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Ducks go down in Flames as streak ends

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 37 shots to earn the shutout and the host Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-0, in regulation last night, becoming the first team to defeat the Ducks in regulation this season.

The Ducks set an NHL record Thursday night when they blanked the Vancouver Canucks, 6-0, to remain unbeaten in regulation for the first 16 games of the season.

Daymond Langkow and Tony Amonte scored first-period goals for the Flames (6-7-2), who have won three straight to climb back into the thick of the Western Conference standings.

Matthew Lombardi added an empty-netter late in the third.

By earning at least a point in their first 16 games, the Ducks (12-1-4) eclipsed the record previously held by the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, who opened the season 12-0-3.

The Flames scored goals 19 seconds apart in the first period.

Senators 6, Penguins 3 -- Dany Heatley scored Ottawa's first and last goals and Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, leading the Senators over host Pittsburgh, ending the franchise's longest losing streak in 10 years.

The Senators, who had lost five straight, had blown leads in each of their three previous games, but this time scored three consecutive goals after Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth goal in 10 games to tie the game at 2 about six minutes into the second period.

Sabres 5, Panthers 4 -- Thomas Vanek had two goals, including the winner 19 seconds into overtime, and host Buffalo erased another two-goal deficit to beat Florida.

Brian Campbell, Paul Gaustad, and Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who have come back to win six times after falling behind by two goals this season.

Red Wings 3, Predators 0 -- Dominik Hasek stopped 21 shots to record his second consecutive shutout and lift host Detroit over Nashville. Hasek, who has not allowed a goal in 153 minutes 28 seconds, now has 71 career shutouts.

Oilers 4, Blue Jackets 1 -- Ryan Smyth scored twice and Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over host Columbus.

Rangers 5, Thrashers 2 -- Michael Nylander scored two goals, including one 15 seconds into the game, and added an assist to power visiting New York over Atlanta.

Blackhawks 3, Blues 1 -- Radim Vrbata scored two power-play goals in the first period and host Chicago ended an eight-game losing streak. His first goal snapped Chicago's six-game, 0-for-25 power-play slump.

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