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Fisher paces Senators

His two goals help edge Devils

Mike Fisher scored twice and backup goalie Ray Emery made 25 saves in the Senators' 5-4 victory over New Jersey last night in Ottawa.

Chris Neil, Jason Spezza, and Brian McGrattan also scored to help the Senators improve to 6-0 on Saturdays. Ottawa has outscored opponents, 35-6, on Saturdays.

After Fisher gave Ottawa a 5-2 lead with 8:38 left, New Jersey cut it to 1 on goals by John Madden, with 6:16 to go, and Grant Marshall, with 1:44 remaining. Marshall's goal came on a two-man advantage.

Barry Tallackson and Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, and Martin Brodeur had 37 saves.

Capitals 5, Canadiens 1 -- Brian Sutherby scored twice and Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves, leading Washington at Montreal.

Sutherby, Brian Willsie, and Brooks Laich each scored before the midway point of the first period. Chris Clark added a second-period goal for Washington, which improved to 8-12-0 with its fifth regulation victory of the season.

Blues 3, Red Wings 2 -- Mike Sillinger and Doug Weight scored in the third period to lead visiting St. Louis.

Jamal Mayers also scored to help the Blues win their second straight after losing 11 in a row. Curtis Sanford made 33 saves in the victory, St. Louis's first over Detroit in nine games (0-7-1) since Oct. 29, 2003.

Islanders 5, Panthers 3 -- Shawn Bates scored two goals to help visiting New York hand Florida its 11th straight loss.

Miroslav Satan, Oleg Kvasha, and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, and Rick DiPietro made 25 saves. The Islanders have won three of their last four games.

Maple Leafs 5, Thrashers 1 -- Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice and had an assist to help Toronto beat visiting Atlanta for its season-high fourth straight victory.

Bryan McCabe added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 14th goal for the Thrashers, who had won four of their previous five games.

Flyers 6, Penguins 3 -- Jeff Carter and Michael Handzus scored in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the third period and visiting Philadelphia made a late lead hold up.

Simon Gagne got his NHL-leading 19th and 20th goals of the season as Philadelphia improved to a league-best 10-1-1 on the road after dropping its previous three games, including successive home overtime losses to the Penguins Wednesday and Atlanta Friday.

Gagne also assisted on Mike Knuble's empty-net goal.

Wild 4, Predators 2 -- Kurtis Foster scored his first two NHL goals and host Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Nashville.

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3 -- Michael Nylander had a goal and three assists, and Jaromir Jagr set up three goals to lead New York at Madison Square Garden and a home-and-home split.

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