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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tuesday, December 27, 2011


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ST LOUIS BLUES 5, DALLAS STARS 3

St. Louis' Adam Cracknell justified his recall from the minors earlier in the day by scoring the go-ahead goal as the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday.

St. Louis, which won its sixth successive home game, scored two rare power-play goals and improved to 7-1-1 in its past nine. The Blues have thrived under coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over Nov. 6 after Davis Payne was fired.

Chris Stewart scored twice for St. Louis, including an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left. Evgeny Grachev, Chris Stewart and Jason Arnott also scored for the Blues, who had lost their previous five against Dallas.

Mike Ribeiro, Eric Nystrom and Michael Ryder scored for the Stars.

RED WINGS 4, PREDATORS 1

In Nashville, Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals to lead Detroit over Nashville.

Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary also scored for the Red Wings, who netted twice in a span of 13 seconds during the second period.

Jonathon Blum scored for sole goal for the Predators, who slipped five points behind Detroit in the Central Division.


AVALANCHE 4, WILD 2

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Jan Hejda scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as Colorado snapped a nine-game road losing skid by beating Minnesota.

The Avalanche won on the road for the first time since October and extended Minnesota's winless streak to seven games.

Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and T.J. Galiardi also scored for Colorado.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Wild.

CANUCKS 5, OILERS 3

In Vancouver, Andrew Ebbett scored twice to lead Vancouver over Edmonton.

Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver, which moved ahead of Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead.

Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth and Corey Potter scored for the Oilers.

Vancouver outshot the Oilers 26-21 overall and dominated a weary-looking Edmonton team in the first period, limiting the Oilers to only two shots in the first 14:30 of the game.

KINGS 4, COYOTES 3

In Los Angeles, Willie Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as Los Angeles broke an offensive slump to edge Phoenix.

Rob Scuderi, Brad Richardson and captain Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings, who scored more than twice for the first time in 15 games.

Raffi Torres scored twice and Daymond Langkow added a third-period goal for the Coyotes.

RANGERS 3, ISLANDERS 0

In New York, Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multigoal game in the NHL as the Rangers notched their fifth straight win by beating the Islanders in the all-New York clash.

Hagelin, in just his 16th career game, scored in the second and third periods for the surging Rangers (22-8-4). The Atlantic Division leaders leapfrogged defending Stanley Cup champion Boston into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 28 shots he faced, recording his third shutout of the season and 38th in his career.

Marian Gaborik sealed the win with his league-leading 22nd goal — an empty-netter with 2:28 left. Gaborik scored for the fifth straight game, netting seven in the span, and matched his goal total for all of last season.


SABRES 4, CAPITALS 2

In Buffalo, Brayden McNabb capped Buffalo's four-goal first period with his first NHL goal as Buffalo cruised past Washington.

Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis and Christian Ehrhoff also scored in the first period for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game skid.

Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington.


BLACKHAWKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 1

In Chicago, Viktor Stalberg scored twice in Chicago's win over Columbus.

Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist, Patrick Sharp also netted while Corey Crawford made 37 saves for the Blackhawks, who are 9-1-1 in their past 11 games and lead the NHL with 50 points.

Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski scored the only goal for the visitors, who lost their fifth straight and are yet to win in regulation on the road this season. The Blue Jackets have a league-worst 22 points.

HURRICANES 4, DEVILS 2

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Cam Ward made 23 saves and was credited with a bizarre goal, leading Carolina past New Jersey.

Brandon Sutter had a short-handed goal, while Tuomo Ruutu and Anthony Stewart scored in the second period for the Hurricanes.

Ward's first career goal came at the end of a strange sequence, as an errant Devils pass from the end line wound up going the length of the ice and into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left.



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