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Toivonen, Blues allow an avalanche of goals

N.J.'s 9-game run ended by Rangers

Ex-Devils Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez celebrate Shanahan's overtime goal, which ended New Jersey's nine-game winning streak. Ex-Devils Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez celebrate Shanahan's overtime goal, which ended New Jersey's nine-game winning streak. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Associated Press / December 10, 2007

Milan Hejduk notched his fifth career hat trick and added three assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche past former Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen and the St. Louis Blues, 9-5, in Denver last night.

Paul Stastny had two goals and three assists, Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists, and Wojtek Wolski had two goals for the Avalanche, who won the 1,000th game in franchise history and did it with the highest goal tally in the league so far this season.

Jay McClement scored two goals for the Blues, and Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist.

Colorado scored five times in the second period to blow open the game. Hejduk broke a 1-1 tie, and after McClement tied the game again, Stastny, Wolski, Brett Clark, and Smyth scored in a hurry for the Avalanche. Stastny broke a 2-2 tie with 9:59 left in the period. Wolski and Clark scored 3:10 apart, and Smyth's wraparound goal, his ninth of the season, made it 6-2 with 2:33 left in the frame.

Toivonen surrendered eight goals on 25 shots.

Rangers 1, Devils 0 - Brendan Shanahan ripped a shot past Martin Brodeur 30 seconds into overtime as host New York ended its three-game losing streak and snapped New Jersey's nine-game winning streak.

Shanahan teed up a pass from Scott Gomez in the slot and put the Rangers' 29th shot past Brodeur.

Red Wings 5, Hurricanes 2 - Andreas Lilja's second-period goal broke a tie and host Detroit beat Carolina for its sixth straight win.

Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 - Defenseman Cory Sarich's goal with 8:41 left snapped a 1-1 tie, and Calgary handed host Chicago its season-high fourth straight loss.

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