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Leafs' point streak halted at 16 games

Mark Parrish scored the winning goal for the second straight game, lifting the host New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory that snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs' point streak at 16 games last night.


Toronto went 14-0-1-1 since its previous loss in regulation Nov. 20 at Edmonton. The run tied the longest in the NHL since the 1999-00 season, when points were first awarded for overtime losses.

Parrish, who scored in overtime Friday to beat New Jersey, calmly controlled a rebound in front of Ed Belfour and steered it into the open right side of the net 4:34 into the third period. Parrish added an empty-net goal with 6.1 seconds left to seal it.

Mattias Weinhandl also scored for New York, which has won six straight at home and is 8-2-0-1 since a seven-game losing streak. Toronto had its road unbeaten streak snapped at eight games (7-0-1), one short of the team record set in 1947-48.

Avalanche 3, Flyers 2 -- Rob Blake scored the tying goal after host Colorado pulled its goalie, and Milan Hejduk scored 1:42 into overtime to beat Philadelphia. Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead midway through the third period on Radovan Somik's one-timer, but couldn't convert on a two-man advantage less than a minute later. Colorado won for the first time in seven games (1-3-3) in the return of Peter Forsberg, who missed 19 games with a groin/abdominal injury.

Devils 2, Penguins 0 -- Corey Schwab made 21 saves and Jay Pandolfo and Jeff Friesen scored power-play goals to help visiting New Jersey beat Pittsburgh. Schwab made his second start of the season while star Martin Brodeur was rested. The shutout was the sixth of Schwab's career and first since Jan. 3. It was his first victory since he beat Pittsburgh, 3-1, March 21.

Kings 4, Sharks 4 -- Sean Avery capitalized on a mistake by San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to score the tying goal midway through the third period for Los Angeles, which extended its home unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3). Vincent Damphousse scored two power-play goals, Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Todd Harvey ended a 45-game goal drought for San Jose.

Predators 3, Coyotes 1 -- Scott Walker had a goal and two assists, helping visiting Nashville spoil Phoenix's first game in its new arena. Marek Zidlicky had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Vokoun made 32 saves to further silence the standing-room-only crowd of 19,052 in the 17,799-seat Glendale Arena.

Stars 4, Blue Jackets 3 -- Brenden Morrow and Mike Modano each had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Dallas over Columbus, the Stars' fourth win in a row.

Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1 -- Sean Hill ended Carolina's power-play slump at 26 chances, scoring twice with the man advantage in leading the Hurricanes past visiting Montreal in overtime.

Oilers 6, Canucks 2 -- Brad Isbister broke a tie late in the second period, and Ryan Smyth added a goal and an assist in the third as visiting Edmonton scored five straight goals to beat Vancouver.

Panthers 3, Mighty Ducks 2 -- Olli Jokinen scored on a power play 9:28 into the third period and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves as host Florida came back from a two-goal deficit to beat Anaheim.

Sabres 3, Capitals 1 -- Miroslav Satan had a goal and two assists, and Daniel Briere scored the tiebreaking goal with 15:41 left to lead visiting Buffalo past Washington.

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