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Friday, 13 April 2007 22:24
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Saturday, April 14
N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. EDT). Rick DiPietro could be back in goal for the Islanders as they try to even the quarterfinal series against the Sabres.

STARS
Friday
-Marty Turco, Stars, stopped all 35 shots in Dallas' 2-0 win at Vancouver.
-J.P. Dumont, Predators, scored an unassisted short-handed goal, then added a power-play goal 2 1/2 minutes later in the second period to help Nashville defeat San Jose 5-2.
-Francois Beauchemin, Ducks, scored two power-play goals and Anaheim held off Minnesota 3-2.

ANOTHER INJURY
ernier is the second Sharks player knocked from a game with an injury in this short series. Forward Jonathan Cheechoo sprained his right knee in a knee-on-knee collision with Scott Hartnell in the second period of Game 1, but returned for Game 2.

STRONG STARTERS
Nashville's J.P. Dumont has four goals in the first two games of the quarterfinal series against San Jose after getting two in Friday night's 5-2 win. Rookie Alexander Radulov scored his third goal of the series before being ejected in the second period after a checking-from-behind penalty. ... Dallas scored in the opening minute of each of the first two periods en route to a 2-0 win at Vancouver. The quarterfinal series is now tied at 1.

COMING BACK?
New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro took part in a full practice for the first time in three weeks since sustaining two concussions during a 12-day span. DiPietro will be evaluated overnight to determine whether he'll play in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series at Buffalo on Saturday.

BENCHED
Atlanta will turn to veteran goalie Johan Hedberg and hope for more production from their top scorers when they try to even their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Lehtonen probably will be back as the starter in Game 3 in New York on Tuesday, coach Bob Hartley said.

THREE MORE YEARS
Left wing Ray Whitney, Carolina's leading scorer, signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract Friday. Whitney led the Hurricanes and tied for 21st in the NHL with a career-high 83 points. He tied his career high with 32 goals.

SPEAKING
``We came here to play hockey tonight. We knew it was an important game, and they turn it into a street brawl.'' - Nashville coach Barry Trotz after Friday night's incident-filled playoff game, which was won by the Predators 5-2 over San Jose. The series is now even at a game apiece. After 32 combined penalties for 141 minutes and six game misconducts in the final minute, the NHL issued a statement not to expect any disciplinary decisions until Saturday.
 

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