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St. Louis starting to feel less blue about home ice

The St. Louis Blues, who were a combined five games under .500 at the Kiel Center in the two previous years, improved to 6-1 at home this season with a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night.

"The home record is so important," general manager Larry Pleau said. "You want to have a record where people don't want to come into your building."The Blues (8-2-1) continued their early season surge, which included an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1). That ended Wednesday in a 4-3 loss at Carolina.

"I love this attitude," said Blues defenseman Steve Duchesne, who had two assists Thursday night. "Everyone was so mad (after the loss to Carolina). We hate losing."

Duchesne continued an early season surge as he tied Philadelphia's Eric Lindros for the NHL lead with 12 assists.

Pavol Demitra had a goal and an assist and Brett Hull set up two goals for the Blues.

Scott Walker scored a shorthanded goal for Vancouver.

Flyers 4, Flames 3

At Philadelphia, John LeClair's goal with 1:53 remaining lifted the Flyers over Calgary. The Flames, who have lost the last three and are 1-7-2 this season, got two goals from Marty McInnis and a goal and two assists from Theoren Fleury.

Devils 2, Canadiens 1, OT

Petr Sykora scored his second goal of the game on a disputed power play with 16.9 seconds left in overtime to lead New Jersey over visiting Montreal.

The goal came less than a minute after linesman Pat Dapuzzo gave the Devils their sixth power play of the game by finding six Canadiens skaters on the ice, a call vigorously disputed by Montreal.

Bruins 2, Lightning 2

Corey Schwab stopped 24 shots and held off a Boston power play in overtime as Tampa Bay earned a tie - stopping the Bruins' five-game winning streak.

Senators 2, Panthers 2

Ottawa battled back to tie visiting Florida on Denny Lambert's goal to set a franchise record by going a fifth consecutive game without a loss.

Red Wings 4, Kings 1

Brendan Shanahan, Mathieu Dan-denault and Martin Lapointe scored goals in the third period as visiting Detroit beat Los Angeles.

Capitals 3, Coyotes 3 OT

At Phoenix, Calle Johansson scored a power-play goal with 16:53 to play to give Washington a tie with the Coyotes.