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NHL capsules: Backes big for Blues

Vancouver Canucks' Dan Hamhuis (C) and St. Louis Blues' Jamie Langenbrunner (L) fight for the puck...

Vancouver Canucks' Dan Hamhuis (C) and St. Louis Blues' Jamie Langenbrunner (L) fight for the puck in front of the Canuck's goal during the second period of their NHL hockey game in St. Louis, Missouri November 4, 2011. (REUTERS)

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St. Louis 3, Vancouver 2

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Backes scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. Backes also had an assist for the Blues, who snapped a two-game skid. T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist. Brian Elliott made 28 saves to improve to 5-1-0 this year. Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler lit the lamp for the Canucks, who fell to 6-7-1 on the young season. Roberto Luongo turned aside 25-of-28 shots in defeat.

Washington 5, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cody Eakin, Troy Brouwer and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, as the Washington Capitals scored five unanswered goals to beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1. Jeff Halpern and John Carlson also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who have won two in a row since a two-game skid. Michal Neuvirth, making his second start of the season, made 24 saves. Anthony Stewart scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of seven. Cam Ward turned aside 27-of-32 shots.

Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 4 (OT)

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier scored with 53.7 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Lecavalier's game-winner came on an easy one-timer next to the net set up by Martin St. Louis' pass across the crease. The game's other eight goals came during a thrill-a-minute second period, including Steven Stamkos' fourth career hat trick for Tampa Bay. Brett Connolly also scored for the Lightning, who have won five of their last seven, while Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves. Roloson gave up four goals on nine shots in the second period. Patrick Sharp scored twice in the second period for Chicago and Marian Hossa and Daniel Carcillo added goals. The Blackhawks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, played their third straight overtime game. Ray Emery allowed five goals on 32 shots, including four on 14 shots in the second period.

Dallas 7, Colorado 6 (OT)

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Kari Lehtonen had an off-night, so the Dallas Stars scored seven goals to pick him up. They needed all seven. Loui Eriksson scored off a defender's body with 1:05 remaining in overtime Friday night and Dallas beat the Colorado Avalanche, 7-6, despite falling behind three times during the game. Lehtonen, after going 8-1 in October with a 1.75 goals- against average and .947 save percentage, gave up six goals on 40 shots. A wild game that featured five power play goals ended when Eriksson carried the puck around the Dallas net and slid a shot on net that hit off Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson as he fell near the crease. riksson had two goals and Sheldon Souray, Vernon Fiddler, Alex Goligoski, Eric Nystrom and Jamie Benn also scored for the Stars, who went 2-1 on a three-game homestand. Benn's goal tied the game for Dallas at 6-6 with 4:10 remaining in regulation. Matt Duchene had his first career hat trick and a career-high four points for the Avalanche, who fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games. Semyon Varlamov gave up seven goals on 29 shots.


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