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Results: Games Played Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, NY Rangers 5

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby's power play goal with 3.3 seconds left in the third period gave the Penguins a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The goal capped a four point game for the 19-year-old Crosby, who also had three assists. Ray Whitney added two goals for Pittsburgh and netminder Marc- Andre Fleury stopped 37-of-42 shots in the victory. Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists and Michael Nylander finished with a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 shots in the loss.

Final Score: New Jersey 7, Toronto 6 (SO)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - John Madden scored twice in regulation and also tallied the decisive goal as the fourth skater in the shootout, to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Continental Airlines Arena. The game was the home opener for New Jersey. Madden skated between the circles before reaching the top left corner of the net to complete the comeback from being down 6-3 to begin the third period. Brian Gionta registered his first career natural hat trick and Sergei Brylin had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who had lost the last five meetings. New Jersey beat Toronto for the first time since January 10, 2004 and the first time at home since January 3, 2003. Martin Brodeur stopped three of the four skaters in the shootout and ended the night with 24 saves for New Jersey, which has won two of its first three games. Brodeur passed Terry Sawchuk (447) for third place on the all-time wins list. Matt Stajan tallied a pair of goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who played in their third straight shootout (1-0-2). Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 24 shots but couldn't hold the three-goal lead despite five Toronto goals in the second period.

Final Score: Calgary 1, Ottawa 0

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla scored the lone goal of the game in the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 33 shots he faced as Calgary edged Ottawa, 1-0. Iginla's goal was his second for the Flames, who have split their first four games this season. Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery made 27 saves as the Senators lost their third game in a row after winning their season opener.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Boston 2 (SO)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Lee Stempniak's shootout goal lifted St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, as the Blues introduced their fans to the newly-named Scottrade Center. Stempniak also scored in the third period for the Blues, whose home-opener victory, which was played in front of the new Blues ownership group, was their first win of the 2006-07 season. Jamal Mayers also scored for the Blues and goaltender Manny Legace made 16 saves in the win. Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard scored for Boston, which held a 2-0 lead late in the third period but fell to 1-2-1 on the young season. Tim Thomas allowed two goals on 35 shots for the Bruins, who conclude their five-game, season- opening road trip on Saturday against the New York Islanders.

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Washington 2 (SO)

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivu scored the game-winner in the shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at Xcel Energy Center. Kim Johnsson scored both regulation goals and Manny Fernandez finished with 24 saves for the Wild, who are off to their best start in franchise history with four straight wins. Minnesota has won all four of its games this year by one goal. Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Semin each scored a goal and Brent Johnson finished with 36 saves for the Capitals, who have lost their last four games against Minnesota.

Final Score: Chicago 3, Nashville 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jeff Hamilton scored the game-winning goal with 7:40 left in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Nashville Predators, 3-1, at United Center. Nikolai Khabibulin was stellar in net with 37 saves for the Blackhawks, who have beaten Nashville twice this season. Michal Handzus also scored for Chicago, while Martin Havlat added an empty netter to ice the game. Jason Arnott scored the lone goal for the Predators, who are still searching for their first win of the season (0-3-0). Backup goaltender Chris Mason finished with 28 saves.

Final Score: Edmonton 6, San Jose 4

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth scored his fifth-career hat trick in a span of 2:01 to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the San Jose Sharks, 6-4, at Rexall Place. Patrick Thoresen, Joffrey Lupul and Ales Hemsky also scored for the Oilers, who have won two of three. Steve Staios and Petr Sykora each added a pair of assists. Dwayne Roloson blocked 19-of-23 shots. Jonathan Cheechoo got his sixth-career hat trick for the Sharks, who won the first three games of the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign and fell one short of getting their first 4-0 start in team history. Joe Thornton added three assists and Milan Michalek scored the other goal before the Sharks fell apart in the third period. Evgeni Nabokov blocked 26- of-32 shots.

Final Score: Dallas 4, Los Angeles 1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Modano registered a goal and an assist while Marty Turco made 32 saves, as the Dallas Stars downed the Los Angeles Kings, 4-1, at Staples Center. Antti Miettinen, Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Stars, who remained perfect on the young season at 3-0. Eric Lindros added three assists in the victory. Raitis Ivanans notched the only goal for Los Angeles, which will host the Stars again on Saturday night. Goaltender Dan Cloutier allowed four goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.
 

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Results: Games Played Friday, October 13, 2006

Final Score: Buffalo 3, Detroit 2 (SO)

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik's shootout goal lifted Buffalo to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. With the shootout even, Kotalik went to the backhand to beat Dominik Hasek and send the Sabres home a perfect 4-0, with three of the wins coming in shootouts. Buffalo eeked out the win despite being outshot 43-17 in the game. Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek each scored for the Sabres while Ryan Miller stopped 41-of-43 shots. Jason Williams had both of the Red Wings goals and Hasek sent back 15 shots.

Final Score: Florida 3, Tampa Bay 2

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Jay Bouwmeester scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period, as the Florida Panthers edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, at Bank Atlantic Center in the opener of a home- and-home. Juraj Kolnik and Nathan Horton scored the other goals for the Panthers, who won their second straight and third straight at home. Olli Jokinen added a pair of assists. Alexander Auld blocked 21-of-23 shots. Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Craig scored for the Lightning, who lost their third straight. Johan Holmqvist blocked 24-of-27 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Carolina 4, Atlanta 3

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney's goal with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation gave Carolina its first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. Craig Adams had two goals, Eric Staal tallied one and Rod Brind'Amour added three assists for the defending Stanley Cup Champion Hurricanes, who came into the contest with a record of 0-3-1. Cam Ward stopped 31 shots on 34 attempts for Carolina. Jon Sim tallied two goals for Atlanta. Kari Lehtonen had 29 saves in the loss. He came in having allowed only three goals in his first four starts.

Final Score: San Jose 6, Vancouver 4

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Curtis Brown's shorthanded breakaway goal in the third period proved to be the game-winner, as the San Jose Sharks topped the Vancouver Canucks, 6-4, at General Motors Place. Mike Grier, Ville Nieminen, Patrick Rissmiller, Patrick Marleau and Christian Ehrhoff all scored for the Sharks, who have won four of their first five games. Vesa Toskala made 22 saves in the contest. Markus Naslund scored his 300th goal as a Canuck, tying him with Trevor Linden for the franchise lead while Kevin Bieksa, Mattias Ohlund and Daniel Sedin all scored for Vancouver, which fell to 20-14-3 in home openers. Roberto Luongo was subpar in his first game at home, stopping 31-of-37 shots.
 

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Results: Games Played Saturday, October 14, 2006

Final Score: Atlanta 4, Washington 3 (OT)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk's first goal of the season came 3:02 into overtime and lifted Atlanta to a 4-3 win over Washington at the Verizon Center. Kovalchuk gathered the puck in transition and darted up the ice before whipping a shot past Olie Kolzig's glove to give his squad a road win, Atlanta's second in as many road games. Scott Mellanby added a pair of goals for the Thrashers, who have won four of their last five games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 35-of-38 shots faced in the win. Jamie Heward and Dainius Zubrus each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who have lost three of four. Kolzig made 27 stops in defeat.

Final Score: Buffalo 7, NY Rangers 4

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Drury recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist as the Buffalo Sabres thumped the New York Rangers, 7-4, at HSBC Arena. Daniel Briere had a goal and two assists and Maxim Afinogenov added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who have won all five of their games this season and are off to their best start since the 1975-76 club won a franchise-record eight straight games to open the season. Ryan Miller made 19 saves for Buffalo. Brendan Shanahan scored twice and Fedor Tyutin notched a goal for the Rangers, who have lost three straight after starting the season with victories in their first two games. Kevin Weekes was shelled for seven goals on 25 shots.

