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Kopecky treble sinks Penguins

Tomas Kopecky bagged a hat-trick as the Florida Panthers beat the Atlantic-leading Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4.

It was also a big night for Tomas Fleischmann, who got his 100th goal, while Brian Campbell and Marcel Goc added the others.

Pittsburgh got goals from Chris Kunitz, Dustin Jeffrey, Paul Martin and James Neal, but it was not enough.

The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Greg Campbell got the goals for Boston, while Casey Cizikas tallied for the Islanders.

Braden Holtby made 33 saves for the shutout as the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, while John Erskine and John Carlson also scored.

Goals from Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, making a winner of interim coach Ron Rolston for the first time.

Kyle Chipchura scored twice to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Northwest-leading Vancouver Canucks 4-2, while Olli Jokinen netted twice in the Winnipeg Jets' 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.

Loui Eriksson got the overtime winner as the Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 and Zach Parise did likewise for the Minnesota Wild, who were 2-1 winners over the Calgary Flames.

Finally, the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 via a shootout.