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Colby Armstrong had two goals and Kari Lehtonen had 33 saves Saturday in the Atlanta Thrashers' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay. Eric Perrin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Ron Hainsey and Colin Stuart scored for Atlanta in the season-finale for both teams. Matt Pettinger and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning (24-40-18), which ended the season with nine straight losses.
Yann Danis stopped 29-of-30 shots Saturday when the New York Islanders skated to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Lightning. The lone goal Danis surrendered in the battle of place teams -- the Islanders in the Atlantic Division and the Lightning in the Southeast -- was Matt Pettinger's (power play) at 16:38 of the second period. Richard Park scored in the first for New York.
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 38th goal Saturday night and the Washington Capitals built a 3-0 first-period lead en route to a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay. The Southeast Division-leading Capitals also got a goal from high-scoring Mike Green, who established an NHL record for defensemen with a goal in his eighth straight contest (power play) at 5:33 of the second period. Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists.
Ryan Malone scored two of Tampa Bay's four first-period goals Thursday and the Lightning held on to defeat Toronto 6-4. Martin St. Louis registered four points, running his season total to 54, while helping Tampa Bay win for the second time in three games.
Mike McKenna recorded his first career NHL shutout Saturday night, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning record a 1-0 victory against the New York Islanders. The game's lone goal was scored by Gary Roberts at 13:34 of the third period.