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Thursday, 31 January 2008 01:29
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Jan. 31
Boston at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST). The Bruins and Eastern Conference-leading Senators both came out of the All-Star break with victories on Tuesday night.

STARS
Tuesday
-Owen Nolan, Flames, had three goals to lead Calgary to a 5-4 win over San Jose.
-Marek Svatos, Avalanche, scored twice to help Colorado defeat Chicago 6-3.
-Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller, Sabres. Vanek scored a power-play goal in the second period and Miller made 32 saves in Buffalo's 1-0 win at Florida.
-Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings, scored 3:23 apart midway through the third period and Detroit rallied for a 3-2 win over Phoenix.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
doctors on Thursday. ... Colorado defeated Chicago 6-3, but goalie Jose Theodore left after two periods because of back spasms.

FINALLY
Buffalo snapped an 0-for-39 power-play drought on the road to beat Florida 1-0 on Wednesday night. It was the Sabres' second victory in two nights and third straight overall after losing 12 of 13. ... Wayne Primeau scored his first goal in 33 games during Calgary's 5-4 win over San Jose.

REMEMBER ME?
Calgary's Owen Nolan recorded his first hat trick in over eight years at the expense of his former team, scoring three goals in a 5-4 win over San Jose on Wednesday night. Nolan's last trick came while with the Sharks against Chicago on Oct. 4, 1999.

SUDDENLY SLUMPING
Anaheim has lost four straight after a six-game winning streak, including a 5-1 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday night. The Ducks have scored just five goals during the skid and have pulled starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere before the midpoint in each of their last two contests. ... Calgary captain Jarome Iginla has not scored in eight games after being denied again in a 5-4 win over San Jose.

HIGH FIVE
Detroit has a five-game winning streak after rallying for a 3-2 win over Phoenix on Wednesday night.

RARE ROAD LOSS
San Jose lost in regulation on the road for just the second time in the last 17 games (13-2-2) after a 5-4 setback in Calgary on Wednesday night. The Sharks now head home, where they are 11-11-1-3, to begin a six-game homestand Saturday night against Chicago.

IN TROUBLE
Montreal police have issued an arrest warrant former Canadiens star Guy Lafleur, accused of giving contradictory evidence as a witness at his son's bail hearing. Mark Lafleur, 23, faces more than 20 criminal charges, including sexually assaulting a minor, armed assault, uttering threats and forcible confinement between 2004 and 2007. A Quebec judge said the elder Lafleur testified before a court in November that his son was abiding by a court-ordered curfew while he was staying with his parents. But Lafleur later admitted he drove his son to hotels to spend nights with his teenage girlfriend.

SPEAKING
``I meant to finish my check. He ducked away and I barely hit him. I didn't change direction. I just went for a hit.'' - Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu on his hit that knocked Atlanta All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk out of Wednesday night's game with a knee injury.
 

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