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Thrashers give Devils the slip

Marian Hossa delivered the decisive goal in a shootout as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the visiting New Jersey Devils, 5-4, last night in a matchup of division leaders.

The Thrashers ended a slump with three power-play goals, including two by Ilya Kovalchuk. Atlanta earned its fourth consecutive home win over New Jersey, which has lost two straight overall.

Slava Kozlov also scored for Atlanta in the shootout and added three assists in regulation.

Kari Lehtonen blocked two shots to win the shootout duel with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur.

Lehtonen allowed a goal to Brian Gionta, who also scored in regulation, before blocking attempts by Zach Parise and John Madden.

Atlanta put an early end to four games of frustration on the power play. The Thrashers, 0 for 6 on the power play in their 2-1 loss to Philadelphia Sunday, had been 0 for 18 with the advantage.

The Thrashers took a 2-0 first-period lead with two goals by Kovalchuk (Nos. 28 and 29), both coming early in power-play opportunities.

Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 2 -- Nikolai Zherdev scored the winning shootout goal with a wrist shot off Roberto Luongo's glove, lifting Columbus over host Vancouver.

Dan Fritsche and Anson Carter scored in regulation, and Conklin made 35 saves overall as Columbus won its fourth straight against a quality opponent.

Stars 3, Sharks 2-- Philippe Boucher scored the tying goal with 2.2 seconds left, and Mike Ribeiro added the winning goal in a shootout to his regulation score in Dallas's win in San Jose.

Boucher's goal forced the Sharks' first overtime game since their season opener Oct. 5 -- an NHL-record 49 games, the longest streak since the five-minute overtime rule was introduced in 1983.

Mike Modano didn't score in his return to the Stars lineup after missing 23 games with injuries to his hip and groin.

Avalanche 4, Predators 3 -- In Denver, Andrew Brunette and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and an assist, and Peter Budaj stopped 34 shots to help Colorado beat streaking Nashville, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Red Wings 4, Islanders 3 -- Henrik Zetterberg capped Detroit's big rally by scoring at 2:57 of overtime, giving the Red Wings a win over host New York.

Detroit, which hasn't been shut out this season, trailed, 3-0, at the start of the third period but quickly erased that deficit and set the stage for Zetterberg's winner.

Flames 4, Kings 1 -- Craig Conroy scored twice against his former team in his first game with his new club, leading host Calgary over Los Angeles.

The Flames acquired Conroy from the Kings Monday in a trade for Jamie Lundmark and two draft picks. The forward knocked a rebound past goalie Sean Burke 1:30 into the second period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Conroy, who spent parts of four seasons in Calgary before signing with the Kings in 2004, rounded out the scoring at 15:16 of the third with his second goal of the night.

Senators 3, Capitals 2 -- In Ottawa, Dany Heatley scored his 31st goal and Martin Gerber made 35 saves to lead the Senators over Washington.

Heatley gave Ottawa its second two-goal lead 10:31 into the second, scoring on a power play less than a minute and a half after Washington cut the lead to 2-1 on Alexander Ovechkin's four-on-four goal. Ovechkin took over the league lead with his 32d goal.

Wild 5, Blues 2 -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard's second goal snapped a third-period tie, helping Minnesota beat host St. Louis.

Pavol Demitra scored twice, including an empty-netter, to help the Wild win for the fifth time in six road games.

Maple Leafs 4, Hurricanes 1 -- Nik Antropov scored two goals in the third period to lead visiting Toronto over Carolina.

Bates Battaglia also scored, Tomas Kaberle had an empty-net goal and an assist, and Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs, who kept the Hurricanes scoreless in the final two periods.

Penguins 3, Panthers 0 -- Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots as Pittsburgh ended a nearly five-year home losing streak against Florida.

Lightning 4, Flyers 3-- Vincent Lecavalier scored in regulation and added a goal in the shootout as Tampa Bay extended Philadelphia's franchise-worst home losing streak to 11.