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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Jamie McBain scored his first NHL goal with less than a second remaining in overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a late deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday.

Seconds after Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made what looked to be a potential game-saving stop on Chad LaRose's shot, McBain - getting two points in his third career game - beat Fleury with 0.9 seconds remaining.

The Penguins, 2-2-2 in their last six games, led 2-1 on Evgeni Malkin's goal with 6:55 remaining. Joni Pitkanen tied it at the 16-minute mark.

The Hurricanes, 11-3-1 since Feb. 5, won despite losing starting goalie Manny Legace with an unspecified lower body injury during the second period.

DALLAS (AP) - Brad Richards had two goals, Trevor Daley scored the winner, and Dallas handed Ottawa its fifth straight defeat despite Jason Spezza's hat trick.

Rookie Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars, who are trying to stay in the Western Conference playoff race despite a 3-6-1 record since the Olympic break.

Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire was pulled from the game after allowing five goals on 19 shots.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots in his third straight start for Dallas.

Mike Fisher and Spezza capitalized on the Senators' first two power plays after Ottawa had gone 0 for 14 with the man advantage during the previous four games. Ottawa has been outscored 22-9 during its skid.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Ty Conklin made 29 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and St. Louis kept up its late-season playoff push with a win over New Jersey.

Alexander Steen scored the only goal for the Blues, who won for the ninth time in 12 games and improved to 9-4 in their past 13 on the road.

Conklin made a second straight start, both road victories for the Blues. He has four shutouts and 10 wins in only 23 games this season. Steen scored with 13 seconds left in the first period.

The Devils had a five-game, home-winning streak snapped and missed a chance to take over first place in the Atlantic Division.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his return following a two-game NHL suspension and Jose Theodore made 33 saves as Washington beat Tampa Bay.

The two-time defending MVP took a long pass off the boards from Nicklas Backstrom, skated in on a breakaway and easily scored on Antero Niittymaki to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

It was Ovechkin's 45th goal of the season.

Tomas Fleischmann and Alexander Semin also scored for Washington. Vincent Lecavalier had the Lightning's only goal.

ATLANTA (AP) - Colby Armstrong scored two goals and Atlanta beat Philadelphia to move closer to the Eastern Conference playoff cutoff.

The Thrashers have won three straight and trail eighth-place Boston by one point. Atlanta had not won as many as three in a row since a four-game streak from Nov. 25-30.

Armstrong had his second straight two-goal game. Nik Antropov, Niclas Bergfors and Bryan Little also scored against Brian Boucher, who had 23 stops. Johan Hedberg made 25 saves for Atlanta.

Dan Carcillo and Blair Betts had goals for the Flyers.

The Thrashers are 3-0 against the Flyers. The teams will complete the season series in Philadelphia on Sunday.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Jochen Hecht, Patrick Kaleta and Mike Grier each scored to lift Buffalo over Florida.

Ryan Miller made 31 saves for the Northeast Division-leading Sabres, who have won two straight. Tyler Myers and Paul Gaustad both recorded two assists for Buffalo.

Byron Bitz scored the lone goal for the Panthers.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 17 shots for Florida before he was replaced by Scott Clemmensen in the second period. Vokoun was also pulled from Tuesday night's game against Washington, a 7-3 Florida loss. Clemmensen finished Saturday's game with 16 saves.

The Sabres went ahead 3-1 on Grier's goal 13:49 into the third.

TORONTO (AP) - John Mitchell scored the shootout winner for Toronto, which played the role of spoiler and beat Montreal.

Toronto has won six of seven and is playing its best hockey of the season. Four of those victories have come after regulation.

Mitchell and Nikolai Kulemin beat Jaroslav Halak in the shootout. Jonas Gustavsson stopped two of Montreal's three attempts, and sealed the win with a save on Brian Gionta.

Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who are 29th in the overall standings of the 30 NHL clubs.

Gionta had both goals for Montreal.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cody Franson scored 1:54 into overtime and Pekka Rinne posted his second straight shutout as Nashville stretched its winning streak to five games.

Rinne and Columbus counterpart Steve Mason were equally stingy during regulation time. Rinne stopped all 32 shots he saw in the first 60 minutes and then one more in overtime. Mason made 30 saves, all before the extra session.

Three of Rinne's last four wins have been by shutout. He has gone 132 minutes, 36 seconds without allowing a goal.

The Predators have beaten the Blue Jackets 14 consecutive times in Nashville. It is the NHL's longest home winning streak over another team.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Radim Vrbata scored the lone goal of the shootout and Phoenix rallied to beat Chicago and stretch its winning streak to eight.

Antti Niemi stopped attempts by Wojtek Wolski and Lauri Korpikoski before Vrbata scored.

Ilya Bryzgalov saved shots by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp in succession for his 39th win of the season.

Lee Stempniak scored twice and Wolski also had a goal for the Coyotes, who moved within one point of San Jose for the Pacific Division lead and two points of the Blackhawks for the Western Conference's best record.

The Coyotes' winning streak is one short of the franchise record and matches the team's eight-game streak from Nov. 6-Dec. 2, 1999.

Andrew Ladd and Sharp scored 73 seconds apart early in the third period. Troy Brouwer and Kane also scored, and Marian Hossa had a pair of assists for the Blackhawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games - two after regulation.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Quick posted his fourth shutout of the season and Brad Richardson scored in the first period, leading Los Angeles over the New York Islanders.

New York absorbed its 12th one-goal loss of the season and fifth this month.

The Kings, seeking their first playoff berth since 2002, climbed over Colorado into sixth place in the Western Conference. They have a six-point lead over ninth-place Calgary with 10 games left.

Quick made 26 saves en route to his eighth career shutout and third in nine starts.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Henrik Zetterberg scored as the overtime buzzer sounded to lift Detroit to a dramatic victory over Vancouver.

Zetterberg peeled out of the corner around defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who had lost his stick, and into the slot before lifting a backhand over the left shoulder of Roberto Luongo as time ran out.

Jimmy Howard made 29 saves for the Red Wings, who bounced back from a shootout loss in Edmonton on Friday to move two points ahead of ninth-place Calgary in the Western Conference playoff race with 11 games left.

Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk scored 5 seconds apart and Valteri Filppula added a short-handed breakaway goal with 2:21 left in the second period as the Red Wings rebounded from a two-goal deficit.

Daniel Sedin tied it for Vancouver 5 minutes into the third.

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