Panthers top Lightning


SUNRISE, Fla. – Juraj Kolnik and Olli Jokinen each scored two goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 on Sunday.

Nathan Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk also had goals for Florida and Jamie McLennan made 29 saves.

Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis tallied goals for Tampa Bay. John Grahame had 41 saves for the Lightning, who remain tied with Montreal at 89 points for the final two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

Kolnik picked up a loose puck in the left circle and his shot went just inside the top corner of the net to put Florida ahead 4-3 with 5 minutes left in the third. Nieuwendyk’s empty net goal with 90 seconds left made the score 5-3.

Devils 3, Rangers 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta scored 39 seconds apart in the third period to lift the surging New York Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Sergei Brylin also scored for the Devils and Martin Brodeur made 24 saves to help New Jersey extend its winning streak to seven.

The victory gave the Devils 93 points. pulling them within two of the fifth-place Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference.

The Atlantic Division-leading Rangers, who had won three in a row, got goals from Blair Betts and Sandis Ozolinsh while Kevin Weekes made 23 saves.