Thursday, Jan. 17
Dallas at San Jose (10:30 p.m. EST). The Sharks have a two-point lead over the Stars for first place in the Pacific Division.

-Patrick Kane, Blackhawks, had two goals and an assist in Chicago's 6-1 win over St. Louis.
-Daniel Briere, Flyers, scored twice and Philadelphia Flyers held off Florida 5-3.
-Rick DiPietro, and Bill Guerin, Islanders. DiPietro had 37 saves and Guerin scored two goals to lead New York to a 3-1 victory over New Jersey.

Daniel Briere scored twice and Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists and Philadelphia held off Florida 5-3 on Wednesday night, denying Panthers coach Jacques Martin his 500th win. Martin, looking to become the 10th coach in NHL history to win 500 games, won No. 499 on Jan. 10 at Atlanta, but Florida has lost three straight since. The Panthers have dropped five of six.

Jarome Iginla scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting Calgary to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night. Iginla entered with 41 points in 38 career games against Minnesota, and his 24 goals against the Wild are 10 more than the next closest opponent. The Wild held him in check for the first 65 minutes before Iginla beat Niklas Backstrom with a nifty backhander to win it. The Flames won for the first time in five games.

Petr Prucha and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist to lift the Rangers to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that stretched Buffalo's losing streak to 10 games. Buffalo snapped its run of three straight shootout losses. The Sabres haven't come out on top since a 6-5 shootout victory at Philadelphia on Dec. 22 (0-5-5).

St. Louis goalie Manny Legace left in the first period of the Blues' game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an injured right arm. Legace, named to the Western Conference All-Star team last week, was injured with 4:38 left in the first. Chicago's Patrick Sharp drove to the net, but was muscled down by St. Louis' Barret Jackman. Sharp then barreled over Legace's right pad and flew headfirst into the net. The Blues lost to Chicago 6-1.

The Boston Bruins recalled American Hockey League goal-scoring leader Pascal Pelletier from Providence on Wednesday. Pelletier, who leads the AHL with 24 goals, also has 24 assists in 40 games for Providence this season. He was signed by Boston as a free agent in 2006.

Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren underwent minor arthroscopic surgery this week on his injured left knee. McLaren, placed on injured reserve Sunday, won't return to San Jose's lineup until next week at the earliest. He missed most of the Sharks' practices over the last three weeks while resting in an effort to avoid Monday's cleanup surgery, which the defenseman also underwent last season.

``It doesn't take a rocket scientist, does it? They are playing well against us. They are playing well against Philly and us. Those are big points to lose.'' - New Jersey forward Patrik Elias after the Devils 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Wednesday night. The Islanders have won six straight overall against the Devils, including all five meetings this season.

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