Pittsburgh Alexei Kovalev scored 18 seconds into overtime for his second hat trick in as many games and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from three goals down to beat New Jersey 5-4 Saturday.
The Penguins led 4-3 on Kevin Stevens' goal their third in a span of 2:33 in the second period but Scott Stevens tied it with 4:12 left in regulation.
Kovalev, who had scored twice about a minute apart during a furious Penguins rally early in the second period, won it by flicking a backhander past Martin Brodeur off Martin Straka's pass from the right boards on Pittsburgh's opening rush of overtime.
Kovalev's three goals at least temporarily gave him the NHL lead with 33. Jan Hrdina also scored for Pittsburgh.
Mario Lemieux was limited to an assist and two shots in 19:55 of ice time, then said he was bothered by a sore back.
Panthers 7, Thrashers 3
Atlanta Pavel Bure scored four times to take the NHL goal-scoring lead. Bure began the night tied for second in the league with 31 goals, one behind Washington's Peter Bondra. He went to the front of the pack with the third four-goal performance of his career.
The Russian Rocket's last four-goal game was Jan. 1, 2000, against Tampa Bay.
The Panthers gave up two goals before the opening period was 10 minutes old, but rallied for a 2-2 tie by the end of the first.
Florida went ahead for good when Dan Boyle and Bure scored just 20 seconds apart near the midway point of the second period. Bure scored two more goals in the third to ice Florida's fourth victory in six games.
Bruins 6, Lightning 2
Boston Jonathan Girard had two of Boston's three power-play goals and Jason Allison also scored twice. The Bruins, 2-for-45 on the power-play in their previous 10 games, are 11-0-2 against Tampa Bay since 1994. The Lightning have lost 12 straight on the road, and are an NHL-worst 4-22-2-3 away from home. Bill Guerin and Joe Thornton each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Sergei Samsonov had two assists. Fredrik Modin had his 25th goal and Matthew Barnaby also scored for Tampa Bay.
Sabres 2, Senators 1, OT
Ottawa Maxim Afinogenov scored 1:52 into overtime. Miroslav Satan also scored for Buffalo. Alexei Yashin countered for the Northeast Division-leading Senators, who remained one point behind the Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey Devils. Afinogenov lifted the puck over sprawling Ottawa goaltender Patrick Lalime to win the first of three games between the teams this month. Buffalo's Dominik Hasek was winless in eight previous regular-season games at Corel Centre (0-5-3) since March 1, 1997.
Red Wings 3,
Maple Leafs 3, OT
Toronto Jonas Hoglund scored with 44 seconds left in regulation. After Toronto's Mats Sundin skated behind the net, he passed to Hoglund, who flicked the puck over goalie Chris Osgood's shoulder. Nathan Dempsey and Steve Thomas also scored for the Leafs. Kris Draper, Sergei Federov and Steve Duchesne scored for Detroit.
Canadiens 5, Islanders 3
Montreal Trevor Linden scored on a power play and Patrick Poulin added an unassisted goal later in the second period for Montreal. Linden broke a 2-2 tie with his 11th goal of the season, a wrist shot over Islanders goalie John Vanbiesbrouck's right shoulder. Poulin gave the Canadiens their second two-goal lead of the game when he broke down the left wing and beat Vanbiesbrouck with a low shot between the legs.
Jackets 3, Predators 2
Columbus, Ohio Geoff Sanderson scored three times, the first hat trick in Blue Jackets history. Sanderson connected twice in the first period and got the winner midway through the third period. He swept in from the left boards and whipped a low back-hander through the pads of screened goaltender Mike Dunham with 8:30 remaining for his team-leading 26th goal of the season. It was the seventh hat trick of his career.
Blues 4, Avalanche 3, OT
Denver Daniel Corso beat Patrick Roy with 4:10 left in overtime, handing the Avalanche its fourth straight loss.
Capitals 4, Kings 3
Anaheim, Calif. Peter Bondra and Sergei Gonchar scored less than three minutes apart during 5-on-3 power plays as the Washington Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Saturday night.
Flames 4, Canucks 1
Vancouver, British Columbia Tommy Albelin's first goal of the season jump-started a four-goal third period as the Calgary Flames rallied.v