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Flyers extend Penguins' losing streak

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Mike Knuble of the Philadelphia Flyers shoots through the defense of Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

PHOTO: AFP

Mike Knuble scored the go-ahead goal with 2:05 left and Antero Niittymaki stopped 24 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers over Pittsburgh 4-2 in the NHL on Monday, the Penguins' 10th consecutive loss.

Michal Handzus, Petr Nedved and Simon Gagne also scored for the Flyers, who beat the lowly Penguins for the second time in three days. The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, and they completed the home-and-home sweep with their first win at the Wachovia Center since Dec. 22.

Peter Forsberg returned to the lineup for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers and had an assist on Knuble's 22nd goal. Simon Gagne scored an empty-net goal, his 33rd of the season.

"The only thing I did all day was win a faceoff at the end," said Forsberg, who missed two games because of an abdominal muscle strain. "We shouldn't keep it that close after going up 2-0."

Michel Ouellet and Mark Recchi scored for Pittsburgh.

Hurricanes 7, Canadiens 3

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Eric Staal and Justin Williams each had a goal and two assists to help Carolina wins its eighth consecutive home game.

Andrew Ladd and Erik Cole each added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, and Bret Hedican, Craig Adams and Matt Cullen also scored.

Tomas Plekanec had two goals and Francis Bouillon also scored for Montreal. Tthe Canadiens have lost seven consecutive away from home and 16 of its past 17.

Bruins 3, Capitals 2

At Washington, Wayne Primeau scored twice and Boston ended Washington's season-high, four-game winning streak.

Brad Boyes also scored for Boston, and Brad Isbister and Eric Nickulas each had two assists. The Bruins have won three of four games and earned points in five consecutive games.

Brian Willsie and Brooks Laich scored for the Capitals, who failed in a bid to win five straight for the first time since March 2001.

Washington's Alexander Ovechkin was shut out, ending an eight-game point streak that matched the rookie's season high.

Predators 3, Red Wings 2

At Detroit, Scott Hartnell scored in the second period and Nashville kept the one-goal lead it had when the game was suspended in November after Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench with cardiac arrest.

Although the teams played a full 60-minute game on Monday night, Nashville started with a 1-0 advantage on Greg Johnson's goal from the game at Detroit on Nov. 21 that was stopped with 7:30 left in the first period.

The game resumed on a date originally scheduled to be Nashville's home game against Detroit. The Predators will play that home game against the Red Wings on March 30.

Fischer, who attends occasional games and practices, is being treated with medicine, is undergoing regular tests and has not been cleared to play. The team has not given a timetable for the 25-year-old Czech's return.

The Predators are 5-3-0 in their last eight games, pulling within of one point of the Western Conference-leading Red Wings. Detroit had won four straight.

Steve Sullivan also scored for Nashville, and Tomas Vokoun made 39 saves.

Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider scored for Detroit.

Senators 4, Maple Leafs 3

At Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored his 30th goal and Dominik Hasek made 23 saves to lead Ottawa to its second home win over Toronto in three nights.

Mike Fisher, Wade Redden and Bryan Smolinski also scored for Ottawa, which beat Toronto 7-0 on Saturday. The Senators improved to 6-0 against their provincial rivals this season and have outscored them 36-12.

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