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Stars' Lehtonen to IR, Campbell promoted

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DALLAS (AP) The Stars have placed goalie Kari Lehtonen on the injured list, clearing the way for prospect Jack Campbell to back up Antti Niemi.

Campbell was called up from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Thursday along with defenseman Patrik Nemeth. Lehtonen replaced Niemi in the second period of Tuesday's loss to Ottawa but left after just 8 minutes with an upper-body injury.

The 23-year-old Campbell is 3-3 with a 3.8 goals-against average and .873 save percentage. The Stars' 2010 first-round pick started the season on the non-roster list in Texas after getting hurt during the preseason.


Oilers F Yakupov out with ankle sprain

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov is expected to miss two to four weeks after spraining his left ankle in the Oilers' 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Yakupov was knocked down when linesman Matt MacPherson lost his balance and fell backward after a faceoff early in the second period. Yakupov had to be helped off the ice.


Price injured in Habs' win over Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) When star goalie Carey Price exited after two periods with a recurring injury, the Montreal Canadiens responded.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the opening 1:29 of the third, and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.


Kane's streak at 17, 'Hawks cool Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks count on getting production from Patrick Kane. When someone like Andrew Desjardins also gets into the act, they are even tougher to beat.

Kane had two assists to extend his career-best scoring streak to 17 games, and Desjardins scored his first goal of the season for some third-period insurance in the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.


Crosby scores 2, Malkin tops Blues in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) All is right with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby.

Crosby broke out with two goals and Evgeni Malkin scored 1:03 into overtime to lift the Penguins over the St. Louis Blues 4-3 just hours after a report surfaced that there was a rift between the Penguins' captain and team owner Mario Lemieux.


Datsyuk nets 300th in OT loss to Bruins

DETROIT (AP) The Boston Bruins are steadily gaining ground in their division.

Frank Vatrano scored his second goal of the game at 3:32 of overtime, giving the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.


Prince scores 2 to lift surging Senators

DENVER (AP) Craig Anderson made sure Shane Prince got to celebrate his first NHL goal with a victory.

Anderson made 20 of his 40 saves in the third period, Prince had two goals and an assist for his first career points, and the Ottawa Senators held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 Wednesday night.


Habs ink GM Bergevin through 2021-22

NEW YORK (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have rewarded general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin for turning around the team and leading it to the playoffs the past three seasons.

Bergevin, who had a year left on his contract, signed a multiyear extension through the end of the 2021-22 season, the team announced Wednesday before facing the Rangers in New York.


Vermette nets 2, Coyotes top Ducks again

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Antoine Vermette has been around long enough to know scoring droughts happen from time to time.

That only makes them a little easier to endure.


Filppula lifts Tampa past Kings in SO

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ben Bishop had another strong game, and his Tampa Bay teammates finally found success in a shootout.

Valtteri Filppula scored the game-winning goal in the third round of the tiebreaker, Bishop made 37 saves through overtime and the Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Wednesday night.

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