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NHL back in Ottawa as Sens host Devils

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators hope they can do their part in the process of mourning Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on Saturday night and help Canada's capital come together after Wednesday's shooting on Parliament Hill.

The Senators will be back on the ice for their first game since Wednesday's attack when they host the New Jersey Devils at Canadian Tire Centre, about 20 minutes outside of downtown Ottawa.

There will be a pregame ceremony to honor Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed in a separate incident outside Montreal.

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Chara tears knee ligament, out 4-6 weeks

BOSTON (AP) 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.

Defenseman 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 defensemen 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.

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Ducks beat Jackets, win seventh straight

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Red-hot Corey Perry got another goal, John Gibson got another chance in net, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks kept their winning streak alive with one of their most solid defensive efforts of the young season.

Perry and defenseman Sami Vatanen scored on power plays in the first period, and the two-time defending Pacific Division champions beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

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Stars extend Devils' shootout skid to 18

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Once Dallas got New Jersey to a shootout, it was all over for the Devils.

Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored in the tiebreaker, and Dallas beat New Jersey 3-2 on Friday night, extending the Devils' NHL record for shootout losses to 18 straight.

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Iginla nets first 2 with Avs in 7-3 win

DENVER (AP) 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.

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Bishop's 40 saves lift Lightning by Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Ben Bishop stepped up when the Tampa Bay Lightning needed a big effort from the goaltender.

Bishop made 40 saves to lead the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

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Oilers extend run to 3, 'Canes now 0-5-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) It was just last week that the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes were the two remaining teams without a win in the NHL.

Things have picked up for one of those clubs.

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Judge halts NJ sports betting plan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. He said the leagues have shown that they would be irreparably harmed if the state's casinos and racetracks were permitted to allow sports betting.

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Red-hot Quick sets Kings' shutout record

LOS ANGELES (AP) Although Jonathan Quick has a serious aversion to attention, the goalie reluctantly acknowledged the spotlight when he broke the Los Angeles Kings' 36-year-old franchise record for shutouts.

After blanking the Buffalo Sabres, Quick would be happy to fade into the background again until he has another chance to raise the Stanley Cup.

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Neal's hat trick improves Preds to 5-0-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Peter Laviolette and his Nashville Predators, the only team in the NHL still unbeaten in regulation this season, believe they still can play better.

James Neal showed he is just starting to get comfortable, too.

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