The Ottawa Senators know why they sit atop the NHL's Eastern Conference: goaltender Patrick Lalime.
"Lalime is the number one reason we keep winning," Marian Hossa said after the all-star goalie stopped 24 shots in a 2-0 victory over visiting Edmonton last night. "He played unbelievable. It's nice to be able to get two shutouts against a team like that."
Lalime got his second successive shutout and seventh of the season, tying a career high. He also tied Toronto's Ed Belfour and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for the league lead.
"I'm trying to do the same job every game," said Lalime. "I saw the puck really well. The guys in front of the net did a good job clearing the puck. The players are ready to pay the price on our team."
Hossa scored his team-leading 36th goal and Magnus Arvedson added his ninth.
The win, the Senators' first at home against Edmonton since 1992, enabled Ottawa to win the season series for the first time since 1993-94. Ottawa also shut out Edmonton 2-0 on Jan. 11.
"It's a frustrating loss for us, again being shut out by the same team twice," Oilers Coach Craig MacTavish said. "We had a few chances tonight and Lalime was up to the task. Anytime we got through, he made the save."
* FLYERS 4, BLUES 3: Michal Handzus scored on a rebound at 2 minutes 2 seconds of overtime as Philadelphia, shut out the previous two games, rallied from a three-goal deficit in St. Louis.
Jeremy Roenick and Kim Johnsson scored on consecutive shots in the third period to force overtime. Handzus beat Brent Johnson for his 16th goal. Alexander Khavanov had a goal and an assist for the Blues, whose six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) ended.
* CANUCKS 2, AVALANCHE 1: Brendan Morrison scored 1:58 into overtime as host Vancouver rallied from a late deficit. Morrison got behind Adam Foote and redirected a long backdoor pass from Brent Sopel past Patrick Roy, extending the Canucks' unbeaten streak to eight games.
Milan Hejduk scored late in the second period and Roy made 24 saves as the Avalanche had their win streak snapped at six games and their unbeaten streak ended at 10.
* RED WINGS 4, SABRES 2: Sergei Fedorov scored twice as host Detroit won two games in a row for the first time since Dec. 28. Slumping Buffalo is winless in eight games (0-6-0-2).
Jason Woolley and Igor Larionov scored the Red Wings' other goals, Brendan Shanahan and Nicklas Lidstrom each had two assists, and Curtis Joseph made 31 saves.
* BLUE JACKETS 2, CANADIENS 1: Jaroslav Spacek, Columbus's top-scoring defenseman, got the winning goal 28 seconds into overtime, lifting the visiting Blue Jackets.
* PREDATORS 2, ISLANDERS 0: Tomas Vokoun turned back 36 shots in host Nashville's first shutout of the season. It was the seventh career shutout for Vokoun.
* KINGS 4, FLAMES 2: Ziggy Palffy had a goal and two assists in the second period as Los Angeles won at home.