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Kid tandem offense sends Penguins past Islanders

AP , UNIONDALE, NEW YORK

Sergei Gonchar scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal 3:33 into overtime and the Penguins used the kid tandem of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday.

Islanders captain Alexei Yashin enjoyed a three-point night but was in the penalty box when Gonchar took a pass from Ryan Whitney and ripped a shot in off the right post. Pittsburgh went 3-for-8 on the power play, using the advantage to take a 2-0 lead and then to win after falling behind in the second period.

Malkin scored his second goal in two NHL games to tie it at 3 in the third and the 19-year-old Crosby had three assists to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game losing streak.

Mike Dunham made 32 saves to earn a point for the Islanders. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots for Pittsburgh.

Avalanche 2, Senators 1

At Ottawa, Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored second-period goals and Jose Theodore made 26 saves for the Avalanche.

Sakic scored his third goal of the season midway through the second to open the scoring. Richardson got his third with a short-handed effort with 3:16 left in the period to put the Avalanche up by two.

Theodore, who entered 1-2-1, had his best start of the season, losing a bid for his first Colorado shutout on Dany Heatley's goal midway through the third.

Thrashers 4, Capitals 3, SO

At Atlanta, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Marian Hossa each scored in a shootout to give the Thrashers the win.

Kozlov beat Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson to open the shootout. Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped Alexander Semin before Hossa beat Johnson. Lehtonen blocked Alex Ovechkin's shot to finish off the 2-0 shootout.

Hossa, who scored earlier, got a tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation to send it into overtime. His seventh goal came when he took a pass from Ilya Kovalchuk and knocked it over the right shoulder of Johnson.

Predators 4, Devils 3, SO

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Martin Erat scored the only goal in the shootout and Chris Mason stopped all three shots to lead the Predators over the Devils.

Nashville blew a two-goal lead in the final 2:07 of regulation but still managed to win its fourth straight game.

Paul Kariya set up first-period power-play goals by Jason Arnott and Erat and Scott Nichol tallied short-handed in the second for Nashville.

Lightning 4, Flyers 1

At Tampa, Florida, Ryan Craig and Ruslan Fedotenko scored second-period goals and Marc Denis made 34 saves for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning, who had lost four of five, also got third-period goals from Vinny Prospal and Nikita Alexeev. Tampa Bay has won nine straight games against the Flyers, outscoring Philadelphia 43-16.

Denis lost his bid for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall when Sami Kapanen scored a short-handed goal with 4:12 left.

Bruins 3, Flames 2

At Boston, Glen Murray scored two goals and the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak.

Boston also halted a three-game losing streak in home openers.

Flames forward Stephane Yelle suffered a lower body injury and was taken off on a stretcher with 1:12 remaining in the second period after awkwardly falling and being pushed into the boards by Bruins defenseman Jason York.

Kings 4, Coyotes 0

At Glendale, Arizona, Michael Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and the Kings defeated Phoenix.

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