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Sharks on move in playoff hunt

Jonathan Cheechoo scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season 44 seconds apart and led the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes last night in Glendale, Ariz.

Nils Ekman also scored and Joe Thornton set up both of Cheechoo's power-play goals in the second period for the Sharks, who beat the Coyotes for the first time this season (1-6-1).

San Jose moved one point ahead of Colorado and two points ahead of Edmonton into sixth place in the Western Conference. The Oilers have three games to play, the Avalanche and Sharks four each.

Mike Comrie and Steven Reinprecht scored for the Coyotes, who have lost four straight.

Cheechoo became the first San Jose player to score 50 goals when he beat David LeNeveu from the low slot and gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 11:47 of the second period.

He made it 3-0 at 12:31, corralling a rebound near the goal line to LeNeveu's right and bouncing the puck off the goalie's back for his 51st goal of the season. Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers leads the NHL with 53 goals. Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk is tied for second with Cheechoo.

Canadiens 3, Senators 2 -- Richard Zednik scored his first goal in over a month midway through the third period to snap a tie and lift host Montreal.

Zednik, who hadn't scored in 13 games since March 7, backhanded a rebound into an open right side at 9:27 to give Montreal its second lead. He paid for the goal by being pushed face first into the crossbar by Ottawa's Peter Schaefer.

David Aebischer made 35 saves to defeat Ottawa for the second time in five days. Chris Higgins scored for the fourth straight game, and Sheldon Souray also had a goal for Montreal, which moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference -- two points ahead of Tampa Bay.

The Canadiens, two points behind sixth-place New Jersey, have won nine of 10.

Dany Heatley extended his team record to 48 goals for Ottawa, which has lost a season-high four straight and remained tied with Carolina for first place in the East with 108 points.

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