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OTTAWA - Johan Franzen scored five goals as the Detroit Red Wings sent Ottawa to its eighth straight loss by beating the Senators 7-5 on Wednesday night.

The Senators (17-27-8) have lost 14 of 15 and haven't won a home game since beating Pittsburgh on Dec. 26.

Kris Draper and Niklas Kronwall also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves for the Red Wings. It was Detroit's first visit to Ottawa since October 2008.

Milan Michalek scored twice for Ottawa, and Peter Regin had a goal and two assists. Chris Campoli and Alex Kovalev also scored for the Senators.

Robin Lehner was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots in his first home start. Brian Elliott allowed two goals on 19 shots in relief.

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Brent Johnson made 20 saves, and Pittsburgh blanked the New York Islanders for the second time in nine days.

Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz and Max Talbot scored for Pittsburgh, which has won four consecutive and seven of eight—all without captain Sidney Crosby (concussion). The Penguins have also been without all-star centre Evgeni Malkin (sinus infection) for five games.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 New York shots in a 1-0 win Jan. 25, the Penguins' 10th consecutive home victory against the Islanders.

Johnson, making his third start since Dec. 22, fell just short of his second shutout this season, when he fought Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro in the final minute.

The Islanders have lost six of eight and haven't won in Pittsburgh since Dec. 21, 2007.

MONTREAL (AP)—Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals and Alex Auld made 33 saves to lead Montreal over Florida.

Jeff Halpern tied it 1-1 in the second period with his eighth goal, and Plekanec put Montreal up 2-1 with his 17th at 5:46 of the third. Gionta, who scored twice in Tuesday's shootout win at Washington, made it a two-goal lead at 11:32 with his 19th.

Auld, who blew a 4-0 lead in his last start, improved to 4-2 in eight games. The Canadiens, who won in a shootout in Washington on Tuesday night, improved to 9-2-3 in their last 14.

Stephen Weiss scored with 2:10 left to draw Florida within one. Scott Timmins recorded his first NHL goal for the Panthers, who lost their third in a row. Tomas Vokoun stopped 38 shots.

Florida has only one win in eight games (1-3-4).

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for his 54th NHL shutout and third of the season as Vancouver routed struggling Phoenix.

Cody Hodgson scored his first career goal, Ryan Kesler added a pair to reach 30 for the season, and Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen and Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks, who have won four straight and have points in seven consecutive.

Vancouver (33-10-9) has the league's best record.

The Coyotes, who have lost four of five, have allowed 11 straight goals since taking a 3-0 lead midway through the second period Tuesday at San Jose in a 5-3 loss.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Ryan Smyth scored two goals to lead Los Angeles over Edmonton.

Jack Johnson added a goal and two assists for the Kings, who completed the second game of a 10-game road trip. Los Angeles improved to 4-0-1 in its last five outings.

Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Oilers (15-27-8), who have lost two straight and 16-of-19. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has dropped his last 12 starts.

Edmonton coach Tom Renney was behind the bench despite the death of his father Tuesday.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Dany Heatley scored 14 seconds in, Ryane Clowe had a goal and an assist, and San Jose hung on to beat Anaheim for its second straight win after the all-star break.

Ben Eager scored his first goal with his new team and Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the Sharks, who pulled even with Anaheim in the Western Conference standings. San Jose has won six of seven during the best stretch of the defending Pacific Division champions' up-and-down season.

Jonas Hiller made an ugly return from his first all-star game for Anaheim, getting pulled after giving up three goals on 10 shots in the first 11:15.

Defenceman Jason Demers scored a rare goal during the Sharks' three-goal first period. Yet one night after San Jose rallied from a three-goal deficit for a 5-3 win over Phoenix, the Sharks nearly blew a three-goal lead of their own.

All-star Corey Perry had two assists for the Ducks, who lost for the fourth time in 14 games.

Joffrey Lupul, Cam Fowler and Bobby Ryan scored as the Ducks' four-game home winning streak ended.



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