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Tampa Bay remains unbeaten at home

TAMPA, Fla. — Brad Richards had two goals and Vinny Prospal scored his eighth goal of the season to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Thursday night.

Jason Ward and Michel Ouellet also scored for the Lightning, who tied a franchise record set in 2002 by starting the season 5-0 at home. Tampa Bay is also 12-1 against the Flyers since the start of the 2003-04 season.

Philadelphia got goals from Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble. The Flyers played without left wing Simon Gagne (dizziness) and defenseman Derian Hatcher (sore right knee). Gagne, hit in the head by a shot in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss at Florida, might return this weekend.

Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH — Jiri Tlusty, playing his first NHL game, scored two goals 35 seconds apart during a four-goal Toronto flurry in the third period and the Maple Leafs shook off an early season slump to beat Pittsburgh and end the Penguins’ three-game winning streak.

Alexander Steen scored Toronto’s first goal and had two assists and Mats Sundin added two assists while being largely responsible for shifting the momentum the Maple Leafs’ way after the Penguins kept a 1-0 lead for half the game.

Rangers 2, Devils 0

NEW YORK — Nigel Dawes needed less than a minute to break New York’s scoring slump, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for his second shutout.

It was almost the third straight 1-0 decision for the Rangers. Lundqvist, who has started all nine games this season, earned a shutout Saturday in a shootout loss at Boston and took a hard defeat in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Martin Brodeur made 29 saves. The Devils finished their season-starting, nine-game road trip 3-5-1 and will open their new arena in Newark, N.J., on Saturday against Ottawa.

New York (3-5-1) has 14 goals in nine games.

Bruins 3, Blackhawks 1

BOSTON — Phil Kessel scored two goals and Tim Thomas made 26 saves to help Boston to its fifth win in six games.

Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin hasn’t won in Boston since 1996 with an 0-5-2 record.

Kessel scored 2:08 into the second period on an end-to-end rush. Jonathan Toews tied the game at 5:13 of the second for eight points in his last eight games.

Blue Jackets 3, Blues 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game on a shot between his legs, and Pascal Leclaire stopped 36 shots to lead Columbus to a victory over St. Louis.

Jared Boll had a goal and Jiri Novotny was awarded a goal. Novotny was skating in on an empty net late in the game when he was hooked from behind by Eric Brewer, the officials awarding the goal to Novotny — his fourth goal in five games.

Leclaire, who came into the season with one career shutout, is now one shutout away from tying the team’s season mark of five.

Predators 3, Thrashers 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dan Ellis stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout, helping Nashville snap a six-game losing streak and beat Atlanta.

Jordin Tootoo and Jerred Smithson scored for Nashville, which was one more loss from tying a franchise record.

It was Ellis’ second NHL start, and first this season after Chris Mason got the first eight for Nashville. Ellis was playing his fourth game with the Predators.

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