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Senators defeat Panthers to stay on top

AP , SUNRISE, FLORIDA

Brandon Bochenski had his first career three-goal game and the NHL-leading Ottawa Senators won for the eighth time in nine games, beating the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Monday.

"Considering I didn't have three goals prior to this game, it was definitely exciting to have a three-in-one game. I don't know what else to say," Bochenski said.

Dominik Hasek made 26 saves to help the Senators improve to 21-4 overall and 17-0 when leading after two periods. Ottawa leads the NHL in both goals and fewest goals allowed, scoring 115 and allowing only 52. Bochenski's three goals gave the rookie five overall in 13 games. It was his third game since being recalled on Nov. 30 from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

"I don't think it really changes anything," Bochenski said.

"I'm here to fill in for [injured] Martin Havlat. If they keep me for the entire time he's gone, I'll be happy. I just want to play solid while I'm up here," he said.

Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil and Vaclav Varada also scored for Ottawa. Niklas Hagman, Mike Van Ryn and Joe Nieuwendyk scored for Florida.

Rangers 3, Wild 1

At New York, Petr Prucha scored two power-play goals for New York, including the tiebreaker with 8:29 remaining.

Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to improve to 8-1-1 at home, two nights after allowing five goals on 21 shots in a loss at Washington that snapped New York's six-game winning streak. Martin Straka added an empty-net goal for the Rangers. Pascal Dupuis scored for Minnesota.

Coyotes 5, Thrashers 2

At Glendale, Arizona, Mike Johnson scored twice, including the winner with 15:43 remaining, to help Phoenix win for the sixth time in eight games.

Paul Mara, Zbynek Michalek and Mike Comrie added goals for the Coyotes. Marian Hossa scored his 200th career goal and Vyacheslav Kozlov also had a goal for Atlanta, which lost its third straight in regulation and fourth in a row overall.

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