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Friday, 02 November 2007 02:14
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Nov. 2
Los Angeles at San Jose (10:30 p.m. EDT). San Jose's Jeremy Roenick needs two goals to become the 40th player with 500 for his career.

STARS
Thursday
-Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings, scored twice in a 4-1 victory at Calgary..
-Randy Robitaille, Senators, scored his first two goals of the season in a 6-4 win over Atlanta.
-Marco Sturm, Bruins, scored in the final minute of overtime to give Boston a 4-3 victory over Buffalo.
-Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers, stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over Washington.
-Rick DiPietro, Islanders, made 28 saves and had an assist in a 4-0 victory over Tampa Bay.
-Jay McKee, Blues, scored his first goal of the season in the third period and St. Louis held off Minnesota 3-2.
-Mathieu Schneider, Ducks, scored the only goal in a shootout in his Anaheim debut, lifting the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over Columbus.

HOT WINGS
Henrik Zetterberg scored twice in Detroit's 4-1 win at Calgary on Thursday night and has at least one point in all 14 games this season. He leads the NHL with 12 goals and 24 points. Goalie Chris Osgood improved to 7-0 in the same game after making 26 saves.

STILL PUNISHED
Rick Tocchet, already on two years' probation after he pleaded guilty to promoting gambling and conspiracy to promote gambling, won't be able to resume his position as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes until next Feb. 7, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday. Since the betting ring, in which Tocchet partnered with a New Jersey state trooper and another man, became public in February 2006, the former star forward has been on an indefinite leave of absence that was granted by Bettman.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
New York Rangers forward Brenden Shanahan was given credit for one of the goals in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay after it was originally given to Jaromir Jagr. At the league offices in Toronto, it was determined Thursday that the drive struck Shanahan's skate as he glided in front of the crease. That gives him two goals in the game for 1,300 career points.

HOME COOKING
Colorado matched a franchise record by starting a season with six straight home wins after holding off Pittsburgh 3-2 on Thursday night. It was also done in 1994, while the team was still in Quebec. The Avalanche and Flyers (4-0) and the only teams that have yet to lose at home this season.

SUDDENLY SLUMPING
Minnesota is winless in five games following its 7-0-1 start after a 3-2 defeat to St. Louis on Thursday night. It is the Wild's longest slump since a seven-game drought from Feb. 22-March 7, 2004. ... Philadelphia has dropped three of four following a five-game winning streak following a 5-2 loss at Montreal.

HOME AND ROAD WOES
Vancouver fell to 1-6 at home this season after a 3-0 loss to Nashville on Thursday night. ... Tampa Bay is 0-6 on the road after a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The Lightning are 5-0-1 at home.

MAKING THEM COUNT
Nashville scored on its first two shots and defeated Vancouver 3-0 on Thursday night. The Predators had only three shots in the first period and five through the first 40 minutes before finishing with 15.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
Randy Robitaille scored his first two goals for Ottawa in a 6-4 win over Atlanta on Thursday night, but left in the second period with facial contusions following a hit by Thrashers defenseman Garnet Exelby.

NEW YORK BLUES
Washington is 0-6-1 in its last seven trips to Madison Square Garden after Thursday night's 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers. The Capitals haven't won there since Jan. 28, 2004.

RARE FEATS
Boston beat Buffalo at home for only the third time in the last 11 tries with its 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday night. The Sabres took 14 out of a possible 16 points against the Bruins last season and Boston last beat Buffalo in regulation Mar. 25, 2006. ... The New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay for the first time in nine contests (0-5-3) with their 4-0 win. The drought dated to a 3-0 win at home on March 21, 2004. The Lighting had taken 16 straight points out of Uniondale, while allowing the Islanders one point in that span.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Ilya Kovalchuk scored three times in the third period, but Atlanta's rally fell short in a 6-4 loss at Ottawa on Thursday night.

HONORED
The Canadiens honored three of their legendary general managers in a pregame ceremony. Tom Gorman, Frank Selke Jr., and Sam Pollock accounted for 17 of the team's 24 Stanley Cup titles over the course of their successive tenures between 1940 and 1978. The Canadiens won two Stanley Cups under Gorman from 1940-46, six under Selke from 1946-64, and nine from 1964-78 under Pollock, who died of cancer on Aug. 15.

ACTIVATED
Minnesota activated forward Pavol Demitra from injured reserve before Thursday's game against St. Louis.

SPEAKING
``For us, it feels like a loss. It's just a good lesson. You win the game, but it still feels like a loss. You don't let up. You just can never let up because something can go wrong.'' - Ottawa coach John Paddock after the Senators nearly blew a 5-0 third-period lead before holding off Atlanta 6-4 on Thursday night.
 

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