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Nash's hat trick lifts Blue Jackets

Associated Press / January 28, 2009
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Rick Nash's third goal of the game came on a rebound 3:27 into overtime and gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 home victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night.

Nash's goals, giving him 22 on the season, came shorthanded, on the power play, and, finally, at even strength.

The Red Wings were without stars Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk, who did not attend the All-Star Game because of injuries and were forced by the league to sit out their first game back after the break for not fulfilling their All-Star obligations in Montreal. Henrik Zetterberg was also lost to injury in the second period.

In the overtime, Nash carried the puck into the zone before passing to Fedor Tyutin, who tossed a centering pass through the crease to fellow defenseman Mike Commodore. But Commodore could only kick at the puck with his skate and never got a stick on it.

It bounced to the right corner of the cage, where Nash was waiting to jam it in.

It was Nash's third career hat trick and the 14th for the Blue Jackets franchise.

Marian Hossa and Brett Lebda had Detroit's goals.

Sabres 10, Oilers 2 - Drew Stafford scored his first of three goals 10 seconds into Buffalo's rout of Edmonton, the Oilers' worst home loss.

Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy had a goal and two assists apiece for the Sabres, who also got goals from Nathan Paetsch, Jochen Hecht, Jaroslav Spacek, and Tim Connolly with a pair.

Buffalo (25-18-5) has won four of five and eight of 11 games.

Erik Cole and Robert Nilsson tallied for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game winning streak.

Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2 - Scott Gomez and Lauri Korpikoski scored first-period goals and Steve Valiquette made 33 saves as host New York returned from the All-Star break with a victory over Carolina.

Brandon Dubinsky pushed the Rangers' lead to 3-1 with 7:50 left, but Tuomo Ruutu answered 25 seconds later to tighten it up again.

Valiquette, the backup to All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, earned his fifth win of the season. He started for the third time in 10 games and helped the Rangers improve their current run to 5-1-1.

Lightning 5, Canadiens 3 - Vincent Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal, and Steve Downie scored second-period goals to lead host Tampa Bay past Montreal.

Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, who have won six of eight.

Montreal got two goals from Maxim Lapierre, while Alex Kovalev scored the other. Andrei Markov had an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (nine assists, two goals).

Devils 4, Senators 1 - Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Brendan Shanahan added his second goal in three games, leading New Jersey over host Ottawa.

Patrik Elias scored his 21st goal in the first and Scott Clemmensen made 21 saves as New Jersey extended its winning streak to six.

Wild 6, Maple Leafs 1 - Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two goals and an assist and Toronto's defensemen failed young goalie Justin Pogge in a loss to host Minnesota.

Marc-Andre Bergeron, Cal Clutterbuck, Andrew Brunette, and Owen Nolan also scored for the Wild.

Panthers 3, Flyers 2 - Michael Frolik had a goal and two assists to help Florida beat visiting Philadelphia.

Stars 2, Thrashers 0 - Marty Turco made 25 saves for his 35th career shutout and host Dallas beat Atlanta.

Sharks 3, Avalanche 0 - Evgeni Nabokov stopped 31 shots for his 43d career shutout, Milan Michalek scored two goals, and San Jose beat host Colorado.

Ducks 7, Coyotes 3 - Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry each scored twice, leading visiting Anaheim over Phoenix.

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