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WINGS END DEVILS' UNBEATEN STREAK

Doug Brown got his first career hat trick, including the winning goal with 7:21 left, as Detroit ended New Jersey's seven-game unbeaten streak with a 5-4 victory Friday night.

Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals for the Red Wings, while rookie Yan Golubovsky had two assists for his first career points as Detroit snapped a four-game winless streak.

"New Jersey being one of the elite teams in the league, to help contribute is a terrific feeling," Brown said.

Scott Niedermeyer had two third-period goals for the Devils, who lost for the first time since Dec. 2. Randy McKay and Steve Thomas also scored for New Jersey.

Detroit's five goals were the most allowed by the Devils this season. New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur, an old Detroit nemesis, hadn't given up five goals since last Jan. 5 against St. Louis.

The teams have had an intense rivalry ever since the Devils swept the Red Wings in the 1995 Stanley Cup finals.

"I think it goes back to that," said Lidstrom. "I think you measure yourself against some of the tough teams in the league, and I think you can sense the intensity in these games."

Brodeur and Detroit goalie Chris Osgood each made 27 saves.

Avalanche 3, Penguins 3

DENVER -- Adam Deadmarsh had a goal and an assist as Colorado came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Pittsburgh.

Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg had goals for the Avalanche, who have the most ties (11) and fewest losses (8) in the NHL.

Stu Barnes had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who are 10-1-4 in their last 15 games. Pittsburgh also got goals from Garry Valk and Fredrik Olausson and two assists from Jaromir Jagr.

Colorado goalie Patrick Roy returned after missing four games with a strained abdominal muscle. He stopped 26 shots and had his second assist of the season.

Pittsburgh is now 0-11-4 on the road against Roy.

The Avalanche outshot the Penguins 39-29, including a 4-1 advantage in overtime.

Sakic opened the scoring on a power play in the opening minute of the period, getting his 17th goal of the season.

But the Penguins then scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. Valk and Olausson scored 20 seconds apart, and Barnes beat Roy from the slot at 4:15.

The Avalanche then stormed back to tie it as Forsberg and Deadmarsh scored during a 70-second span.

Coyotes end impasse with unhappy defenseman

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Coyotes signed Oleg Tverdovsky to a two-year, $3.1 million contract, giving the disgruntled defenseman almost what he demanded when his holdout began in August.

The Coyotes' weak power play and eight-game winless streak going into a game Friday night against Anaheim were considerations in raising the ante, general manager Bobby Smith said at a hastily called news conference.

"There were plenty of instances when I wasn't sure that he would be here," Smith said. "As early as this morning I had my doubts."

Tverdovsky, 21, will play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Devils owner looking for move to Hoboken

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils owner John McMullen pledged to bring hockey to the cradle of baseball, saying the fans deserve better than the team's current "antiquated" Meadowlands home.

McMullen said he would move the team from the Meadowlands, a complex overseen by a state agency, to a $175 million, privately financed arena on top of Hoboken's train station.

He said he wouldn't break his lease with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs through 2007, but expected the state to let him out of it.

But Raymond Bateman, chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, didn't see it that way.

"The simple reality is that the New Jersey Devils will be playing a minimum of 35 home games at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford through the 2006-7 NHL season," he said.

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