SCOREBOARD
Thursday, March 13
Dallas at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EDT). The league-leading Red Wings face the Stars, one point behind San Jose for first in the Pacific Division and second in the conference.

STARS
Wednesday
-Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals, scored his NHL-leading 55th and 56th goals, including the tiebreaker with 1:54 left, and Washington edged Calgary 3-2.
-Eric Staal, Hurricanes, had a goal and two assists in the first period to help Carolina beat Chicago 3-0.
-Karlis Skrastins, Panthers, broke a tie with 8:42 left to lead Florida to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

SID STILL SORE
Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby missed Wednesday night's game against Buffalo after having pain in his right ankle during the team's morning skate. Crosby recently missed 21 games with a ligament sprain in the same ankle, an injury commonly known as a high ankle sprain.

DISCIPLINE DAY
The NHL suspended three players on Wednesday for various infractions. Dallas' Steve Ott was suspended three games without pay because of a hit to the head of Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold on Sunday. Buffalo enforcer Andrew Peters was suspended for one game without pay for a confrontation from the bench with Colton Orr of the New York Rangers on Monday, while Chicago defenseman James Wisniewski drew a one-game ban without pay for cross-checking Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson in the neck area Monday night.

OLIE MOLEY
Washington's Olaf Kolzig became the 23rd goalie in NHL history to record 300 career victories after a 3-2 win over Calgary on Wednesday night. All of his victories have come during his 17-year career with the Capitals.

ELITE EIGHT
Anaheim set a club record with its eighth straight home win Wednesday night after topping Vancouver 4-1. The Ducks, 15-2 at Honda Center since Dec. 18, reached 40 wins for the fourth time in five seasons and avoided a four-game season sweep by the Canucks.

SHUTOUT CITY
Carolina recorded its fifth straight victory and eighth in nine games after blanking Chicago 3-0 on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes maintained their seven-point lead over the Capitals and Panthers in the Southeast Division standings.

REMEMBER ME?
nce the Sabres entered the conference in 1970.

KUBINA, KUBINA
Toronto completed the home-and-home sweep against Philadelphia with its 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. Maple Leafs defenseman Pavel Kubina recorded the game-winning goal in each contest, including the overtime winner on Tuesday when Toronto rallied from a three-goal deficit

SCARY MOMENT
Buffalo defenseman Nathan Paetsch lay motionless on the ice for several minutes and was helped off the ice after being leveled by an elbow thrown by Pittsburgh's Georges Laraque early in the second period Wednesday night. Seconds after Paetsch passed the puck up the ice from along the goal line in the Sabres' zone, Laraque came skating by and hit him with a raised elbow. Laraque was given a five-minute penalty for elbowing and was ejected.

SWEDE START
Pittsburgh will open the 2008-09 season with two games against Ottawa in Stockholm, Sweden. The Penguins will play an exhibition against Jokerit of Finland's top professional league on Oct. 2 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland before starting the season against the Senators on Oct. 4-5. The NHL will host regular-season games between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 4-5 in Prague, Czech Republic.

SPEAKING
``It was cheap shot. How is it that not suspendable, taking an elbow to the chin and (being knocked) out cold? Somebody would have to explain to me why it's not.'' - Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff on Pittsburgh's Georges Laraque injuring Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch on Wednesday night, sidelining him indefinitely. The Penguins won 7-3.

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