MONTREAL – Jeff O’Neill scored a power-play goal 4:13 into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Jason Allison scored the tying goal on a strange play with 2:28 remaining in the third, and O’Neill got the winner with 46.8 seconds left in overtime to help Toronto spoil a historic night in Montreal.

The Canadiens retired the No. 12 in honor of Hall of Famers Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer during a ceremony before the game.

Montreal’s Alex Kovalev got his 400th career assist on Andrei Markov’s goal 11:11 into the second. Kovalev scored his 299th career goal – his seventh of the season – at 8:37 of the third, just 1:15 after teammate Steve Begin tied it at 3, to give the Canadiens their first lead of the game.

Allison got credit for the tying goal 17:32 into the third on a strange play that had to be reviewed by video. Referees Stephane Auger and Dave Jackson originally waved off a goal when the puck came off the top of the net and bounced off Jose Theodore’s back before the Montreal goalie trapped the puck between his right pad and the left post.

With a large number of Maple Leafs fans on hand, a cheer erupted from some of the sellout crowd of 21,273 when Auger pointed to the faceoff circle to signal the tying goal.

Markov and Michael Ryder scored in the second to tie it for Montreal, which trailed 2-0 and 3-2. The Canadiens came back to take a 4-3 lead in the third on goals by Begin and Kovalev.

Bryan McCabe had a goal and assisted on Alexei Ponikarovsky’s short-handed effort to put Toronto up 2-0. After Markov and Ryder drew Montreal even, Begin had a golden opportunity to put the Canadiens ahead with less than 3:00 left in the second but his backhand toward a wide open net struck the post.

Devils 3, Capitals 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Grant Marshall scored the game-winner late in the second period and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves to lead the New Jersey Devils past the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday.

Vladimir Malakhov and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for Devils, who gained all three goals on the power play.

The Devils beat the Capitals 4-3 Friday afternoon in Washington to sweep the home-and-home series.

Matt Bradley and Brian Sutherby scored for the Capitals, who lost their third straight.

After Washington rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score, the Devils took the lead at 15:17 of the second period when Marshall scored from the slot on a feed from Scott Gomez.

Flyers 5, Panthers 4

PHILADELPHIA – Mike Knuble scored a short-handed goal with 3.2 seconds left to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 5-4 victory over the slumping Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Knuble jumped off the bench for a shift change, caught the puck and rifled a slap shot from the right circle past Jamie McLennan.

Knuble scored twice, Simon Gagne added his NHL-leading 17th goal, and Robert Esche stopped 26 shots to lead the Flyers to their sixth straight win and ninth straight at home.

The Panthers have gone nearly three weeks since they last won a game, against Pittsburgh on Oct. 25. Philadelphia’s 5-4 win two nights later started Florida’s skid and helped the Flyers skate away to a sensational start.

The Flyers appeared to go ahead in the waning minutes of the third period when the puck slipped past McLennan, but the whistle blew and the refs ruled play was stopped before the goal.

Rangers 6, Penguins 1

PITTSBURGH – Jaromir Jagr scored three goals, including a pair 15 seconds apart with the teams skating 4-on-4 in the second period, and the New York Rangers won their third in a row on the road by beating the lethargic Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 Saturday night.

Jagr’s 15th, 16th and 17th goals came after he went scoreless for four games – a stretch in which the Rangers won three times, losing only to the Penguins on Monday. Jagr’s big night came as some in the standing-room crowd of 17,132 booed him any time he touched the puck, a response to his messy departure four years ago from the town where he won two Stanley Cups.

Jagr made it 2-0 midway through the second, working a 3-on-1 break with Jason Ward and Tom Poti after the Rangers collected the rebound of Ziggy Palffy’s missed shot and went on a rush. Jagr, the only Rangers skater to stay on the ice after that goal, scored a stylish goal 15 seconds later by skating down the left wing boards and wristing a shot that flew between defenseman Ryan Whitney’s legs and past goalie Jocelyn Thibault.

Senators 6, Sabres 1

OTTAWA – Dany Heatley scored twice to extend his club-record scoring streak to 15 games in the Ottawa Senators’ 6-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Heatley has at least one point in every game the Senators (13-2-0) have played this season. He has 15 goals and 13 assists.

Buffalo, coming off a 5-2 home win over Toronto on Friday night, has two wins in its last nine game.

Chris Neil, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher and Brian Pothier also scored for the Senators, who lead the NHL with 75 goals and have allowed a league-low 31.

Ray Emery made 24 saves and was just 5:39 away from his first career shutout before 19,414 fans at the Corel Centre.

Thrashers 9, Hurricanes 0

RALEIGH, N.C. – Ilya Kovalchuk scored two more goals to help the Atlanta Thrashers set a franchise scoring record in a 9-0 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

The Thrashers, who broke the team mark of eight goals, snapped Carolina’s franchise-record winning streak at nine games. It was Carolina’s first loss since falling in overtime at Toronto on Oct. 20 and its first loss of the season at home.

Atlanta scored on its first two shots, with Kovalchuk, who had a career-high four goals Friday night in a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay, and Scott Mellanby beating Martin Gerber. Gerber, who had two shutouts in his previous three games, was pulled after Mellanby’s goal with 9:03 left in the period.

Predators 3, Blues 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scott Hartnell scored twice in the second period to help the Nashville Predators beat the slumping St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

The Blues are winless in their last 11 games.

Hartnell tied it on a power play 58 seconds into the second period, and gave the Predators the lead with a short-handed goal at 7:59. The goal came 3 seconds after a St. Louis penalty expired, putting the Blues on the power play.

Hartnell took a pass from Danny Markov just outside the St. Louis blue line, skated unopposed and beat goalie Curtis Sanford with a backhand shot.

The Predators added a goal midway through the third period, with Kimmo Timonen deflecting Paul Kariya’s shot through traffic over Sanford’s stick hand.


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