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Hossa's hat trick leads Thrashers in shutout

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Marian Hossa had three goals and an assist and Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots Thursday for the Thrashers, who beat the Maple Leafs for the first time in more than three years.

Scott Mellanby and Brad Larsen also scored for the Thrashers, who snapped the Maple Leafs' eight-game winning streak in the series by handing Toronto its first shutout of the season.

It was Atlanta's first win over the Maple Leafs since a 3-2 overtime victory Oct. 27, 2003, in Toronto. The Maple Leafs outscored the Thrashers 37-9 in their eight straight wins, including a 4-2 victory Oct. 30 in Toronto.

Hossa ended his personal history of frustration against Toronto with his first hat trick for Atlanta. Hossa leads the NHL with 20 goals this season, but he had only one goal and one assist in his last nine games against Toronto, a streak that began before Hossa's 2005 trade to Atlanta from Ottawa.

Hossa passed the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr for the league scoring lead with 39 points. Hossa also leads the league with 20 power-play points.

Toronto lost its third straight, matching its longest skid of the season. It scored only one goal in each of its back-to-back losses to Boston before facing more scoring problems against Lehtonen and the Thrashers.

Lehtonen earned his first career win in three games against Toronto. He recorded his fourth shutout of the season.

Hossa's first goal gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead with 6:52 left in the first period. Hossa waited about 5 feet to Andrew Raycroft's left as the Thrashers crisply executed passes from Slava Kozlov to Mellanby to Hossa, who was left with a clear opening for his short wrist shot.

Raycroft kept Atlanta's lead at 1-0 as he stopped breakaway attempts by Hossa in the first period and by Shane Hnidy early in the second.

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Stars 0 1 2 3

WASHINGTON - Olaf Kolzig made 35 saves and withstood a third-period rally to finally defeat the only franchise he had never beaten.

Richard Zednik, Chris Clark, Matt Pettinger and Alexander Semin scored for the Capitals, who won their second straight after six losses. Jakub Klepis had two assists.

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Canadiens 1 1 0 2

RALEIGH, N.C. - Justin Williams and Eric Belanger scored less than a minute apart in the third to lead the Hurricanes.

Erik Cole added a pair of goals off his own rebounds for the Hurricanes, who stayed on the attack almost the entire way. Michael Ryder and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens, who had won four of five. Huet finished with 44 saves.

Senators 3 3 0 6

Panthers 0 0 0 0

OTTAWA - Dany Heatley had two goals and an assist and Ray Emery made 31 saves for the Senators' first shutout of the season.

Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Andrej Meszaros and Antoine Vermette also scored for Ottawa, which won its second straight. Two children at the game were sent to a hospital - as a precaution - after plexiglass shattered in front of them when Senators defenseman Chris Phillips checked Florida's Stephen Weiss into the boards early in the first.

Flyers 2 1 0 3

Islanders 0 1 1 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Rookie defenseman Alexandre Picard had the first two assists of his career for the Flyers.

Picard, who along with fellow rookies Jussi Timonen and Lars Jonsson made up half of Philadelphia's depleted defense corps, set up power-play goals by Randy Robitaille and Mike Knuble with long shots as the Flyers won for just the eighth time this season.

Simon Gagne scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and Antero Niittymaki made 39 saves for the Flyers.

Around the league

GAMBLING RING: A second man accused of running a gambling ring with former hockey star Rick Tocchet will plead guilty and agree to cooperate with authorities, a report said.

James Ulmer will plead guilty today in state Superior Court in New Jersey to promoting gambling and conspiracy and faces as long as 364 days in county jail, reported the Star-Ledger of Newark, which cited law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

Ulmer, 41, would be the second man to plead guilty in the case, which authorities have said involved bettors including NHL players and actress Janet Jones, the wife of hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

Tocchet and Ulmer are the only remaining people charged in the case. No alleged bettors have been charged.

PENGUINS: John LeClair, 37, was placed on waivers, a move designed to try to move the two-time 50-goal scorer to another team.

If LeClair clears waivers by today, the team must decide whether to release him and be responsible for his $1.5-million salary or keep him and try to work out a trade in which they might have to pick up part of his salary.

WILD: Defenseman Shawn Belle was recalled from AHL Houston.

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