Thrashers lose 3rd in a row in shutout

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ATLANTA --- Rick Nash scored to extend his goal streak to five games, and Columbus notched a 2-0 win over the sluggish Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Nash scored his 10th goal of the season and was credited with his ninth assist when R.J. Umberger added his eighth, an empty-netter, with 1:18 left.

The Blue Jackets won for the first time in three games, but they are 5-2-1 in their past eight.

Atlanta, which managed only 15 shots, has lost three in a row.

CANUCKS 3, PENGUINS 1

In Pittsburgh, Pavol Demitra scored twice, Daniel and Henrik Sedin had three points apiece, and Vancouver beat Pittsburgh for the Canucks' third consecutive road victory.

The win might have come at a price, as standout goalie Roberto Luongo left early in the game with an apparent injury to his left leg. No official word on his condition was immediately available.

SENATORS 4, RANGERS 1

In Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson and Jesse Winchester scored late in the second period, and Ottawa defeated New York to end a six-game skid.

Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno also scored for the Senators.

FLYERS 4, COYOTES 3 (OT)

In Philadelphia, Mike Rich-ards' wrist shot from the slot 1:35 into overtime lifted Philadelphia over Phoenix and extended the Flyers' winning streak to four games.

Scott Hartnell, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, who have won five of six.

DUCKS 2, STARS 1 (SO)

In Dallas, Ryan Getzlaf scored in the third round of the shootout after goaltender Jonas Hiller denied two of three Dallas shooters to lift Anaheim to the win.

Dallas' Brad Richards and Anaheim's Corey Perry converted in the first round of the shootout.

BLUES 2, WILD 1

In St. Paul, Minn., Brad Boyes scored twice and backup goaltender Chris Mason made a season-high 31 saves to lift St. Louis over Minnesota.

Stephane Veilleux scored for the Wild, who have scored an NHL-low 28 goals in 15 games since Oct. 16.

ISLANDERS 4, SABRES 2

In Buffalo, N.Y., Joey MacDonald made 35 saves, and New York sent reeling Buffalo to its fifth consecutive loss.

MacDonald avenged an earlier loss this season to the Sabres in which he allowed seven goals.

BLACKHAWKS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4 (OT)

In Toronto, David Bolland scored 49 seconds into overtime to give Chicago a win Toronto after the Maple Leafs retired Wendel Clark's No. 17 to the rafters at Air Canada Centre.

BRUINS 3, CANADIENS 2 (SO)

In Montreal, Blake Wheeler scored in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped all three Montreal attempts to give Boston a victory over the Canadiens, who retired Patrick Roy's No. 33 jersey in a pregame ceremony.


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