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Rangers rip Montreal

NY drives out Theodore early

Dominic Moore scored twice and Jaromir Jagr notched his league-leading 11th goal as the New York Rangers topped the Canadiens, 5-2, last night in Montreal.

Martin Rucinsky had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who scored three goals on their first 10 shots against Jose Theodore, who left after the first.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots as New York won its second in a row following a three-game winless streak.

Jagr extended his points streak to nine games when he beat Theodore midway through the first period after Moore opened the scoring at 2:46.

Canadiens rookie Yann Danis, who had a shutout in his NHL debut Oct. 12 in Atlanta, made his first Bell Centre appearance to begin the second.

Danis, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the second, saw his shutout streak end at 89 minutes 34 seconds when Steve Rucchin scored on New York's second shot of the third period.

The Canadiens ended a three-game home winning streak, falling to 7-3-1 overall.

Avalanche 4, Canucks 3 -- At Denver, Ian Laperriere scored on a breakaway in overtime to lift Colorado past Vancouver on another no-win night for Todd Bertuzzi and the Canucks.

The puck came loose after a scrum along the boards near the red line, and Laperriere found himself skating free against goalie Alex Auld. The Avalanche center beat Auld at 1:55 and was mobbed by his teammates near the glass -- as Colorado celebrated a sweep of two emotion-filled games against its newest, biggest rival.

These were Bertuzzi's first two games in Denver since he broke Avalanche forward Steve Moore's neck in 2004 during a game in Vancouver in one of the ugliest episodes in NHL history.

Lightning 3, Thrashers 2 -- Fredrik Modin scored two goals, including the winner off an Atlanta player, and visiting Tampa Bay rallied for the victory over the slumping Thrashers.

With Atlanta's Serge Aubin in the penalty box, Modin shot toward the front of the net and got credit for the goal when the puck deflected off either the skate or stick of defenseman Niclas Havelid, sliding past goalie Steve Shields with 12:57 remaining.

Sabres 6, Islanders 4 -- Third-period power-play goals by Daniel Briere, Tim Connolly, and Ales Kotalik lifted Buffalo at Uniondale, N.Y.

Briere scored off a wrist shot from the left circle with 8:29 left, and Connolly, a former Islanders first-round draft pick, netted the winner with 5:06 remaining on a wrist shot that crossed the goal line just before the net was knocked off its moorings. Kotalik scored his second of the game with 92 seconds left.

Senators 8, Maple Leafs 0 -- Dany Heatley scored four consecutive goals to lead Ottawa to a rout over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

He netted his first on a rebound when Ed Belfour failed to catch a puck after initially making a glove save. Heatley made it 4-0 at 1:16 of the second period after Toronto's defense failed to check him in front of the net.

The next goal came after he fell down and scored -- from the circle at 4:19 of the second.

Heatley recorded his career-high fourth goal on a breakaway at 5:33 of the third.

Oilers 5, Predators 1 -- Ales Hemsky scored a power-play goal and added three assists, and Jussi Markkanen made 23 saves for Edmonton in a triumph over host Nashville that sent the Predators to their first regulation loss of the season.

Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 2 -- Robert Lang's third-period goal and Chris Osgood's 23 saves helped visiting Detroit turn back Chicago. Kirk Maltby and Mikael Samuelsson also scored goals for the Red Wings, who are off to their best start in franchise history at 11-1.

Wild 3, Blue Jackets 1 -- Todd White scored twice as the Minnesota snapped a three-game winless streak, beating Columbus in St. Paul, Minn. Filip Kuba had two assists as the Wild held Columbus to just 16 shots on goal and killing eight of the Blue Jackets' nine power plays.

Hurricanes 5, Penguins 3 -- Rod Brind'Amour, Eric Staal, and Glen Wesley scored within a 4-minute span in the third, rallying Carolina over host Pittsburgh.

Stars 5, Coyotes 3 -- Powered by timely goals from Mike Modano and Sergi Zubov, Dallas erased a 3-1 deficit to defeat Phoenix at Glendale, Ariz.

Los Angeles 5, St. Louis 2 -- Pavol Demitra scored twice in his first game against his former team and Alexander Frolov had two goals and an assist as host Los Angeles beat St. Louis.

Sharks 3, Flames 2 -- Brad Stuart scored the tying goal with 22.4 seconds left in regulation, and Nils Ekman scored the shootout clincher in San Jose's win over visiting Calgary.

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