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Gagne, Flyers topple Isles; 'Canes sink Thrashers in OT


Simon Gagne scored his NHL-leading 22nd and 23rd goals - including the winner with 7:13 left - and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers rallied to beat the New York Islanders, 4-3, last night.

Gagne, who also assisted on Joni Pitkanen's goal, took a pass in front from Jon Sim and beat Garth Snow to give Philadelphia its only lead.

New York nearly tied it with 0.2 of a second left, but a video review revealed the puck didn't go in. The Flyers, who trailed 2-0 after the first period, played without injured forwards Peter Forsberg and Keith Primeau but split the home-and-home series.

Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 3 -- Frantisek Kaberle scored 32 seconds into overtime to give visiting Carolina a victory over Atlanta. Eric Staal had two goals in Carolina's first victory over Atlanta in three meetings this season.

Senators 4, Canadiens 0 -- Ray Emery won his NHL-record ninth straight game to start his career, stopping 27 shots to lead host Ottawa to a victory over Montreal. Emery, 23, broke the record of eight straight wins set by Philadelphia's Bob Froese during the 1982-83 season. Dany Heatley extended his point streak to 21 games.

Sabres 3, Penguins 2 -- Ales Kotalik's power-play goal early in the third period put Buffalo back in the lead and the Sabres won in Pittsburgh for the first time in nearly five years.

Devils 3, Bruins 2 -- Alexander Mogilny scored the game-winner with 32 seconds remaining, and Brian Gionta extended his goal-scoring streak to five games in host New Jersey's win over Boston.

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2 -- Joe Sakic scored the tiebreaking goal with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period, leading visiting Colorado to a win over Edmonton.

Predators 2, Flames 0 -- Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season to help host Nashville beat Calgary.

Off the ice -- Mike Danton, the former St. Louis Blues player serving a 7 1/2 -year sentence for plotting to kill his agent, wants out of prison on a claim that authorities unfairly delayed a transfer to his native Canada. Danton asks in a lawsuit that a federal judge order a new sentencing and set him free in the meantime. He is held in a low-security prison in Fort Dix, N.J. Danton, 25, who played one season with the Blues, pleaded guilty in July 2004 of orchestrating a conspiracy to commit interstate murder. A judge sentenced Danton to 90 months behind bars.

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