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Kubina’s OT goal lifts Leafs past Rangers

NEW YORK — Pavel Kubina’s power-play goal three minutes into overtime snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs’ losing streak and delivered the latest crushing blow to the New York Rangers’ sinking playoff chances with a 3-2 victory Sunday night.

Kubina took a pass above the left circle from Niklas Hagman and fired a drive past goalie Henrik Lundqvist on the Maple Leafs’ second shot of overtime. Toronto earned the power play when Blair Betts hooked Hagman 2:07 into the extra session.

The slumping Rangers were fortunate to even earn a point as they tied it on Michal Rozsival’s goal with 39.1 seconds left in regulation.

Rozsival, who earlier in the night gave up his No. 3 as it was raised to the rafters in honor of former defenseman Harry Howell, broke in No. 33 in style. With the Rangers enjoying a 6-on-4 skating advantage, Rozsival threaded a shot inside the right post from the slot.

Lightning 4, Bruins 3

TAMPA, Fla. — Vaclav Prospal beat Manny Fernandez on a power play with 1:33 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

Jeff Halpern, Adam Hall and Mark Recchi also scored for Tampa Bay, and Karri Ramo made 40 saves. Phil Kessel, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara scored for Boston, coming off a 2-0 loss at Florida on Saturday night.

Kessel opened the scoring 1:38 into the first with his 25th goal of the season. Kessel fired a shot over Ramo’s right shoulder.

Halpern tied it at 4:44 with a one-timer to left side of the net, and the Lighting took the lead 15 seconds later on Hall’s goal.

Ference tied it at 2 with 3:18 left in the period,

Recchi scored his 13th goal of the season 10 minutes into in the second, and Chara tied it with 4:43 to go in the period.

Fernandez finished with 14 saves.

Hurricanes 5, Avalanche 2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Matt Cullen had his first career hat trick and the Carolina Hurricanes extended their winning streak to three games with a victory against the Colorado Avalanche.

Cullen recorded his 400th career NHL point with his second goal, which came early in the second period and gave Carolina a 2-1 lead.

Colorado had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in 16 games to Carolina. The Avalanche entered 12-0-3 against the Hurricanes, last losing to the franchise in 1996, when the Hurricanes were the Hartford Whalers.

Darcy Tucker scored for Colorado at 2:12 of the second to tie the game at 2-2, but Joni Pitkanen scored off a rebound with 2:54 left in the second period to give the Hurricanes a lead they would not relinquish.

Ryan Bayda’s third-period goal made it 4-2, and Cullen added an empty-netter.

Wild 2, Blackhawks 1

CHICAGO — Josh Harding made 44 saves, and Peter Olvecky snapped a tie early in the third period with his first NHL goal to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dan Fritsche also scored for Minnesota, which was outplayed in the first half of the game, but rebounded to end Chicago’s four-game winning streak.

The Wild’s NHL-leading penalty kill snuffed all eight Chicago advantages.

Jonathan Toews scored for the Blackhawks, playing just their second home game since Jan. 21.

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