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The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Jan 7, 2011
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The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Jan 7, 2011

DALLAS - Mats Zuccarello scored in the second round of the shootout and Henrik Lundqvist was perfect in the tiebreaker to lift the New York Rangers over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.

Zuccarello, playing in his seventh NHL game, beat Kari Lehtonen with a nifty hesitation move to help the Rangers improve to 7-2-2 in their last 11. Zuccarello starred again after scoring his first career goal in overtime to beat Carolina on Wednesday.

Lundqvist denied Dallas' Jamie Benn, Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro in the shootout as the Rangers earned the extra point.

Lundqvist made 28 saves for the Rangers, who got a short-handed goal from Ruslan Fedotenko and a power-play goal from Artem Anisimov. Lundqvist earned an assist on Anisimov's goal, the goalie's second in two games and third this season.

Ribeiro scored a power-play goal and Lehtonen stopped 29 shots for the Stars, who have won their last six on the road but are 0-3-2 in their last five at home.

CHICAGO (AP)—Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored on Chicago's first two attempts in the shootout, and the Blackhawks recovered after losing a late lead to beat Ottawa.

Toews and Kane scored against Brian Elliott in the tiebreaker. Chicago rookie Corey Crawford stopped Alex Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson to win it.

Milan Michalek backhanded in a rebound with 1:25 left in regulation, while Elliott was off for a sixth skater, to tie the game at 2 and force overtime.

Kane also scored in regulation and Patrick Sharp added his team-leading 24th goal for Chicago, which was 1-4 in its previous five games.

Alfredsson had a power-play goal in regulation for Ottawa, 0-2-2 in its last four.

ATLANTA (AP)—Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur each scored two goals in Toronto's rout of Atlanta.

Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong and Phil Kessel each added a goal for the Maple Leafs, who scored nine straight—including six goals in the second period—for their second straight win overall and third consecutive on the road.

James Reimer made 41 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had six goals in a span of 7:43 of the second period. Toronto had a 2-1 lead before the offensive barrage started with Armstrong's goal at 12:06.

Tobias Enstrom gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Eric Staal broke a tie 9:34 into the third period, and Carolina beat Florida.

Jeff Skinner, who came into the game leading NHL rookies with 28 points, had two goals and an assist for Carolina. Erik Cole also had two goals, including an empty-netter, and Tuomo Ruutu added two assists.

Justin Peters, making only his seventh start of the season, stopped 32 shots for Carolina, 4-0-2 in its last six games.

Marty Reasoner scored twice for the Panthers, 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. David Booth had the other Florida goal. Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Teemu Selanne scored Anaheim's first two goals during power plays, Bobby Ryan added a pair of third-period goals, and Jonas Hiller posted his ninth NHL shutout in the Ducks' rout of Columbus.

Matt Beleskey had a short-handed goal and an assist for the Ducks, who won for the fourth time in five games after losing two previous meetings with Columbus. Rookie Cam Fowler had three assists, and defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky added two. Hiller made 27 saves en route to his third shutout this season.

VANCOUVER (AP)—Ryan Kesler had three goals, and Daniel Sedin added two goals and an assist to help Vancouver extend its winning streak to eight games with a victory over Edmonton.

Sedin sandwiched his goals around Kesler's first as Vancouver put its first three shots of the second period past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Kesler completed his second career hat trick—the first was in mid-December—with deflection goals in the third period as Vancouver set a franchise record by going unbeaten in regulation for 15 games (13-0-2).

Alex Edler also scored, Henrik Sedin had three assists, and Cory Schneider made 23 saves for the Canucks, who also established a mark for the team's best 20-game stretch at 17-1-2. Vancouver leads the NHL with 59 points.

Ales Hemsky scored with less than a second left in the second period, and Khabibulin made 29 saves for the Oilers, who have lost eight of nine.

CALGARY (AP)—Brian Rafalski scored his first two goals of the season, and Todd Bertuzzi had the only tally in the shootout as Detroit rallied to beat Calgary.

Jimmy Howard made shootout stops against Alex Tanguay and Nicklas Hagman. On Calgary's final chance, Rene Bourque missed the net.

Howard finished with 35 saves, including six in overtime.

Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves also scored for Detroit (26-10-5).

Curtis Glencross had two goals and an assist, and Jarome Iginla and Anton Babchuk also scored for the Flames. Babchuk added two assists for his first multipoint game since being acquired in November from Carolina.

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