Isles stick it to Canucks
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Mariusz Czerkawski had a goal and two assists within 2:17 late in the third period and Adrian Aucoin capped New York’s incredible comeback by scoring 36 seconds into overtime, lifting the Islanders to a wild 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the Vancouver Canucks.
Aucoin, the Islanders’ lone All-Star, took advantage of a double minor for high-sticking called against Vancouver’s Trevor Linden in the final minute of regulation.
The Islanders scored four goals in the final 3:51 to turn around a 3-1 deficit and win for the 19th time in 28 home games (19-8-1).
For the Canucks, it was their second straight tough loss. Vancouver rallied from a 3-1 hole in the third period on Monday against the New York Rangers, only to give up a late goal in a 4-3 defeat that snapped a five-game winning streak.
The Canucks were 19-0 when leading after two periods.
“We played real well for 55 minutes,” Linden said. “I don’t know if there’s any way to explain what happened at the end.”
After Vancouver again fell behind 4-3 on Michael Peca’s goal with 1:58 left, the Canucks tied it when Henrik Sedin took a pass from Todd Bertuzzi and tied it 36 seconds later.
Henrik set up twin brother, Daniel, with 7:07 left in the third to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead. But the Islanders roared back, paced by Czerkawski’s burst.
He cut down the slot to deflect in Peca’s shot to bring New York within 3-2 with 4:15 left. Then he made a nice pass into the slot to Arron Asham, who scored at 16:52 to tie it.
It took only 1:10 more for Peca to take a pass from Czerkawski and find the net to make it 4-3.
Canucks forward Magnus Arvedson will be out at least six weeks with injured right knee ligaments.
 Canadiens 4, Penguins 3:
Niklas Sundstrom and Saku Koivu scored after Montreal squandered a two-goal lead and the Canadiens sent the Penguins to a club record- tying 11th consecutive loss, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins, owners of a league-worst 11-36-5-3 record, will take two losing streaks into the All-Star break. They also lost their 10th straight at home, putting them in position to tie the league record of 11 consecutive home losses _ held by four clubs _ Tuesday against Boston.
 Red Wings 4, Predators 1:
Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan and Kirk Maltby each scored goals, and Detroit snapped Nashville’s 11-game home unbeaten streak. Pavel Datsyuk added an empty-netter with 13.5 seconds remaining for his 25th goal this season. Nashville hadn’t lost at home since a 2-1 overtime defeat against Vancouver on Dec. 16. The streak had tied the franchise high.
 Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 1:
Steve Sullivan, Nathan Dempsey and Bryan Berard scored against their former team, and Craig Anderson made 43 saves to lead Chicago in Toronto. Sullivan added two assists for the Blackhawks, winners of just two of their last 22 road games. Toronto outshot Chicago, 44- 15, but Anderson made spectacular saves throughout. He had 21 saves in third period, and improved his record to 2-12 this season. Toronto backup goalie Trevor Kidd struggled in place of Ed Belfour, who missed the game with a tight lower back.
 Devils 2, Senators 1:
Jeff Friesen scored with 6:13 left to lift New Jersey at The Meadowlands, its third win in four games against the Senators this season. Martin Brodeur finished with 23 saves for the Devils, who now have 67 points _ one behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
ETC.: Brian Rafalski will replace fellow Devils defenseman Scott Stevens (concussion) on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
 Capitals 2, Lightning 1:
Anson Carter scored his first goal for the Capitals, and Maxime Ouellet made 38 saves for his second NHL win, in Washington. Jeff Halpern also scored for the last-place Capitals.
ETC.: The Capitals placed defenseman Sergei Gonchar on the injured reserve list and recalled center Graham Mink from Portland of the AHL.
 Bruins 5, Thrashers 4:
Brian Rolston scored on a rebound with 1:33 left to lift the Bruins in Boston despite Dany Heatley’s first goal since recovering from a car accident that killed teammate Dan Snyder. Heatley, playing in only his fourth game this season, scored 1:54 into the first period to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Joe Thornton scored a pair of goals for Boston, which has won four straight and is unbeaten in its last five. Glen Murray added a goal and an assist.
 Avalanche 3, Hurricanes 1:
David Aebischer stopped 37 shots and Colorado bounced back from a sluggish start in Denver. Milan Hejduk, Steve Konowalchuk and Steve Moore scored for Colorado, 5-0-2-1 its past eight games. The Avalanche have at least a point in 17 of their last 18 games (13-1-2- 2).
 Sharks 3, Panthers 0:
Nils Ekman, Alyn McCauley and Marco Sturm each scored a goal, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots to help the host Sharks avoid their first three-game losing streak. Nabokov recorded his sixth shutout of the season and 23rd of his career. He is one shutout shy of the franchise’s single-season record. Roberto Luongo had 25 saves for the Panthers, who have a four-game winless streak.
 Around the league:
With both Philadelphia goaltenders sidelined, rookie Antero Niittymaki will make his NHL debut tonight against the Washington Capitals. Robert Esche (sprained left knee) and Jeff Hackett (vertigo) are not available. Claude Lapointe was cleared by the NHL to return to the Flyers after a month in the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program. Lapointe said last month he was being treated for depression, not drug or alcohol abuse.
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