How do you change a period of timeOrus dot (.) right into a plus (+) of the match using mod_rewrite? My match is #2.

This really is my rule to date:

RewriteRule ^(.*)/(.*)-[0-9]*\.shtml$ http://kentwired.com/search/most-popular/?searchphrase=exact&searchword=$2 [L,R=301]

With my rules presently,

http://media.www.kentnewsnet.com/media/storage/paper867/news/2009/12/11/News/Tough.Economy.Leaves.Bodies.Unburried-3850836.shtml

becomes

http://kentwired.com/search/most-popular/?searchphrase=exact&searchword=Tough.Economy.Leaves.Bodies.Unburried

however i need

http://kentwired.com/search/most-popular/?searchphrase=exact&searchword=Tough+Economy+Leaves+Bodies+Unburried

Do this:

RewriteRule ^([^.]*)\.(.*\.shtml)$ /$1+$2 [N]
RewriteRule ^.+/([^/]+)-[0-9]*\.shtml$ http://kentwired.com/search/most-popular/?searchphrase=exact&searchword=$1 [L,R=301]