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Sunday, 13 April 2008 05:33
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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, April 13
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers (7 p.m. EDT). The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Devils and lead New Jersey 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Monday, April 14
Minnesota at Colorado (10 p.m. EDT). The teams split the first two games in St. Paul, with both being decided in overtime.

STARS
Saturday
-Alex Kovalev, Canadiens, scored a power-play goal 2:30 into overtime to give Montreal a 3-2 win over Boston.
-Mike Modano and Brad Richards, Stars, scored 55 seconds apart in the third period to lift Dallas to a 5-2 victory at Anaheim.

STAR STRUCK
Dallas won the first two games of its first-round series at Anaheim after beating the defending-champion Ducks 5-2 on Saturday night. The Stars, eliminated in the first round each of the past three years, had beaten Anaheim 4-0 in the series opener to end a six-game losing streak in Game 1s. Dallas has won seven of the past 10 meetings, including going 5-3 during the regular season.

HAB-ITUAL WINNERS
Montreal, which won all eight meetings with Boston during the regular season, took a two games to none lead in the first round by beating the Bruins 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night. The Canadiens have won 13 in a row overall against Boston heading into Game 3 on Sunday.

DEAN OF THE PLAYOFFS
Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios was on the ice for his 248th playoff game Saturday, breaking the NHL record set by Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy. He became the second-oldest player in an NHL game earlier this season. Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was still skating at 52 for the Hartford Whalers during the 1979-80 season - almost a decade after leaving the Red Wings.

GOING HOME
Philadelphia winger Patrick Thoresen was released from the hospital Saturday after tests revealed no serious injury from a shot that hit him in the groin area. Thoresen lay writhing in pain after blocking Mike Green's shot in the third period Friday night of a 5-4 loss to Washington. The 24-year-old forward was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where two ultrasound tests turned up negative.

SIGNED
Edmonton signed right-winger Robert Nilsson to a three-year contract Saturday after the 23-year-old set career highs in 2007-08 with 10 goals and 31 assists in 71 games.

SPEAKING
``I guess the only thing that bothers me is the fact that (Reich) took a stick in the face but because we decide not to embellish, it doesn't pay off. I guess you have to embellish to get a call.'' - Boston coach Claude Julien on Jeremy Reich taking a tripping penalty in overtime seconds after getting high-sticked in the face. The Canadiens scored on the ensuing penalty for a 3-2 and a two games to none lead in that first-round series.
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``We had two high-end officials that are doing everything they can, just like us, to get to the Stanley Cup finals. If you think for one second those guys aren't doing the best they can, you're mistaken.'' - Detroit coach Mike Babcock on the Nashville Predators criticizing the officiating in the first two games of the first-round series. The Red Wings took a two games to none lead with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
 

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