TAMPA, Fla. – Sheldon Souray scored a pair of power-play goals, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Souray opened the scoring 2:35 in and then gave Montreal a 2-1 lead late in the second. He has three two-goal games this season. Seven of his eight goals have come with the man advantage.

Montreal captain Saku Koivu recorded his 335th assist with the Canadiens, tying him for 16th on the franchise’s career list with Claude Provost.

Vinny Prospal scored for Tampa Bay but Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each had 11-game point streaks snapped.

Predators 5, Jackets 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Legwand had two goals and an assist and the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 Wednesday night to ruin the debut of Blue Jackets interim coach Gary Agnew.

Agnew replaced Gerard Gallant, who was fired Monday, one day after a shutout loss dropped the league’s lowest scoring team into last place in the Central Division. Agnew joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant in the offseason after coaching their top affiliate for six seasons.

Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rod Brind’Amour scored with 6:05 left in the third period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots, bouncing bounced back from a poor performance two nights earlier in which he allowed six goals in a 7-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Craig Adams also scored for the Hurricanes.

Brind’Amour’s winning goal came moments after the Rangers won a faceoff in the left circle of their zone.

Former Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward lost the puck, and Justin Williams tracked it down behind the goal line. He passed to Brind’Amour in the slot, setting up the Hurricanes’ captain for a quick wrist shot that beat goalie Kevin Weekes high.

Senators 4, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Peter Schaefer broke a third-period tie, helping the struggling Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Chris Neil, Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips also scored for the Senators, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in nine games. Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek scored for the Sabres, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Buffalo (15-2-1) lost for only the second time in regulation.

Sharks 4, Avalanche 3

DENVER – Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau scored power-play goals 17 seconds apart in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 40 shots during the San Jose Sharks’ 4-3 win over the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

The teams combined for five goals in an 8:18 span of the third period before the Avalanche dropped their fourth straight.

Joe Sakic scored his eighth goal of the season to put Colorado up 3-2 with 8:31 remaining, but the Avalanche were called for two penalties to give San Jose a 5-on-3 power play. Thornton netted his fifth of the season, and Marleau added his 12th on a shot from the circle.

Islanders 3, Stars 0

DALLAS – Rick DiPietro stopped 35 shots for his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career, leading the New York Islanders to a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Mike York, Jason Blake and Trent Hunter scored to help New York successfully open a four-game road trip.

The Islanders, who started the night 27th in the NHL on the penalty-kill, fought off seven Stars power plays.

Marty Turco made 19 saves for Dallas.


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