goalie Craig Anderson with a wrist shot to give Tampa Bay the victory in the first game of a home-and-home series.

Adam Hall and Jussi Jokinen also scored in the shootout for Tampa Bay, and Cory Stillman and Nathan Horton countered for Florida.

Steve Eminger, Mark Recchi and Evgeny Artyukhin scored in regulation for the Lightning. Tampa Bay, coming off a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh, has won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

Bryan McCabe scored the tying goal for Florida with 13.9 seconds left in regulation. Keith Ballard and Stillman added goals for the Panthers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Defenseman Kevin Klein scored a power-play goal, Vern Fiddler added a goal late in the second period for Nashville.

Defenseman Greg Zanon also scored, Martin Erat had two assists, and Dan Ellis stopped 38 shots. Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson scored for Detroit.

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