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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Dany Heatley scored twice and Antti Niemi made 26 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to their eighth straight victory, 3-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

The win was the 17th in the past 20 games for the Sharks, who have moved from outside the playoff picture in mid-January to third place in the Western Conference, just three points behind second-place Detroit.

Niemi has started every game during this run with Antero Niittymaki sidelined by a groin injury and has been a big reason for San Jose's turnaround after a sluggish first half of the season.

Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose.

Tomas Holmstrom scored a power-play goal for the Red Wings, who have lost on back-to-back nights after winning their previous six road games.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Darryl Boyce scored the go-ahead goal with 4:30 left in the third period in Toronto's comeback victory over Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia.

Nikolai Kulemin and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Maple Leafs, coming off a 3-2 overtime victory over Pittsburgh at home Wednesday night. Toronto, fighting for a playoff spot, 10-2-4 since the All-Star break.

Kris Versteeg scored twice for the Flyers against his former team. Toronto traded him to Philadelphia last month. The Flyers lost consecutive games for the first time since last December.

BOSTON (AP) - Milan Lucic broke tie with 3:42 left and Boston won its seventh straight to break a tie with Tampa Bay for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Steven Kampfer also scored for the Bruins, coming off a six-game trip. The Bruins pulled two points ahead of Tampa Bay and clinched the tiebreaker with a 3-1 series victory.

Tim Thomas had 27 saves for the Bruins, allowing only Eric Brewer's goal.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newcomer Jason Arnott scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:19 left, and Washington beat St. Louis for its third straight victory.

Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 shots to set a franchise record for wins by a rookie with 21. The 22-year-old topped Bob Mason, who won 20 in 1986-87.

Playing in his second game since being acquired in a trade with New Jersey, Arnott took a crossing pass from Alexander Semin and beat goalie Ty Conklin with a slap shot from the left circle.

Scott Hannan and Niklas Backstrom also scored and Alex Ovechkin had two assists for the Capitals, who have won two in a row at home for the first time since Nov. 26-28. They're also riding their first three-game winning streak since Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Alexander Steen and B.J. Crombeen scored for the Blues.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jamie McBain scored 26 seconds into overtime for Carolina.

Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen rushed the puck over the Sabres' blue line and waited for the trailing McBain. McBain's slap shot made it through traffic before sneaking through goalie Ryan Miller's legs.

Chad LaRose and Jiri Tlusty also scored for Carolina, 11-3-2 in its last 16 home games. The Hurricanes won consecutive games for the first time since the end of January. Cam Ward made 27 saves.

Newly acquired Brad Boyes scored his second goal in two games for the Sabres, Steve Montador also had a goal and Miller made 21 saves.

With the victory Carolina moved to seventh in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of the New York Rangers and three ahead of Buffalo.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Carey Price made 30 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and Andrei Kostitsyn and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

Hal Gill and David Desharnais also scored for the Canadiens, who have won four of their last five. Travis Moen and James Wisniewski each had two assists.

The goal was Gill's first in 100 games, dating to Dec. 31, 2009, when he scored in the same building.

Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun lasted only 8:54 before he was pulled after giving up two goals on three shots. Backup Scott Clemmensen made 25 saves.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Blake Geoffrion opened the scoring 1:59 into the third period and Pekka Rinne stopped 29 shots in Nashville's victory over Vancouver.

Patric Hornqvist added an insurance goal with 2:21 left and David Legwand completed the scoring into an empty net as the Predators won for just the second time in seven games (2-4-1) to move back into a playoff position at the bottom of the tight Western Conference.

Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the NHL-leading Canucks.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Bernier recorded his third NHL shutout and Jarret Stoll converted a penalty to Phoenix's Rostislav Klesla into a power-play goal with 7:47 remaining, leading Los Angeles.

Klesla, playing his second gave with Phoenix after a trade with Columbus on Monday, was sent off for high-sticking Anze Kopitar 41 seconds before Stoll beat Ilya Bryzgalov through a screen with a one-timer from the left point on the Kings' 18th and final shot of the game.

The Coyotes have lost a season-worst five straight after an eight-game winning streak that put them atop the Pacific Division for 10 days.

NEW YORK (AP) - Casey Wellman, recalled from the minors hours earlier, broke a second-period tie with his second NHL goal and Jose Theodore made 40 saves for the Minnesota.

Wellman was brought up on an emergency basis in case Cal Clutterbuck was unable to play following a hard hit he took from behind Wednesday in Minnesota's loss to the New York Islanders. Clutterbuck was in the lineup, but Wellman took the place of Jed Ortmeyer, sent down to Houston of the AHL.

Kyle Brodziak also scored in the second to wipe out the Rangers' 1-0 lead, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added insurance in the third for the Wild, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Sean Avery scored for New York.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Devan Dubnyk turned aside R.J. Umberger on a penalty shot in the first period and finished with 26 saves in Edmonton's victory over Columbus.

Taylor Hall had a goal an assist, Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Cogliano also scored and Shawn Horcoff had two assists to help the Oilers win for the sixth time in nine games.

Hall completed a "Gordie Howe hat trick" when he traded punches with Derek Dorsett in the second period, but the rookie star injured his left ankle when he landed awkwardly in the fight - his first in the NHL.

Matt Calvert and Scottie Upshall scored for Columbus. Upshall, acquired from Phoenix on Monday, has two goals in two games for the Blue Jackets.

ATLANTA (AP) - Craig Anderson made 42 saves and Nick Foligno scored the clinching goal with just under 9 minutes remaining, giving Ottawa a victory over fading Atlanta.

Coming into the night six points out of the final playoff spot in the East, the Thrashers' playoff hopes took a crushing blow with their 11th loss in the last 13 games.

Colin Greening scored the only goal through the first two periods, and that on a shot that deflected off the skate of Atlanta defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. Bobby Butler made it 2-0 a minute into the third, before Byfuglien gave the Thrashers hope with his 19th goal.

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