Senators' dramatic winner sinks Maple Leafs
February 25, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
OTTAWA -- Ottawa's Colin Greening hit a puck out of midair for a goal with 24 seconds remaining to give the Senators a dramatic 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, staying within two points of the NHL Eastern Conference lead.
Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators, who have won four straight.
Elsewhere, Montreal stayed clear top of the East by beating the slumping New York Rangers, Detroit emphatically ended a five-game skid by routing Nashville, Dallas' power-play got its act back together in the win over San Jose, Washington's Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick in the victory against New Jersey, and St. Louis snapped a run of five-straight home defeats by downing Columbus.
In Ottawa, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto but it was to no avail thanks to Greening's spectacular winner for the Senators.
They stayed right on the tail of the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the New York Rangers 3-0.
Carey Price made 17 saves while each player on the line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored a goal and added an assist for Montreal, which has won six of seven.
The Rangers dropped their third straight.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Red Wings cruised to a 4-0 win over the Nashville Predators.
Drew Miller scored an early goal for the Red Wings but given their recent habit of losing from 2-0 leads, they were happy to see Tomas Tatar's goal early in the second period added to by Niklas Kronwall. Daniel Cleary added a fourth in the third period.
The Predators had won seven of eight games against Detroit, including last year's first-round playoff series.
Dallas' Jamie Benn scored a goal and added an assist as the Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1.
Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder also scored for Dallas, who snapped an 0-for-16 power-play run and scored on consecutive opportunities to take a 2-0 lead early in the third period.
Patrick Marleau notched the only goal for San Jose, his 12th of the season, but the Sharks have won only one of their past nine.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin produced his first hat trick in more than two years, leading the struggling Capitals to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Ovechkin entered the game with only five goals in 16 games this season, but the two-time NHL MVP broke out in a big way.
Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad, middle, celebrates a first-period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates Colin Greening, left, and Erik Condra during an NHL game in ...