SCOREBOARD
Thursday, March 6
Anaheim at Colorado (9 p.m. EST). The Ducks are 11-1 since the return of Teemu Selanne, while the Avalanche welcomed back Peter Forsberg with a win over Northwest Division-rival Vancouver on Tuesday.

STARS
Tuesday
-Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov, Sabres, each had two goals as Buffalo moved within one point of Philadelphia for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-2 victory.
-Martin Erat, Predators, recorded his first career hat trick as Nashville beat Edmonton for the eighth straight time, 5-1.
-Zach Parise, Devils, scored twice as New Jersey beat Toronto 4-1 to snap a three-game winless streak.
-Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins, in only his second start following a long injury layoff with a bad ankle, made 35 saves in his first shutout since Nov. 24 as Pittsburgh blanked Tampa Bay 2-0.
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GOOD TO BE BACK
Sidney Crosby played for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks, setting up Maxime Talbot for the game's first goal with only 2:47 remaining as Pittsburgh maintained first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

SNAPPED
Jason Williams had a goal and an assist as Chicago snapped the Wild's three-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night, winning for the first time in Minnesota since March 29, 2002. The Blackhawks have won eight times in 11 games. ... St. Louis stopped a six-game skid with a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

STANDINGS
Pittsburgh remained one point ahead of New Jersey atop the Atlantic Division and moved two points ahead of Montreal in the Eastern Conference, following a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay and the Devils' 4-1 win in Toronto on Tuesday night. ... Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves for his 26th career shutout and second in five games as Calgary tied Minnesota for first in the Northwest Division with a 1-0 victory over Columbus.

STREAKING
Peter Forsberg's return sparked Colorado to its fourth straight victory Tuesday night, 2-1 over Northwest Division-rival Vancouver.

SHUTOUTS
Florida's Craig Anderson recorded his second consecutive shutout Tuesday night, stopping 40 shots in a 1-0 overtime victory at Boston. Anderson made 53 saves in another 1-0 victory over the Islanders on Sunday, the most in a shutout since shots on goal started being kept in the 1955-56 season.

SHOOTOUTS
Wade Dubielewicz - starting in place of grieving Rick DiPietro - improved to 2-0 in NHL shootouts, allowing one goal on six shots to the Rangers, and Jeff Tambellini scored the game-winner in the Islanders' 4-3 victory Tuesday night. The Islanders, who had a season-high 53 shots in a 1-0 home loss to Florida on Sunday, got their fewest against the Rangers, 18. The Rangers remained unbeaten in regulation of their last 10 games (7-0-3).

SWINGS
Boston, which loss 10-2 to Washington on Monday, allowed just one goal Tuesday, but lost again 1-0 in overtime to Florida.

SIDELINED
Daniel Briere sat out Philadelphia's 5-2 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night with a shoulder injury sustained Sunday against the Rangers.

SPEAKING
``I saw it after the fact. It's a totally blown call. There's no excuse after that, but that third goal is a killer and it's a totally blown call.'' - Philadelphia coach John Stevens on Derek Roy's game-winning goal as the fifth skater in a 4-on-4 situation of a 5-2 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night.

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