NHL Wrap: St. Louis powers Tampa to win

NHL Wrap: St. Louis powers Tampa to win
April 24, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Martin St. Louis scored three goals to help the Lightning to a 5-2 win over Toronto on Wednesday. (USA Today Images)

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Ilya Bryzgalov said he's happy the Flyers acquired Steve Mason -- he needed the rest, because he felt like an empty tank (see story).

Oliver Lauridsen scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's win over the Bruins, one of the uglier markers of an ugly Flyers season (see story).

Now here's a recap of Wednesday's action:

St. Louis powers Lightning to win
TAMPA, Fla.-- Martin St. Louis scored three goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

St. Louis, who has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points -- two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.

Stamkos scored his 29th goal, two behind NHL-leading Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and added an assist.

St. Louis' goal in the second period came off wrist shot off a slick pass from behind the net by Nate Thompson to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, with the Lightning leading 3-2, St. Louis got to a rebound of Keith Aulie's slap shot off the boards and slipped the puck past goalie James Reimer.

St. Louis completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 2:49 left in the game (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Coyotes knock off Sharks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes prevented San Jose from moving up in the Western Conference standings with a 2-1 win over the Sharks on Wednesday night.

San Jose had a chance to pass Los Angeles for fourth in the West, but the Coyotes played more like the team still in the playoff hunt.

Phoenix beat Thomas Greiss for two goals in the first period and played the tight-checking style that had been so successful the previous three seasons. That left the Sharks tied with the Kings at 57 points.

Michael Stone and Keith Yandle both scored, and Shane Doan had a pair of assists for Phoenix (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Wings keep postseason hopes alive
DETROIT -- Jordin Tootoo netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 6:26 left, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Kings and into eighth place in the Western Conference.

Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining.

The Red Wings are aiming to extend their postseason streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 23 saves and Pavel Datsyuk scored a game-tying goal midway through the second period.

The Dallas Stars, who are four points behind Detroit, host Columbus on Thursday and Detroit on Saturday (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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