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Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:27
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Nov. 29
Columbus at Vancouver (10 p.m. EST). Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is coming off back-to-back shutouts.

STARS
Wednesday
-Brad Boyes, Blues, broke a tie with 58 seconds left to give St. Louis a 4-3 victory at Buffalo.
-Martin Havlat, Blackhawks, had two goals to lead Chicago to a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.
-Mike Sillinger, Islanders, scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and then netted the winner in the shootout and New York edged Ottawa 3-2.
-Mike Knuble, Flyers, had a goal and two assists in Philadelphia's 3-1 win at Carolina.
-Dainius Zubrus, Devils, scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:03 left to help New Jersey beat Dallas 4-2.
-Stephen Weiss, Panthers, scored in the 11th round of the shootout to give Florida a 2-1 win at Washington.
-Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic, Avalanche, each had a goal and two assists to help Colorado beat Edmonton 4-2.

ON TOP
Jacques Martin earned his 84th victory as Florida's coach after a 2-1 shootout win at Washington on Wednesday night, passing Doug MacLean for most in team history. Martin is in his third season as the Panthers' coach.

SNAPPED
The New York Islanders snapped an eight-game losing streak against Ottawa with a 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday night. New York hadn't beaten the defending Eastern Conference champions since Jan. 19, 2004. The Islanders are 5-30-8-0 against the Senators since Feb. 12, 1996. ... Ilya Bryzgalov lost for the first time in five games with Phoenix after a 3-1 defeat at Minnesota. ... Stu Barnes snapped a 26-game goalless drought in Dallas' 4-2 loss at New Jersey.

WELCOME BACK
Martin Havlat scored twice in his first game back from a right shoulder injury to help Chicago top Tampa Bay 5-1 on Wednesday night. Havlat, who scored in the opening minute in each of the first two periods, missed 22 games after injuring the shoulder in the Blackhawks' season opener at Minnesota. He opted to rehab the shoulder without undergoing surgery. ... Carolina's Scott Walker returned after missing the past 17 games with a torso injury. ... New York Islanders center Shawn Bates (abdominal injuries) played for the first time since Jan. 30.

FOUR SCORE
Marian Gaborik scored his fourth goal in four games in Minnesota's 3-1 win over Phoenix.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
Colorado has won all four games against Edmonton this season and is 7-1-1 in the past nine meetings with its Northwest Division rival after a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night.

SHOOTING BLANKS
Washington is 1-12 in its past 13 shootouts after a 2-1 defeat to Florida on Wednesday night.

RED HOT
New Jersey pushed its winning streak to five games and snapped Dallas' run at six with Wednesday night's 4-2 victory. ... St. Louis has won three straight and seven of eight after edging Buffalo 4-3.

REMEMBERING SEAN
The Washington Capitals honored slain Redskins safety Sean Taylor with a pregame moment of silence and video tribute Wednesday night. Capitals backup goalie Brent Johnson, sitting on the bench during the game against Florida, wore a burgundy Redskins hat in Taylor's memory.

SIDELINED
New York Rangers forward Sean Avery will undergo surgery Thursday on his left wrist to repair injuries sustained in a fight and when he was struck by a puck. There was no immediate announcement on how much time Avery will miss. ... Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire, the NHL leader with six shutouts this season, will miss at least the Blue Jackets' game Thursday night in Vancouver because of a pulled hamstring. ... Los Angeles forwards Mike Cammalleri and Alexander Frolov missed the Kings' game against San Jose on Wednesday night because of groin injuries.

BEST IN THE WEST
Detroit teammates Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg lead all Western Conference players in fan voting for the NHL All-Star Game. Lidstrom has received 158,349 votes through Monday, the league announced Wednesday. He is well ahead of Zetterberg, who leads all forwards with 115,543 votes. Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf was third overall with 111,940 votes.

SPEAKING
``I don't know. I don't really have one. I think (goalie Olaf Kolzig) was tired by then, so maybe that helped.'' - Stephen Weiss on his shootout style after scoring in the 11th round to give Florida a 2-1 win at Washington on Wednesday night.
 

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