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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Feb. 9
Carolina at Washington (7 p.m. EST). Only two points separate the top four teams in the Southeast Division, and only the Capitals (26-24-5) have a winning record.

Saturday, Feb. 10
Montreal at Ottawa (7 p.m. EST). The Canadiens will try to beat the Senators for the second time in five nights and move within a point of the Northeast Division leaders.

STARS
Thursday
-Dany Heatley, Senators, had two goals and an assist to lead Ottawa past Florida 5-4.
-Ryan Whitney and Kris Letang, Penguins. Whitney had two goals and Letang scored the winner with 3:39 to play and Pittsburgh outlasted the New York Islanders 4-3.
-Vaclav Prospal, Lightning, scored 58 seconds into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 win over Nashville.
-Darcy Tucker and Vesa Toskala, Maple Leafs. Tucker scored twice and Toskala made 34 saves and Toronto topped Montreal 4-2.
-Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ducks, made 32 saves and Anaheim defeated the New York Rangers 4-1.
-Niklas Hagman, Stars, scored the only goal in Dallas' 1-0 win over Minnesota.

FOUR SCORE
Los Angeles scored four times in the third period to stun Detroit 5-3 on Thursday night. The Red Wings carried a 3-1 lead in the third period and were trying to win their ninth straight game, equaling a franchise record.

WELCOME BACK
Dany Heatley returned to the Ottawa lineup after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury and had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 win over Florida on Thursday night. The Senators were 3-8-0 without him.

ROAD WARRIORS
Tampa Bay posted its sixth straight road victory Thursday night, 2-1 in overtime at Nashville. The Lightning started the season 3-14-3 away from the St. Pete Times Forum. ... Dallas has won five straight on the road, five in a row overall and eight of 10 after holding off Minnesota 1-0.

FINALLY
Vancouver won for just the second time when trailing after two periods (2-19-1), rallying for a 2-1 win at Atlanta on Thursday night. The Canucks also ended a streak of four straight losses by one goal, including three on their road trip to Tampa Bay, Florida and Dallas.

WESTERN WOES
The New York Rangers fell to 0-7-2 against Western Conference teams this season after falling to Anaheim 4-1 on Thursday night. The Ducks, who hadn't played at Madison Square Garden since Oct. 28, 2003, improved to 12-3-4 against the Rangers - 6-2-2 in New York.

SIDELINED
Dan Cloutier from the Manchester of the AHL. The 38-year-old Blake is expected to be sidelined for about two weeks. ... Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury and goalie Marty Turco missed the game against Minnesota with a sore neck.

SPEAKING
``He responded exactly the way I expected. Give him credit. He upgraded his game not only offensively - it is great to get two goals tonight - but defensively he was sharp. This is what I want from him.'' - Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien on defenseman Ryan Whitney, who had two goals in Thursday night's 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Three days earlier, Therrien blamed Whitney after the Penguins lost to New Jersey 4-3 in overtime.

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