Hockey Today - Jan. 3

Hockey Today - Jan. 3

Hockey Today - Thursday, January 3
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SCOREBOARD Thursday, Jan. 2

Toronto at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST). The Penguins return home two days after beating Buffalo in the Winter Classic.

STARS Wednesday

-Steven Reinprecht and Shane Doan, Coyotes. Reinprecht scored three goals and Doan had the game winner with 3:11 remaining to lead Phoenix to a 5-2 win over Colorado.

-Dustin Penner, Oilers, scored his second goal of the game with 17.8 seconds to play in overtime and Edmonton edged St. Louis 3-2.

-Marian Hossa, Thrashers, scored a power-play goal in the final minute of overtime to give Atlanta a 5-4 win at Carolina.

-Jarome Iginla, Flames, scored two goals in Calgary's 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.

-Martin Brodeur, Devils, stopped 31 shots to help New Jersey top Florida 3-2.

WELL-WATCHED

More people tuned in on New Year's Day to see the NHL play outdoors than any other regular-season game in more than a decade. The Penguins-Sabres game in snowy Buffalo - the first regular-season outdoor NHL game in the United States - drew a 2.6 overnight rating and a 5 share on NBC. Those were the best numbers since a six-game regional telecast on Fox drew a 3.0 overnight rating and a 7 share on Feb. 3, 1996.

RUDE HOSTS

New Jersey won for the ninth time in 10 home games and dealt Florida only its second loss in nine road contests with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.

GETTING CLOSER

Atlanta moved within three points of Southeast Division-leading Carolina after its 5-4 overtime win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night. The Thrashers began the season with six straight losses and the Hurricanes started the year 11-4-3 before dropping nine of 15 games last month.

HOT FLAME

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla scored two more goals in Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the New York Rangers, giving him 16 in the last 15 games and 29 on the season. In those 15 games, the Flames have lost just once in regulation time (10-1-4).

SURVIVING AN AVALANCHE

Phoenix defeated Colorado for the second time in three days after a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.

SNAPPED

Edmonton halted a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win at St. Louis on Wednesday night.

HOME WOES

St. Louis' home losing streak reached four games with Wednesday night's 3-2 overtime defeat to Edmonton. ... Colorado has dropped three straight at home and four in a row overall after a 5-2 loss to Phoenix.

BEST ON THE BENCH

Mike Babcock of Detroit and John Paddock of Ottawa were selected to coach the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta on Jan. 27. The league chooses its coaches based on the teams from each conference that have the top points percentages through games of Jan. 4, the midway point of the regular-season.

MANNY HAPPY RETURNS

Columbus activated center Manny Malhotra from injured reserve Wednesday. Malhotra was placed on injured reserve Dec. 19, retroactive to Dec. 12, with a knee injury.

TRADE

Boston acquired defenseman Shane Hnidy and a sixth-round draft pick from Anaheim on Wednesday in exchange for forward Brandon Bochenski.

SPEAKING

''You don't have to remind me. It's not just here, it's anywhere.'' - Dallas goalie Marty Turco after he fell to 1-9-5 lifetime against Detroit with Wednesday night's 4-1 loss.

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Thursday's NHL matchup notes
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Washington at Boston

The Bruins have dominated the Capitals lately, winning four straight - all after regulation - and have gone 8-0-1 with one tie in the past 10 meetings. Boston hasn't lost in regulation in the series since a 6-5 road defeat on Dec. 11, 2003. The Capitals are 1-4-3 with two ties in their last 10 visits to Boston.

Florida at N.Y. Islanders

The Panthers have lost three straight on Long Island, two by shootout and one in overtime.

Tampa Bay at Montreal

The Canadiens are 1-0-1 this season against the Lightning, losing 3-2 in a shootout at home on Dec. 11.

Toronto at Pittsburgh

The Maple Leafs have won two of three meetings this season, including a 5-2 road win Oct. 25. Toronto is 8-2-0 in its last 10 visits to Pittsburgh.

Edmonton at Nashville

The Predators last lost to Edmonton 3-2 in overtime on March 5, 2006.

Dallas at Minnesota

The Stars may be glad to see the Minnesota Wild, who allowed eight goals to Dallas just eight days ago.

Chicago at Phoenix

Khabibulin, has won his last two starts versus Phoenix, including a 6-1 victory at home on Nov. 30 in the teams' most recent meeting. The veteran netminder, who spent his first five seasons with the Coyotes franchise from 1994-99 and ranks second in their history with 126 wins, is 7-2-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average in 10 career starts against his original NHL club.

N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver

The Canucks have also won their last three home games against the Rangers (20-16-4), but haven't hosted them since a 3-1 victory in November 2002. The last time New York beat Vancouver on the road, Wayne Gretzky had a hat trick in a 6-3 win in October 1997, but the Rangers are just 2-7-0 overall against the Canucks since then, and haven't met since Vancouver won 3-2 in December 2005 at Madison Square Garden.

Calgary at San Jose

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who leads the NHL with 22 wins, has won three of his last four against Calgary, including a 4-1 road victory on Oct. 22 in the teams' only prior meeting this season.

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Smyth out indefinitely
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Avalanche forward Ryan Smyth, who was injured late in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss at Phoenix, is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle.

X-rays were negative, Colorado coach Joel Quenne- ville said, but Smyth will not play today against the visiting Coyotes and is doubtful for Saturday's game against the New York Islanders at the Pepsi Center.

"We'll see how he responds to treatment over the next little while, and we'll have a better idea then," Quenneville said.

Smyth, the Avs' third-leading scorer with 28 points, missed three games recently with a stiff neck. He was not seen at practice Tuesday.

To replace Smyth on the roster, the Avs recalled rookie T.J. Hensick from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. In 12 games with the Avs, Hensick has a goal and three points.

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