MONTREAL – Saku Koivu scored his second goal of the game with four seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens past the Florida Panthers 4-3 Tuesday night, extending Florida’s season-high losing streak to nine games.

Stephen Weiss drew the Panthers even 15:11 into the third, silencing the sellout crowd of 21,273 as the Panthers came back with three straight goals in the period to tie it at 3.

The game appeared destined for the first shootout ever in Montreal when Koivu drove in on Roberto Luongo and flipped a shot over the Florida goalie’s left arm for the winner 4:56 into overtime.

The Canadiens, who have won six of their last eight games (6-0-2) and collected 14 of a possible 16 points over that stretch, played their first game without Alexei Kovalev, their second-leading scorer.

Maple Leafs 2, Rangers 1

TORONTO – Bryan McCabe scored two power-play goals, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

McCabe scored on a two-man advantage in the first, and gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 3:37 of the third. The veteran defenseman leads the NHL with 17 points on the power play.

Sabres 4, Devils 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Chris Drury had a goal and assist in Buffalo’s 4-1 win over New Jersey on Tuesday night, helping the Sabres snap an 11-game winless streak against the Devils.

J.P. Dumont also had a goal and assist, while defenseman Brian Campbell, with the go-ahead goal, and Daniel Briere also scored.

Caps 4, Lightning 3, SO

WASHINGTON – Rookie Alexander Ovechkin forced overtime by scoring with 1:15 left, then got the only goal in a shootout to rally the Washington Capitals past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Capitals trailed by two goals with 11 minutes left and 3-2 late in regulation until Ovechkin took a lead pass from Jeff Halpern and skated into the Tampa Bay zone against two defensemen. He cut to his left and, despite being pressured by Cory Sarich, pushed a backhander past Sean Burke to tie the game.

Hurricanes 2, Senators 1

OTTAWA – Martin Gerber made 35 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Two of Ottawa’s three losses this season have come against Carolina.

Ray Whitney and Mike Commodore scored second-period goals for the Hurricanes (13-3-1), who have won nine of their last 10 games.

Dominik Hasek made 17 saves while Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal for the Senators (13-3-0), picking up his 600th NHL career point in the process.

Dominik Hasek made 17 saves while Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal for the Senators.

Predators 3, Kings 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Adam Hall broke a 2-2 tie with 13:26 left in the third period on a wraparound power-play goal from the left side of the net.

It was the fourth straight win for the Predators.

Eric Belanger gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 3:41 of the first period, making a back-hander into the right side of the net.


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