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Flyers defeat Rangers to move into first-place tie

AP , NEW YORK

A member of the New York Rangers ice crew picks up hats thrown on the ice by fans after the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr scored his third goal of the game and a hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period in NHL action on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

PHOTO: AP

Mike Knuble racked up two of Philadelphia's three power-play goals in the first period, and the Flyers overcame Jaromir Jagr's hat trick and moved into a first-place tie with New York by beating the Rangers 6-3 on Wednesday night.

The Flyers won for the second straight night, ending New York's three-game victory streak and catching the Rangers atop the National Hockey League's Atlantic Division. Both teams have 39 wins and 88 points.

Philadelphia, which earned its third consecutive road win over the Rangers this season has 12 games remaining. New York will play 13 more.

Panthers 3, Capitals 2

In Sunrise, Florida, Jon Sim, Jozef Stumpel and Joe Nieuwendyk scored goals and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves to lead Florida to its first four-game winning streak of the season.

The Panthers trail Atlanta by five points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brian Willsie and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Capitals, who have lost seven consecutive games.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3

At Buffalo, New York, Justin Williams had a goal and assist and Carolina weathered a three-goal third period to pull out a victory over the Sabres.

Kevyn Adams, Cory Stillman and Anton Babchuk also scored for Carolina, which wilted after a four-goal second period in a meeting of two of the Eastern Conference's elite teams.

Rod Brind'Amour added two assists allowing the Hurricanes (46-17-6) to snap a two-game losing streak and creep within two points of East-leading Ottawa.

Jason Pomminville, Thomas Vanek and Jiri Novotny scored in the third period, but the Sabres failed to get the equalizer.

Stars 4, Wild 2

At Dallas, Jere Lehtinen, Jon Klemm and Stu Barnes scored goals during a 5:18 span in the third period for the Stars.

Jussi Jokinen added a goal and two assists and Jason Arnott had two assists for Dallas, which has won eight of 10 to build a 15-point lead over runner-up Anaheim in the Pacific Division.

Marty Turco made 15 saves for the Stars to match the club record for wins in a season with 37. Ed Belfour set the record in 1997-98 and Turco also accomplished the feat in 2003-04.

Brian Rolston and Marian Gaborik scored for Minnesota.

Mighty Ducks 5, Avalanche 4, OT

At Anaheim, California, Jonathan Hedstrom scored on a penalty shot with 1:38 left in overtime and Anaheim rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Colorado.

Scott Niedermayer scored twice on the power play, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist and rookie Chris Kunitz set up two goals, including the equalizer by Andy McDonald with 12:57 left in regulation. The only other teams to beat the Avalanche this season when trailing after two periods were Nashville on Oct. 12 and Dallas on Jan. 26. Both games were in Denver.

Joe Sakic, Brett McLean, Anti Laaksonen and Pierre Turgeon scored for the Avalanche, who lost an opportunity to tie idle Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division. Rob Blake had three assists, but committed a costly turnover that led to Anaheim's third goal of the game.

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