SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Dec. 13
New Jersey at Boston (7 p.m. EST). The Devils are 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games.

STARS
Wednesday
-Mike Green and Joe Motzko, Capitals. Green scored 3:41 into overtime after posting two assists in regulation, Motzko had his first two goals of the season, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 5-4.
-Dany Heatley, Senators, had two goals and an assist, leading Ottawa to a 6-0 rout of Carolina.
-Martin Havlat, Blackhawks, scored twice and Chicago beat Los Angeles 6-3.

SNAPPED
Brendan Morrison's 542-game playing streak, the longest current run in the NHL, ended Wednesday night when the Vancouver Canucks center was forced out of the lineup by a wrist injury that will require surgery. The streak that began on Feb. 27, 2000, is the 11th-longest in league history. ... Chicago ended a season-high, four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Los Angeles.

SHOVELING OUT
Columbus beat Colorado 4-1 on Wednesday night for the second time in a week, a first for the franchise that was 2-21-2 against the Avalanche before the back-to-back wins.

DEBUT
Mark Recchi scored twice in his first game with Atlanta, a 5-3 win over Boston.

STREAKING
Washington beat the New York Rangers 5-4 Wednesday night in overtime for its first three-game home winning streak. The last-in-the-league Capitals also have won four of five overall.

SIDELINED
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, unbeaten the last three weeks, has a sprained ankle that will keep him out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for up to two months. Penguins forward Maxime Talbot has a similar injury and may be out a month. Both Fleury and Talbot were examined Wednesday by a team doctor after the Penguins returned from an eight-day road trip.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Brendan Shanahan had a goal and two assists in the Rangers' 5-4 overtime loss to Washington.

SPEAKING
``I've given guys plenty of opportunities, but patience can only go so long. We're in a business. You have to produce and you have to play hard.'' - Islanders coach Ted Nolan after a 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday night. Nolan juggled lines and sat defenseman Bryan Berard for the final two periods in an effort to jump-start his club that came in ranked last in the NHL with 63 goals.

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