Final Score: Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 (SO)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Antoine Vermette and Mike Fisher tallied the only goals of the shootout to lift Ottawa to a 3-2 win over Montreal in the Canadiens home opener at the Bell Centre. Vermette opened the shootout by slipping a backhander through the legs of Cristobal Huet. Ray Emery then stopped two Montreal shooters and Fisher sealed the win for the Sens after firing a snap shot past Huet. Denis Hamel and Chris Kelly scored in regulation for the Senators, who ended a three-game losing streak. Emery finished with 23 saves for Ottawa in his second straight start between the pipes. Chris Higgins and Sergei Samsonov scored for the Canadiens, who saw their modest two-game win streak come to an end. Huet allowed two goals on 27 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Toronto 5, Calgary 4 (OT)

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mats Sundin registered a hat trick and an assist, and electrified the home crowd by getting the game-winner, as the Maple Leafs doused the Flames, 5-4, in overtime at Air Canada Centre. With Toronto down a man less than a minute into the extra frame, Sundin fought for possession along the boards in the neutral zone. He carried the puck alone down the left wing, uncorking a slap shot just inside the blue line that soared over Miikka Kiprusoff's glove. It was the captain's 500th career goal, and the first player in Leafs' history to record that milestone in the blue and white. Darcy Tucker scored his fifth of the year, and Alex Steen netted his first for the victorious Leafs. Andrew Raycroft was solid in net, stopping 26 shots. Calgary defenseman and Toronto native Mark Giordano scored his first two NHL goals in a three-goal second period for the Flames. Matt Lombardi and Daymond Langkow also lit the lamp, both scoring their first goals of the year. Kiprusoff made 38 saves in the loss.

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Boston 1

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Blake scored two goals and Mike Dunham stopped 31 shots as the New York Islanders won their home opener, 4-3, over the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum. Dunham was spectacular in net for the Islanders, allowing only one goal while filling in for the injured Rick DiPietro. Tom Poti and Mike Sillinger also scored for New York while Miroslav Satan and Sean Hill each collected two assists. It was New York's second straight victory. They opened the season with three straight losses to Phoenix, San Jose and St. Louis before notching a 5-4 shootout win over Anaheim on Wednesday. Glen Murray scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who have lost three in a row and four of five this season. Hannu Toivonen finished with 35 saves in the loss.

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 2

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Continental Airlines Arena. Brain Rafalski had three assists and Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had goals for the Devils, who have won their last two games. Martin Brodeur made 23 saves. Mike Knuble scored two goals and Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves for the Flyers, who have lost four of five games to start the season.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Florida 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Ruslan Fedotenko posted a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay downed Florida, 4-1, in the back end of a home-and-home series. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Dimitry Afanasenkov each scored for the Lightning, who ended a three-game losing skid. Goaltender Marc Denis finished with 23 saves. Steve Weiss scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who beat the Lightning 3-2 at the Bank Atlantic Center in the set's opener on Friday. Ed Belfour made 32 saves for Florida in the loss.

Final Score: Carolina 5, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Scott Walker scored two goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, at Mellon Arena. Cam Ward turned aside 25 shots and Mike Commodore added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 20 shots and left midway through the second period with a head injury. Jocelyn Thibault replaced Fleury and finished with 12 saves. Kristopher Letang tallied the lone goal for the Penguins, who lost their second game of the season.

Final Score: Minnesota 5, Columbus 0

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston scored twice and the Minnesota Wild employed their usual mix of stingy defense and opportunistic offense to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-0, at the Xcel Energy Center. Marian Gaborik, Keith Carney and Mikko Koivu also lit the lamp for Jacques Lemaire's club. Minnesota has opened their schedule with five consecutive wins for the first time since joining the league in the 2000-2001 season. Wild netminder Manny Fernandez made 24 saves to notch his first shutout of the season. Columbus' attack was held in check by a tough Wild defense, which managed to hold young sniper Rick Nash to just three shots on goal in the contest.

Final Score: Nashville 4, Phoenix 1

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Paul Kariya and Scott Hartnell each posted a goal and an assist, as Nashville won its first game of the season with a 4-1 victory over Phoenix at Gaylord Entertainment Center. Jason Arnott registered three assists and Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for the Predators, who lost their first three games of the season before Saturday's victory. Curtis Joseph allowed four goals on 25 shots while Fredrik Sjostrom scored the lone goal of the game for the Coyotes, who have lost four straight.

Final Score: St. Louis 4, Chicago 3

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Radek Dvorak's third-period goal proved to be the game winner as St. Louis defeated Chicago, 4-3, at the Scottrade Center. Dvorak also added an assist and Lee Stempniak had two helpers for the Blues. Manny Legace stopped 19-of-22 shots in net for the Blues. Jamie Rivers, Bill Guerin and Martin Rucinsky had the other goals for a St. Louis team that has now won two in a row. Chicago, meanwhile, falls to 2-2 on the season. They were coming off a 3-1 Thursday over Nashville and hoped to build on that momentum. Martin Havlat tallied two goals for Chicago, giving him six goals and ten points on the season. Bryan Smolinski also tallied his second goal of the season. Brian Boucher started his first game of the season between the pipes and finished with 24 saves in the loss.

Final Score: Edmonton 4, Colorado 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora and Ryan Smyth each scored twice as Edmonton edged Colorado, 4-3, at the Pepsi Center. Dwayne Roloson was stellar in net, stopping 39 shots to pick up his 100th win, as the Oilers have now won two in a row. Wojtek Wolski and Tyler Arnason each scored for the Avalanche, who lost in regulation for the first time this season. Jose Theodore finished with 21 saves for the Avalanche.

Final Score: Dallas 4, Los Angeles 1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Captain Brenden Morrow scored a pair of power-play goals as the Dallas Stars downed the Los Angeles Kings, 4-1, at the Staples Center. Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen also scored for the Stars, who have opened up the season with four straight wins. Marty Turco stopped 23 shots in the 141st win of his career which is tied for third on Dallas' all- time list with Gilles Meloche. Michael Cammalleri scored Los Angeles' lone tally and Mathieu Garon allowed all four goals on 28 shots faced for the Kings, who have lost two straight, both at home to the Stars.
 

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Results: Games Played Sunday, October 15, 2006

Final Score: Dallas 4, Anaheim 3 (SO)

Sergei Zubov and Antti Miettinen scored power-play goals, Zubov and Jussi Jokinen connected on both of Dallas' shots in the shootout, and the Dallas Stars remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory Sunday night over the Anaheim Ducks.

Todd Marchant, Scott Niedermayer and Andy McDonald scored for the Ducks, who were coming off a six-round shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Niklas Hagman also scored for Dallas, which has won its first five games. The best start in franchise history was 6-0 in 1996-97, and the defending Pacific Division champions can equal that Tuesday night at San Jose when they conclude a four-game swing through California.

The Stars limited Anaheim to four shots on net during their three-goal second period. But the Ducks got 16 in the third and forced overtime. Niedermayer converted a pass from his brother Rob with 10:16 left in regulation, and McDonald got the equalizer with just 18.3 seconds on the clock when Chris Pronger's long slap shot deflected off his leg and past goalie Marty Turco.
 

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Results: Games Played Monday, October 16, 2006

Final Score: NY Rangers 4, New Jersey 2

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan and Jason Ward both scored late second-period goals to lift the New York Rangers past the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. Aaron Ward and Martin Straka also scored for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander each had an assist and have helpers in each of New York's first six games. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots in the win, which was the Rangers' fourth in their last six games against the Devils at Madison Square Garden. Scott Gomez and Travis Zajac both scored for the Devils, who had a modest two- game winning streak halted. Martin Brodeur was tagged for four goals on 29 shots faced.

Final Score: Carolina 5, Tampa Bay 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Justin Williams led the way with his first career hat trick and an assist, and Rod Brind'Amour added a goal and two assists, as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, at St. Pete Times Forum. Eight Hurricanes recorded at least one point on the night. Forwards Ray Whitney and Eric Staal each had two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Hurricane netminder Cam Ward stopped 34 shots for his third win of the season. His counterpart, Marc Denis, was pulled after two periods, giving up four goals on 19 shots. Denis' replacement, Johan Holmqvist stopped only three of four shots in the third period.

Final Score: Nashville 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Steve Sullivan and Paul Kariya scored during a shootout to give Nashville a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Sullivan scored the tying goal midway through the second period for the Predators, who have won back-to-back contests after beginning the season with three straight defeats. Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves and also stopped Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov during the shootout. Mike Sillinger scored his 200th career NHL goal, while Mike Dunham came up with 32 saves in a losing cause, as New York had a two-game winning streak broken.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Colorado 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Martin Lapointe scored a pair of goals, including the go-ahead tally early in the third period, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, at the Pepsi Center. Martin Havlat added two assists to increase his NHL-leading point total to 12 through five games for the Blackhawks, who have alternated wins and losses this season. Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which blew a three-goal lead only to recover and escape with two points. Joe Sakic scored and Milan Hejduk had two assists for the Avalanche, who have lost two in a row and four of five this season. Tyler Arnason had a goal and two assists for Colorado.

