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Associated Press / December 9, 2011
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Cody Hodgson scored in regulation and had the only shootout goal, and the Vancouver Canucks overcame a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over the Canadiens in Montreal last night.

Roberto Luongo, who stopped 20 shots, turned aside David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, and Michael Cammalleri in the tiebreaker as Vancouver won its third in a row. The Canucks, who trailed, 3-0, in the second, have won eight of nine.

Sami Salo drew Vancouver even at 3 with a power-play goal with 4:40 left in the third.

Red Wings 5, Coyotes 2 - Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler both had a goal and an assist, and Detroit scored five times in the first period against visiting Phoenix.

Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom, and Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had two assists each, and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves. The Red Wings scored on their first two shots of the game.

Devils 5, Senators 4 - Rookie Adam Henrique scored on a backhander in the fourth round of the shootout to give New Jersey a home victory over Ottawa.

Zach Parise and Patrik Elias also scored in the shootout for the Devils, who trailed, 3-0, with about five minutes left in the second period before scoring four straight goals.

Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester scored a shorthanded goal to tie it with just five seconds remaining in regulation.

Lightning 3, Rangers 2 - Dominic Moore scored the tying shorthanded goal with 1:57 left in regulation, then netted the only goal in the shootout to help visiting Tampa Bay snap a five-game losing streak.

The Lightning ended their skid despite not having star forward Martin St. Louis in the lineup for the first time in 500 games. St. Louis was struck near his left eye yesterday morning by a shot taken by Moore and sustained facial and sinus fractures.

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 3 - Sergei Kostitsyn’s redirect with 12.1 seconds left forced overtime and Colin Wilson’s one-timer 1:45 into the extra period gave Nashville a victory in Columbus.

The Predators trailed by two goals until Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:36 left in the third period, setting up the final frantic minute.

Flyers 3, Penguins 2 - Danny Briere, Wayne Simmonds, and Scott Hartnell each scored to lift Philadelphia to a home win.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed the first of two games as a precaution following a collision with teammate Chris Kunitz in Monday night’s loss to Boston. Doctors told Crosby there was no indication he suffered another concussion.

Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 - Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game 1:34 into overtime and Chicago beat host New York.

Blues 4, Ducks 2 - T.J. Oshie scored twice, defenseman Ian Cole added his first goal of the season, and Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves to lead St. Louis over visiting Anaheim.

The Blues have at least one point in 13 of the last 15 games and improved to 10-2-3 under Ken Hitchcock, who took over for Davis Payne on Nov. 6. The Ducks have won three times in the last 19 games.

Flames 3, Avalanche 2 - Olli Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left, and Calgary rallied to beat visiting Colorado.

Sharks 5, Stars 2 - Ryane Clowe, Brad Winchester, and Torrey Mitchell scored in a six-minute span of the second period to rally San Jose past visiting Dallas. Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Sharks, who had lost four of five.

Wild 4, Kings 2 - Matt Hackett, the 21-year-old nephew of former NHL goalie Jeff Hackett, made 42 saves in his first NHL start and Minnesota set a franchise record with its sixth straight road victory.

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