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Monday, 12 May 2008 21:52
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, May 13
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Penguins have a two-game lead over the Flyers in their Eastern Conference final series.

Wednesday, May 14
Detroit at Dallas (8 p.m. EDT). The Red Wings can advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2002 with a victory.

STAR
Monday
-Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings, recorded his first career hat trick to lead Detroit to a 5-2 victory over Dallas and a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.

STREAKING
Detroit won its ninth consecutive playoff game Monday night, beating the Stars 5-2 behind Pavel Datsyuk's first career hat trick to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Henrik Zetterberg added a short-handed goal and two assists as the Red Wings try to advance to the finals for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2002, starting Wednesday night in Dallas.

MOVING ON
San Jose fired coach Ron Wilson on Monday after his club ended its third straight season with a second-round six-game loss. The Sharks won the Pacific Division title and compiled the NHL's second-best record with 49 wins and 108 points, before Dallas knocked them out of the playoffs. Wilson, who coached nine seasons in Anaheim and Washington, went 206-134-45 and won two division titles during 4 1/2 seasons with San Jose. His 518 victories are eighth-most in NHL history and he's ninth with 1,091 career games coached.

STEADY
Pittsburgh has a 2-0 series lead for the third time this postseason, going 10-1 overall heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

SIDELINED
Dallas right wing Jere Lehtinen was scratched from Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Monday night because of a leg injury, while Detroit right wing Johan Franzen was sidelined for the second consecutive game with concussion-like symptoms. The Red Wings won 5-2 to take a 3-0 series lead.

WORLD HOCKEY
Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky scored three goals and the Americans locked up third place in the qualifying round at the world hockey championships with a 9-1 win Monday over Norway. The U.S. (3-2) will next play Finland.

SWINGS
With Detroit's 5-2 victory Monday night in the Western Conference finals, goalie Chris Osgood improved to 9-0 this postseason, while Stars netminder Marty Turco fell to 2-13-5 against the Red Wings overall.

STATUS
Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn is doubtful for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night after taking a puck in the face during a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Coburn's left eye was swollen shut and a cut required over 50 stitches to close.

SIGNING
Nashville signed 26-year-old forward Martin Erat to a seven-year, $31.5 million contract. Erat is third on the team in career scoring (253) in more than 400 NHL games. He had 23 goals and 34 assists in 76 games this season.

SPEAKING
``Sometimes the class needs a new professor, and sometimes the professor needs a new class. The results (show) we didn't get over that hump. We kind of got to a certain point, and we got bogged down. You can't just sit back and assume things will be different. I'm not going to apologize for where we're at, but where we're at today is we're not playing, and we think across the board that we should be farther along.'' - San Jose general manager on the firing Monday of coach Ron Wilson.
 

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