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OTTAWA (AP) -Jason Spezza scored his 10th goal in his last 10 games late in the second period to send the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Brian Elliott made 27 saves in his 10th straight start for Ottawa, which won its 12th in 13 games. The Senators lost 5-0 in Toronto on Saturday to end their team-record winning streak at 11.

Spezza, who assisted on Alex Kovalev's power-play goal in the first, got his 13th of the season to give Ottawa its first lead 16:37 into the second. Jarkko Ruutu scored midway through the middle period to draw the Senators even for the second time in the game.

The Senators, who haven't lost at Scotiabank Place in a month, won their season-high sixth in a row at home since Jan. 9.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis scored two third-period goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks.

Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won four in a row for the first time since Nov. 2007. Goalie Antero Niittymaki improved to 7-0-1 over his last eight starts.

St. Louis also had an assist and has a seven-game points streak (seven goals, four assists).

Vancouver got a goal from Ryan Kesler. The Canucks are 2-3 on the first leg of an NHL-record 14-game road trip.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Joni Pitkanen scored the go-ahead goal, and Manny Legace made 19 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers.

Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists, and Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina. While the Hurricanes remain near the bottom of the NHL standings, they're playing their best hockey with seven wins in their last nine games.

Cory Stillman scored the lone goal for Florida, which has lost four in a row. The Panthers have scored only four goals in that stretch to lose ground in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Mark Streit scored the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation, and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares connected in the shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a seven-game losing streak with a victory over the Nashville Predators.

Streit rescued a point for the Islanders with a rare power-play goal, scored with only 11.4 seconds left in regulation. New York, which hadn't scored during a man advantage the previous five games, connected twice in six chances against Nashville.

Martin Biron made the most of his first NHL game in over a month by making 24 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout. Only Martin Erat got a puck past him during the tiebreaker.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - David Krejci scored the winner in the third round of the shootout, and rookie Tuukka Rask made 43 saves to help the Boston Bruins send the Buffalo Sabres to their fifth consecutive loss.

Daniel Paille scored twice in regulation for Boston (25-22-11), which has won two straight after enduring a 10-game winless streak.

Derek Roy and rookie Tyler Myers scored for the sliding Sabres (32-18-8), who are just 2-7-2 in their last 11 games. Ryan Miller, the likely starter for the United States when the Olympics begin next week, made 32 saves.

After Buffalo's Jason Pominville and Boston's Marco Sturm exchanged goals in the first round of the shootout, Krejci gave the Bruins the win with a wrist shot that beat Miller.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Paul Kariya scored twice for his first goals at home in more than 15 months and the St. Louis Blues recovered after blowing a two-goal cushion, beating the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout.

T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout for St. Louis, while goalie Chris Mason clinched it with a left pad save on Henrik Zetterberg in the third round.

Kariya got credit for a deflection off David Perron's drive on the Blues' first goal and added an assist for his second two-goal game of the season and sixth multipoint game of the season.

Andy McDonald also scored in regulation for the Blues, who have had trouble protecting leads all season. St. Louis is an NHL-worst 10-16-5 at home and only 18-2-6 when leading after two periods.

CHICAGO (AP) - Kris Versteeg scored in the fifth round of a shootout, leading the Chicago Blackhawks past the Dallas Stars.

Dallas' Loui Eriksson tied it at 3 with 3:50 left in regulation, scoring from just outside the crease following a turnover by Chicago.

Chicago had taken a 3-2 lead early in the final period on a goal by Troy Brouwer, who scored from the right circle after Marian Hossa fired the puck off the boards behind the net.

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal also scored in regulation for the Stars.

Patrick Kane had two first-period goals for the Blackhawks, his team-high 23rd and 24th of the season.

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