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Wednesday, 30 April 2008 00:18
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 30
San Jose at Dallas (9 p.m. EDT). The Stars can complete a sweep of the Sharks and advance to the Western Conference finals.

STARS
Tuesday
-Evgeni Malkin, Penguins, had two goals and an assist as Pittsburgh took a 3-0 series lead over the Rangers with a 5-3 victory.
-Mattias Norstrom, Stars, scored 4:37 into overtime to give Dallas a 2-1 victory over San Jose and a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

SURGING
Pittsburgh improved to 7-0 in the postseason following a 5-3 Game 3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night, despite being outshot 39-17. The Penguins, who lost all four road meetings with the Rangers this season, can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001 with a win Thursday at New York.

STREAKING
n series since.

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers were 0-for-5 on the power play in their 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night that left them one game from elimination. New York is 1-for-14 with the man advantage in the second-round Eastern Conference series.

AWARDS
Calgary right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin and Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy that is awarded to the NHL's most valuable player. Iginla had 50 goals and 48 assists to rank third in the NHL in both categories. Ovechkin won the scoring title with 112 points and also led the league with 65 goals. Malkin was second in scoring with 106 points.

SIGNINGS
Ryan Carter, who appeared in 34 games as a rookie this past season, signed a three-year contract with Anaheim on Tuesday. The 24-year-old center had four goals and four assists, with 36 penalty minutes. ... Columbus signed defenseman Jan Hejda to a three-year contract. The 29-year-old had 13 assists in 81 games and set a franchise record with a plus-20 rating. ... Dallas signed 25-year-old center Steve Ott to a two-year contract worth $2.85 million. Ott scored a career-high 11 goals this season and equaled a career-best with 22 points in 73 games.

INJURED
Colorado lost leading scorer Paul Stastny to a knee injury in the first period of a 4-3 Game 3 loss to Detroit on Tuesday night. Stastny's 71 points during the regular season led the team.

SPEAKING
``It's pretty tough to be down 3-0, but they have to win four games. Even such a great team like the Yankees didn't hold a 3-0 lead. They are the best ever. We can make history.'' - Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr after a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night left them one game away from elimination.
 

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