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ATLANTA (AP) -Todd White scored in the shootout after Ilya Kovalchuk rallied the Atlanta Thrashers from a three-goal deficit to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

The Thrashers trailed 4-1 midway through the second period, but Kovalchuk had a hand in each of the next three goals.

Kovalchuk scored late in the second period and assisted on third-period goals by Colby Armstrong and White as Atlanta tied it with 6:50 remaining in regulation.

The Rangers are one point behind sixth-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York will travel to face the Penguins on Saturday.

Rangers backup Steve Valiquette stopped shootout shots by Bryan Little, Slava Kozlov, Kovalchuk, Eric Perrin and Rich Peverley before White flipped the puck past his glove.

MONTREAL (AP) - Saku Koivu scored 3:15 into overtime and Montreal recovered from blowing a two-goal lead in the third period for a win over Tampa Bay.

Koivu put a rebound past Martin St. Louis after the Tampa Bay forward stuck out his left palm to stop Koivu's first attempt on a wild goal-mouth scramble.

The Montreal captain danced off to the corner where he was joined by his teammates, who celebrated after blowing a 2-0 lead in the third.

The Canadiens won their second in a row following a five-game losing streak to strengthen their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have 85 points.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brett McLean scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, backup Craig Anderson made 40 saves, and Florida snapped a three-game losing streak.

Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak and David Booth also scored for the Panthers, who started the night below the postseason cutoff in the Eastern Conference.

Anderson got the start over Tomas Vokoun, who surrendered three goals on 20 shots in Florida's 5-3 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday when the Panthers gave up a two-goal lead in the third period.

Jeff Carter scored his team-leading 41st goal and Scott Hartnell added a goal for the Flyers, who had won three in a row. Philadelphia leads fifth-place Carolina by one point for home-ice advantage in the first round of the East playoffs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Radek Bonk scored a power-play goal and added an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Thursday night.

Martin Erat and Greg Zanon also scored for the Predators. Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi netted San Jose's goals.

The Sharks scored first when Christian Ehrhoff found Pavelski midway in the slot. Pavelski sent a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne, beating him to his stick side with 4:37 left in the first period. San Jose took a 2-0 lead on the power play when Setoguchi put his stick on a rebound and got the puck past Rinne from the left side 3:12 into the second.

The Predators rallied with three goals in a span of 2:38.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Steve Mason made 16 of his 33 saves in the third period for his franchise record 10th shutout as Columbus beat Calgary in a possible first-round playoff preview.

Mason, who broke the mark set last season by Pascal Leclaire, leads the NHL in shutouts and has the most for a rookie since Tony Esposito had 15 for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1969-70 season.

Jason Williams had two power-play goals, Rick Nash had a career-high four assists, and Kristian Huselius also had four assists in the penalty-filled game. The teams combined for 124 minutes - 64 by Columbus - with 110 coming in the second period when there were two fights, two game misconducts and four misconducts.

Manny Malhotra and Williams had goals in the first period, and Raffi Torres and R.J. Umberger gave Columbus a 4-0 lead in the second.

DALLAS (AP) - Justin Williams converted in the third round of the shootout and Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak.

Anze Kopitar gave the Kings the advantage in the first round of the shootout, making a nifty move to fake Marty Turco out of position, then tucking the puck into the net one-handed.

But Dallas' Jere Lehtinen drew the Stars even in the third round, beating Jonathan Quick with a forehand shot from the slot.

Williams was up next, and he gave the Kings the extra point when his shot trickled over the goal line after Turco appeared to make the stop. The officials went to video replay, which showed the puck over the goal line.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Perron scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lead St. Louis over Vancouver.

Perron and T.J. Oshie each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games as they try to get into the Western Conference playoffs.

Chris Mason stopped 21 shots for his first career victory over the Canucks in eight appearances. Mason, who played in his 25th straight game, improved to 21-20-6 after a 3-13 start.

David Backes added his 25th goal of the season for St. Louis, and Andy McDonald put the game away with a 5-on-3 tally with 34 seconds left.

Taylor Pyatt and Alex Burrows scored for Vancouver.

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