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NHL Report / Scores, news, notes

Thursday's games

N.Y. Islanders 5, New Jersey 1: Josh Bailey had two goals and an assist and the Islanders spoiled the return of Jacques Lemaire behind New Jersey's bench. The 65-year-old Lemaire was handed the Devils' coaching job for the third time in his career hours earlier after rookie coach John MacLean was fired with New Jersey tied for the fewest points in the NHL and the Devils' facing the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Boston 4, Atlanta 1: Shawn Thornton scored twice and reached his career high with seven goals this season for the Bruins. The Thrashers dropped to 4-1-1 in their last six road games.

Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 (SO): Ryan Malone scored in the 11th round of a shootout, and the Lightning bounced back from giving up a goal late in the third period to beat the Rangers.

Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2 (SO): Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 23 games with a goal and an assist, and Pascal Dupuis scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout for the Penguins in a preview of the Winter Classic Jan. 1.

Montreal 3, Carolina 2: Alexandre Picard and Andrei Kostitsyn scored during a pivotal power play for the Habs, who had lost five of six games going in.

Vancouver 7, Columbus 3: Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists to match his career high with four points for the Canucks, who improved to 10-1-2 in their last 13 games.

St. Louis 4, Detroit 3: Patrik Berglund broke a 10-game scoring drought with two goals to lead the Blues to just their second home win in their last seven games.

Ottawa 2, Nashville 1: In the only meeting between the teams this season, Alex Kovalev and Nick Foligno scored and Brian Elliott made 25 saves for the Senators.

Calgary 3, Dallas 2 (SO): Alex Tanguay converted in the second round of the shootout after scoring late in regulation and the Flames snapped a three-game losing streak.

Minnesota 3, Colorado 1: Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom stopped 36 shots and the Wild won their third straight.

Edmonton at Los Angeles: Kings will play 10 of their next 12 games at home. They have allowed more than two goals only three times in 14 home games while limiting opponents to two power-play goals in 50 opportunities.

Phoenix at San Jose: The Sharks have scored with the man advantage in four straight games, their longest run since registering power-play goals in their first six games this season.


Late Wednesday

Chicago 4, Nashville 1: Jack Skille scored two goals and the Blackhawks posted their third straight win.


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Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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