2006_11_snetslogo.jpg-Suns 161, Nets 157 (2OT): Two great point guards went head-to-head, but Steve Nash's nine-point second overtime outlasted Jason Kidd's performance as the Suns won a thriller at the Meadowlands. Kidd had 38 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for a triple-double, but he couldn't top Nash's career-high 42. The energy that the Nets lacked against Dallas on Tuesday was out in force on Thursday, but energy and firepower are needed to top the Suns. New Jersey came up just short in the second department.

-Rangers 3, Penguins 2 (SO): Two third-period goals and a fine shootout performance by goalie Henrik Lundqvist helped the Rangers win a game in which they trailed, 2-0, after two periods. Brendan Shanahan, continuing to prove quite a pickup for the Rangers, tied the game his league-best 21st goal this season.

-Canadiens 4, Islanders 2: On a day when New York Times columnist George Vescey wrote a column about the sorry state of the Islanders, they played some sorry hockey. Two power-play goals helped Montreal.