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RANGERS COME BACK TO BEAT ISLANDERS 3-2

Sergei Zubov scored one third-period goal, then set up the winner by Peter Nedved, lifting the New York Rangers to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

The Rangers extended their winning streak to three games and remained in the middle of the playoff scramble in the Eastern Conference.Kevin Lowe had the other Rangers goal as the defending Stanley Cup champions won for only the second time at Nassau Coliseum in their last 19 tries (2-14-3).

Kirk Muller and Marty McInnis scored for the Islanders against Mike Richter, who stopped 18 shots.

Tommy Soderstrom, who sustained his first loss against the Rangers this season in three games, made 22 saves.

Nedved's game-winner came at 11:46, as Zubov's right point slap shot deflected off his stick and past Soderstrom.

That goal came 2:01 after Zubov tied the score on a Rangers power play. Mark Messier won a faceoff in the right circle. Zubov picked up the puck at the right point, skated by three Islanders into the high crease and lifted a backhander over Soderstrom's left shoulder.

Brett Lindros of the Islanders took a major penalty for charging Richter in the first period, and the Rangers capitalized for a 1-0 lead. Lowe took a drop pass from Messier at the Islanders blue line, cut to the low slot, avoided Soderstrom's poke attempt, and deposited a backhander into the open left side.

The Islanders held the Rangers without a shot for the rest of the period, but couldn't tie the score as Richter came up big on Steve Thomas' left circle bullet in the 15th minute.

In the second period, Muller, who played his first home game as an Islander, tied the score on a power play tip-in of Mathieu Schneider's center point shot at 4:08.

Flyers 4, Penguins 3, OT

At Philadelphia, Rod Brind'Amour's goal at 1:30 of overtime capped a wild finish as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Sunday.

Philadelphia trailed 3-2 with 48.3 seconds remaining in regulation, but had a 6-on-4 advantage when goalie Ron Hextall was pulled and Pittsburgh's Troy Murray was given a major boarding penalty.

Eric Desjardins' drive from the right point ticked off the stick of Mikael Renberg and bounced by goalie Ken Wregget with 19.9 seconds remaining to force overtime.

With one second left in the third period, Pittsburgh's Ulf Samuelsson was whistled for a high-sticking penalty, giving the Flyers a 5-on-3 advantage for the first 1:59 of overtime. Desjardins again delivered a point drive that was tipped in by Brind'Amour.

Panthers 4, Lightning 1

At Miami, Brian Skrudland had two goals and an assist as the Florida Panthers finally broke out of their offensive slump, beating Tampa Bay 4-1 on Sunday.

The win moved Florida past the Lightning by two points in the standings and keeps the Panthers' slim playoff hopes alive. The bruising game was typical of the two teams, complete with three fights, two game misconducts and numerous skirmishes.

Skrudland broke a scoreless tie at 5:32 in the third when he found the net. The goal was set up when Johan Garpenlov got the puck behind the net and made a perfect pass in front to Skrudland, who blasted it by Lightning goaltender J.C. Bergeron.

It was Skrudland's fourth goal of the season and his first since March 14th. The team captain then led the charge 17 seconds later when he assisted on Mike Hough's goal that slid between Bergeron's legs at 5:49 to give Florida a 2-0 edge.

Florida's Bill Lindsay scored a goal at 11:31 and Skrudland scored his 100th career goal at 14:18 as the Panthers finally found the net after four frustrating games in which they were 0-3-1. They averaged less than one goal per game in that stretch.

Blues 6, Red Wings 5

At St. Louis, Brett Hull scored four goals for the first time in his career and defenseman Rick Zombo scored his first goal in 16 months for the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues cooled off the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 Sunday.

Hull has 23 career hat tricks - third among active players behind Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux - but has often passed up chances for more. This time Hull couldn't let up, because the Red Wings have the NHL's best record and are the hottest team.

St. Louis also survived an injury to goalie Curtis Joseph to end the Red Wings' six-game winning streak and club-record seven-game road winning streak. Detroit had been 10-0-1 in its last 11 games overall and entered with 61 points - 14 more than second-place St. Louis in the Central Division.

Hull scored consecutive goals in the first period to put St. Louis ahead 3-1. His fourth goal, and 28th of the season, came at 14:14 of the second and snapped a 4-4 tie.

Hull scored his league-leading third shorthanded goal with a breakaway at 4:49 after stealing a pass in the defensive zone. He scored on a wrist shot from the right point at 9:05 on a Blues power play, then scored on a quick shot from the slot on another power play at 15:26.

Goal No. 3 coincidentally came on hat giveaway day and personnel filled a net with freebies while the game was delayed for about five minutes. It was the Blues' first four-goal game since Perry Turnbull Feb. 5, 1981 against Toronto.

On his fourth goal, he retrieved a centering pass that had deflected off a Detroit player and again put the puck between Mike Vernon's pads.

Hull had a chance for a fifth goal into an empty net but shot wide under heavy pressure from just across the red line.

Zombo, who has been limited to 13 games due to an ankle injury, snapped a 5-5 tie with a high shot from the slot for his first goal since Dec. 12, 1993. It came 43 seconds after Keith Primeau scored on a backhander for Detroit.