When the Colorado Avalanche learned Peter Forsberg would be lost until mid-December following shoulder surgery, Adam Deadmarsh was the logical choice to fill the scoring void.
Deadmarsh scored two power-play goals and Chris Dingman had an assist and his first goal of the season as the Avalanche kept the New York Rangers winless in their last seven games, winning, 4-1, last night in Denver.
"I don't know if it is all on me because no one player is going to fill Peter's spot," Deadmarsh said. "Everyone on this team has the responsibility to try to fill in for Peter."
Theo Fleury, who spent the final 15 games with the Avalanche a year ago before signing with the Rangers, had his first goal in seven games.
* RED WINGS 3, HURRICANES 2: Igor Larionov's third-period goal with 3 minutes 48 seconds remaining was the difference as host Detroit ended a three-game winless streak.
Ron Francis became the sixth NHL player to reach 1,500 career points when he assisted on Sami Kapanen's first-period goal for Carolina. Francis trails only Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Marcel Dionne, Mark Messier and Phil Esposito on the career scoring list.
* STARS 6, COYOTES 4: Brett Hull's second goal of the third period, a power-play slap shot with 1:58 remaining, broke a tie and pushed Dallas past host Phoenix. The Stars, the defending Stanley Cup champions, had lost three in a row.
* BLACKHAWKS 3, PREDATORS 1: Eric Daze scored twice for visiting Chicago and goaltender Steve Passmore made 17 saves as the Blackhawks improved to 5-1-2 against second-year Nashville. The loss was a record fifth in a row for Nashville.
* BLUES 2, OILERS 1: Pierre Turgeon's power-play goal with 35 seconds left in the second period won it for visiting St. Louis. The Blues are 3-0 against Edmonton this season.
* CANUCKS 3, PANTHERS 2: Bray May scored the go-ahead goal, breaking a 2-2 tie late in the second period, as host Vancouver improved to 4-1-1 in its last six games.
* FLYERS 3, SHARKS 1: John LeClair and Eric Lindros each scored, and goalie John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 15 shots as visiting Philadelphia downed San Jose.