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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.


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.


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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