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Published: Sunday, 1/20/2008

Blue Jackets' win streak ends in Dallas

ASSOCIATED PRESS

DALLAS - Mike Smith made 29 saves for Dallas, which snapped Columbus' four-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory.

Smith, Marty Turco's backup, hadn't played in five of six games. He kept the Stars afloat in the second period when the Blue Jackets dominated with a 14-2 shots advantage but scored only once.

Brenden Morrow, Stu Barnes, and Steve Ott scored for the Stars, 4-2-1 in their last seven games.

Dallas has won all three meetings with Columbus this season, the first two in shootouts.

Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Blue Jackets.

BRUINS 4, RANGERS 3

BOSTON - Zdeno Chara and Phil Kessel scored shootout goals for the Boston Bruins, who rallied past New York.

Chuck Kobasew had two goals in regulation for Boston.

Predators 5, Blues 2

ST. LOUIS - Scott Nichol scored a pair of short-handed goals in Nashville's victory over St. Louis.

J.P. Dumont, David Legwand, and Jason Arnott also scored for the Predators. Jarred Smithson assisted on both of Nichol's goals. Chris Mason made 24 saves.

PENGUINS 2, CANADIENS 0

MONTREAL - Dany Sabourin made 31 saves for his second shutout, Jeff Taffe scored in the first period, and Pittsburgh won its first game without injured Sidney Crosby.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 2

TORONTO - Alex Steen and Nik Antropov each had a goal and an assist as Toronto won its third straight.

LIGHTNING 2, SENATORS 0

OTTAWA - Martin St. Louis scored the winning goal, and Johan Holmqvist made 25 saves for Tampa Bay.

CAPITALS 5, PANTHERS 3

WASHINGTON - Rookie Nicklas Backstrom had a career-high four assists, Viktor Kozlov scored two goals, and surging Washington reached the .500 mark for the first time in nearly three months.



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