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Sharks strike early to beat Red Wings

Sharks strike early to beat Red Wings

Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek gave up early goals in each of the first two periods of a rusty return as the Red Wings were beaten 3-2 by the San Jose Sharks in the NHL on Friday.
Joe Pavelski scored on the first shot of the game against Hasek, who had missed three weeks with a hip injury, and Devin Setoguchi had a goal 52 seconds into the second period.
Detroit moved within a goal with 7-plus minutes left, but couldn't tie the game.
San Jose won a fourth straight game on its eight-game road trip, moving into fifth place in Western Conference playoff standings.
Ducks 3, Flames 1
In Anaheim, California, the home team beat Calgary for its fifth straight victory.
Defensemen Mathieu Schneider and Scott Niedermayer each had a goal and an assist and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves for the Ducks.
The win kept defending champs Anaheim within six points of Pacific Division leader Dallas, and in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff standings.
Capitals 4, Devils 0
In Newark, New Jersey, Cristobal Huet stopped 18 shots in his first start for Washington as the Capitals shut out New Jersey.
Fellow Capitals newcomer Sergei Fedorov made a sensational no-look pass to help break a scoreless tie.
Washington pulled within three points of first-placed Carolina in the Southeast Division.
The shutout was the third of the season for Huet, who was acquired from Montreal on Tuesday.
Canadiens 6, Sabres 2
In Buffalo, New York, Tomas Plekanec claimed his first hat trick to lead Montreal over Buffalo.
Rookie Carey Price won his second straight start since taking over as Montreal's top goalie.
Plekanec added an assist, for the Canadiens, who moved ahead of idle Ottawa into first place in the Northeast Division.
The Canadiens had lost the past three meetings against Buffalo.
The Sabres have dropped three of four but remain equal eighth in Eastern Conference playoff standings.
Lightning 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT
In Tampa, Florida, Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal with 2:58 left in overtime to edge Tampa Bay past Toronto.
Tampa Bay's John Tortorella tied Bob Johnson for the most NHL wins by an American-born coach with 234.
The Lightning had lost five in a row.
The point moved the Maple Leafs within five points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 2, OT
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Columbus rallied from a two-goal third period deficit to beat Vancouver.
Vancouver had beaten perfect in 23 games when leading after two periods, but that changed when Jason Chimera deflected a centering pass into the net in overtime.
Wild 3, Panthers 2
In Sunrise, Florida, Minnesota beat Florida for the sixth straight time.
Mikko Koivu, Stephane Veilleux and Brent Burns scored for the Wild.
It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Panthers, who have drifted seven points off Southeast Division leader Carolina.
The victory saw Minnesota maintain its two-point lead in the Northwest Division.