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Wednesday, 28 November 2007 20:27
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 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Marian Gaborik scored his fourth goal in four games and the Minnesota Wild beat Phoenix 3-1 on Wednesday night, handing goalie Ilya Bryzgalov his first loss in five games with the Coyotes.
Gaborik, who leads the Wild with nine goals, took advantage of Steven Reinprecht's turnover at the blue line to beat Bryzgalov on a breakaway in the second period.
James Sheppard and Stephane Veilleux also scored for the Wild.
Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading ninth goal for Phoenix.
Bryzgalov, claimed on waviers from Anaheim on Nov. 17, finished with 25 saves.
Niklas Backstrom stopped 21 shots for Minnesota.
Blues 4, Sabres 3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Brad Boyes broke a tie with 58 seconds left, and Manny Legace made 20 saves for streaking St. Louis.
Mike Johnson and Paul Kariya each had a goal and assist, Martin Rucinsky also scored, and Boyes added an assist for St. Louis. The Blues have won three straight and seven of their last eight games.
Jason Pominville, Ales Kotalik and Andrej Sekera scored for Buffalo. The loss snapped the Sabres' winning streak at five.
The Sabres are winless in their last 11 games against St. Louis - including eight loses in regulation - and haven't beaten the Blues at home in more than 12 years.
Boyes' notched his fourth winner of the season, banging home his own rebound after Sabres forward Daniel Paille stopped the original shot that was headed into the net.
Blackhawks 5, Lightning 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Martin Havlat scored two goals in his first game back from a right shoulder injury, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves for Chicago in his first game against the Lightning since leaving Tampa Bay as a free agent in August 2005.
Khabibulin lost his shutout bid midway through the third period when the Lightning's Nick Tarnasky scored a power-play goal.
Dustin Byfuglien, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews also scored to help Chicago extend its home winning streak to four games. Patrick Kane, the NHL's rookie scoring leader, had three assists, and Khabibulin added two assists.
Havlat missed 22 games after injuring the shoulder in Chicago's season opener at Minnesota. He opted to rehab the shoulder without undergoing surgery.
Islanders 3, Senators 2, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Mike Sillinger scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and then added the winner in the shootout to help New York snap an eight-game losing streak against Ottawa.
New York led 2-1 after the teams traded goals early in the third, but the Senators appeared set to continue their dominance over the Islanders when defenseman Andrej Meszaros scored his second of the game with 1:55 left in regulation.
Rick DiPietro sealed New York's first shootout win of the season when he gloved Dean McAmmond's drive in the sixth round of the tiebreaker. The Islanders got even at 1 in the shootout when captain Bill Guerin scored on their last regulation attempt, after Daniel Alfredsson scored on Ottawa's first shot.
Sillinger beat Ray Emery with a snap shot to begin the final round of shooters. That was enough for New York, which hadn't beaten the defending Eastern Conference champions since Jan. 19, 2004.
After racing to a 15-2 mark, the Senators have hit the skids. Ottawa has dropped four straight and is 1-3-2 in its last six.
Devils 4, Stars 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Dainius Zubrus scored with 9:03 to play to help New Jersey win its fifth straight and end Dallas' winning streak at six.
David Clarkson and Brian Gionta also scored, and the Devils overcame two early miscues by goalie Martin Brodeur in preventing the Stars from matching their franchise record for consecutive wins. Zach Parise added an empty-net goal.
Stu Barnes and Jussi Jokinen benefited from Brodeur's early generosity in staking Dallas to a 2-0 lead, but the goalie was outstanding in the final two periods in finishing with 19 saves.
Panthers 2, Capitals 1, SO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun was superb in a long shootout after stopping 32 shots in regulation, leading the Panthers to their fourth straight victory.
Florida improved to 3-0 in shootouts this season. It was the Capitals' first shootout this season; they went 1-11 in shootouts in 2006-07.
Stephen Weiss beat Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig in the 11th round of the shootout, and Vokoun then stopped defenseman Brian Pothier's attempt, ending the game.
The Capitals and are 2-1-1 under interim head coach Bruce Boudreau, who replaced the fired Glen Hanlon last week.
Chris Clark scored in regulation for Washington, and Richard Zednik countered for Florida. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin failed to earn a point, ending his nine-game scoring streak.
Kings 3, Sharks 2, SO
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Patrick O'Sullivan and Anze Kopitar followed up their regulation goals with shootout scores, and Los Angeles won for the third time in San Jose this season.
Dustin Brown scored the winning shootout goal, and Jason LaBarbera stopped 35 shots for the Kings, who have won just two of their last eight games - both at the Shark Tank in the past five days.
After Kopitar and O'Sullivan put Los Angeles ahead with second-period goals, Craig Rivet tied it during a third-period power play with his first goal of the season. Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose.
Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
DENVER (AP) - Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic each had a goal and two assists, and Wojtek Wolski and Brett Clark added goals for Colorado
Peter Budaj made 11 saves for Colorado, which has won all four games against Edmonton this season and is 8-1-1 in their last 10 meetings.
Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcoff had third-period goals for Edmonton.
Flyers 3, Hurricanes 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Mike Knuble had a goal and two assists, and Martin Birton made 40 saves for Philadelphia.
Derian Hatcher and Kimmo Timonen added second-period goals, and Mike Richards had two assists for the Flyers in their second win in Carolina in a week.
Cory Stillman scored for Carolina.
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