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Salo, Chorske help spoil Demers’ Tampa debut

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Tom Chorske scored two goals and former Utah Grizzlies goalie Tommy Salo stopped 33 shots as the New York Islanders ruined Jacques Demers' debut as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Friday night in Tampa.

Chorske's first-period shorthanded goal opened the scoring. The right wing, whose last goal came on April 3, added a second-period power-play effort.Demers, named Wednesday as the second coach in Tampa Bay's history, couldn't stop the Lightning's slide. Tampa Bay's team record-tying eight-game losing streak boosted their record winless streak to 14 games (0-13-1).

Although out-shooting New York 18-11 during the opening 40 minutes, Salo kept the Lightning off the scoreboard. The goaltender turned aside seven opening period shots, including Daymond Langkow's nifty in-close deflection.

Chorske, after stealing an errant pass, completed an off-wing breakaway by skating around a diving Corey Schwab at 16:49.

The second period followed a similar pattern. Salo stopped 11 shots, including three solid chances during a Lightning power play.

New York secured the victory when Chorske scored at 17:36 and Travis Green added an even-strength goal 95 seconds later.

The Lightning, who haven't led after two periods since opening night, have been out-scored 31-9 in the middle period.

Rangers 3, Penguins 1

At New York, Alexei Kovalev scored his first goal of the season and the New York Rangers shook off another slow start at home to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers, who had been struggling at home with a 2-4-4 record in their first 10 games, allowed the visiting team to score first for the 10th time.

Devils 4, Avalanche 1

At East Rutherford, N.J., Bobby Holik scored two goals and Randy McKay had a goal and two assists to the lead the New Jersey Devils to a victory over the Colorado Avalanche in a battle of two of the NHL's hottest teams.

Petr Sykora also scored for the Devils, who won their fifth straight and improved their record to 8-1-0 over the last nine contests.

Flyers 5, Panthers 2

At Miami, John LeClair scored twice and had an assist to lead Philadelphia to a victory over the Florida Panthers.

A Philadelphia three-goal spurt in a span of 3:50 in the third period broke open a 2-2 game and gave the Flyers their fifth straight win over the Panthers.

Canucks 3, Mighty Ducks 3

At Anaheim, Calif., Mike Keenan got help from some old friends - Mark Messier and Brian Noonan - as he made his coaching debut with the Vancouver Canucks.

Messier had two assists and Noonan's goal in the second period tied the game at 3 as Vancouver overcame two goals by the Mighty Ducks' Teemu Selanne.