ATLANTA – Michael Nylander scored two goals, including one 15 seconds into the game, and added an assist Friday night to power the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jaromir Jagr had three assists and Matt Cullen added two more for the Rangers, who won for the fourth time in five games and ended Atlanta’s four-game winning streak.

The Rangers got off to a quick start by scoring on two of their first three shots in front of Atlanta’s first sellout crowd (18,545) of the season.

First it was Nylander’s 15-footer past Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka earned assists on Nylander’s fifth goal.

New York made it 2-0 six minutes later on a power-play goal by Michal Rozsival, his second. Jagr and Nylander had assists as the Rangers scored on only their third shot.

Senators 6, Penguins 3

PITTSBURGH – Dany Heatley scored Ottawa’s first and last goals and Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, leading the Senators to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night that ended the franchise’s longest losing streak in 10 years.

The Senators had blown leads in each of their three previous games, but this time scored three consecutive goals after Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth goal in 10 games – but first in four – to tie it at 2 about six minutes into the second period.

Andrej Meszaros, Wade Redden and Peter Schaefer – all infrequent scorers – scored the next three goals as Ottawa opened a 5-2 lead by early in the third.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury got little defensive help as the Penguins again were outshot by a large margin in their fourth straight loss.

Oilers 4, Blue Jackets 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Smyth scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

The defending Western Conference champion Oilers had lost six of seven to fall to ninth place in the conference.

Ales Hemsky and Joffrey Lupul added goals for Edmonton, which opened the scoring with two goals 1:38 apart early in the second period.

Dwayne Roloson finished with 26 saves for the Oilers.

Anson Carter scored his second goal in 14 games for Columbus, which had won two of three, but hasn’t won back-to-back games in a month.

Red Wings 3, Predators 0

DETROIT – Dominik Hasek stopped 21 shots to record his second consecutive shutout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Hasek has not allowed a goal in 153 minutes and 28 seconds. It gave Hasek 71 career shutouts. He whitewashed the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 Wednesday night. Robert Lang, Nicklas Lidstrom and Dan Cleary scored for Detroit (11-4-1), which won its eighth straight.

Sabres 5, Panthers 4

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Thomas Vanek had two goals, including the winner 19 seconds into overtime, and the Buffalo Sabres erased another two-goal deficit to win 5-4 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

With the Sabres on the power play, Vanek picked up a loose puck in front and slid it past Florida goalie Alex Auld.

to give Buffalo its second straight win and 13th overall.

Brian Campbell, Paul Gaustad and Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who have come back to win six times after falling behind by two goals this season.

Auld stopped Vanek on a penalty-shot attempt at 1:37 of the second period.

Gary Roberts, Ruslan Salei, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Steve Montador scored for the Panthers, who lost their second straight.

The Sabres played for the first time without three regulars, including starting goaltender Ryan Miller, who is day-to-day with a lower body muscle strain. Forward Maxim Afinogenov (upper body) and defenseman Henrik Tallinder (broken left forearm) also missed the game.

Martin Biron started in place of Miller and made 15 saves in his second straight start, and fourth of the season. He won a franchise-record 13 consecutive starts last year when Miller was out for more than a month with a broken thumb.

The Panthers opened the scoring when Gary Roberts scored his third goal on Florida’s first shot 5 minutes into the game.

Salei made it 2-0 11 seconds after Vanek missed on the penalty shot. Coming out of the penalty box, Salei took Jay Bouwmeester’s long pass and wristed a shot past Biron for his second goal.

Vanek solved Auld for his ninth goal to make it 2-1 over a minute later, and Campbell tied it 2:13 later with his second goal.

Gaustad’s first goal gave Buffalo its first lead at 3:14 of the third, and Kotalik made it 4-2 50 seconds later with his fifth goal.

Nieuwendyk closed the gap to 4-3 midway through the third with his fourth, and Montador tied it with 3:21 left in regulation.

Auld made 21 saves in losing his sixth straight start.

Florida dropped to 1-6-2 on the road.

Notes: The Sabres look to extend their league-record eight-game road winning streak to start the season Saturday in Philadelphia. … Florida has now lost seven of its last nine. … Panthers center Chris Gratton missed the game to be with his wife, who gave birth Thursday to the couple’s second child. … Auld received an assist on Salei’s tally. … Briere’s assist on Campbell’s goal gave him points in 13 of Buffalo’s 15 games. … Both teams finished with just four shots on goal in the first period.

AP-ES-11-10-06 2252EST


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