Caps' losing streak reaches six games

Jason Blake scored two goals and Rick DiPietro displayed more confidence in making 33 saves, lifting the surging New York Islanders to a 4-1 home victory over the slumping Washington Capitals last night.

Blake has goals in four of five games for the Islanders, 6-1-1 in their past eight. Washington, still smarting from a 7-1 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, lost for the sixth straight time - including two overtime defeats.


Richard Park and Trent Hunter also scored, and Alexei Yashin had two assists for the Islanders. Yashin limped to the bench with 6:45 remaining after a knee-to-knee collision with Washington's Matt Bradley and didn't return. He was diagnosed with a bruised right knee and will have a magnetic resonance imaging exam tomorrow.

Alex Ovechkin had the lone tally for Washington, scoring early in the third period.


"We're just getting some bad bounces," said goalie Olie Kolzig, who made 26 saves. "I'm a firm believer that the bounces even out, though. We'll get our share."

Blue Jackets 5, Wild 3 -- Sergei Fedorov had two goals and two assists to lead host Columbus past Minnesota, ending an eight-game losing skid and handing Ken Hitchcock his first win as coach. Hitchcock, 408-249-100 in stints with the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers, was hired Wednesday to replace the fired Gerard Gallant. Hitchcock's first game behind the Columbus bench was a 3-2 loss Friday at Philadelphia, which had fired him after the Flyers got off to a 1-6-1 start.

Flyers 4, Canadiens 2 -- Simon Gagne had two goals and an assist, and visiting Philadelphia scored three second-period goals to post a win over Montreal. Antero Niitymaki made 29 saves for the Flyers, who won their second game in as many days after a three-game losing streak.

Rangers 2, Penguins 1 -- Martin Straka's goal with 2.2 seconds left in overtime lifted visiting New York over Pittsburgh. Jaromir Jagr also scored for the Rangers.

Predators 6, Red Wings 2 -- Kimmo Timonen and Marek Zidlicky scored a power-play goal apiece and added one assist each to lead host Nashville over Detroit.

Coyotes 2, Blues 1 -- Yanic Perreault scored to break a tie late in the second period and lead visiting Phoenix over St. Louis. Perreault has been on a tear since signing with the Coyotes on Oct. 29. His goal against the Blues marked his seventh in the past eight games.

Avalanche 4, Canucks 1 -- Host Colorado jumped to an early lead with first-period goals from Mark Rycroft and Paul Stastny to beat Vancouver.

Kings 3, Flames 1 -- Alexander Frolov got the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Michael Cammalleri and rookie Anze Kopitar cashed in on power plays to lead host Los Angeles over Calgary. The Kings won for only the fifth time in their past 22 games.


Sharks 2, Devils 0 -- Joe Thornton picked off an errant pass and scored midway through the third period, lifting host San Jose over New Jersey. Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 24 shots he faced for his third shutout, the 30th of his career.

Thrashers 1, Panthers 0 -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 16th goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 shots to give host Atlanta a victory over Florida.

Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1 -- Petr Tenkrat, Marc Savard and Brad Boyes scored, and Boston held on for a victory over host Toronto.