SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Nov. 15
Anaheim at Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. EST). The Ducks and Kings meet for the second of three meetings in a six-game stretch. Los Angeles won 4-3 in a shootout at Anaheim on Tuesday night.

STARS
Wednesday
-Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning, had three goals and two assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-1 win over Carolina.
-Ales Hemsky, Oilers, had the only goal of the shootout that gave Edmonton a 1-0 win at Vancouver.
-Devon Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau, Sharks, scored in the shootout and San Jose beat Dallas 4-3.

MULTI-TALENTED
Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier set a team record for consecutive multi-point games with six after getting three goals and two assists in a 6-1 rout of Carolina on Wednesday night. The center has five goals and 11 points during the run.

DENIED AGAIN
New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur was again denied his 500th career win in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Brodeur was 9-0-1 with a 1.18 goals-against average in the 10 previous home games against the Rangers, all at the Meadowlands.

SNAPPED
Columbus ended a four-game losing streak with Wednesday night's 4-2 win over Chicago. ... Vancouver lost to a Northwest Division-foe for the first time in seven tries this season after a 1-0 shootout defeat to Edmonton.

WELCOME BACK
Right winger Jamie Langenbrunner was in New Jersey's lineup Wednesday night for the first time this season following surgery to repair a sports hernia. He scored twice, including a goal on the game's opening shift, in the 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

CLOSE CALL
After falling 4-3 to St. Louis on Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings escaped injury when their team jet's right wheels got stuck in the grass and mud at St. Louis Downtown Airport in the St. Louis suburb of Cahokia, Ill. Airport director Bob McDaniel says the DC-9 was leaving the parking ramp and still was on the taxiway when the wheels inadvertently slipped off the pavement during a turn. McDaniel says there were no injuries, noting the plane wasn't moving much faster than someone could walk.

STARS STILL ALIGNING
A day after firing general manager Doug Armstrong, Dallas owner Tom Hicks dismissed president Jim Lites and replaced him with Jeff Cogen, the president of his other franchise, baseball's Texas Rangers. On Tuesday, Armstrong was replaced by interim co-general managers Brett Hull and Les Jackson.

CALLED OFF
A local investor group trying to buy the Nashville Predators canceled a Wednesday news conference after city officials denied they had reached an agreement on changes to the team's arena lease. Earlier in the day, the group said it was set to make an announcement after weeks of negotiations with city officials about changes the potential buyers say are necessary to complete the $193 million deal and keep the team in Nashville.

SPEAKING
``I couldn't find him in the first period. It's unbelievable how he played in the second period.'' - Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella on Vincent Lecavalier, who had two goals and two assists in the second period of Wednesday night's 6-1 win at Carolina. He scored his third goal of the game in the third period and set a team record with his sixth straight multi-point contest.

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