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Iginla leads Avalanche past Canucks 7-3

Jarome Iginla scores twice as Colorado Avalanche beat Vancouver Canucks 7-3
The Associated Press

DENVER - Colorado's best game of the season began with a goal for Vancouver just 10 seconds into the opening period.

The Avalanche dominated the rest of the way.

Jarome Iginla collected his first two goals for Colorado and had an assist, helping the Avalanche beat the Canucks 7-3 on Friday night.

Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which broke out of an offensive slump to earn its first home win of the season.

Chara out four to six weeks with knee injury

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara to miss four to six weeks with torn knee ligament
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history.

Defenceman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will not need surgery, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The team called up two minor-league defencemen on Friday to replace the 6-foot-9 Slovakian who was the 2009 Norris Trophy winner and plays more minutes than any other Bruins skater.

Miller has 31 saves, Canucks beat Blues 4-1

Ryan Miller makes 31 saves, Canucks rally late to beat Blues 4-1
Nate Latsch, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Ryan Miller was looking forward to his return to St. Louis with his new team, and the former Sabres and Blues goaltender made the most of it.

Miller made 15 of his season-high 31 saves in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the final 15:06 of the game to beat the Blues 4-1.

"It was one I was actually really looking forward to, especially here in St. Louis," Miller said. "It was fun."

Penguins honour Canada with national anthem

Penguins play Canadian national anthem to honour those affected by Ottawa attack
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa.

A sell-out crowd belted out the Canadian national anthem as the Canadian flag was flashed on the scoreboard and projected onto the ice.

Attorney says Kings' Voynov didn't hit girlfriend

Slava Voynov's attorney says Kings defenceman didn't hit girlfriend, police misunderstood her
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenceman never hit his girlfriend, and blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding caused partly by the couple's limited ability to speak English.

Craig Renetzky is hopeful the NHL will end Voynov's indefinite suspension after reviewing the events that led to Voynov's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence at a hospital near his home. Voynov hasn't been charged.

Stars hold off Canucks to win 6-3

Erik Cole scores 2 goals, Kari Lehtonen has 43 saves to help Stars beat Canucks 6-3
Associated Press, The Associated Press

DALLAS - On one end of the ice, Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was stopping a breakaway.

Seconds later, teammate Erik Cole fired the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller.

That was a two-goal swing in a game the Stars won 6-3 on Tuesday night. Lehtonen prevented a short-handed score, and Cole put in a goal on the same power play. Instead of being tied 1-1 in the first period, Dallas led 2-0.

Kessel's two goals lifts Leafs over Islanders 5-2

Kessel's two goals lifts Maple Leafs to 5-2 win over Islanders
Denis Gorman, The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - According to James van Riemsdyk, his linemate Phil Kessel was this close to discarding his sticks.

The New York Islanders may wish the high-scoring winger went through with it, as Kessel scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win Tuesday night.

"That's how it goes," van Riemsdyk said. "He doesn't need room to be able to put (pucks) in."

Concussion lawsuit vs. NHL filed in federal court

Combined class action concussion lawsuit by former players filed against NHL in federal court
The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.

Attorneys for the ex-players filed the complaint Monday in Minnesota. The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. It's a combination of several lawsuits previously filed.

Zetterberg lifts Red Wings past Maple Leafs in OT

Zetterberg scores late in OT as Red Wings beat Maple Leafs 1-0 to sweep home-and home
The Associated Press

DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg's self criticism made for a great weekend for the Detroit Red Wings.

The captain scored at 4:50 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and a sweep of the teams' home-and-home series.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

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