Final Score: Vancouver 2, Edmonton 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Sami Salo scored the go-ahead goal with a minute left in the second period and Roberto Luongo stopped 17 shots in Vancouver's 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Taylor Pyatt also scored in the second period for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game skid. Raffi Torres scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who had a two-game win streak broken. Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Detroit 3, Los Angeles 1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Robert Lang scored a pair of third-period goals to guide the Detroit Red Wings past the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, at the Staples Center. Kris Draper also lit the lamp while Chris Osgood came up with 22 saves for the Red Wings, who have won three of their last four. Sean Avery scored his first goal of the season and Aaron Miller picked up the primary assist for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight. Dan Cloutier turned away 24 shots in the loss.
 

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Results: Games Played Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Final Score: Buffalo 9, Philadelphia 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Maxim Afinogenov scored a goal and added a career-high four assists, as the Buffalo Sabres crushed the Philadelphia Flyers, 9-1, at HSBC Arena. Thomas Vanek added two goals and two assists while Chris Drury scored his seventh goal of the season for Buffalo, which netted six goals in the second period en route to a dominating victory. Ryan Miller made 37 saves for the Sabres, who have won their first six games of the season and are looking to surpass the team record for consecutive wins to start a campaign, which was eight, set in 1975-76. Derek Roy also tallied twice for the Sabres, who defeated the Flyers in six games in the first round of last season's playoffs. Robert Esche made his second start of the season between the pipes for Philadelphia and was torched for nine goals on 37 shots. Jeff Carter scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who have lost three straight and have just one win on the season.

Final Score: Montreal 5, Calgary 4

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sheldon Souray and Radek Bonk both scored two goals to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre. Alex Kovalev scored the game-winning goal late in the second period for Montreal, which has earned at least a point in each of its first five games this season (3-0-2). Cristobal Huet allowed four goals on 24 shots in the victory. Matt Lombardi scored twice for Calgary, which is now 2-3-1 this season and will conclude a four-game road trip in Boston on Thursday. Chuck Kobasew and young star Dion Phaneuf tallied a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 31 saves.

Final Score: Phoenix 5, St. Louis 2

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Shane Doan and Mike Comrie each had a goal and an assist as Phoenix ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over St. Louis. Dave Scatchard and Owen Nolan also scored, while Ladislav Nagy added two assists for the Coyotes, who won for the first time since a season-opening 6-3 victory over the Islanders. Curtis Joseph finished with 25 saves for Phoenix. Radek Dvorak and Martin Rucinsky scored for the Blues, who squandered eight power-play opportunities.

Final Score: Edmonton 2, Vancouver 1

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jussi Markkanen took a shutout deep into the third period, saving 21 shots and outplaying fellow netminder Dany Sabourin in Edmonton's 2-1 victory over Vancouver at Rexall Place to split a home-and-home series. Ethan Moreau and Patrick Thoresen tallied goals within the first 3:01 of the contest against the young Sabourin, making his first start as a Canuck after being acquired off waivers from Pittsburgh on October 4.

Final Score: San Jose 2, Dallas 0

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov recorded his second shutout of the young season with 32 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars at the Shark Tank. Milan Michalek and Mark Bell scored for San Jose, which improved to 5-1 this season and will host Detroit on Thursday. Nabokov, who made 13 saves in the first period and 14 more in the second, notched his 29th career shutout. Marty Turco allowed two goals on 23 shots for the Stars, who suffered their first loss of 2006-07 after five consecutive victories.
 

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Results: Games Played Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Final Score: Nashville 3, NY Rangers 0

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves and Scott Nichol had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the New York Rangers, 3-0, at Madison Square Garden. Vokoun recorded his first shutout of the season and 17th of his career, as the Predators won their third straight and second consecutive game against New York teams. On Monday, Nashville beat the Islanders 2-1 in a shootout. The club will go for the Metro-area sweep on Thursday when it completes its three-game road trip in New Jersey. Vokoun has been red hot during the Predators current winning streak, stopping 93 of the 95 shots he has faced. The two goals allowed over the streak is a far cry from the 17 yielded by the club over the first three games of the season. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers, who have lost four of their last five games. Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander each had six-game point-scoring streaks come to an end for New York, which was shut out for the first time by the Predators.

Final Score: Washington 5, Florida 2

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist and Washington scored five goals in the first period, as the Capitals downed the Florida Panthers, 5-2, at the Verizon Center. Jamie Heward, Matt Bradley, Chris Clark and Kris Beech also scored for the Capitals, who end a two-game losing skid. Olie Kolzig made 34 saves. Jozef Stumpel and Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers, who lost their second straight.

Final Score: Colorado 4, Toronto 1

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - John-Michael Liles scored two goals to guide the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Peter Budaj made 27 saves for the Avalanche, who won for the first time in their last three games and improved to 2-2-2 on the season. Bates Battaglia tallied the lone goal for the Leafs, who have lost two of their last three games.

Final Score: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur became just the third goaltender in history to win 450 games, but nothing could overshadow the debut of Evgeni Malkin as the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, at Mellon Arena. The rookie phenom started the game and tallied his first NHL goal. Malkin skated 20 shifts, totaling 18:15 of ice time, while taking two shots. Malkin, who was the second overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, made his long-awaited unveiling after dislocating his left shoulder in a collision with teammate John LeClair in a pre-season game on September 20 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Brodeur joined Florida's Ed Belfour (457) and Patrick Roy (551) as the only netminders to reach the 450-win plateau. Brodeur stopped 37-of-38 shots in the contest. Jay Pandolfo and Jamie Langenbrunner each scored for the Devils, who have won three of their last four games.

Final Score: Chicago 2, Montreal 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bryan Smolinski scored the winning goal two minutes into the third period, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, to renew an Original Six rivalry at the United Center. Martin Havlat scored the other goal for the Blackhawks, who won their second straight. Tony Salmelainen and Jeff Hamilton assisted on Smolinski's goal. Christopher Higgins scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have dropped two of three, but lost their first game in regulation this season. Michael Ryder and Mark Streit assisted on the goal.

Final Score: Anaheim 4, Detroit 1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry scored a goal and had two assists to power the Anaheim Ducks past the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, at the Honda Center. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves while Chris Kunitz added a goal and assist for the Ducks, who bounced back into the win column after losing their last two games in the shootout. Anaheim is now 4-0-2 on the campaign and have yet to lose in regulation. Dominik Hasek allowed four goals on 31 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost two of their last three games. Tomas Kopecky netted the lone goal for Detroit, which dropped to 3-2-1 on the young season. Kopecky's tally was his first goal in the NHL.

Final Score: Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik scored the game-winning goal just 25 seconds into overtime as Minnesota remained perfect on the season with a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles. With overtime just underway, the Kings had the puck in Minnesota's zone, but Gaborik stole the puck away from Sean Avery and sent a pass out to Pavol Demitra, setting up a 2-on-1 break. Demitra skated the puck into LA's zone before sending the puck off Gaborik's skate and past Dan Cloutier to give the Wild a franchise-best six game winning streak. Manny Fernandez made 34 saves for Minnesota, while Brian Rolston scored the 1,000th goal in franchise history in the first period. Patrick O' Sullivan scored his first NHL goal for the Kings, who have dropped four straight games. Cloutier finished with 25 saves.
 

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Results: Games Played Thursday, October 19, 2006

Final Score: Boston 3, Calgary 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Glen Murray scored twice and Marc Savard added a pair of assists as Boston won its home opener, 3-2, over the Calgary Flames. Brad Boyes gave Boston the lead for good just 18 seconds into the game and Hannu Toivonen stopped 26 shots, as the Bruins snapped a three-game skid with just their second win in six contests this season. Daymond Langkow and Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames, who have lost three straight. Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves in a losing effort. Flames center Stephane Yelle suffered an injury to his right ankle late in the second period. He went to one knee as he was being checked into the boards behind the Bruins net by Boston's Jason York. Yelle's lower right leg bent as he banged into the boards and he remained on the ice for several minutes before being helped onto a stretcher and taken to the locker room.

Final Score: Atlanta 4, Washington 3 (SO)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Vyacheslav Kozlov's shootout goal lifted Atlanta past Washington, 4-3, at Philips Arena. Marian Hossa also scored in the shootout while Kari Lehtonen stopped each skater he faced and ended things by stoning the dynamic Alexander Ovechkin. Hossa finished with two goals for the Thrashers, who have won four of their past five games. Kozlov also lit the lamp in regulation for Atlanta and Lehtonen stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced. Dainius Zubrus, Alexander Semin and Ovechkin all found the back of the net for the Capitals, who have lost three of their past four games. Brent Johnson sent back 40 shots and was brilliant until imploding in the final seconds of the game and the shootout.

