Sharks too much for Thrashers

From the Associated Press

The San Jose Sharks’ potent line of Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton overpowered the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night at Atlanta.

Cheechoo scored three goals, Michalek had one and set up two others, and Thornton had three assists in the Sharks’ 5-1 victory that ended the Thrashers’ franchise-record, home-winning streak at seven.

“I bring speed, Joe brings the pass and Jonathan is the shooter,” said Michalek, who has 23 goals, including four in his last three games, and a total of 60 points.


“My linemates were doing a great job. I like the way our line is made up right now,” Cheechoo said.

San Jose has won seven of eight. It was the only game between the teams this season.

Calgary 3, Nashville 2 -- Defenseman Rhett Warrener scored 1:27 into overtime to give the Flames the victory at Calgary, Canada.

Minnesota 5, St. Louis 1 -- Marian Gaborik scored twice and linemate Pavol Demitra had a goal and two assists at St. Paul, Minn., and the Wild won a franchise-record eighth consecutive game.

It was the fifth loss in six games for St. Louis.

New York Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 1 -- Rick DiPietro turned aside 37 shots and the Islanders stopped a four-game losing streak at Uniondale, N.Y.

Montreal 6, Boston 3 -- Tomas Plekanec and Chris Higgins each had a goal and two assists to lift the Canadiens at Boston.

Tampa Bay 3, New Jersey 1 -- Martin St. Louis scored twice in the third period and Marc Denis made 34 saves to lead the Lightning at Tampa, Fla.

Carolina 4, Washington 3 -- Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd scored in the first two minutes of the third period and the Hurricanes rallied and defeated the Capitals at Raleigh, N.C.

Ottawa 4, Florida 2 -- Ray Emery made 35 saves and the Senators won at Sunrise, Fla. Ottawa completed a four-game sweep of the season series against Florida. The Senators have won five of six.

Columbus 2, Detroit 1 -- Sergei Fedorov’s goal in the shootout lifted the Blue Jackets to victory at Detroit.


Philadelphia’s Todd Fedoruk isn’t sure he can play again this season after taking a knockout punch to the face from New York’s Colton Orr.

Fedoruk returned to Philadelphia after he stayed overnight for observation in a New York hospital. Fedoruk was removed from the ice on a stretcher Wednesday night 21 seconds into the 5-0 loss to the Rangers.