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Posted: February 27, 2013 - 1:10am
Florida Panthers' Tomas Kopecky, center, of Slovakia, looks for the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)  Luis M. Alvarez
Luis M. Alvarez
Florida Panthers' Tomas Kopecky, center, of Slovakia, looks for the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

PANTHERS 6, PENGUINS 4

SUNRISE, Fla. — Tomas Kopecky recorded his first career hat trick and Tomas Fleischmann had the go-ahead score for his 100th career goal, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Brian Campbell and Marcel Goc also scored, and Fleischmann added two assists for the Panthers. Scott Clemmensen stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third after replacing Jose Theodore during the second intermission. Theodore stopped 15 of 19 shots through the first and second periods.

Chris Kunitz, Dustin Jeffrey, Paul Martin and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Mark Andre-Fleury made 12 saves for Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby had two assists.

Kopecky, who has six goals in his last six games, scored his third of the game on an empty-netter from his own blue line that made the score 6-4 with one minute left.

BRUINS 4, ISLANDERS 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Boston beat New York for the 16th time in the last 20 meetings.

Adam McQuaid, David Krejci and Greg Campbell also scored for the Bruins (12-2-2), who won their fourth straight to bolster their best start since the 1976-77 season. All four victories have come on the road, where the Bruins are 8-1-1.

Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who are a league-worst 2-8 at home. Boston is 16-3-1 in its last 20 games against the Islanders, who remain in the basement of the Atlantic Division.

SABRES 2, LIGHTNING 1

TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Myers scored a go-ahead goal early in third period, helping Ron Rolston win for the first time as Buffalo’s interim coach with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Myers made it 2-1 from the top of the left circle 52 seconds into the third after a Tampa Bay turnover. Rolston replaced long-time Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff on Feb. 20.

Ryan Miller made 30 saves and improved to 19-7-0 against the Lightning. The Sabres also got a goal from Cody Hodgson, while Thomas Vanek had two assists.

Steven Stamkos extended his goals streak to six games with his 14th for Tampa Bay. Miller stopped Stamkos on a point-blank chance in the third.

CAPITALS 3, HURRICANES 0

WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period and assisted on John Erskine’s goal in the second, leading Washington over Carolina.

John Carlson scored in the third and Braden Holtby, who signed a two-year contract extension Monday, made 33 saves to earn his fifth career shutout for the Capitals.

After a miserable start to the season, Washington has back-to-back wins by more than one goal for the first time this season. The victory moved the Capitals within four points of the Hurricanes, who led the NHL’s weakling division at the start of the day’s play. Cam Ward kept it from turning into an ugly rout by making 37 saves for the Hurricanes.

STARS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Loui Eriksson fought off two defenders to get his stick on a rebound and jammed it in 3:03 into overtime to give Dallas a victory over Columbus.

Cody Eakin had given the Stars a 4-3 lead with 6:24 left in regulation, but R.J. Umberger scored from the right hash with just 1:34 remaining to force overtime.

Eakin, Antoine Roussel and Derek Roy each had a goal and an assist. Brenden Morrow scored, and Stephane Robidas and Brenden Dillon each had two assists for the Stars, who had lost three of four.

Cam Atkinson, Nikita Nikitin and Derek Dorsett scored the other goals for Columbus, which lost its third in a row and sixth in seven games.

JETS 4, RANGERS 3

NEW YORK — Olli Jokinen scored twice and Evander Kane had a goal and assist in the second period for surging Winnipeg, which closed a 4-1 road trip with a win over New York.

After a scoreless first period, Jokinen broke the deadlock 5:55 into the second off an assist from Kane, who then gave Winnipeg a 2-0 lead 1:07 later with his eighth goal of the season.

Kane added his second of the game and ninth of the season in the third period — in between a pair of Rangers tallies — as three goals were scored in a span of 1:13 that brought New York within 4-3.

Ondrej Pavelec, playing in his eighth straight game, made 30 saves for the win. Ryan Callahan, Taylor Pyatt and Anton Stralman scored for the Rangers.

WILD 2, FLAMES 1, OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise scored 27 seconds into OT to lift Minnesota over Calgary.

With the Wild sputtering on offense once again, Jason Zucker scored for Minnesota with 4:19 left in regulation to send it to overtime.

Calgary’s Mark Giordano was then given a delay-of-game penalty with 43 seconds to go. The penalty carried over into the extra period, and Parise beat goalie Joey MacDonald for the 4-on-3 winner. Parise’s goal was only Minnesota’s fourth in its last 41 power-play opportunities.

Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames and MacDonald stopped 28 shots. Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves for the Wild.

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