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Saturday, 22 December 2007 01:08
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Dec. 22
Detroit at Minnesota (8 p.m. EST). Marian Gaborik, who scored five goals on Thursday night, leads the Wild in a Western Conference matchup against the Red Wings.

STARS
Friday
-Mike Ribeiro, Stars, scored his second goal of the game 57 seconds into overtime and Dallas beat Calgary 3-2.
-Wojtek Wolski, Avalanche, tapped in the winning goal 1:16 into overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.
-Blake Comeau, Islanders, scored his first career goal, a tiebreaker midway through the third period that helped New York defeat Pittsburgh 4-2.
-Jochen Hecht, Sabres, snapped a late third-period tie and Buffalo edged Philadelphia 3-2.
-Fredrik Norrena, Blue Jackets, made 33 saves and Columbus held off Los Angeles 2-1.
-Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, Devils, scored 35 seconds apart in the third period to lead New Jersey to a 3-1 win at Edmonton.

ROUGH HOMECOMING
Daniel Briere returned to Buffalo for the first time since signing an eight-year, $52 million contract with Philadelphia last summer and went pointless with a minus-2 rating in the Flyers' 3-2 loss on Friday night. Philadelphia has lost five straight, its longest losing streak of the season, and nine of its last 11 trips to Buffalo.

LUCKY SEVEN
Colorado has beaten the New York Rangers seven straight times after posting a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday night. The Rangers haven't beaten the Avalanche since a 5-3 win on Nov. 20, 2001, at Madison Square Garden. New York hasn't won in Denver since 1998.

LA-LA LAND
Los Angeles has lost six in a row after a 2-1 defeat at Columbus on Friday night. The Kings have also dropped five straight on the road and are an NHL-worst 4-11-1 away from home.

GOAL STREAKS
Mike Ribeiro scored twice on Friday night, including the winner 57 seconds into overtime that gave Dallas a 3-2 win at Calgary, giving him six goals in the past six games. He is two shy of his career high of 20 set with Montreal in 2003-04. ... Miroslav Satan scored for the fifth straight game to help the New York Islanders beat Pittsburgh 4-2. Three of Satan's nine goals this season are against the Penguins.

HOME WOES
Calgary lost its 12th home game of the season Friday night, 3-2 in overtime to Dallas, to surpass its total from 2006-07 when it led the NHL with a 30-9-2 home mark.

EXTENSION
The Philadelphia Flyers and John Stevens agreed to a one-year contract extension Friday that will take the second-year coach through the 2008-09 season.

SIDELINED
Carolina right wing Justin Williams will miss at least four months after tearing a knee ligament, general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday. The Hurricanes also placed forward Chad LaRose on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 18 because Of a concussion, and recalled forward Brandon Nolan from Albany of the AHL.

SPEAKING
``We just gave that game away. We literally gave it away. It was Christmastime and we wrapped it up and gave it to them.'' - Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish after his team gave up three third-period goals for a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Friday night.
 

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