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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos had his second hat trick this season and fifth overall on Saturday to lift Tampa Bay to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes that gave the Lightning their third straight victory and fifth in seven games.

Stamkos scored his third goal of the game and 26th of the season from the left circle on a power-play 43 seconds into the third. Just 22 seconds later Tampa Bay went up 4-2 on a goal by Teddy Purcell.

Carolina got goals from Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison. Eric Staal had two assists, giving him three assists and five points in his last two games.

Steve Downie scored a third-period goal at 6:51 and also had two assists for the Lightning.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Radim Vrbata scored a pair of goals two minutes apart early in the third period and Phoenix hung on to end a four-game skid.

Daymond Langkow and Ray Whitney also scored for the Coyotes.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen scored for Minnesota, 1-6-3 in its past 10 games.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a penalty shot in the first period and added an assist on David Clarkson's power-play goal four minutes later and New Jersey ended a four-game winless streak against Pittsburgh.

Zach Parise scored an empty-net goal with 49.5 seconds left for the Devils, who won for the ninth time in 12 games. The Penguins, who lost their second straight after a four-game win streak, were without Sidney Crosby. He missed his ninth straight game with concussion symptoms.

Martin Brodeur made 29 saves for the Devils, including an improbable glove save on Matt Cooke with four minutes left. It was his 11th win of the season, third straight and his record 636th victory of his career. It was also his 43rd win in 75 games against Pittsburgh.

Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias each had assists on Parise's 13th goal of the season, giving both players two assists for the game.

Chris Kunitz scored a third-period goal for the Penguins.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Matt Moulson had a goal and two assists, and John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau both added one of each for New York, which took advantage of Edmonton and shaky goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Tavares and Moulson helped set up each other for goals in the first period, and Parenteau and Matt Martin connected in the second for the Islanders, who won their second straight against visiting teams from Alberta following a three-game losing streak.

Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves for the Islanders, 5-2-4 against Western Conference opponents.

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