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WASHINGTON - Tomas Vokoun stopped 36 shots in his third shutout of the season, and the Florida Panthers ended a six-game losing streak against the Washington Capitals with a 3-0 victory Thursday night.

Michael Frolik, Steve Bernier and Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers, who have won a season-high three straight. Florida went 0-6 against Washington last season.

The Capitals went 0 for 8 on the power play and lost their fourth in a row—the last three at home. The last time Washington lost four straight was Oct. 6-12, 2009.

Vokoun has 19 shutouts with the Panthers and 41 overall in 13 NHL seasons.

BOSTON (AP)—Milan Lucic scored two goals and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to lift Boston over the New York Islanders.

Boston extended the Islanders' futility to 1-15-3 in their past 19 games. New York, which has lost 11 straight road games, hasn't won since beating New Jersey at home on Nov. 26.

Rask won for only the second time this season (2-6-1). Boston is 4-0-1 in its last five.

Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 5:20 remaining in the second period. Michael Ryder scored one of two power-play goals for Boston at 14:16 of the third period for a 3-1 lead before Rob Schremp narrowed the Bruins' lead to 3-2 with 3:33 remaining.

Lucic and Patrice Bergeron added empty-net goals in the final 1:03 to cap off the scoring.

Frans Nielsen got the Islanders even at 1-1 in the second period with a short-handed, penalty-shot goal.

TORONTO (AP)—Danny Briere scored twice and Philadelphia cruised over Toronto after building a three-goal lead.

Briere scored Philadelphia's final two goals to give him a team-leading 16 this season. Ville Leino and Chris Pronger put the Flyers ahead 2-0 in the first period. Brian Boucher made 31 saves.

Mikhail Grabovski scored his third goal in three games, but the Maple Leafs fell behind by three goals for the third consecutive game and second straight night. Toronto has trailed 1-0 in five straight games.

OTTAWA (AP)—Michael Sauer scored his first NHL goal on a power play with 5:19 left to break a tie, and the New York Rangers beat Ottawa.

The defenceman took a cross-ice pass from Brandon Prust and drove a slap shot past goalie Brian Elliott to give New York its first lead. Erik Christensen drew the Rangers even for the third time earlier in the period. Brandon Dubinsky scored into an empty net with 51.9 seconds remaining.

Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for New York, which replied quickly after each of Ottawa's first two goals.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots for the Rangers, who have won seven of 10 despite a 3-1 loss to the Senators on Sunday in the first half of the home-and-home series.

Mike Fisher scored twice, Jason Spezza added a goal, and Elliott made 23 saves for the Senators, who have lost 10 of 13 (3-9-1).

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Paul Gaustad had two goals and an assist, Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to help lead Buffalo over San Jose.

Cody McCormick had a goal and two assists, and Jason Pominville also scored for Buffalo, which has won four of six. The Sabres are 14-1 at home against the Sharks.

Rookie centre Logan Couture had a goal and assist, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Douglas Murray also scored for San Jose.

Antti Niemi made 31 saves for the Sharks, who went 3-2 on a five-game road trip.

San Jose had a letdown one night after a dramatic shootout win over Philadelphia in which the Sharks overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit for the first time in franchise history.

ST. LOUIS (AP)—Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and St. Louis broke out of a deep power-play slump with a season-high three man-advantage goals against Columbus.

The Blues, who entered the game in an 0-for-22 drought, dating to Nov. 20, got advantage goals from Alex Steen, Jay McClement and Vladimir Sobotka.

David Backes had a goal and two assists, and Erik Johnson had two assists as the Blues won their second straight after a five-game skid.

Columbus, which snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday, was 0 for 6 on the power play. Jan Hejda had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who got 20 saves from Mathieu Garon. He fell to 10-4-1 against the Blues.


Andrew Brunette scored his second goal on a rare power-play conversion and Minnesota ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over Phoenix.

Brunette scored on a one-timer in the first period and added a redirect midway through the third period for Minnesota's second power-play goal in 32 chances. Niklas Backstrom stopped 33 shots to end a four-start losing streak, and Brent Burns added a goal to help the Wild to their first win at Phoenix since 2008.

Phoenix got a goal from Taylor Pyatt with a two-man advantage with just under a minute left, but couldn't generate any more good chances. Pyatt also scored in the first period for the Coyotes, who have lost four of six.

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Kyle Clifford scored his first NHL goal, Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, and Los Angeles hung on late for a victory over Calgary.

Anze Kopitar scored a power-play goal for the Kings, who have won three straight after losing seven of eight in a skid that sent them cascading down from the top of the Western Conference standings.

Olli Jokinen broke up Quick's shutout bid on a power-play goal with 3:21 to play, also ending Los Angeles' streak of 45 straight penalty-kills at home from the start of the season.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 30 shots for the struggling Flames, who have alternated wins and losses in the past nine games.


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