Hockey Today - Thursday, Oct. 25

Hockey Today - Thursday, Oct. 25

Hockey Today - Thursday, Oct. 25
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SCOREBOARD Thursday, Oct. 25

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Atlantic Division-leading Flyers face the Lightning, unbeaten at home (4-0-0).

STARS Wednesday

-Olli Jokinen and Greg Campbell, Panthers, each scored twice to lead Florida to a 4-3 win over Philadelphia.

-Alex Tanguay, Flames, scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a 5-3 win over Minnesota.

-Tomas Holmstrom, Red Wings, scored twice to help Detroit held off Vancouver 3-2.

-Chris Clark, Capitals scored his first two goals of the season in Washington's 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

-Bret Hedican, Hurricanes, had a goal and two assists to help Carolina top Buffalo 6-2.

RECORD NIGHT

Olli Jokinen scored twice and became Florida's all-time leader in goals and points during Wednesday night's 4-3 win over Philadelphia. Jokinen's first goal was his 355th point with the Panthers and his second goal was his 158th. Both records previously belonged to Scott Mellanby.

RALLY TIME

Calgary fell behind 3-0 in the first 10 minutes of its game with Minnesota on Wednesday night, but rallied to score five unanswered goals for the victory. The Flames dealt the Wild their first regulation loss in nine games this season.

ZEROLESS ZETTERBERG

Henrik Zetterberg has at least a point in all 10 of Detroit's games this season and leads the NHL with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. He had an assist in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Vancouver.

FINALLY

Carolina posted its first victory over Buffalo since Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals with a 6-2 win on Wednesday night. The Sabres won all four meetings last season.

LINE JUGGLING

Washington juggled its offensive line combinations and produced its biggest scoring output of the season in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Chris Clark was moved to the top line with Alexander Ovechkin and recorded his first two goals and points of the season. The Capitals entered the day as one of only two clubs in the NHL that had yet to score more than three goals in a game, a drought that extended 16 games to a 7-1 victory over the Lightning on March 18 last season.

SNAPPED

Alex Tanguay broke an 18-game goalless drought that dated to last season by recording the tying and go-ahead tallies in Calgary's 5-3 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night. ... Philadelphia's five-game winning streak ended with a 4-3 loss at Florida. The game began a season-long eight-game road trip for the Flyers.

CAPITAL GAIN

Washington right wing Alexander Semin came off injured reserve prior to Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay. Semin, who scored 38 goals last season, missed six of the season's first seven games because of a sprained right ankle.

SIDELINED

Edmonton placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on the injured list with a sprained left shoulder and recalled Ladislav Smid on Wednesday. ... New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely because of a sprained knee. New York is already without Martin Straka (broken finger) and agitator Sean Avery (shoulder) up front.

SPEAKING

''For the last few weeks, the puck seemed to stick to my gear. Now it was bouncing in areas I didn't want it to bounce and it was giving them second opportunities on a couple of the goals.'' - Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron after Wednesday night's 4-3 loss at Florida. Biron had won six of his first seven starts with a .952 save percentage.

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Thursday's key NHL matchup notes
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Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins


Chicago goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has a 2.85 GAA in 2007-08, but has alternated wins and losses en route to a 3-4-0 record. He's 0-4-0 with two ties and a 3.42 GAA in Boston since last winning there in October 1996.


New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers (


Despite a wealth of offensive talent, the Rangers have scored a league-low 13 goals, getting shut out three times already.


St. Louis Blues at Columbus Blue Jackets

Kariya recorded five goals and five assists in eight games against the Blue Jackets in 2006-07. He has 14 goals and 20 assists in 31 career games against Columbus.


Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby and his teammates will look to increase their offensive output against a Toronto club that's last in the NHL with 42 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs (3-4-3) have dropped four of their last five, giving up 22 goals in the defeats.


Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning


Tampa Bay has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two clubs.


Atlanta Thrashers at Nashville Predators

Atlanta will look for its fourth straight victory over Nashville (2-6-0), which also set team records with 51 wins and 110 points last season. The Predators look to avoid matching a franchise record with a seventh consecutive loss, while trying to prevent a third straight shutout when they face the Thrashers for the first time since 2005-06.


Minnesota Wild at Edmonton Oilers

The Wild defeated the Oilers 2-0 at home on Oct. 10, and is 8-1-0 with two ties in its last 11 visits to Edmonton.


Phoenix Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks


The Ducks looks to make it 11 straight home wins over the Pacific Division rival Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night when the teams meet for the first time this season.


Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings


Marty Turco is 3-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average this season, but lost his only road start of 2007-08 when he allowed four goals in a season-opening 4-3 loss to Colorado on Oct. 3. He's won his last seven starts versus the Kings, allowing just 11 goals in that span.

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Capitals RW Semin comes off injured reserve to face Lightning
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WASHINGTON -- Right wing Alexander Semin came off injured reserve before the Washington Capitals' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Semin missed six of the season's first seven games because of a sprained right ankle.

Last season, he was second on the Capitals in goals (38) and points (73), behind only Alex Ovechkin in both categories, and led the club with 17 power-play goals.

Washington entered Wednesday scoring two goals per game and with an 11.4 percent success rate on power plays, 28th in the 30-team NHL.

''I'm not expecting Alexander Semin just to come walking in here and change our fortunes. It's up to everybody to do the things that we need to do,'' coach Glen Hanlon said before the game. ''Semin will be on the ice for 20 minutes, so he's not going to come in and score five goals. But ... we are expecting some more production off of our power play, and it's going to help having him in there.''

The Capitals returned right wing Joe Motzko to Hershey of the AHL.

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Oilers place Souray on injured reserve with shoulder injury
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on the injured list with a sprained left shoulder and recalled Ladislav Smid on Wednesday.

Souray has missed three games since being injured against Vancouver on Oct. 13. He is expected to be out two more weeks. He had a goal and an assist in six games.

Smid had a goal and four assists in eight games for the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons. He played 77 games for Edmonton last season and had three goals and 10 assists.

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Rangers' Callahan sidelined with knee injury
October 24th, 2007

New York, NY (Sports Network) - New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan has a grade two knee sprain and will be sidelined indefinitely.

The 22-year-old Callahan, who underwent an MRI Wednesday, suffered the injury during Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He will not need surgery.

Callahan has one goal in eight games this season for the Rangers.

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