Final Score: Colorado 2, Ottawa 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jose Theodore turned away 26 of the 27 shots he faced to guide the Colorado Avalanche past the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, at Scotiabank Place. Brad Richardson netted a shorthanded goal late in the second period for the eventual game-winner and captain Joe Sakic also scored for Colorado, which has won two in a row. Ken Klee came up with the assist on the deciding marker in the win. Dany Heatley had his team's lone goal with both Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson picking up the assists for the Senators, who have dropped four of their last five. Martin Gerber had 34 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Sergei Gonchar scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum. With the score deadlocked at three, New York's Alexei Yashin got called for a hooking penalty 1:34 into overtime. Gonchar then fired a slap shot just inside the right post on the power play 3:33 into the overtime period for the game-winner. Michel Ouellet, Nils Ekman and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Malkin, the second overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, tallied his second NHL goal and added an assist. The Russian center played his second game since being sidelined after dislocating his left shoulder in a collision with teammate John LeClair in a pre-season game on September 20. Sidney Crosby added three assists. Yashin, Mike Sillinger and Jason Blake scored for the Islanders, who lost their second straight in overtime. Yashin added a pair of assists in defeat. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots for Pittsburgh, while Mike Dunham blocked 32 for the Islanders.

Final Score: Nashville 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Erat's shootout goal lifted the Nashville Predators over the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, at Continental Airlines Arena. After Nashville's Marek Zidlicky and Paul Kariya were denied by Scott Clemmensen, Erat gave the Predators the advantage with a wrist shot over Clemmensen's right shoulder. New Jersey's Patrik Elias had a chance to keep the shootout alive, but his shot bounced off the pads of Chris Mason to give Nashville its fourth straight victory. Jason Arnott, Erat and Scott Nichol rounded out the scoring for the Predators, who scored twice on the power play. Mason stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced, including 13 in the second period. Brian Gionta scored twice and Scott Gomez added a goal for the Devils, who have lost two of three. Clemmensen made 15 saves.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Former Flyers Vinny Prospal and Ruslan Fedotenko each scored a goal against their old team and Marc Denis made 34 saves as Tampa Bay extended its winning streak against Philadelphia to nine games with a 4-1 victory. Ryan Craig and Nikita Alexeev added goals, while Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each had two assists for the Lightning, who have outscored Philadelphia 43-16 over the nine-game streak. Sami Kapanen scored the lone goal for the slumping Flyers, who have dropped four straight contests overall. However, Philadelphia received even worse news in the first period when team captain Peter Forsberg left the game with a sprained left wrist. The injury occurred midway through the period when Forsberg was hit from behind near the boards by Tampa defenseman Paul Ranger. Forsberg raised his hands to brace the hit, jamming his left into the boards. Things couldn't appear more grim for the Flyers, who on Wednesday waived forwards Petr Nedved and Niko Dimitrakos and defenseman Nolan Baumgartner after an embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 0

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Mathieu Garon stopped all 40 shots he faced as Los Angeles scored four power-play goals, including three straight to start the game en route to a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Alexander Frolov, Anze Kopitar and Michael Cammalleri each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who halted a four-game losing streak and won for the first time in Phoenix since March 10, 2004. Goaltender Michael Morrison lasted just one period for the Coyotes, yielding three goals on 13 shots. Curtis Joseph took over in the second period and finished with 17 saves.

Final Score: San Jose 5, Detroit 1

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored twice as San Jose Sharks scored five power play goals to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1, to attain their best seven-game start in franchise history. Milan Michalek, Mark Bell and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored for San Jose, which has won six of its first seven contests to begin the 2006-07 campaign. Michalek, Christian Ehrhoff, Joe Thornton and Matthew Carle each had a pair of assists. Jiri Hudler scored for the Red Wings, who lost their second straight. Mathieu Schneider and Johan Franzen assisted the goal. Chris Osgood three goals on seven shots before being lifted for Joey MacDonald, who had 13 saves. Vesa Toskala blocked 21-of-22 shots for San Jose.
 

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Final Score: Toronto 4, Columbus 2

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe and Kyle Wellwood finished with a goal and an assist each to guide the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, at Nationwide Arena. Michael Peca and John Pohl also lit the lamp for Toronto, which has won two of its last three contests. Andrew Raycroft turned away 23 shots between the pipes. Manny Malhotra and Alexander Svitov both had goals for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped two in a row. Pascal Leclaire made 23 saves in net, but saw his team go 0-for-7 on the power play en route to the loss.

Final Score: Florida 3, Philadelphia 2

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen's late second period power-play goal and Mike Van Ryn's two assists helped the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at BankAtlantic Center. Jozef Stumpel and Juraj Kolnik also tallied for Florida. Philly's Simon Gagne scored two goals, his team-leading fourth and fifth of the season, in a losing effort. Florida's Ed Belfour picked up his first win of the year and career win number 458 with a 25-save performance. Antero Niittymaki took the loss, giving up three goals on 26 shots. The Flyers are 1-6-1 this season, tying a franchise worst start. They have lost five in a row, and will be without captain Peter Forsberg for at least a week with a sprained wrist. Florida improves to 4-3-1, breaking a two-game losing skid.

Final Score: Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sami Salo scored right before the buzzer in overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. With less than seven seconds to play Brendan Morrison won a right circle faceoff in the St. Louis zone and got the puck to Markus Naslund, who slid the disc to Salo in the high slot. Salo wound up and cranked a shot over the right shoulder of Curtis Sanford and into the net moments before the buzzer sounded for the win. Taylor Pyatt and Naslund each scored a goal and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves for the Canucks, who have won two of their last three games. Petr Cjanek and Lee Stempniak each scored a goal and Keith Tkachuk had two assists for the Blues, who have lost two straight. Sanford made 36 saves in the loss.

Final Score: Buffalo 5, Carolina 4

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and two assists to help the Buffalo Sabres edge the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-4, at HSBC Arena. Thomas Vanek finished with a goal and an assist while Jaroslav Spacek had the deciding marker for the Sabres, who have won seven straight to begin the season. Buffalo set a new team-high for consecutive wins in the process, having won the last five games of the regular season last year to put the number of consecutive victories at 12. Ryan Miller had his shakiest start of the season, making only 16 saves in the win. Eric Staal paced the 'Canes with a goal and an assist and Cam Ward turned away 24 shots for Carolina, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Dallas 5, Chicago 4

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Philippe Boucher scored with 39.4 seconds left in the third period to lead the Dallas Stars to a come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, at American Airlines Center. Lehtinen finished with a goal and an assist and Marty Turco made 18 saves for the Stars, who are 6-0-1 on the season and have tied a franchise mark for best start to begin a season. Rene Bourque and Lasse Kukkonen each had a goal and an assist and Brian Boucher made 33 saves for the Blackhawks, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.

Final Score: Anaheim 2, Minnesota 1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, at the Honda Center. Scott Niedermayer and Sean O'Donnell each tallied a goal for the Ducks, who have won two straight after dropping two in a row. Giguere was stellar, as he made 11 saves in the third period as Minnesota was handed its first loss of the season. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the lone goal for the Wild, who finished 0-for-5 on the power play. Manny Fernandez stopped 27 shots in the loss.
 

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Results: Games Played Saturday, October 21, 2006

Final Score: Atlanta 4, Florida 2

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa scored two goals to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in the front end of a home-and-home series at Philips Arena. Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games. Chris Gratton and Joe Nieuwendyk each had a goal and Alexander Auld stopped 20 shots for the Panthers, who have dropped three of their last four games. Florida will host Atlanta on Monday.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Washington 4

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Nikita Alexeev scored a pair of goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Washington Capitals, 6-4, at the Verizon Center. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Andreas Karlsson and Brad Richards also scored for the Lightning, who have won three of four and notched a season high in goals scored despite playing without injured center and leading goal-scorer Ryan Craig. Marc Denis stopped 29-of-33 shots. Alexander Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for the Capitals, who lost their second straight. Mike Green and Brian Sutherby also scored and Alexander Semin added a pair of assists. Olaf Kolzig also blocked 29 shots.

