SCOREBOARD
Friday, Oct. 26
Montreal at Carolina (7 p.m. EDT). The Hurricanes (6-1-2-1) have earned points in all but one of their games, and have won three straight at home.

STARS
Thursday
-Nigel Dawes and Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers. Dawes scored twice and Lundqvist made 22 saves for his second shutout in three games, helping New York to a 2-0 victory over New Jersey.
-Pascal Leclaire stopped 36 shots to lead Columbus to a 3-0 victory over St. Louis.
-Brad Richards, Lightning, had two goals in a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.
-Jiri Tlusty, Maple Leafs, scored two goals 35 seconds apart in a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh.
-Dan Ellis, Predators, stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout in Nashville's 3-0 victory over Atlanta.
-Ales Hemsky, Oilers, scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner to lift Edmonton to a 5-4 win over Minnesota.

LIGHTNING START
Brad Richards had two goals to lead Tampa Bay past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Thursday night. The Lightning tied a franchise record set in 2002 by starting the season 5-0 at home. Tampa Bay is also 12-1 against the Flyers since the start of the 2003-04 season.

DUCK HUNT
Phoenix's 1-0 victory over Anaheim on Thursday night ended the Coyotes' 10-game losing streak against the Ducks in Anaheim dating to the 2003-2004 season. They also beat Anaheim goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for just the second time in his nine games against them.

IT'S GOOD TO BE A KING
Alexander Frolov scored the go-ahead goal and Jason LaBarbera made 29 saves Thursday night, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over Dallas, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Stars. The win was their first over Dallas since April 1, 2006, a 1-0 victory at Staples Center. The Kings, coming off victories over Vancouver and Nashville, have won three straight for the first time since a five-game streak Feb. 11-March 7, 2006.

STREAKING
Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game on a shot between his legs and Columbus beat the Blues 3-0 on Thursday night. It was his sixth goal in his five-game goal streak and raised his season total to eight.

SNAPPED
Nigel Dawes broke New York out of its scoring slump with two goals Thursday night to lift the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Dawes struck just 57 seconds in, snapping the Rangers' drought at 126 minutes, dating to last Thursday's 5-3 loss at Atlanta. It was also their first tally at even strength in 182:06, stretching to a 3-1 home loss against Ottawa on Oct. 13 that kicked off the skid. ... Dan Ellis stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout, helping the Predators snap a six-game losing streak and beat the Thrashers 3-0 Thursday night.

SIGNED
The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Brent Burns to a four-year contract extension Thursday. Burns, 22, has 15 goals and 36 assists in 194 career NHL games over four seasons with Minnesota.

SPEAKING
``The NHL was my dream, now I've played in my first game and in my first game I scored my first two goals. It's great.'' - Toronto Rookie Jiri Tlusty after scoring twice in the Maple Leafs' 5-2 victory over the Penguins on Thursday night.

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