Canadiens leave it late to end streak with win in Florida

AP , SUNRISE, FLORIDA

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 - Page 22

Alexei Kovalev's shot from the right circle 1:43 into overtime lifted the Montreal Canadiens over Florida 2-1 on Wednesday, spoiling the Panthers' first game since forward Richard Zednik was seriously injured.

With Jassen Cullimore -- who helped Zednik off the ice after his neck was accidentally slashed in Buffalo on Sunday -- in the penalty box for hooking, Kovalev scored to snap Montreal's three-game losing streak.

Steve Montador scored in the first period for Florida and Christopher Higgins knotted the game with 7:26 left.

Thrashers 3, Capitals 2, SO

At Atlanta, Eric Perrin and Slava Kozlov scored on Atlanta's first two shootout opportunities and Kari Lehtonen stopped 39 shots before denying Washington's Alexander Semin and Boyd Gordon in the shootout.

Lehtonen, who also had an assist, made a glove save on Gordon's shot to finish the win, which left the two teams tied with Carolina for the division lead.

The Thrashers improved to 7-4 in shootouts.

Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist for Atlanta.

Bruins 2, Penguins 1

At Pittsburgh, Petteri Nokelainen and Vladimir Sobotka scored less than two minutes apart during the first period and Boston held on despite allowing Evgeni Malkin's third-period goal.

The Bruins were so strong defensively for most of the game, goalie Tim Thomas saw only a single shot during one 15-minute span of the second period and faced only 11 during the first two periods. Malkin scored his 32nd goal of the season with about 7 minutes remaining.

Devils 3, Senators 2, OT

At Newark, New Jersey, Brian Gionta swept a rebound past Martin Gerber 2:14 into overtime as New Jersey beat Ottawa.

Gionta's drive was blocked in front, and Jamie Langenbrunner put a rebound off the right pad of Gerber. Gionta got the puck again and scored his 14th goal for the Devils.

Langenbrunner and Karel Rachunek also scored for the Devils, and Patrik Elias had three assists.

Blackhawks 7, Blue Jackets 2

At Columbus, Ohio, Dustin Byfuglien scored two goals and Chicago rolled to a big early lead to beat Columbus.

Robert Lang, Brent Seabrook, James Wisniewski and Martin Havlat each had a goal and an assist and Brent Sopel had two assists for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane also scored.

Sabres 1, Maple Leafs 0

At Buffalo, New York, Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots and Paul Gaustad scored the lone goal, lifting Buffalo.

Gaustad broke a scoreless tie 9 minutes into the third, converting Daniel Paille's pass from behind the net. Miller registered his third shutout of the season, helping Buffalo improve to 8-2-0 in its past 10 games.