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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Matt Martin scored his second game-winning goal in his three-year NHL career, and the New York Islanders shook off a slow start and routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Tuesday night.

John Tavares, Milan Jurcina, David Ullstrom and Matt Moulson - the NHL's first star of last week - also scored for New York. Ullstrom's goal was his first in the NHL. Al Montoya made 23 saves.

The Islanders are 4-1-2 in their past seven games.

Martin St. Louis gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead, but the Islanders led 3-1 before the first period ended. Mathieu Garon stopped 29 shots for the Lightning, who have lost five in a row.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Backes scored St. Louis' second straight power-play goal, and the Blues broke out of a 2-for-39 slump with the man advantage in a victory against Detroit.

Alex Steen had a power-play goal in the second period, and Brian Elliott made 27 saves for the Blues, 9-2-3 since coach Ken Hitchcock replaced the fired Davis Payne. The Blues also beat the Red Wings in Hitchcock's first game on Nov. 15.

St. Louis entered Tuesday as the NHL's worst with the man advantage - having scored eight goals in 87 chances.

Detroit's Jonathan Franzen scored for the third straight game and Danny Cleary made it a one-goal game with 1:20 to go.


TORONTO (AP) - David Clarkson scored twice, including the winning goal 2:40 into overtime to lift New Jersey over Toronto.

Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Devils, who got 31 saves from Martin Brodeur.

Phil Kessel netted his 17th goal for Toronto, and Matt Frattin also scored for the Leafs. James Reimer made 23 saves.

Kovalchuk and Clarkson scored power-play goals in the first period to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.


MONTREAL (AP) - Rick Nash's shootout goal lifted Columbus over Montreal.

Curtis Sanford was perfect in the tiebreaker, turning aside David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta. Gionta scored a goal with 1:21 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 1.5 seconds left in the first to draw Montreal even at 1.

R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist, and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus, which had lost three of four.

Sanford made 18 saves in his 10th straight start for the Blue Jackets.

Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, which returned home after a 1-1-1 West Coast trip.

Gionta, who missed half of the second period after he was cut on the face by Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot's skate, tapped home a puck in the crease after Tomas Plekanec's centering pass struck former Canadiens defenseman James Wisniewski in front.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Keith Yandle scored with 1:45 remaining to give Phoenix a win against Nashville.

The Coyotes won their second straight game. The Predators have dropped six of eight.

Ray Whitney and Taylor Pyatt also scored for Phoenix. Jack Hillen and Shea Weber had the Predators' goals.

With the teams skating 4-on-4, Shane Doan fired a pass from the right circle to Yandle skating through the slot. Yandle corralled the puck and put it past goalie Pekka Rinne for his fourth of the season.

Nashville had tied it 2-2 at 12:53 of the third on Weber's goal. Whitney had given the Coyotes the lead 1:40 into the third.

Pyatt gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead just 9 seconds after the opening faceoff, but Hillen tied it with just 10.8 seconds left in the first period.

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