Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, center, of Russia, celebrates with teammates Jiri Hudler, left, of the Czech Republic, and Daniel Cleary, right, after scoring a first-period goal during an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O\'Meara)
TAMPA, Fla. - Pavel Datsyuk scored twice, Danny Cleary had a goal and two assists and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Thursday night.
Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of 11. Jimmy Howard made 38 saves.
Tampa Bay got goals from Victor Hedman and Steve Downie. The Lightning are 5-3-1 during a 12-game homestand.
It was the first time that new Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman faced his old team. He played 22 seasons before spending five more as a vice-president with Detroit.
Datsyuk extended the lead to 5-2 on his second goal of the game, at 11:49 of the third. An octopus—a tradition at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena—was thrown onto the ice after the goal.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher scored 49 seconds apart in the second period, and Nashville beat Vancouver for its third victory in four games.
Martin Erat had a goal and an assist, and Fisher's goal was his first since he was traded to Nashville a week ago. Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots, improving to 15-2-1 when his teammates score at least three goals.
The Predators began the night tied with four other teams for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Nashville evened the season series at a game apiece. Vancouver, which leads the West, remained the NHL's top team with 83 points.
Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal for the Canucks, who were playing their third game in four nights. Kevin Bieksa was a scratch due to a broken bone in his left foot, their sixth defencemen out due to injury.
NEW YORK (AP)—Henrik Lundqvist knocked Anze Kopitar's shootout shot over the net to earn his 200th NHL win and give the Rangers a victory over Los Angeles.
The Kings rallied twice in the third period to stretch their streak with at least one point to a team record-tying 11 games (8-0-3).
Erik Christensen and Mats Zuccarello scored on the Rangers' first two shootout attempts before Jarret Stoll got a shot past Lundqvist to send the tiebreaker into a third round. Jonathan Bernier poke-checked the puck off Wojtek Wolski's stick to keep the Kings alive, but Lundqvist turned aside Kopitar to give New York its second straight win after six consecutive losses.
Ryan Callahan had a goal and assist, and Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov both scored in the third for New York.
Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown scored two goals and Matt Greene had a rare one for the road-weary Kings, who haven't lost in regulation since Jan. 20.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots and six Bruins scored as Boston snapped a three-game skid with a victory against New York.
Blake Wheeler, Mark Recchi, Gregory Campbell, David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins.
New York's four-game winning streak came to a halt. John Tavares scored twice to give him 23 goals on the season and Josh Bailey also had a goal for the Islanders. Rookie Michael Grabner had his six-game goal streak snapped.
Nathan Lawson started in net for the Islanders and stopped 13 of 18 shots before Al Montoya came off the bench to finish with 15 saves.
EDMONTON (AP)—Ales Hemsky scored twice to lead Edmonton over Montreal.
Jordan Eberle and Ryan Jones had third-period goals 15 seconds apart for the Oilers, who have won two straight at home following seven consecutive losses in Edmonton.
Jeff Halpern scored for the Canadiens, who have lost five of six. The Canadiens have dropped four straight and eight of nine in Edmonton, where they haven't won since Nov. 22, 2003.
Already short of experience on the blue line, Montreal lost defenceman James Wisniewski seven minutes into the first when he was hit in the face with Taylor Hall's shot and did not return.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Martin Hanzal scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Keith Yandle had three assists and Phoenix beat Atlanta for its sixth straight victory.
Phoenix, one victory short of its longest winning streak this season, leads the Pacific Division with 71 points.
The Coyotes came back from a 3-2 deficit. Lauri Korpikoski tied it with less than 5 minutes left in the second and Hanzal scored the deciding goal with 26 seconds remaining in the period.
Atlanta fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven games.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley scored third-period goals to help the Sharks beat Washington for the 14th time in their last 15 meetings.
Joe Pavelski had a short-handed goal and Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the Sharks, who followed up last week's 2-0 win at Washington with another victory over the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals, who have lost four of five. One night after breaking out offensively in a 7-6 win at Anaheim, Washington once again struggled to score and now has 10 losses and one tie in its last 11 trips to San Jose. The Capitals have five goals in their past four losses.