Ja­son Spezza has go-ahead goal as Ottawa Se­na­tors de­feat Flames 3-2

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OTTAWA (CP) — Ja­son Spezza had a goal and an as­sist Tues­day night as the Ottawa Se­na­tors de­feated the Cal­gary Flames 3-2.

Spezza scored the winning goal late in the sec­ond pe­riod and Brian El­liott made 27 saves, in­clud­ing two huge stops as Cal­gary pressed for the ty­ing goal in the dy­ing sec­onds.

Alex Ko­valev and Jarkko Ru­utu also scored for the Se­na­tors (3422-4) who got back on the winning side of the ledger af­ter hav­ing an 11-game winning streak snapped in Toronto Satur­day night.

The Flames (29-22-9) got a goal and an as­sist each from Matt Sta­jan and Nik­las Hag­man as well as two as­sists from cap­tain Jarome Iginla. Mikka Kipru­soff made 28 saves in the Cal­gary goal.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead early in the sec­ond pe­riod as Sta­jan took a pass from Iginla in­side the Se­na­tors blue-line, split the de­fence then went back­hand to fore­hand and put a shot over top of El­liott and in at 3:18.

The Se­na­tors re­sponded with two for­tu­itous bounces to take a 3-2 lead be­fore the end of the pe­riod.

The first came at 9:36 as Ru­utu was head­ing out of the Flames zone when he found a loose puck at his feet in the face­off cir­cle. He turned and fired a shot past an un­sus­pect­ing Kipru­soff to tie the game.

Seven min­utes later Spezza had an empty net to shoot at as Jonathan Chee­choo’s pass de­flected off the skate of Adam Pardy right onto Spezza’s stick, who buried his eighth goal in nine games since re­turn­ing from a 20game ab­sence with a knee in­jury.

Light­ning 3, Canucks 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored two third-pe­riod goals and the Tampa Bay Light­ning beat the Van­cou­ver Canucks 3-1 on Tues­day night.

Steven Stamkos added a goal and an as­sist for the Light­ning, who have won four in a row for the first time since Nov. 2007.

Goalie An­tero Ni­it­ty­maki im­proved to 7-0-1 over his last eight starts.

Van­cou­ver got a goal from Ryan Kesler.

Is­lan­ders 4, Preda­tors 3

UNION­DALE, N.Y. (AP) — Mark Streit scored the ty­ing goal in the clos­ing sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion, and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares con­nected in the shootout to help the New York Is­lan­ders snap a seven-game los­ing streak with a 43 victory over the Nashville Preda­tors on Tues­day night.

Streit res­cued a point for the Is­lan­ders with a rare power-play goal, scored with only 11.4 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion. New York, which hadn’t scored dur­ing a man ad­van­tage the pre­vi­ous five games, con­nected twice in six chances against Nashville.

Bru­ins 3, Sabres 2

BUF­FALO, N.Y. (AP) — David Kre­jci scored the win­ner in the third round of the shootout, and rookie Tuukka Rask made 43 saves to help the Bos­ton Bru­ins beat the Buf­falo Sabres 3-2 on Tues­day night. The Sabres are win­less in five. Daniel Paille scored twice in reg­u­la­tion for Bos­ton (25-22-11), which has won two straight af­ter en­dur­ing a 10-game win­less streak.

Derek Roy and rookie Tyler My­ers scored for the slid­ing Sabres (32-18-8), who are just 2-72 in their last 11 games.

Hur­ri­canes 4, Pan­thers 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Joni Pitka­nen scored the go-ahead goal, and Manny Le­gace made 19 saves to help the Carolina Hur­ri­canes beat the Florida Pan­thers 4-1 on Tues­day night.

Matt Cullen had a goal and two as­sists, and Tuomo Ru­utu and Jussi Joki­nen also scored for Carolina. While the Hur­ri­canes re­main near the bot­tom of the NHL stand­ings, they’re play­ing their best hockey with seven wins in their last nine games.

Cory Still­man scored the lone goal for Florida, which has lost four in a row.

The Pan­thers have scored only four goals in that stretch to lose ground in the chase for the fi­nal play­off spot in the East­ern Con­fer­ence.

The Canaa­dian Press

Cal­gary Flames goal­tender Mi­ikka Kipru­soff (34) looks on as Ottawa Se­na­tor Peter Re­gin (43) and Flames Ian White (3) bat­tle for the puck dur­ing first pe­riod NHL action in Ottawa, Tues­day. Se­na­tors won, 3-2.

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