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NHL: Senators Beat Islanders

The National Hockey League-leading Ottawa Senators came from behind to beat the New York Islanders 4-3 Friday.

The Senators erased a two-goal deficit in the second period for their fourth straight victory. Bryan Smolinski scored the game-winning goal in New York. Ottawa lost captain Daniel Alfredsson to an injury in the second period. The Senators lead the NHL with a record of 27 wins, six losses and three overtime losses for a total of 57 points over 36 games.

The Boston Bruins scored in the third period to beat the struggling defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Patrice Bergeron scored the game winner in Tampa.

San Jose's Joe Thornton scored a pair of goals and made an assist to lead the Sharks 5-2 over the Colorado Avalanche, who have lost five of their last six road games. The home ice victory snapped the Sharks' four-game losing streak.

Other NHL winners Friday were the Sabres, Panthers, Blue Jackets, and Oilers.

The Buffalo Sabres thumped the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1, the Florida Panthers edged the Montreal Canadiens 2-1, and the Columbus Blue Jackets skated past the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Also, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.