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NHL: Heatley stays red-hot as Sharks down the Coyotes

AP and Reuters, PHOENIX

Dany Heatley stayed hot to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 victory over Phoenix on Monday, snapping the Coyotes’ four-game win streak.

Heatley, who scored twice in his team’s win over St Louis on Saturday, netted a go-ahead backhander in the second period to help San Jose defeat Phoenix (23-14-9) a sixth straight time.

Heatley added an assist on Logan Couture’s goal that put the Sharks up 3-1 in the second, while goaltender Antti Niemi made 34 saves to give San Jose (23-19-5) consecutive wins following a six-game losing streak.

Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,000th NHL game with the opening goal of the contest.

Derek Morris tied it 1-1 in the first for the Coyotes and Phoenix rookie Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded the first goal of his career in the third period to pull the home side within one.

However, Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter with 49 seconds left to seal the contest.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 32 saves in a losing effort for the Coyotes, who lost defenseman David Schlemko to injury when he collided with San Jose’s Scott Nichol in the third.

The Sharks’ Ryan Clowe missed a second straight game (lower body) after having played in 129 straight contests, but San Jose continued their rule over Phoenix.

BRUINS 7, HURRICANES 0

In Boston, Zdeno Chara had his first career hat-trick and Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for his seventh shutout, as the Boston Bruins decimated the Carolina Hurricanes.

Mark Stuart, returning to the lineup after missing 18 games with a broken finger, had a goal in the first period. Gregory Campbell, Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder also scored for Boston, which have lost just twice in regulation in their last 13 games (8-2-3).

It was the Bruins’ second lopsided win in six days: They -shutout Ottawa 6-0 with Thomas in net on Jan. 11. It was also the third time in the last four games Boston scored at least six goals.

STARS 2, KINGS 1

In Dallas, Jamie Langenbrunner scored the go-ahead goal for Dallas on a second-period power play in his 1,000th NHL game, six minutes after Loui Eriksson also scored with the man advantage.

Langenbrunner broke a 1-1 tie when he drove the net and converted Brad Richards’ centering pass at 16 minutes, 59 seconds into the second period with a second showing on Dallas’ fifth power-play.

The Stars held a pregame ceremony for Langenbrunner, who had gone without a goal in his first three games back with Dallas since he was acquired in a trade with the Devils.

In Monday’s other action, it was:

‧ Thrashers 3, Panthers 2

‧ Canadiens 5, Flames 4 OT

‧ Devils 5, Islanders 2

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