TAMPA, Fla. – Ed Belfour came up short in his first bid to break a tie for second place on the NHL career victory list as Pavel Kubina scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 8:38 left in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Belfour tied Terry Sawchuk with his 447th win on Monday in a 2-1 victory at Florida. Patrick Roy tops the victory list with 551.

Kubina, who hadn’t score a goal in his previous 29 games, beat Belfour on a shot from the right circle. Belfour finished with 22 saves.

Martin St. Louis also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won seven of nine. John Grahame stopped 20 shots to win his sixth straight decision.

Toronto got a goal from Nik Antropov. The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games.

Antropov put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 from the slot during a 3-on-1 at 1:52 of the first. Toronto, the NHL’s top road power play and second best overall, recorded just two shots during a 1 minute, 25 second two-man advantage that started less than two minutes after Antropov’s goal.

Flyers 2, Devils 1

PHILADELPHIA – Mike Knuble and Patrick Sharp scored in the second period to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

The Flyers had lost four consecutive home games after winning nine in a row at the Wachovia Center. They won their second straight overall for the first time since a six-game winning streak ended in early November.

Last in the NHL in penalty killing, the Flyers denied the Devils during a pair of 5-on-3 advantages in the second period. New Jersey went 0-for-4 on power-play chances in the second.

As soon as Philadelphia got back to even strength, it started scoring.

Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jaroslav Balastik’s goal in the third round of a shootout Wednesday night lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Randy Robitaille, who tied the game with 6:33 remaining in regulation when he redirected a shot with his back to the net, was denied by Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire on Minnesota’s final chance. After Trevor Letowski and Sergei Federov missed for the Blue Jackets and Marian Gaborik and Mikko Koivu were unsuccessful for the Wild, Balastik beat Manny Fernandez to give Columbus its second straight win after losing 11 of 12.

Blackhawks 3, Kings 2

CHICAGO – Kyle Calder scored two power-play goals, Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 19 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Matt Ellison also scored a power-play goal for Chicago, which converted three of seven chances in snapping a three-game losing streak.

Khabibulin, who signed a $27 million, four-year contract with Chicago in August, lost a bid for his first shutout with the Blackhawks when Eric Belanger scored a power-play goal with 5:54 remaining in the third period. Los Angeles’ Pavol Demitra added a goal with 1.5 seconds left.


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