Brett Hull reached another milestone and the defending Stanley Cup champions look ready to defend their title.

Hull scored his 709th goal to move into fifth place on the NHL's career list as the Detroit Red Wings posted a 5-3 victory yesterday over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

Pavel Datsyuk -- who assisted on the goal that moved Hull past Mike Gartner -- Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov and Igor Larionov also scored for the Red Wings, who have won 14 of their last 16 games.

"When you've got the players we do and do what you're supposed to do, just don't be stupid and you'll be all right," Hull said.

Hull, 38, has 30 goals this season. He trails Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731), Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) on the career list.

Hull and Datsyuk passed the puck back and forth a few times as they raced up the ice before Hull scored 5 minutes 26 seconds into the third period into an open net from the bottom of the right circle to make it 5-2.

Curtis Joseph made 21 saves for the Red Wings, and Colorado's Patrick Roy made 33. Joseph's 375 career wins and Roy's 544 represented the most combined wins (819) by goalies in the same game in NHL history.

Colorado's Peter Forsberg left in the second period with a bruised leg. Avalanche Coach Tony Granato said Forsberg has a charley horse and may not play today in Washington.

* FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 1: In Pittsburgh, Jeremy Roenick scored two power-play goals in the second period and added an assist for Philadelphia.

John LeClair scored his second goal in as many games since suffering a shoulder injury Nov. 27, and Marty Murray also scored for the Flyers.

It was the second multiple-goal performance in seven games for Roenick. New linemate Tony Amonte, acquired from Phoenix earlier in the week, had three assists.

Guillaume Lefebvre scored for the Penguins, who are 0-10-1 in their last 11 games -- the third-longest winless streak in their history and longest in 18 years.

* ISLANDERS 5, SENATORS 2: Mattias Weinhandl scored two goals and Garth Snow made 31 saves as visiting New York surprised Ottawa.

The Islanders moved five points ahead of Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and a snapped an 11-game winless streak against the Senators, the NHL's top club.

Dave Scatchard, Roman Hamrlik and Alexei Yashin also scored for the Islanders. Bryan Smolinski and Marian Hossa scored for Ottawa.

* DEVILS 3, RANGERS 1: Patrik Elias contributed a goal and an assist to help host New Jersey clinch a playoff berth.

Pascal Rheaume and Scott Stevens also scored as the Devils qualified for the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

* MAPLE LEAFS 1, CANUCKS 0: Owen Nolan scored a power-play goal with 51 seconds left in the second period and Ed Belfour made 23 saves to lift Toronto to a road win.

Nolan parked himself in the slot and one-timed Nik Antropov's pass over the glove side shoulder of rookie goalie Alex Auld.

* BRUINS 4, PANTHERS 1: In Boston, Jonathan Girard snapped a tie with a goal early in the third period and Jeff Hackett stopped 24 shots to lead the Bruins.

Boston won for the fifth time in seven games (5-1-0-1) and moved within one point of Washington for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

* BLUE JACKETS 5, WILD 0: Marc Denis had 24 saves and Andrew Cassels scored twice as host Columbus set a franchise record with five first-period goals.

The game began with a moment of silence for Brittanie Cecil, the 13-year-old girl struck by a puck while attending her first NHL game last March 16. She died two days later.

* BLUES 1, PREDATORS 0: Cory Stillman scored with four minutes left and Chris Osgood stopped 35 shots in his St. Louis debut as the Blues won in Nashville. The Predators thought Scott Walker had tied the score as time expired, but officials ruled the game had ended before the puck crossed the line.

* HURRICANES 0, KINGS 0: Los Angeles' Cristobal Huet made 30 saves and Carolina's Kevin Weekes stopped 23 shots as the host Hurricanes and Kings skated to a scoreless tie.

* LIGHTNING 2, CANADIENS 1: In Montreal, Ben Clymer scored midway through the third period to lift Tampa Bay.

Clymer got his sixth goal of the season with 9:34 remaining as the Lightning opened a three-point lead on Washington in the Southeast Division.

* THRASHERS 5, SABRES 3: In Atlanta, Slava Kozlov scored the go-ahead goal with 4:02 left and Ilya Kovalchuk set a franchise record with his 33rd of the season for the Thrashers.

* COYOTES 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: Ladislav Nagy scored twice during a three-goal Phoenix first period that bolstered the Coyotes at home.

* OILERS 4, STARS 3: Radek Dvorak led Edmonton with a goal and an assist as the Oilers rallied to defeat Dallas at home.

* SHARKS 3, FLAMES 2: In San Jose, Vincent Damphousse scored a power-play goal at 5:47 of the third period, and added an assist as the Sharks pulled out a win despite being outshot 34-28 by Calgary.