Tlusty causes damage for Hurricanes

12 February 2013 07:01

It was Tlusty, though, that stole the show as he scored two goals and laid off two assists during the third period to help the Hurricanes come from behind and defeat the Islanders 6-4.

Trailing 3-2 at the start of the last period, Tlusty levelled proceedings 30 seconds in before setting up goals to Alexander Semin and Eric Staal and finishing off a more than solid shift with an empty-netter late in the encounter.

It was some sweet payback for the Hurricanes after they were swept by the Islanders in all four matches last season, with the result - Carolina's sixth win this campaign - good enough to see them climb above the struggling Tampa Bay into top position in the Southeast division.

At the Nationwide Arena, the struggling Blue Jackets found their rhythm to stun the San Jose Sharks 6-2.

In an impressive result, Columbus defied their last-placing in the Central division as Brandon Dubinsky fired his side into the lead 43 seconds into the encounter, before providing an assist as the Blue Jackets produced their best offensive display of the season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs also maintained the pressure on Northeast leaders Boston, as they secured a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers for their fourth straight win.

The Maple Leafs turned up the pressure in the second period as they scored three goals despite losing goaltender James Reimer to injury.

Reimer's replacement Ben Scriven produced the goods, making 32 saves as he helped his side to their eighth win of the campaign.

Elsewhere, the struggling Los Angeles Kings recorded just their second win from the last six matches through a 4-1 victory over the St Louis Blues.

Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings as he helped inflict a fourth consecutive loss on the free-falling St Louis.

In the night's closer encounters, Shane Doan scored the second of his two goals with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

And, at the Scotiabank Saddledome, not even overtime was enough to separate the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames.

Instead, it fell to Mikko Koivu in his 500th match to deliver a shoot-out winner in a 2-1 victory for the Wild.

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