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Sunday, 23 November 2008 06:20
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Nov. 24
Phoenix at N.Y. Rangers (7 p.m. EST). Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky returns to Madison Square Garden, the site of the final game of his Hall of Fame playing career that ended in 1999 when he was with the Rangers.

STARS
Saturday
- Pavol Demitra, Canucks, scored twice in Vancouver's 3-1 win at Pittsburgh.
- Joey MacDonald, Islanders, made 35 saves in his 10th straight start to lift New York to a 4-2 road victory over Buffalo.
- Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks, scored two goals, to help Chicago to a comeback victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Rookie goalie Steve Mason, Blue Jackets, made only 15 saves but earned his first NHL shutout in Columbus' 2-0 win at Atlanta.
- Brad Boyes, Blues, had two goals in St. Louis' 2-1 win at Minnesota.

HONORED
e patches with Clark's number on their jerseys, and many among the sellout crowd of 19,474 sported stick-on handlebar mustaches.

SIDELINED
Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo left Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins after he hurt his groin less than five minutes into the game. Luongo collapsed to the ice following what appeared to be a routine save on a shot from the point by Philippe Boucher, Pittsburgh's first of the game. The goalie was helped off the ice without putting weight on his left leg. ... Islanders C Frans Nielsen will be out eight to 12 weeks due to multiple injuries to his right leg sustained in New York's 5-2 loss at New Jersey on Friday night. Nielsen was injured when elbowed by Devils defenseman Mike Mottau, who received a two-game suspension from the NHL on Saturday.

START
The Detroit Red Wings improved to 14-2-3 with a 5-2 road victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. They haven't lost in regulation in November (7-0-1) and have four more games remaining in the month. ... With a 3-2 shootout victory at Montreal on Saturday night, the Boston Bruins improved to 9-0-1 this month and moved into first place overall in the Eastern Conference with 32 points, two ahead of the New York Rangers.

SCOUTING
d 10th consecutive victory in the Manitoba Moose's 5-2 win over San Antonio on Thursday night in the AHL. Schneider, the Canucks' first-round pick in the 2004 draft, leads the AHL with a 10-1 record and 1.37 goals-against average.

SLUMPING
The Buffalo Sabres were beaten 4-2 at home Saturday night by the New York Islanders, and have lost five straight in regulation for the first time since March 2006. ... Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno scored for the Ottawa Senators, who beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Saturday for their first win since topping Philadelphia on Nov. 6 - ending a six-game skid.

SPEAKING
``He's a young player and he wants to make a big impression, but that's the wrong way to do it. You can be physical without being dirty - and it was a dirty hit from behind. I mean, those hits have to stop before somebody gets killed. The league can do so much, suspension-wise, but as players we've got to be smarter - coaches, too.'' - Colorado forward Ian Laperriere on a hit from behind by Kings forward John Zeiler against Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote, who left Saturday night's game in the second period due to a back injury.
 

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