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Lightning strike again, bring down Devils

Associated Press / February 26, 2011

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Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne had early second-period goals, and the Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, last night at Tampa to end an opponent’s eight-game winning streak for the second consecutive game.

Dwayne Roloson made a pad save on Ilya Kovalchuk’s shot during a breakaway early in the second period for the Lightning, who ended an NHL record-tying 12-game homestand at 7-3-2.

New Jersey got a third-period goal from Mark Fayne. The Devils’ eight-game run was tied for the second longest in the NHL this season.

Tampa Bay also stopped Phoenix’s stretch of eight victories in a row with an 8-3 win over the Coyotes Wednesday night.

Blues 5, Oilers 0 — Ben Bishop had 39 saves for his first career shutout and Chris Stewart had two goals for visiting St. Louis, which has won four of six games.

The Oilers have lost two of their last three and remain in last place in the NHL.

Bishop, an intimidating presence at 6 feet 7 inches who played at the University of Maine, started for injured goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who missed his fifth straight game with a bruised hand.

Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1 — Playing in his 600th game, Erik Cole had a goal and an assist for host Carolina.

Jay Harrison and Joe Corvo scored, Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist, and Derek Joslin had a pair of assists for his first two points with the Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh played its 22d straight game without captain Sidney Crosby (concussion).

Capitals 6, Rangers 0 — Erik Christensen had two goals and two assists, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season, and the Rangers rolled to their second straight victory.

Known as the Rangers’ shootout specialist, Christensen had a career-high 4 points as New York took advantage of lackluster play by Washington.

Panthers 2, Thrashers 1 — Marty Reasoner scored his 12th goal, Steve Bernier added the deciding goal in a shootout, and visiting Florida stopped a two-game slide.

Atlanta is winless in its last five games and in 16 of its last 19.

After Reasoner made it 1-0 in the first, Blake Wheeler scored his 12th goal, and first with Atlanta since getting traded from Boston last week, to force a 1-1 tie in the second.

Wheeler also scored the only Atlanta goal in the shootout.

Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 3 — Rookie Matt Calvert had three goals and an assist and host Columbus bounced back from an early two-goal deficit to top Phoenix, which lost its second straight after winning eight in a row.

Calvert, playing in his 20th NHL game, had never had two goals in a game. His night included a highlight-reel goal when he tipped the puck to himself waist high and then batted it like a pull hitter to give Columbus — which has won three in a row, five of six, and has points in nine of its last 10 games — a 4-2 lead.

Sabres 4, Senators 2 — Cody McCormick had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller finished with 29 saves to help lift host Buffalo.

Mike Grier, Jochen Hecht, and Thomas Vanek also scored to help the Sabres get their second straight win after a three-game losing streak.

Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who had a two-game win streak snapped.

Sharks 4, Flames 3 — Ryan Clowe scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lead San Jose over host Calgary, which moved back into playoff position in the West by gaining the point.

Clowe also scored in regulation for the Sharks, who have won six straight.

Wild 3, Ducks 2 — Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored on Minnesota’s second breakaway of overtime against Dan Ellis, Jose Theodore made 19 of his 46 saves in the second period, and Minnesota sent host Anaheim to its fifth straight loss.

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