Leafs, Sens blow leads while Jets win: NHL East roundup

Evgeni Malkin tied it with six seconds left in regulation and then scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. Elsewhere, the Bruins rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators, the Winnipeg Jets notched a shootout win and the Canadiens fell to the Sabres.

Sabres drop Canadiens 3-1, Devils, Islanders & Lightning win

Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke, right, redirects a shot from the point past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson for a second-period goal during Pittsburgh's victory on Tuesday night. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin tied it with six seconds left in regulation and then scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night.

Malkin's 27th goal capped a furious third-period rally by the Penguins, who trailed by three with 13 minutes to play. The NHL's leading scorer later flipped a wrist shot past Jonas Gustavsson in the second round of the shootout to extend Pittsburgh's winning streak to eight games.

The Maple Leafs appeared to be in complete control after Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored 19 seconds apart in the third period to give Toronto a 4-1 lead.

Pittsburgh put together a furious rally that Malkin finished when James Neal's slap shot caromed off his shoulder and into the net.

Bruins 4, Senators 3

BOSTON — Dennis Seidenberg scored the tiebreaking goal on a slap shot from centre ice in the third period, rallying the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara had power-play goals and Chara also had an assist for the Bruins, who fell behind 3-1 while being dominated in the second period.

Milan Lucic's goal with 45 seconds left in the second got the Bruins within one and Marchand's power-play goal 2:20 into the third tied it.

Colin Greening, Kyle Turris and all-star defenceman Erik Karlsson scored for Ottawa.

Seidenberg put Boston ahead with 12:51 remaining as he stepped into a low shot just after crossing the red line and the puck whistled untouched between Craig Anderson's blocker and the post.

Tim Thomas made 30 saves for Boston,and Anderson finished with 26 for the Senators.

Jets 2, Flyers 1 (SO)

PHILADELPHIA — Bryan Little had the only goal during a shootout, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Jets have won six straight games in Philadelphia, including four when they were the Atlanta Thrashers, since a 5-3 loss on Jan. 21, 2009. The franchise has beaten the Flyers in nine of the last 10 meetings.

Chris Thorburn scored his first goal in nearly a year for Winnipeg's lone tally in regulation.

Brayden Schenn scored for Philadelphia in regulation. The Flyers have gone to a shootout in three straight games, winning one.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr in the shootout.

Sabres 3, Canadiens 1 

MONTREAL — Paul Gaustad scored in the third period as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 despite a 38-save performance from Carey Price on Tuesday night.

Ville Leino, with his first goal since Dec. 7, and Patrick Kaleta, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Buffalo (21-24-5), which has won two in a row since ending a five-game losing streak. The Sabres are 3-0-0 against Montreal this season.

Max Pacioretty had the lone goal for Montreal (19-22-9), which had won its previous two games.

With the win, Ryan Miller tied Dominik Hasek for the Sabres' all-time record for goaltender victories with 234. Miller made 27 saves.

The hungrier, harder-working Sabres outshot the Canadiens 40-28 and pulled even with Montreal on 47 points, but both remain well out of playoff position in the NHL Eastern Conference.

Price, back from his all-star game appearance in Ottawa, did his best to steal a win, but soft play by his team in its zone proved too much.

Devils 4, Rangers 3 (SO)

NEWARK, N.J. — David Clarkson scored the tying goal for New Jersey in the final minute of regulation, and Ilya Kovalchuk netted the only goal in the shootout as the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Kovalchuk had the first attempt in the shootout and beat New York backup Martin Biron between the pads. That was enough to give the Devils a 9-2 mark in the tiebreaker. Martin Brodeur preserved the win by stopping all three Rangers shooters: Derek Stepan, Brad Richards and All-Star MVP Marian Gaborik.

Kovalchuk and Zach Parise also scored in regulation for the Devils, who trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2.

Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle and Michael Del Zotto had the Rangers' goals.

Lightning 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 33rd goal at 2:45 of overtime, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Martin St. Louis had a second-period goal and assisted on the game-winner, sending a point-blank shot off goalie Tomas Vokoun's pads and giving Stamkos an opportunity to tap in the rebound. The sequence began with Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon stopping two shots at the other end of the ice.

Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault and Troy Brouwer scored for the Capitals, who rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime despite playing without suspended star Alex Ovechkin.

Islanders 5, Hurricanes 2 

RALEIGH, N.C. — John Tavares scored two goals and had two assists to lead the New York Islanders over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Tuesday night.

P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson scored power-play goals to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead after two periods and help New York move two points ahead of Carolina at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Carolina rallied with goals from Brandon Sutter and Tim Brent early in the third period to get even, but Tavares put the Islanders back in front, and Kyle Okposo added an empty-net goal with 1:22 left.

With files from The Canadian Press