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Carolina 3 (OT)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Tom Poti's power play goal, 23 seconds into overtime, lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum. Trailing 3-2 with 3:10 left in regulation, the Islanders tied the game on a power play when Mike Sillinger's wrist shot from the left circle found the net on John Grahame's glove side. Poti then netted the game-winner with assists from Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan. It was a shot from inside the blue line with the puck finding its way through a maze of players and into the net. Jason Blake and Mike York rounded out the scoring for the Islanders, who have won three of their last five contests. Rick DiPietro, who had been sidelined by a groin injury the previous four games, made 37 saves, including 14 in the third period. It was his first win of the season. Justin Williams tallied twice and Rod Brind'Amour also scored and notched two assists for the Hurricanes, who have lost two straight. Grahame stopped 21 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Ottawa 8, New Jersey 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond each scored two goals as Ottawa used a five-goal second period to rout New Jersey, 8-1. Jason Spezza finished with a goal and two assists and Ray Emery made 34 saves for the Senators, who had lost four of their last five games coming into the game. Martin Brodeur suffered one of the worst outings of his career with the Devils, yielding six goals on 26 shots before he was yanked late in the second period. Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for New Jersey, which has dropped three of its last four games. Scott Clemmensen took over for Brodeur and gave up two goals on 12 shots.

Final Score: Montreal 8, Colorado 5

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sheldon Souray had a four-point night and Montreal netted the game's last three goals to win a high-scoring affair with Colorado, 8-5. Souray had two goals and a pair of assists, Sergei Samsonov and Mike Johnson each had a goal and an assist and Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov each had three helpers for the Canadiens, who have lost two in a row. Andrew Brunette had his first two goals of the season while Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who wrapped up a three-game road trip at 2-1. The game featured a pair of goaltenders who were traded for each other last season. Colorado's Jose Theodore, who became expendable in Montreal last season thanks to the solid play of Cristobal Huet, was tagged for all eight goals on 36 shots faced while the Canadiens' David Aebischer allowed five goals on 38 shots faced.

Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Toronto 4 (SO)

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan's shootout goal lifted the New York Rangers past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4, at Air Canada Centre. After Henrik Lundqvist stoned his third straight skater in the shootout, Shanahan calmly skated in and used his quick release to beat Andrew Raycroft glove side. Shanahan also lit the lamp in regulation for the Rangers, who won for just the second time in their past six games. Nigel Dawes, Michael Nylander and Jason Ward also found the back of the net for New York, while Jaromir Jagr had two assists. Lundqvist stopped 34-of-38 shots. Darcy Tucker had two goals for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two of three. Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jeff O'Neill added goals for Toronto while Raycroft sent back 24 shots.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 3

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jordan Staal had a pair of short-handed goals, one on a penalty shot, to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Mellon Arena. Sergei Gonchar and Michel Ouellet each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won their last two games. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots in the contest. Rookie phenom Evgeni Malkin had a goal and has scored in all three games he has played for Pittsburgh thus far. Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist and Fredrik Norrena stopped 29 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped their last three games.

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Nashville 3 (OT)

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Lukas Krajicek's goal 2:32 into overtime lifted the Vancouver Canucks past the Nashville Predators, 4-3, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. Trailing 3-2 heading into the third, Vancouver's offense seemed to stall until Brendan Morrison managed to tie things up with 1:40 remaining. Morrison was caught in a flurry of activity in front of the net before he spun around and drilled a shot that got the best of Tomas Vokoun. Krajicek then tallied the game winner on a high wrist shot that seemed to handcuff Vokoun. Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt rounded out the scoring for the Canucks, who have won two in a row on a five-game road trip as they head to Dallas Monday night. Roberto Luongo made 37 saves on 40 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season. Vokoun made 42 saves for the Predators, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Nashville's Alexander Radulov made his NHL debut after being recalled from Milwaukee on Friday. In three AHL games, the Russian-born right wing had three goals and four assists en route to player of the week honors. He logged 7:32 of ice time, skating 10 shifts and recording two shots on goal.

Final Score: St. Louis 4, Chicago 3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Petr Cajanek scored the game-winning goal in the third period as St. Louis edged Chicago, 4-3, at the United Center. Lee Stempniak had two goals and an assist for the Blues, who ended a brief two-game losing skid and picked up their first road victory of the season. Doug Weight added two assists, while goaltender Curtis Sanford finished with 24 saves. Radim Vrbata posted a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who received bad news earlier in the day when it was announced that forward Martin Havlat will miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained right ankle. Havlat, who entered Saturday night leading the NHL with 13 points, suffered the injury late in the third period of Chicago's 5-4 loss to Dallas Friday. An MRI on Saturday revealed the sprain.

Final Score: Dallas 4, Phoenix 0

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Mike Smith made his NHL debut worthwhile, stopping all 22 shots he faced as Dallas smoked Phoenix, 4-0, at Glendale Arena. Mike Ribeiro, Mike Modano, Philippe Boucher and Darryl Sydor each scored for the Stars, who matched the 1996-97 Stars for the best start after eight games in franchise history (7-1-0). The Coyotes, on other hand, are off to their worst start since the 1994-95 season, having lost six of their last seven games. Curtis Joseph yielded all four Dallas goals on 32 shots.

Final Score: Edmonton 3, Detroit 1

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Rexall Place. Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist and Petr Sykora and Steve Staios each added goals for the Oilers, who have won two straight and four of their last five games. Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal and Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight and four of their last five.

Final Score: Minnesota 4, San Jose 1

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez stopped 31 shots to lead another strong defensive effort for Minnesota in a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Stephane Veilleux and Wes Walz each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who have allowed two goals or less in all but one of their eight games this season. Minnesota improved to 7-1 this season and snapped San Jose's three-game winning streak. Mark Parrish and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild, who dominated by outshooting the Sharks, 32-18. Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 14 shots. It was the second loss in eight games for San Jose this year.
 

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Results: Games Played Saturday, October 21, 2006

Final Score: Buffalo 6, Boston 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Chris Drury scored twice and Brian Campbell had three assists as Buffalo remained the NHL's only unbeaten team this season following a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Thomas Vanek scored once and had two assists for the Sabres, who at 8-0 tied their best start to a season, equaling the 1975-76 club. They've also won 13 straight regular season contests going back to April. The Sabres can set the team record with a 9-0 start with a win at Montreal Monday. The 1975-76 team lost its ninth game, at Toronto. The NHL record for longest winning streak from the start of a season is 10 games, by Toronto in 1993-94. Maxim Afinogenov tallied a goal and an assist, while Martin Biron made 24 saves for the Sabres. Ales Kotalik and Jason Pominville each added goals for Buffalo. Wade Brookbank and Phil Kessel scored for the Bruins, who have lost four of their last five. Hannu Toivonen stopped 13-of-17 shots before being replaced in the second period. Tim Thomas made 11 saves in relief.
 

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Results: Games Played Sunday, October 22, 2006

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Getzlaf scored the deciding shootout goal as the Anaheim Ducks rallied to top the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, at the Staples Center. Ryan Shannon had a goal and an assist and Dustin Penner added a marker for Anaheim, which erased a 2-0 deficit to win its third game in a row. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves and came up big in the shootout session to help clinch the win. Lubomir Visnovsky and Michael Cammalleri both lit the lamp for the Kings, who have dropped five of their last six.
 

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Results: Games Played Monday, October 23, 2006

Final Score: Buffalo 4, Montreal 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Chris Drury scored his 10th goal of the season and Ryan Miller made 26 saves as the Buffalo Sabres notched their best start in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Sabres are now 9-0 to start the season, besting the team record of 8-0 to start the 1975-76 season. Jiri Novotny and Jason Pominville also scored for Buffalo, which is now just one game shy of tying the NHL record for longest winning streak to start the season set by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1993-94 campaign. Mike Johnson scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, while Cristobal Huet yielded three goals on 25 shots.

Final Score: San Jose 3, Columbus 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Vesa Toskala stopped 23 shots en rout to recording his first shutout of the season as San Jose defeated Columbus 3-0 at Nationwide Arena. Toskala, who entered with a 4-0 record and 2.48 goals- against-average on the season, has now won a franchise-record 12 straight regular-season decisions, dating back to last year. He is currently splitting time with Evgeni Nabokov between the pipes for San Jose, as both netminders have been solid this season. Steve Bernier, Jonathan Cheechoo and Marcel Goc all tallied goals for the Sharks, who were 2-for-8 on the power play. Columbus has now lost four straight games. The Blue Jackets were playing their third game in four nights after previously falling to Minnesota, Toronto and Pittsburgh.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, Florida 3

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk netted a hat trick as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied from a two-goal deficit to drop the Florida Panthers, 6-3, in the back end of a home-and-home at BankAtlantic Center. Vyacheslav Kozlov donated four assists and Marian Hossa continued his hot start with a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which has won four in a row and seven of eight. Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves in the win. Joel Kwiatkowski and Bryan Allen both lit the lamp for the Panthers, who have dropped four of their last five. Alexander Auld allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled in favor of Ed Belfour, who made seven saves in eight tries.

