Lightning ride Richards to win over Devils


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Brad Richards scored both goals in regulation and had the only tally in the shootout to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Richards, second up for Tampa Bay in the shootout, whipped a forehand shot over Martin Brodeur for the decisive tally.

Canadiens 4, Thrashers 1

ATLANTA – Montreal broke out of its scoring slump, finding the net for the first time in three games, and All-Star Cristobal Huet made 44 saves to lead the Canadiens past the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1.

Coming off two straight shutouts, the Canadiens won for just the fifth time in 14 games, taking control early in the second period after two Atlanta players were sent to the penalty box about a minute apart.

Canucks 2, Senators 1

OTTAWA – Roberto Luongo made 34 saves, Rory Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1.

Islanders 4, Flyers 2


PHILADELPHIA – Mike Sillinger and Andy Hilbert scored 1:18 apart early in the third period to help the New York Islanders beat Philadelphia 4-2 Thursday night to snap a three game losing streak and hand the Flyers their seventh straight loss.

Randy Robitaille and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders.

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chris Mason made 33 saves for a career-high and franchise-record fifth shutout this season, and David Legwand and Paul Kariya each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0.

Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. – Alexander Semin and Chris Clark score two goals apiece to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

The Capitals snapped a six-game road losing streak, avoiding their longest such streak since the 1975-76 season.

Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. – Andrew Raycroft stopped 39 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Boyd Devereaux, Chad Kilger and John Pohl scored goals for the Leafs., who won for the third time in six games.