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Predators snap 6-game losing streak

A POWER play goal from Shea Weber in overtime helped the Nashville Predators snap a six-game losing streak with a frenzied 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Trailing 0-3 after the first two periods, the Senators stormed back with five goals in the third, including a shorthanded tally from Chris Phillips that tied the game with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation time.

"You're on the power play and they score a short-handed goal with 1.6 seconds left and you're on a six-game losing streak, that plays with your mind," Nashville coach Barry Trotz told reporters.

"But give our guys a lot of credit because we've been a little bit fragile lately."

Weber's overtime goal, scored after a penalty to Ottawa's Matt Carkner, was his second of the game and third of the season from a shot off the point.

"Definitely not a defensive battle," Weber said. "It was a lot of offence, but we got two points and we're happy."

Ryan Suter scored his first two goals of the season and J.P. Dumont added a goal and four assists for the winners, with Cody Franson scoring the other Nashville goal.

Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno, Milan Michalek and Anton Volchenkov also scored third period goals for the Senators (5-2-1), who appeared listless in the opening two periods before their dramatic rally.

"Obviously not the start we wanted, but we battled back and lots happened in between there, a lot of goals scored," Phillips said.

In New York, the New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten record on the road with a 4-2 win over neighboring New York Rangers.

Dainius Zubrus tipped in Zach Parise's soft shot 7:51 into the third period to notch his first goal of the season and put New Jersey ahead to stay.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur, who had never beaten Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist in regulation on the road in the regular season, made 29 saves to push the Devils to 4-0 away from home.

In Los Angeles, Michal Handzus scored 55 seconds into overtime to lift Los Angeles 5-4 over Dallas. Handzus hammered a shot from the left side of the slot past goalie Alex Auld.

The Kings' Anze Kopitar had his first NHL hat-trick.

In Edmonton, Alberta, Dustin Penner scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season and added three assists in Edmonton's 6-4 comeback victory over Columbus.

Ales Hemsky also had a five-point night, finishing with a goal and four assists to help the Oilers rebound from a 4-1 deficit. Sam Gagner, Lubomir Visnovsky and Robert Nilsson added goals for Edmonton in its fifth victory in six games.

In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz, Matt Bradley and Chris Clark scored in an 88-second span of the second period to help Washington defeat Atlanta 5-4. Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 shots to help the Capitals win their third straight game.

Washington's Eric Fehr and Alexandre Giroux had first-period goals.

Elsewhere, it was: Coyotes 3, Red Wings 2, OT; Lightning 5, Sharks 2; Flyers 4, Bruins 3, SO; and Canadiens 5, Islanders 1.


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