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Tuesday, 11 March 2008 23:13
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, March 12
Calgary at Washington (7 p.m. EDT). The Flames are tied atop the Northwest Division thanks to a 7-1-2 run, while the Capitals are trying to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

STARS
Tuesday
-Dany Heatley, Senators, scored three goals and set up another, leading Ottawa over Boston 4-1.
-Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning, had a hat trick and Tampa Bay defeated the Islanders 8-4.
-Pavel Kubina, Maple Leafs, scored his second goal 4:04 into overtime as Toronto overcame a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 victory against Philadelphia.
-Andrew Cogliano, Oilers, scored in overtime for an NHL-record third consecutive game as Edmonton edged St. Louis 4-3.

SHUTOUTS
Carey Price made 38 saves for his second shutout as Montreal stopped New Jersey's three-game winning streak 4-0 Tuesday night, moving ahead of the Devils into first place in the Eastern Conference. The 20-year-rookie improved to 5-2 since taking over the No. 1 job when Cristobal Huet was sent to Washington at the trade deadline.

WINS
Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella moved past Bob Johnson to become the winningest American-born NHL coach with 235 following Tuesday night's 8-4 victory over the Islanders.

STANDINGS
Andrew Brunette scored two goals and Joe Sakic and rookie David Jones added a goal and an assist apiece as Colorado moved into a tie for first in the Northwest Division following a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night. The Avalanche, missing Peter Forsberg (groin) for a second straight game, have won seven of eight overall and 10 of 14 on the road. They are 8-1 against the Eastern Conference.

STREAKING
San Jose beat Nashville 2-1 Tuesday night for its franchise-record 10th straight win and moved atop the Pacific Division by sweeping the season series from the Predators 4-0. ... Detroit won its fourth straight and moved close to clinching the league's first playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over Chicago.

SLUMPS
Boston has won just once in six games following a 4-1 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night. ... St. Louis' 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton was its fourth straight defeat and 10th in 11 games.

SWINGS
Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, who allowed only two goals in winning three previous games against Tampa Bay, gave up eight in an 8-4 loss Tuesday night.

SIGNING
Detroit signed right wing Dan Cleary to a $14 million, five-year contract Tuesday, keeping a player who matched his career high with 20 goals and has 40 points in 57 games. The 29-year-old Cleary has been out with a broken jaw since Feb. 9 and has 84 goals and 123 assists in 534 games for Chicago, Edmonton, Phoenix and Detroit.

SPEAKING
``I don't think there's any opportunity to feel complacent. One day you're in third, the next you're in eighth, and the ninth-place team is right there.'' - Colorado coach Joel Quenneville after a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night moved the Avalanche into a tie atop the Northwest Division.
 

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