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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Sergei Gonchar's first goal gave Dan Bylsma his first win as an NHL coach.

Gonchar, playing only his third game after missing most of the season because of a shoulder injury, scored on a slap shot after Pittsburgh quickly squandered a two-goal lead in the third period and the Penguins beat slumping Montreal 5-4 Thursday night.

The Penguins had lost three of four before Ruslan Fedotenko fed Gonchar in the high slot, then went down low to screen goalie Carey Price in front to create the fifth goal in the first 7:18 of the third period. Evgeni Malkin and Max Talbot scored in the period's opening 3 minutes for Pittsburgh, but Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec scored less than 4 minutes apart to tie it at 4.

Plekanec scored his 13th and 14 goals and added an assist, and Kostitsyn had two assists to go with his 22nd goal, but the Canadiens - who have fallen from third in the East to sixth in a month - lost their second in two nights and 12th in 15 games.

After Gonchar scored his first goal since April 2, the Penguins finally protected a lead after failing to hold advantages of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2 - exactly the kind of problems that led to former coach Michel Therrien's firing Sunday night.

Petr Sykora and Miroslav Satan also scored for Pittsburgh.

Montreal's Mathieu Schneider scored his first goal since being traded back to the Canadiens by Atlanta for two draft picks Monday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mike Richards had two goals and three assists for a career-high five points, and Mike Knuble broke a third-period tie to help Philadelphia extend its winning streak to three games.

Richards scored his NHL-leading sixth short-handed goal and second in two games, and added an empty-netter. Darroll Powe, Glen Metropolit and Braydon Coburn also scored, and Martin Biron made 39 saves.

Jaroslav Spacek had two goals, and Derek Roy also scored for Buffalo.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Cristobal Huet stopped 31 shots for his third shutout of the season, and Ben Eager scored twice for Chicago.

Andrew Ladd and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago.

Huet made his fourth straight start for Chicago since Nikolai Khabibulin sustained a lower-body injury. Huet has four shutouts in 10 career games against the Panthers.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Zach Parise scored the game-tying goal in regulation and had one of two New Jersey goals in the shootout.

Patrik Elias also scored in the shootout, and Brian Rolston added a goal in regulation for the Devils, who have won 14 of 17. Tampa Bay got two first-period goals from Ryan Malone. The Lightning have lost eight of 10.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Eric Staal scored two goals, including one in Carolina's big first period, and the Hurricanes kept pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Staal hit the 25-goal mark for the fourth time in his five NHL seasons less than a minute after Matt Cullen snapped a 1-1 tie with 3:45 remaining in the first period. Staal added No. 26 in the second to help Carolina win its fourth straight on thge road.

Ray Whitney and defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Sergei Samsonov added goals, and Cam Ward stopped 22 shots. Mark Streit and Jon Sim scored for New York.

OTTAWA (AP) - Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists, and Alex Burrows added a goal and two assists for Vancouver.

Linemate Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kessler also scored, and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots. The Canucks who have won three in a row and seven of eight overall. Dany Heatley and Mike Fisher scored for Ottawa.

DALLAS (AP) - Raymond Sawada scored his first NHL goal on his 24th birthday, and Fabian Brunnstrom had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

Sawada, recalled from the minors earlier in the day, gave the Stars a 2-0 lead in his first career game. Krys Barch and Jere Lehtinen also scored, and Marty Turco made 21 saves in his club-record 28th straight start.

The Stars, who have won 10 of 13, were playing their first game since losing No. 2 scorer Brad Richards to a fractured wrist.

Liam Reddox and Shawn Horcoff scored for Edmonton.

TORONTO (AP) - Rick Nash capped a big night with the shootout winner to give Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock his 500th career victory.

Jason Williams' nifty deke of pretending to fan on his shot gave Columbus an early lead in the shootout before Jason Blake tied it. After Nash's goal, Lee Stempniak fired wide to end the shootout.

Nash, Kristian Huselius and R.J. Umberger also scored in regulation for the Blue Jackets, 6-0-1 in their last seven. Nik Antropov scored twice for Toronto, and Jamal Mayers added a goal.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Daniel Carcillo scored in the eighth round of the shootout, and Phoenix snapped a six-game home losing streak.

Shane Doan also scored in the shootout, and Joakim Lindstrom, Viktor Tikhonov and Steven Goertzen had goals in regulation for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in 11 gams since the All-Star break. Ilya Kovalchuk, Erik Christensen and Bryan Little scored in regulation, and Vyacheslav Kozlov added a shootout goal for Atlanta.

Kovalchuk sent the game to overtime when he scored with 52.5 seconds remaining. Kovalchuk has scored in six straight games to push his season total to 30.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Keith Tkachuk scored with 2:08 left in overtime, and Chris Mason made 28 saves for St. Louis.

Andy McDonald scored in regulation for the Blues. Steve Sullivan scored for Nashville.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Aucoin scored with 1:10 left in overtime for Calgary after ringing a shot off the post on a breakaway earlier in the extra period.

Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd also scored for Calgary, and Miikka Kipprusoff made 27 saves. Dan Fritsche and Colton Gillies scored for Minnesota, which tied the franchise record for fewest shots in a period with one in third.

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