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Tkachuk goals boost Thrashers

Keith Tkachuk scored his first two goals with Atlanta to help the Thrashers to their fourth straight win, 4-2, over the visiting Florida Panthers last night.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa also scored to help continue Atlanta's dominance of Florida -- it is 6-0 vs. its Southeast Division rival this season and has won 10 straight over the Panthers at Philips Arena.

Tkachuk, acquired in a Feb. 25 trade with St. Louis, opened the scoring on a breakaway 2:41 into the game.

Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 0 -- Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and Darcy Tucker and Yanic Perreault scored their 20th goals to lift host Toronto.

Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who moved into an eighth-place tie with Carolina in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Tucker opened the scoring at 3:08 of the second against AHL call-up Frederic Cassivi, who hadn't posted an NHL victory since February 2003.

Red Wings 4, Predators 3 -- Johan Franzen scored on Detroit's fourth shot of a shootout, then Chris Osgood made a save as visiting Nashville was defeated.

The Red Wings pulled within a point of Nashville in the Central Division, with the top two teams in the Western Conference set to meet twice next week and again in the final month of the regular season.

In a 25-second span of the second period, Mathieu Schneider put Detroit ahead, 3-2, with his 200th NHL goal and helped tie the game with an assist.

Penguins 5, Senators 4 -- Sidney Crosby scored his third shootout goal in four games and visiting Pittsburgh overcame a three-goal deficit.

Crosby scored on Pittsburgh's third shot against Ray Emery, who made a glove save off Evgeni Malkin after Eric Christensen beat him on the Penguins' first attempt.

Jocelyn Thibault stopped Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette before Dean McAmmond scored on Ottawa's third attempt.

Flames 4, Blues 2 -- Wayne Primeau scored the go-ahead goal on a shorthanded breakaway in the third period, capping Calgary's rally from a two-goal deficit in St. Louis.

Jarome Iginla assisted on the Flames' last three goals, two scored by Craig Conroy, to help the Flames win their fifth in a row with a rare road victory.

Flyers 5, Devils 4 -- Simon Gagne scored 1:47 into overtime, leading host Philadelphia over slumping New Jersey.

Scottie Upshall, Geoff Sanderson, Sami Kapanen, and Mike Richards also scored as the Flyers beat the Devils for the first time in six tries this season.

Canucks 5, Lightning 1 -- Daniel Sedin scored his 30th goal 21 seconds into the third period and tough guy Jeff Cowan added his second of the game in the final minute to lead host Vancouver.

Roberto Luongo earned his 38th win of the season, matching Kirk McLean's franchise record set in 1991-92.

Sharks 3, Wild 0 -- Evgeni Nabokov posted his second straight shutout and Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist to lead San Jose in St. Paul.

Blackhawks 3, Kings 0 -- Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout with the Blackhawks and Patrick Sharp scored two goals for host Chicago.