SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Dec. 27
Florida at Atlanta (7 p.m. EST). The Panthers are tied for second in the Southeast Division with the Thrashers, who are led by league goal-scoring leader Ilya Kovalchuk.

STARS
Wednesday
-Jaromir Jagr, Rangers, scored twice to lead New York past Carolina 4-2.
-Pascal Leclaire, Blue Jackets, made 21 saves for his league-leading seventh shutout and Columbus blanked Atlanta 2-0.
-Chris Osgood, Red Wings, stopped 20 shots for his 45th career shutout, leading Detroit to a 5-0 victory over St. Louis.
-Mike Comrie, Islanders, scored twice, including with 9.6 seconds left in overtime, to lift New York over Toronto 4-3.
-Robert Lang, Red Wings, scored two goals in the third period and Chicago defeated Nashville 5-2.
-Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro, Stars. Morrow had two goals and Ribeiro scored his 20th goal and added two assists in Dallas' 8-3 rout of Minnesota.
-Milan Michalek, Sharks, scored two goals to help San Jose squeak by Los Angeles 3-2.

REWARDED
Washington ended a three-game skid by beating Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday just hours after the team removed the ``interim'' tag from coach Bruce Boudreau's title. The Capitals improved to 8-5-3 under Boudreau, who took over for the fired Glen Hanlon on Thanksgiving.

FOR THE RECORD
San Jose set a club record with its seventh consecutive road victory, beating Los Angeles 3-2 on Wednesday and handing the Kings their eighth straight loss overall. The previous club mark for consecutive road wins was Nov. 30-Dec. 19, 2001. The losing streak is the Kings' longest since 2003-04, when they dropped their final 11 games.

SHOOTING STARS
Dallas pounded Minnesota 8-3 on Wednesday to move to 10-1-1 in its past 12 meetings with the Wild. The Stars had their biggest scoring game since a 9-1 win over Chicago on Nov. 4, 2005. Minnesota's previous season high for goals allowed was six on Nov. 16 at Vancouver.

BOUNCING BACK
Wade Dubielewicz stopped 21 of 22 shots in relief of injured starter Rick DiPietro in the New York Islanders' 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto on Wednesday. Dubielewicz rebounded from his previous outing against the Maple Leafs, an 8-1 loss on Oct. 11. ... Chris Osgood made 20 saves to lead Detroit past St. Louis 5-0, bouncing back from a 3-2 loss to the Blues on Dec. 20 that snapped his eight-game unbeaten streak.

STREAKS
Scott Gomez registered two assists in the New York Rangers' 4-2 win over Carolina on Wednesday, extending his point-scoring streak to 10. ... Ilya Kovalchuk played in his 165th consecutive game, a 2-0 loss to Columbus, to set a new Thrashers franchise record. ... Jason Spezza extended his point streak to eight games, his third streak of eight or more games this season in Ottawa's 5-3 win over Buffalo, its second straight and eighth in 10 games. ... The New York Islanders beat Toronto 4-3 in overtime to win their third straight, including consecutive home victories in overtime. ... Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and assist as Chicago beat Nashville 5-2 for its season-high fourth straight win.

SNAPPED
Jaromir Jagr scored twice to end a 10-game drought without a goal and help the New York Rangers beat Carolina 4-2 on Wednesday. The Rangers snapped a three-game slide with the win, just their third in 11 games. The Hurricanes had won three of four. Ottawa upended Buffalo 5-3 to snap the Sabres' season-high six-game winning streak. Buffalo lost for just the fifth time in the past 18 games. ... Columbus shut out Atlanta 2-0 to end the Thrashers' four-game winning streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Vincent Lecavalier scored both Tampa Bay goals in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday. The Lightning have lost five of six and are an NHL-worst 3-13-1 on the road. ... Alex Steen scored twice in Toronto's 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. The Maple Leafs are 1-2-2 in their past five, all on the road. ... Pavol Demitra scored two goals in Minnesota's 8-3 loss to Dallas.

EXTENSION
Nicklas Lidstrom and the Red Wings agreed to a two-year extension that will keep the star defenseman under contract with Detroit through the 2009-10 season. The deal is worth about $15 million. Lidstrom celebrated the new contract by scoring his fifth goal of the season in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.

SPEAKING
``It shook whatever's left of my brain cells.'' - Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber, after taking a slap shot off his mask 4 minutes into the first period of the Senators' 5-3 win over Buffalo on Wednesday. Gerber stayed in the game and made 29 saves for the victory.

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