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NHL Report / Scores and fast facts

>Friday's games

Washington 3, New Jersey 0: Rookie Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots for his fourth shutout and the Capitals put another dagger in the Devils' playoff hopes. Defenseman Jeff Schultz broke an 81-game goal drought.

Phoenix at Vancouver: The Canucks have won their last seven games and are chasing down the Presidents' Trophy for the league's best record. Vancouver is nine points up on a couple of teams with 10 to play. Phoenix came into the game in fourth place in the West, but it wouldn't take much of a losing streak to send the Coyotes tumbling out of a playoff spot.

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>Thursday's late games

Calgary 5, Colorado 2: Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Calgary sent Colorado to its 10th straight loss. Rene Bourque and Alex Kotalik had a goal and an assist each for the Flames, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back into eighth place in the Western Conference.

Phoenix 3, Edmonton 1: Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist and Phoenix beat Edmonton for its fourth straight win. Lee Stempniak also scored for the Coyotes who are 5-0-1 in their last six.

St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 0: Jaroslav Halak stopped 17 shots for his 14th NHL shutout and St. Louis beat Los Angeles. Matt D'Agostini had his third career two-goal game for St. Louis, which swept Los Angeles in four games this season.

San Jose 3, Minnesota 2: Patrick Marleau got a fortunate bounce on his tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the third period and San Jose went on to beat Minnesota. Logan Couture and Jamal Mayers also scored for the Sharks, who have won two straight following a three-game losing streak to stay atop the tight Pacific Division standings.

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