Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel scored 46 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals past the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

Backstrom erased the Red Wings' 2-1 lead by taking Alex Ovechkin's pass and skating by Brad Stuart in the left circle before beating Chris Osgood from close range on a power play with 6:45 left. Steckel's fourth goal, a deflection of Alexander Semin's shot, put Washington ahead less than a minute later.

Matt Bradley also scored and Jose Theodore made 44 saves for the Capitals, who have won seven of eight overall.

Dan Cleary and Brian Rafalski scored for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight. Detroit outshot Washington 46-23.

Penguins 6, Islanders 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Evgeni Malkin broke out of a slump with three goals and Sidney Crosby scored twice as Pittsburgh recovered after blowing a three-goal lead.

New York had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Trent Hunter and Richard Park scored in the third period as the Islanders came back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to tie it, but Kyle Okposo drew a tripping penalty midway through the period that led to Malkin's power-play goal that made it 5-4. Earlier, Okposo failed on a penalty shot and couldn't score twice on breakaways, all in a span of 1:34 in the second period.

Senators 4, Blackhawks 1

OTTAWA (AP) _ Peter Regin had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 29 saves to lead Ottawa to its fourth straight.

Regin restored Ottawa's two-goal lead late in the second when he beat Chicago's Cristobal Huet on a wraparound after Zack Smith and Ryan Shannon scored in the first to put the Senators up 2-0.

Mike Fisher scored a power-play goal 16:45 into the third to seal the win and extend Ottawa's streak.

Marian Hossa scored his third short-handed goal of the season earlier in the second for the Blackhawks, who ended a three-game winning streak.

Thrashers 4, Maple Leafs 3

ATLANTA (AP) _ Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals, giving him 30 for the season, and the Atlanta beat Toronto.

The Thrashers scored four straight goals after Alexei Ponikarovsky's two first-period goals in a span of 32 seconds.

Rich Peverley's power-play goal at 1:58 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie. Kovalchuk's second goal gave Atlanta a 4-2 lead 4:20 into the third period.

Toronto's Niklas Hagman scored 1:23 later, but Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 37 shots, held on for his third win in his past four starts.

Vesa Toskala stopped 28 shots in his first regulation loss in nine career games against Atlanta.

Rangers 8, Lightning 2

NEW YORK (AP) _ Vinny Prospal had a goal and assist in New York's big first period, and linemate Marian Gaborik tied a career high with four assists.

New York, which scored a total of five goals in five games before Sunday's 6-2 home win against Montreal, netted three goals in the first period and two more in the second against the tired Lightning _ chasing goalie Antero Niittymaki from the net.

Brandon Dubinsky started his team's biggest scoring night of the season with a power-play tally just 1:26 in, and Prospal and Chris Drury followed to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead after the first period. Dan Girardi and Enver Lisin scored in the second as New York went ahead 5-1 despite recording only 20 shots on Niittymaki.

Flyers 5, Blue Jackets 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Jeff Carter scored two goals and Ray Emery won for the first time since returning from abdominal surgery and Philadelphia beat Columbus.

The Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak. Carter scored on a breakaway 58 seconds into the game. He scored his 19th of the season at 11:31 of the second period, when he sent a shot past Mathieu Garon.

Arron Asham, Chris Pronger and Dan Carcillo also scored for the Flyers, who were hosting Columbus for the first time since Nov. 24, 2006.

Former Flyer RJ Umberger scored two goals for the Blue Jackets, losers of four of five. Rick Nash also scored for Columbus.

Sharks 5, Kings 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe scored two goals apiece, San Jose completed a remarkable two-day scoring barrage with a victory over Los Angeles.

A day after San Jose demolished the Calgary Flames in a 9-1 victory at the Shark Tank, Marleau led the Sharks to three first-period goals on the way to an easy win over their Pacific Division rivals. Dan Boyle added a goal and two assists in the Sharks' 14th win in 17 games.

San Jose's victory coupled with Chicago's 4-1 loss to Ottawa put the Sharks alone atop the overall NHL standings with 74 points through 51 games.

Wayne Simmonds scored for the Kings, who lost for the fourth time during six straight home games, including two home losses to San Jose in nine days.

Ducks 5, Sabres 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Ryan Getzlaf and Evgeny Artyukhin scored 62 seconds apart to trigger a four-goal first period, Bobby Ryan connected on a power play, and Anaheim extended its home winning streak to eight games.

Mike Brown and rookie Troy Bodie also scored for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made 17 of his 41 saves during the first 20 minutes in the only meeting between the teams this season. The victory was the seventh in eight starts for Hiller.

Tim Connolly, Clarke MacArthur, Steve Montador and Jochen Hecht scored for Buffalo.

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