Final Score: Colorado 6, Los Angeles 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk scored a pair of goals and assisted on another during a five-goal second period, leading Colorado over Los Angeles 6-1 at the Pepsi Center. Paul Stastny added a goal and two assists and Marek Stavos had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won three of four. Peter Budaj made 27 saves and Joe Sakic had a pair of assists for the Avs, who scored the final six goals of the game to win going away. Derek Armstrong scored the lone goal of the game for the Kings, who fell to 1-3-2 over their last six games.

Final Score: Dallas 2, Vancouver 1

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Mike Modano netted the game-winning goal as the Stars held on to beat Vancouver, 2-1, at American Airlines Center. Dallas is off to its best start in franchise history, going 8-1 in their first nine games. That bests the previous record from the 1971-72 season, when the team, then known as the Minnesota North Stars, opened with a 7-1-1 mark. Daniel Sedin got the lone marker for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo turned away 24 shots in the loss. The Canucks had a two-game win streak halted.

Final Score: Edmonton 5, Phoenix 2

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora had a four point night for the Oilers, posting a goal and three assists to lead Edmonton over Phoenix, 5-2. Alex Hemsky had a goal and two assists while Patrick Thoresen added three helpers for the Oilers, who have won three in a row and five of their last six games. Jeremy Roenick and Mike Comrie each scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped three straight.
 

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Final Score: Florida 4, NY Rangers 2

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jozef Stumpel scored a pair of goals as the Florida Panthers stopped a four-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden, topping the New York Rangers, 4-2. Gregory Campbell and Juraj Kolnik also scored for the Panthers, who have split their last four games. Jay Bouwmeester added a pair of assists, and Ed Belfour blocked 35 shots. Petr Prucha and Martin Straka scored for the Rangers, who have also split their last four games but have dropped five of seven. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots.

Final Score: Carolina 5, Atlanta 4 (OT)

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Anton Babchuk scored in overtime to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at the RBC Center. A turnover deep in the Atlanta zone was picked up by Justin Williams along the left boards and he fed it to Babchuk at the right point. Babchuk skated down low, went to the backhand to get Kari Lehtonen out of position and slid the puck past the goaltender's right pad 1:11 into the extra frame. Eric Staal and Andrew Hutchinson each had a goal and an assist and Cam Ward stopped 32 shots for the Hurricanes, who stopped a two-game slide. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist while Lehtonen turned aside 33 shots for the Thrashers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Detroit 2, San Jose 1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Robert Lang's third goal of the season midway through the third period, and Dominik Hasek's 22 saves sent the Detroit Red Wings to a harrowing 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. Schneider scored the Red Wings' other goal and added an assist for Detroit (4-4-1), who avoided their first four-game losing streak since last season. Pavel Datsyuk and Lebda also notched points on the night. Nabokov stood tall in the net, stopping 37 shots for the Sharks (7-3-0) in a losing effort. Steve Bernier scored his fourth of the year. Milan Michalek and Kyle McLaren were the only other Sharks to register a point.

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Los Angeles 1

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston tallied a pair of goals to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center. Manny Fernandez stopped 35 shots while Todd White scored a goal and added a pair of assists for the Wild, who have won two straight and eight of their nine games. Brian Willsie scored his first goal of the season and Dan Cloutier made 26 saves for the Kings, who have lost three straight contests.

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Chicago 0

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo picked up his first shutout since joining Vancouver in the offseason, turning aside all 32 shots he faced as the Canucks blanked the reeling Chicago Blackhawks, 5-0. Vancouver acquired the former Vezina finalist from Florida in the offseason trade that saw Todd Bertuzzi shipped to the Panthers. Henrik Sedin scored two goals while his brother Daniel finished with three assists for the Canucks, who have won four of their last six contests. Chicago, on the other hand, has lost three in a row and has been hit with the injury bug as of late. The Blackhawks will have to make due without forward Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin for the next couple weeks. Center Michal Handzus, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia right before the season, is out for the year with a knee-injury. Brian Boucher, who will see his playing time increase with the absence of Khabibulin, finished with 26 saves.

Final Score: Washington 5, Colorado 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Olaf Kolzig stopped 45 shots to help the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Alexander Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus each scored goals for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game slide. Andrew Brunette had two goals and an assist and Peter Budaj stopped 25-of-29 shots for the Avalanche, who had won three of their last four games coming into the game. Joe Sakic finished with a goal and an assist in the game. His assist on Colorado's first goal gave him 1,500 points in his career, making him the 11th player in NHL history to reach that plateau. Also, he is the sixth player to reach 1,500 points for one franchise.

Final Score: Anaheim 6, Edmonton 2

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Getzlaf's two goals and Chris Pronger's three assists helped the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Edmonton Oilers, 6-2, at the Honda Center. It was Pronger's first game against his old Edmonton squad, which he led to the Stanley Cup finals back in June, but his teammates managed to steal the limelight. Travis Moen scored his first two goals of the season, tough guy Todd Fedoruk registered two points, while Jean- Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots, including several point-blank chances for Anaheim, which has won its last four games. Dwayne Roloson struggled in net picking up the loss by stopping just 14 of 20 shots and Jarret Stoll scored twice for the Oilers, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
 

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Final Score: Montreal 3, Boston 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Andrei Markov scored the game-winner with 1.2 seconds left in regulation as the Montreal Canadiens topped the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in a series of old foes at TD Banknorth Garden. Chris Higgins posted a goal and two assists for the Canadiens, who have won two of their last three. Michael Ryder also scored and Sheldon Souray added a pair of assists. Huet blocked 34 shots. Phil Kessel and Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins, who lost their second straight. Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray both added a pair of assists. Tim Thomas made 27 saves.

Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2 (SO)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg scored twice, including the game-winner in a shootout to give new head coach John Stevens his first win as the Philadelphia Flyers emerged victorious over the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, at the Wachovia Center. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers to open the shootout, but Vyacheslav Kozlov tied it, before Forsberg, who returned after a one-game absence with a sore wrist, used a snap shot to beat the glove of Kari Lehtonen. Antero Niittymaki then stopped shots by Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk to secure the win. It was Philadelphia's first victory since October 10 when they defeated the New York Rangers and just its second of the campaign. Randy Robitaille also scored for the Flyers, who were playing their first game under Stevens. He took over for Ken Hitchcock whose firing was announced in a press conference last Sunday, along with the resignation of general manager Bob Clarke.

Final Score: Ottawa 7, Toronto 2

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley's fourth career hat trick keyed a five-goal second period and helped lead the Ottawa Senators to a dominating 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place. Jason Spezza, Heatley and defenseman Joe Corvo accumulated a whopping 13 total points for the game, setting several team records in the process. Antoine Vermette added a goal and an assist while goaltender Ray Emery stopped 29 shots for Ottawa, which swept the home-and-home series and won its third straight game. Jeff O'Neill and Bates Battaglia scored for Toronto, which has lost three of its last four contests. Andrew Raycroft allowed seven goals on 40 shots in the losing effort.

Final Score: New Jersey 2, Florida 0

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur stopped all 29 shots he faced as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Florida Panthers, 2-0, at Continental Airlines Arena. Brodeur recorded his 82nd career shutout, tying Jacques Plante for fourth on the league's all-time list. Plante accomplished the feat in 837 games while Brodeur has appeared in 822 contests. Glenn Hall is next on the list with 84 shutouts. Patrik Elias and Zach Parise each netted power play goals for the Devils, who avoided their first four-game winless streak since December 6-11, 2005 (0-2-2). Alexander Auld stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Panthers, who haven't won in New Jersey since October 22, 2003.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Marty St. Louis recorded a natural hat trick in the second period to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a dominating 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the opener of a home-and-home set at St. Pete Times Forum. Vincent Lecavalier and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Lightning, who won their third consecutive game. Marc Denis made 23 saves in the victory. Eric Staal notched the only goal for the Hurricanes, who will host Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Carolina is now 1-2-1 in its last four games following a three-game winning streak. Goaltender Cam Ward allowed four goals on 21 shots and was pulled after two periods of action. John Grahame, who won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, replaced Ward and stopped 5-of-6 shots in the final period.

