MONTREAL – Cristobal Huet made 41 saves and Saku Koivu scored twice in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens came back for a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Huet, who caught a break when Eric Perrin’s goal late in the third period was waved off, stopped 17 of 18 shots in the first, 15 of 16 in the second, and all 10 in the third. The Lightning finished with a 43-20 advantage overall.

After Montreal rookie Maxim Lapierre scored his first NHL goal 6:38 into the third to tie it at 2, Koivu picked up Alex Kovalev’s drop pass and beat Marc Denis with a wrist shot from the right side at 13:34 to put the Canadiens ahead.

Predators 6, Senators 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Steve Sullivan had a natural hat trick in the second period, and Scott Hartnell added two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

It was Sullivan’s sixth NHL hat trick and his third with the Predators. He scored the three goals in a span of 5:56, the quickest for any player in Nashville history.

Rangers 5, Stars 2

DALLAS – Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 43 saves, Matt Cullen and Karel Rachunek scored two goals each, and the New York Rangers extended their best winning streak of the season to five games with a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Lundqvist’s brother Joel was in the Dallas lineup, making it the third matchup of twins in NHL history. Rich and Ron Sutter were the last to meet up on March 14, 1994. Patrik and Peter Sundstrom played against each other 18 times.

Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO – Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson scored goals, and Dominik Hasek made 29 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Detroit has won four of five games. Jeff Hamilton and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Blackhawks, who fell to 5-1-3 under new coach Denis Savard. Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves.

Sabres 2, Panthers 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Maxim Afinogenov scored a power-play goal early in the third period, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Afinogenov scored during a 5-on-3 advantage. He took a pass across the front of the goal from Chris Drury and gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead 1:19 into the final period.

Thomas Vanek also scored, and Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres.

, who won their third straight.

Jozef Stumpel scored for Florida, which has dropped four in a row. Ed Belfour stopped 14 shots.

Afinogenov’s goal snapped a power-play slump for the Sabres. Entering the game, Buffalo had converted just three of 43 chances. The Sabres failed on their first five chances before Afinogenov scored. Miller then held Florida at bay, making made 11 saves in the final 18 minutes, including a stop on Stumpel with 1:17 to go.

Miller also stopped six shots during the Panthers’ two power plays in the final period.

Vanek gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead 4:20 into the second period. While in the slot with his back to the net, Vanek took a pass from Derek Roy, spun, switched hands and put the puck past Belfour for his team-leading 18th goal.

Stumpel tied it less than three minutes later.

, scooping up a loose puck in the left corner and wristing a shot past Miller’s left leg.


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