NEW YORK – Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game against his former team 2:55 into overtime, and the Atlanta Thrashers survived a roller-coaster final few minutes to beat the New York Rangers 5-4 Tuesday night.

Holik, who spent two largely disappointing seasons with the Rangers before the NHL lockout, gave the Thrashers their first lead of the night at 9:12 of the third period. He then won it after New York got even on Michael Nylander’s power-play goal with 2:30 left in regulation.

Holik and Jim Slater scored 2:04 apart in the third period, and Marian Hossa broke out of a slump with a goal and three assists for the Thrashers, unbeaten in four games (3-0-1).

Adam Hall scored twice, and streaking Martin Straka added a goal for the Rangers, who dropped their second straight overtime decision following late, third-period rallies. New York has gone to overtime in three consecutive contests.

Senators 4, Hurricanes 1

RALEIGH, N.C. – Martin Gerber stopped 29 shots in his return to Raleigh and the Ottawa Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Tuesday night.

Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist, and Christoph Schubert, Patrick Eaves and Chris Neal also scored for the Senators, who have won five of six.

Gerber, in his only season with Carolina, set the franchise record with 38 victories in 2005-06 before he was supplanted in the playoffs by Cam Ward, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy and led Carolina to its first Stanley Cup.

Penguins 3, Islanders 2

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby returned from a three-game injury layoff to set up Colby Armstrong’s first two goals of the season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 Tuesday night.

Chris Thorburn, normally a checking line forward, scored the game-winner 36 seconds into the third period with a seemingly harmless shot from behind the net that banked off goalie Rick DiPietro’s left skate for his second goal.

Marc-Andre Fleury made the lead stand up by turning aside 33 of 35 shots, 13 in the final period, as Pittsburgh halted a three-game skid. The Islanders had won three in a row and were 6-1-1 in their previous eight games, but were without leading scorer Alexei Yashin. He is expected to be out two to four weeks with a sprained knee.

Capitals 5, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Olaf Kolzig made 48 saves and Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist in his return from a shoulder injury to help the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Tuesday night.

The Capitals stopped a six-game losing streak behind Kolzig, who turned aside 16 shots in the first and 23 of 25 during the third. Washington is 4-0-2 when allowing 40 or more shots this season.

Kolzig made 20 or more saves in the four victories. Kris Beech, Boyd Gordon, Chris Clark and Alexander Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals, who had been outscored 25-9 during their skid.

Canadiens 1, Panthers 0

MONTREAL – Cristobal Huet stopped two of three shots in the shootout and Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu converted their opportunities against Florida’s Alex Auld, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night.

Both goalies kept the game scoreless through regulation as Auld recorded his second career shutout, and first in more than three years, despite losing the game. Kovalev shot first for Montreal, beating Auld with a backhander.

Sharks 2, Blues 0

ST. LOUIS – Vesa Toskala stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 Tuesday night.

Ryane Clowe got his third goal and Joe Pavelski added his second for the Sharks, who have won three straight and five of six.

Manny Legace made 25 saves for the Blues, who have totaled one goal the last two games. St. Louis mustered one shot on three power plays and is in a 2-for-41 slump the last 13 games.

San Jose’s Mike Grier banged his head hard into the boards in front of the San Jose bench with 7:11 to play after his skates became tangled with the Blues’ Jeff Woywitka.

He was able to get off the ice after a short delay, but returned to action.


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