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Nightly Recap: Modano becomes all time American leading scorer

-Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul score on two of the first three shots for the Flyers. Philadelphia, who went 0-8 last season vs Pittsburgh are now guaranteed to do better this year as the Flyers defeat the Penguins 3 – 1.

Buffalo defeats Boston 2 – 1 in overtime. Clarke MacArthur, who had just been called up earlier in the day from Rochester scored the winning goal. Ales Kotalik popped in the first goal for the Sabres, who snapped a three game losing streak. Here is a video of the MacArthur’s overtime winner, the always enthusiastic Rick Jeanneret provides the play-by-play and Harry Neale does his best with the color commentary.

Tampa Bay wins 3 – 1 over Florida. It was only the third victory for the Lightning in the past twelve games. Vinny Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, Marty St. Louis and Jan Hlavac also chipped in with a goal each.

-Detroit, in their first game since Nov 1 were up 2 – 0 on goals by Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler. Ryan Suter and JP Dumont netted goals to tie it up in the third. The game had to be decided in a shootout Pavel Datsuyk put home the winner. Detroit 3 – Nashville 2 (SO).

-In a 3:57 span in the third period, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Kieth score to give Chicago the 5 – 2 win over Columbus. Tuomo Ruutu, Rene Bourque and Toews had two points each, it was the rookie Toews’s first multi point game of the season.

-Ian Laperriere scored two goals and had one assist during regulation, but goals by Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos won it for the Avs in a shootout. Colorado 4 – Edmonton 3 (SO)

-BEAST of the night Peter Mueller scored his first career hat trick for the Coyotes and Steven Reinprecht pocketed three points in the Coyotes 6 – 5 overtime win over the Ducks. The overtime winner was scored by Shane Doan, it was his third goal of the year.

-It was a milestone night for Mike Modano, he scored two goals to pass former Winnipeg Jet Phil Housley’s record for points by an American player. Marty Turco was a rock in the net stopping 38 of 39 for the Stars in the 3 -1 win over the Sharks.

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