Sergei Fedorov scored three goals for the sixth time in his career to lead the Detroit Red Wings to their eighth straight win, a 7-2 victory last night over the Blues in St. Louis.
"Tonight was one of those nights," Fedorov said. "From the get go, I got rewarded every time I stepped on the ice."
Fedorov, who had missed the previous two games because of a sore back, recorded his sixth career hat trick and second of the season. He also had an assist for Detroit, which is 11-0-0-1 in its last 12 games and increased its lead to four points over St. Louis in the Central Division.
Henrik Zetterberg added two goals, Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and an assist, Darren McCarty scored a goal and Nicklas Lidstrom recorded four assists for the Red Wings.
Shjon Podein and Pavol Demitra scored for the Blues.
"It's embarrassing," St. Louis's Keith Tkachuk said. "Biggest game of the season and we didn't show up for it."
* LIGHTNING 4, AVALANCHE 3: Fredrik Modin scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:31 to play as Tampa Bay erased a three-goal deficit at home.
The Lightning's Dave Andreychuk scored his 610th goal to tie Bobby Hull for 11th place on the NHL's career list. Dan Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko had second-period goals.
Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 16 games for Colorado. He has 10 goals and 26 points during his streak -- the longest in the NHL this season.
"We're climbing that little hill right now to see how good this team really can be," Tampa Bay's Tim Taylor said. "The playoffs are looming. We're very close."
* RANGERS 5, FLYERS 1: Bobby Holik scored twice and Radek Dvorak assisted on three of New York's four first-period goals at Madison Square Garden.
Mike Dunham, who made 34 saves and was barely tested, was 1:41 away from a shutout when Marty Murray scored.
New York closed within four points of Boston and the Islanders in the race for the seventh and eighth playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
* HURRICANES 1, WILD 0: Kevin Weekes extended his shutout streak to a career-high 1311/2 minutes and Ryan Bayda scored with 3:33 left as Carolina won at home.
Weekes, who also shut out Pittsburgh 4-0 on Thursday night, stopped 22 shots for his 12th career shutout. His previous best scoreless streak was 128:44 for Tampa Bay in March 2001.
* PANTHERS 2, THRASHERS 1: Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots, coming within 35 seconds of a shutout, and Florida held on for the win in Atlanta.
"It was one of those games where everything seemed to hit me," Luongo said. "Some, I didn't even see. It was a combination of luck and good positioning. That's part of my game."
* FLAMES 2, BLACKHAWKS 0: Roman Turek made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his career, and Chris Drury scored a fluke goal midway through the third period to snap a scoreless tie in Chicago.
Drury scored with 9:08 left when his floating 50-foot wrist shot from the right wing boards fooled Jocelyn Thibault on the short side. The puck may have glanced off Chicago defenseman Burke Henry, who was covering Martin Gelinas in the slot.
* PREDATORS 2, STARS 1: Scott Hartnell scored the go-ahead goal with 2:57 left as visiting Nashville remained unbeaten in three games against Dallas.
* EDMONTON 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 1: Rookie Fernando Pisani recorded his first two-goal game and Todd Marchant scored the go-ahead goal as visiting Edmonton completed a four-game season sweep of Anaheim.