SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Minnesota at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Wild (6-0-1) have yet to lose a game in regulation this season and are 3-0 on the road as they get set to visit the Stars (3-4-2).

STARS
Tuesday
- Antero Niittymaki, Flyers, stopped 24 shots in a 2-0 win over Atlanta to earn his fourth career shutout and improve to 10-0 in his career against the Thrashers.
- Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul, Flyers, each scored two goals to lead Philadelphia to its 11th straight win over Atlanta, 7-0.
- Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning, scored a pair of highlight-reel goals to help carry Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over Toronto.
- Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames, made 22 saves to earn his first shutout of the season - 27th overall - and his 150th NHL victory in Calgary's 3-0 win against Colorado.
STEPPING UP
k-shooting left winger had played in 203 consecutive games and 253 of 254 in his career.

STREAKING
Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul each scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers earned their 11th straight win over the Atlanta Thrashers with 7-0 victory Tuesday night. The Flyers won their third consecutive game overall after a sluggish 0-3-3 start. ... Colorado (5-4) had its five-game winning streak end in a 3-0 defeat against the Calgary Flames. The Avalanche hadn't lost since dropping a 5-4 decision to the Flames in Calgary on Oct. 14.

ROUGHED UP
Atlanta Thrashers rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian, the No. 3 pick in this year's draft, didn't return to the ice after Philadelphia's Darroll Powe slammed him into the boards midway through the second period of the Flyers' 7-0 rout Tuesday night.

SCORING START
Lightning rookie forward Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, earned his first NHL point with an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

EASY NIGHT
e start at 8-2. Pittsburgh managed only 11 shots three previous times, including two games in 2003.

TWICE AS NICE
Tim Thomas made 30 saves for his second 1-0 win in two nights, leading the Boston Bruins to a victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Michael Ryder scored his second goal of the season midway through the first period for the Bruins, who have won three in a row. Thomas and the visiting Bruins beat Edmonton 1-0 in overtime on Monday. After splitting the first eight games with Manny Fernandez, Thomas earned a second straight start following his 27-save shutout of the Oilers.

HISTORIC HABS
The Montreal Canadiens honored coaching legends Dick Irvin, Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman as part of the team's 100th season celebrations before Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Carolina. Bowman, currently a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks, was on hand for the ceremonial faceoff along with broadcaster Dick Irvin Jr. and Blake's son, Bruce Blake. Irvin, Blake and Bowman coached the Canadiens to a total of 16 Stanley Cup championships between 1940 and 1979.

YOUNG LEAF
ake Berehowsky in 1990.

SPEAKING
``I thought we did a good job and that's what's frustrating about the shootout, now everybody's saddled with a loss and it's like you buried your dead cat in the locker room - nobody's talking.'' - Carolina coach Peter Laviolette following the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.
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``Obviously, we miss Ovie. Our hearts are with him, and what he's dealing with. But we want to be known as the Washington Capitals - a good hockey team, not just a team with one or two good players.'' - Capitals forward Brooks Laich on teammate Alexander Ovechkin, who left the team to be with his ailing grandfather in Russia.

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