Final Score: Buffalo 3, NY Islanders 0

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Maxim Afinogenov posted a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres topped the New York Islanders, 3-0, to tie the NHL record for longest winning streak to start a season -- 10 games, set by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993-94. The Sabres can break the record against Atlanta in Buffalo on Saturday. Buffalo attained its first 10-game winning streak since January 4-23, 1984. The Sabres also have a team-record 15 straight regular-season victories, last losing April 7 versus Philadelphia. Ales Kotalik and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller blocked all 29 shots he faced for his third career shutout. Rick DiPietro blocked 24-of-27 shots for the Islanders, who have lost three of four.

Final Score: Nashville 4, San Jose 3

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Scott Hartnell's second goal of the night, a fluke shot with 2:29 remaining, was the winning tally as the Nashville Predators edged the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. Hartnell broke in down the right-wing side and put a low wrister on Sharks netminder Vesa Toskala. Toskala stopped the offering but was unable to corral the rebound, which slipped behind the cage. Hartnell followed the puck, threw it in front blindly and it banked off the goaltender into the net for his fifth of the year. Marek Zidlicky assisted on three of the four Predator goals, and Alexander Radulov netted his first NHL goal in the first period. Tomas Vokoun notched his fourth win of the season, stopping 24 shots for Nashville, winner in five of its last six games. Joe Thornton chipped in with helpers on all three San Jose goals. Mark Bell, Marek Michalek and Patrick Marleau tallied for the Sharks, who have lost three of their last four.

Final Score: Phoenix 6, Edmonton 2

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Don MacLean and Owen Nolan both tallied a goal and an assist while David LeNeveu made 32 saves, as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Edmonton Oilers, 6-2, at Glendale Arena. Zbynek Michalek, Georges Laraque, Ladislav Nagy and Oleg Saprykin also scored for the Coyotes, who halted their four-game skid. Mike Comrie notched three assists in the winning effort. MacLean and LeNeveu were recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League earlier Thursday. Fernando Pisani and Petr Sykora scored for Edmonton, which has dropped two straight after a three-game winning streak. Jussi Markkanen allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was pulled in favor of Dwayne Roloson, who finished with 15 saves.
 

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Final Score: Columbus 2, Los Angeles 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Pascal Leclaire blocked all 38 shots for his first career shutout to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0, as a pair of struggling teams got together at Nationwide Arena. Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Modin scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Rick Nash, Anders Eriksson and David Vyborny recorded assists. Dan Cloutier blocked 12-of-14 shots for the Kings, who have lost four in a row and eight of their last nine contests.

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivo scored the lone goal of the shootout and Manny Fernandez made 32 saves to lead the Minnesota Wild over the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center. Fernandez made two saves in the shootout with the Ducks' Teemu Selanne missing on the final opportunity, as the Wild won their third straight game and improved to 7-0-0 at home this season. Nick Schultz and Brian Rolston each scored in regulation for Minnesota, which moved atop a the Western Conference standings with 18 points. It also avenged the Wild's lone setback of the season, as Minnesota fell to Anaheim back on November 20. The Ducks, who got goals from Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz, fell to second in the conference standings with 17 points. Jean-Sebastien Giguere ended with 31 saves for Anaheim, which had a four-game win streak halted but has still recorded at least a point in all 10 games this season.

Final Score: Detroit 4, Dallas 3

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Nicklas Lidstrom scored his first two goals of the season as the Detroit Red Wings cooled off the red-hot Dallas Stars with a 4-3 victory. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and an assist and Dominik Hasek finished with 17 saves for the Red Wings, who have rebounded to win back- to-back games after losing three straight. Mike Modano scored two goals and Sergei Zubov added two assists for the Stars, who had won three in a row and lost for just the second time this season. Marty Turco stopped 29-of-33 shots faced.

Final Score: Vancouver 3, Washington 2 (SO)

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison scored in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks bested the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at General Motors Place. After Alexander Ovechkin's shot to tie the shootout at one went off the post, Morrison's tally barely squeezed through Olaf Kolzig's pads to secure the win for the Canucks. Naslund scored the first goal as he backhanded the disc past Kolzig during the shootout. Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt each scored for the Canucks, who have won two in a row and four of their last five games. Roberto Luongo stopped 19-of-21 shots. Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus each scored a goal while Kolzig made 42 saves for the Capitals, who have lost three of their last four contests.
 

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Results: Games Played Saturday, October 28, 2006

Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Philadelphia 2

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby recorded his first career hat-trick and Evgeni Malkin scored in his fifth straight game as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat up the Philadelphia Flyers, 8-2, at the Wachovia Center. Malkin also had two assists and Maxime Talbot scored twice for the Penguins, who have won four in a row. Mark Recchi and Dominic Moore rounded out the scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves to secure his sixth win of the campaign. Mike Knuble and Stefan Ruzicka each had goals for the Flyers, who were coming off their second win of the season and first under new head coach John Stevens, a 3-2 shootout victory over Atlanta on Thursday. Antero Niittymaki stopped just five of the nine shots he faced, before being pulled in favor of Robert Esche in the second period. Esche didn't do much better, as he gave up four goals on 21 shots.

Final Score: Carolina 6, Tampa Bay 4

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Staal, Kevyn Adams and Erik Cole scored the fastest three goals in franchise history, tallying 43 seconds apart in the first period, as Carolina topped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-4, at the RBC Center. Staal, one night short of his 22nd birthday, scored twice and added an assist. Scott Walker had two goals and Rod Brind'Amour finished with three assists for the Hurricanes, who split the home-and-home set after falling, 5-1, at Tampa Thursday night. Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina, which beat Tampa Bay for the second time in three matchups this season. The defending Stanley Cup champions had lost three of four overall entering Saturday, but scored three times on 13 shots in the opening period to take an early advantage. Vinny Prospal and Vincent Lecavalier each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who had a three-game winning streak broken. Marc Denis allowed four goals on 17 shots before being replaced in the second period by Johan Holmqvist, who ended with 10 saves.

Final Score: Atlanta 5, Buffalo 4 (SO)

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Slava Kozlov scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 5-4 victory over the Sabres, ending Buffalo's 10-game winning streak to start the season. After Daniel Briere missed the net on Buffalo's first chance, Kozlov beat Ryan Miller with a wrist shot over the stick. Maxim Afinogenov went from the backhand to the forehand, but Kari Lehtonen made a right pad save. Marian Hossa had a chance to seal the victory, but Miller made a right pad save on the wrist shot. Thomas Vanek had the last opportunity for the Sabres, but his shot bounced off the top crossbar. Bobby Holik and Scott Mellanby each had a goal and an assist and Lehtonen stopped 32 shots plus all three skaters in the shootout for the Thrashers, who stopped a small two-game slide. Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists and Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres, who had won their first 10 games to start the season. Buffalo, which had a 15-game winning streak dating back to last season, tied the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only clubs to post 10-straight victories to start the season.

Final Score: Boston 2, Ottawa 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Zdeno Chara tallied the game-winning goal with 4:25 left, lifting the Boston Bruins over his former team, the Ottawa Senators, 2-1. Per-Johan Axelsson had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who ended a two-game slide and won for just the second time in seven games. Tim Thomas made 35 saves for Boston, which has won five of the last six meetings against Ottawa dating back to last season. Dany Heatley scored the lone goal for the Senators, who had a three-game win streak halted. Martin Gerber ended with 30 saves.

Final Score: New Jersey 1, Columbus 0

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur blocked all 22 shots faced to move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time shutout list - and post his first against Columbus - as the Devils edged the Blue Jackets, 1-0, at Continental Airlines Arena. The future Hall of Famer got his second straight and 83rd career shutout, passing Jacques Plante for fourth on the all-time list. Brodeur now trails only Glenn Hall (84), George Hainsworth (94) and Terry Sawchuk (103). Zach Parise scored the goal for the Devils, who won their second straight. Travis Zajac and Brian Rafalski assisted the shot. Pascal Leclaire blocked 20 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped five of their last six contests.

