SCOREBOARD
Sunday, Dec. 9
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers (5 p.m. EST). The Devils try to extend their winning streak to 10 games at the expense of the Rangers, who won the first three meetings this season.

Monday, Dec. 10
Anaheim at Columbus (7 p.m. EST). Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock looks to win his 450th career game.

STARS
Saturday
-Mike Green, Capitals, scored two goals in a 6-3 victory over Atlanta.
-Ray Whitney, Hurricanes, scored twice to lead Carolina to a 5-1 win over Montreal.
-Paul Gaustad, Sabres, scored twice in Buffalo's 7-1 win at San Jose.
-Kris Letang, Penguins, scored his second straight shootout winner in the sixth round, lifting Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over Vancouver.

SNAPPED
Mike Sillinger scored a power-play goal with 27.7 seconds left in overtime to help the New York Islanders snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Bill Guerin snapped his 16-game goal drought for the Islanders.

WILD WIN
Niklas Backstrom made 31 saves to help the Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Saturday night. The Wild had not won in Columbus since Jan. 18, 2002.

HOME WOES
The Buffalo Sabres added to San Jose's home woes with a 7-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night. The Sharks, who have the best road mark in the league, are among the worst at home. Their four wins at the Shark Tank matches the Washington Capitals for the fewest in the league.

CLUTCH
Rookie defenseman Kris Letang scored his second straight shootout winner in the sixth round, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Letang beat Miikka Kiprusoff in the shootout to seal a win in Calgary on Thursday.

SPEAKING
``Toward the end of the game I was booing from the penalty box for the fans, just trying to start something for them. We addressed it. You can get the crowd turned on them a little bit but it's different than in other arenas. Here, you've got to put one in the net. In other places you can slow the game down and you can lose the crowd but here it takes a little more, that's for sure.'' - Erik Cole after helping Carolina to a 5-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday night.

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