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Gritty Ottawa stays on top

For all the Ottawa Senators have gone through this season, a one-goal deficit against the Boston Bruins wasn't going to keep them down.

The Senators have dealt with the uncertainty of their franchise filing for bankruptcy protection this season, and they even persevered and played exceptional hockey after the organization was late with their paychecks.

And with less than a month left in the regular season, the Senators have the most points in the NHL.

They held their lead Tuesday night by rallying to beat the Bruins 4-3 in overtime, just hours after 24 trades were made on the final dealing day of the season — the busiest trading day in at least 23 years.

Radek Bonk scored the game-winner 28 seconds into overtime as Ottawa raised its point total to 96 — one more than Western Conference-leading Dallas, which beat Columbus 2-0 on Tuesday.

THRASHERS 3, DEVILS 2: At East Rutherford, N.J., Dan Snyder scored a pair of unassisted goals to lead Atlanta over New Jersey.

Lubos Bartecko also scored for the Thrashers, who snapped a three-game winless streak.

John Madden and Brian Gionta scored for New Jersey.

STARS 2, BLUE JACKETS 0: At Columbus, Ohio, Ron Tugnutt stopped 25 shots to earn his second straight shutout.

It was the fourth shutout of the season for Tugnutt, who had 23 saves in a victory over San Jose on Sunday. He ran his scoreless streak to 122 minutes, 57 seconds with his 25th career shutout.

BLUES 4, SHARKS 2: At San Jose, Calif., Keith Tkachuk, Dallas Drake, Cory Stillman and Eric Boguniecki all scored for St. Louis.

Brent Johnson stopped 19 shots to end his three-game losing streak as the Blues improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 visits to San Jose. He and newly acquired Chris Osgood will compete for the No. 1 goalie spot the rest of the season.

Marco Sturm and Miroslav Zalesak scored for the Sharks, who lost their fifth in six games. Zalesak, recalled from the AHL earlier in the day, recorded his first NHL goal.

OILERS 5, FLAMES 2: At Calgary, Alberta, Georges Laraque scored the go-ahead goal midway through the final period for Edmonton. It was Laraque's first goal in 18 games.

Shawn Horcoff scored eight minutes later, and Mike Comrie added an empty-net goal.

Ryan Smyth and Todd Marchant also scored for Edmonton.

CANUCKS 4, ISLANDERS 3: At Vancouver, British Columbia, New York had a late third-period goal taken away by a referee's whistle and didn't have another answer for Sami Salo's goal that lifted Vancouver.

The Islanders, four points ahead of the New York Rangers at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race, appeared to tie it on Shawn Bates' breakaway goal.