Final Score: Dallas 3, Los Angeles 2

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jeff Halpern scored the game-winner with 3:44 remaining in the third period to lift Dallas over Los Angeles, 3-2, at American Airlines Center. After receiving the puck from Jere Lehtinen, Halpern tallied with a wrister from the left side that flew high over the glove of Mathieu Garon. Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes also scored and Matthew Barnaby had two assists for the Stars, who have won four of five. Rookie netminder Mike Smith stopped 32 shots, including 15 in the second frame. Rob Blake and Tom Kostopoulos each had goals for the Kings, who have dropped five straight. Garon made 25 saves for his second loss of the campaign.

Final Score: Detroit 3, St. Louis 2

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Valtteri Filppula scored his first career goal for the Red Wings, who have won their last three games. Chris Osgood stopped 28 shots for Detroit, which has won five straight and 11 of its last 12 games against St. Louis. Bill Guerin and Radek Dvorak each had a goal and Manny Legace, facing his former team for the first time, stopped 22 shots for the Blues, who have dropped three of their last four contests.

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Chicago 0

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov blocked all 14 shots faced for his second career regular-season shutout as the Anaheim Ducks maintained their recent mastery of the Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-0 victory at the United Center. Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald and Rob Niedermayer scored for the Ducks, who have won five of six. Scott Niedermayer, Todd Marchant, Corey Perry, Chris Pronger, Samuel Pahlsson and Sean O'Donnell registered assists. Brian Boucher blocked 19-of-22 shots for the Blackhawks, who lost their fourth straight. Forwards Michal Handzus, Martin Havlat and Tuomo Ruutu, and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin were all sidelined with injuries.

Final Score: Edmonton 4, Washington 0

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson turned aside 19 shots for his first shutout of the season to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-0 victory over the Washington Capitals at Rexall Place. Ryan Smyth and Joffrey Lupul each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who stopped a two-game slide. Brent Johnson made 24 saves for the Capitals, who have dropped two straight and four of their last five games.

Final Score: NY Rangers 7, Phoenix 3

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr tallied a goal and three assists, leading the New York Rangers over the Phoenix Coyotes, 7-3, at Jobing.com Arena. Martin Straka had two goals and an assist, and Aaron Ward added a goal and two assists for the Blueshirts, who were coming off a 4-2 loss against Florida on Wednesday and have won two of their last three. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves to secure his fifth win of the season. Matt Jones, Patrick Fischer and Fredrik Sjostrom scored for Phoenix. David LeNeveu started in net for the Coyotes, allowing all seven goals on 35 shots. The rookie was coming off a 6-2 win in his first start of the season against Edmonton earlier in the week. Prior to that victory, the team had dropped four straight.

Final Score: Nashville 3, Calgary 2

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jason Arnott scored twice in Nashville's 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome. J.P. Dumont also scored and Tomas Vokoun stopped 25 shots for the Predators, who won for the sixth time in seven games since starting the season with three consecutive defeats. Nashville beat Calgary for a sixth straight time going back to the 2003-04 season. Jarome Iginla had both goals for the Flames, who lost for the fourth time in five contests. Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves for Calgary, which couldn't manage to force overtime despite scoring twice in the final period.
 

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Results: Games Played Saturday, October 28, 2006

Final Score: Toronto 5, Montreal 4 (SO)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Kyle Wellwood scored the winning goal in the seventh round of a shootout, and Tomas Kaberle tallied three goals and one assist, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Montreal, 5-4. Wellwood's shifty fake caused Montreal's David Aebischer to commit, and he slid the puck around the stretched out pad of the goaltender. Alexander Perezhogin missed on the final opportunity against Toronto's Jean-Sebasiten Aubin to give the Leafs the victory. The hat trick was the first of Kaberle's career, helping the Maple Leafs end a three-game skid. Montreal's Sheldon Souray scored with 3:44 remaining in regulation, but the Canadiens lost for the second time in three games. Aubin finished with 18 saves and Alexei Ponikarovsky netted the Leafs only other regulation goal.

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Florida 3 (SO)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Hilbert went top shelf with the backhand in the 10th round of the shootout then Rick DiPietro stoned Joel Kwiatkowski as the New York Islanders downed the Florida Panthers, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum. Miroslav Satan scored on New York's first attempt in the shootout, a shot that Ed Belfour saved initially before the puck crept past his outstretched stick and into the goal. Olli Jokinen kept the shootout alive for the Panthers on their third attempt after Belfour blocked a shot by Mike York. Both goalies were solid after a shaky first period. DiPietro denied 25-of-28 shots, winning his first start of the season, while Belfour has split four decisions after saving 32-of-35. Shawn Bates and Alexei Yashin tallied first-period goals then Jason Blake added a tally in the second stanza for the Islanders, who wrap up a seven-game homestand on Tuesday against Chicago. Nathan Horton, Kwiatkowski and Jay Bouwmeester scored goals for Florida, which has dropped four of five and six of its last eight games.
 

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Results: Games Played Sunday, October 29, 2006

Final Score: San Jose 4, Tampa Bay 2

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18 shots in net as the San Jose Sharks doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum. Joe Thornton scored a first period power-play goal, his first tally of the season. Ryane Clowe also added his first, Mike Grier his second, and Patrick Marleau netted his sixth for San Jose, which stopped a two-game losing skid. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis lit the lamp, and defenseman Dan Boyle registered two assists. Marc Denis made 25 stops between the pipes for the Lightning, who have lost back-to-back games this weekend to halt a three-game winning streak.

Final Score: Colorado 4, Minnesota 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk's two goals and John-Michael Liles' three assists led the Colorado Avalanche over the Minnesota Wild, 4-1 at the Pepsi Center. Jose Theodore had a relatively easy night in goal, stopping 20 shots. Ian Laperriere and Tyler Arnason also scored for Colorado, which has won two of its last three. Pavol Demitra scored the only goal of the game for the Northwest Division leaders. Manny Fernandez took the loss despite stopping 32 shots for Minnesota, which had a three-game win streak come to an end.
 

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Results: Games Played Monday, October 30, 2006

Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Chicago 0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg scored a pair of goals and Robert Esche stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-0, at the Wachovia Center. Simon Gagne added an empty-net marker and also had an assist for the Flyers, who improved to 2-1 under new head coach John Stevens. Former Flyer Brian Boucher was solid in net and ended with 32 saves for Chicago, which has dropped five straight and was shut out for the third consecutive game. The last time the Blackhawks went three games without a goal was back in the 1974-75 season.

Final Score: Toronto 4, Atlanta 2

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Darcy Tucker scored twice and Tomas Kaberle added another power-play goal, all within a span of 1:26 in the first period, helping the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Jeff O'Neill also scored and Mats Sundin tallied three assists for Toronto, which beat Atlanta for an eighth straight time. The Maple Leafs have outscored the Thrashers, 26-5 over the last five meetings. That includes a franchise- record seven power play goals in a 9-1 win at Atlanta October 14, 2005. Andrew Raycroft stopped 31 shots for Toronto, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Final Score: Anaheim 6, St. Louis 5 (SO)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored shootout goals, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped both shots he faced in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks earned a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Blues. Anaheim, which has won two straight, has yet to lose a regulation game this year, as all three of its defeats have come in shootouts. The Blues battled back from two different two-goal deficits to send the game to overtime, but both Lee Stempniak and Keith Tkachuk were unable to get shots past Giguere in the shootout. Getzlaf scored first in the shootout on a backhander and Selanne wristed the puck between the pads of Curtis Sanford. St. Louis has lost two games in a row, and four of its last five. Giguere let in five goals on 24 shots, while Sanford made 28 saves.

Final Score: Washington 4, Calgary 2

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Richard Zednik scored two straight goals and the Washington Capitals finished a four-game road trip with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome. Dainius Zubrus also scored a pair of goals for the Capitals, who have split their last four games. Alexander Ovechkin and Shaone Morrisonn added a pair of assists apiece. Olaf Kolzig blocked 37 shots on 39 attempts. Kristian Huselius and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, who have lost five of their last six. Iginla added an assist, and Miikka Kiprusoff blocked 27-of-30 shots.

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, NY Rangers 1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Brent Sopel scored twice in the opening period, as the Kings snapped a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Sean Avery and Alexander Frolov each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which won for just the second time in its last 11 contests. Craig Conroy had two assists and Mathieu Garon stopped 28 shots for the Kings, who fired 21 shots on goal in the opening period. Brendan Shanahan had the lone goal for the Rangers, who have lost six of their last nine games. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for New York, which went 0-for-9 on the power play.
 
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