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Wednesday, 30 January 2008 02:38
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Anaheim at Minnesota (7 p.m. EST). The Ducks begin an eight-game, 15-day road trip with a rematch of the 2003 Western Conference finals.

STARS
Tuesday
-Glen Metropolit, Bruins, scored a pair of third-period goals to lift Boston to its fifth win in seven games, 3-1 over Nashville.
-Peter Mueller, Coyotes, scored twice and Phoenix got three third-period goals to beat Columbus 4-2.
-Cristobal Huet, Canadiens, stopped 35 shots in his second shutout of the season as Montreal won its third straight and seventh in nine games, 4-0 over Washington.
-Keith Tkachuk, Blues, scored on his team's first two shots as St. Louis ended a seven-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over Toronto.
-Scott Hartnell, Flyers, scored with 28.5 seconds left in overtime to give Philadelphia its ninth win in 11 games, 3-2 over Los Angeles.

FEELS LIKE HOME
Erik Christensen had a goal and assist during Pittsburgh's three-goal second period as the Penguins won for the fifth straight time in New Jersey, 4-2 Tuesday night.

WAKING UP
Ottawa won for just the third time in eight games and extended the Islanders' home winless streak to five games (0-4-1) with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night. It is New York's longest slump at home since losing seven straight from Feb. 27 to March 29, 2001.

FRIENDLY FOE
Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists as Buffalo beat the Lightning for the ninth time in 10 games and sixth straight time in Tampa, 4-2 Tuesday night. The Sabres had lost 12 of 15 entering the game.

STANDINGS
Cam Ward made 34 saves as Southeast Division-leading Carolina won its third in four games, 3-1 over the Rangers on Tuesday night. Even with the loss, New York, last in the Atlantic Division, has as many points as the Hurricanes (54).

BREAKTHROUGH
Phoenix scored three third-period goals to win for the first time when trailing through two periods, 4-2 over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The Coyotes, now 1-18-0 when trailing headed into the third period, snapped Columbus' franchise-record six-game home winning streak. Phoenix is 19-0-0 when scoring four or more goals.

SCORING
Nashville forward J.P. Dumont had an assist in Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Boston, extending the league's longest current active point streak to 15 games.

SHUTOUTS
Evgeni Nabokov earned his sixth shutout with only 13 saves and San Jose won its third straight, 3-0 over Edmonton on Tuesday night. The Sharks improved to 17-4-3 on the road.

SWINGS
Mike Rupp, pointless in 31 games this season, scored both New Jersey goals in a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

TUNING IN
Ratings for the NHL All-Star game increased from last year. Sunday's game on Versus drew a .8 rating, up 14 percent from the .7 last season, totaling 796,717 viewers.

SIDELINED
Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell is out indefinitely with a broken vertebra in his back. Mitchell, who played with the injury for nine games before sitting out, has skated on his own the last two days and could return during an upcoming four-game road trip.

SPEAKING
``I think it was the worst call I've ever seen, to tell you the truth. I know he's coming out. I stop and try not to hit him and he pretty much charged me, and I fell on him. I didn't even try to punch him and he started to punch me with his blocker.'' - Nashville's J.P. Dumont on a goalie interference call in a 3-1 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday night.
 

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