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Detroit gives Vernon warm welcome, 4-3 defeat

It was like old times at the Joe Louis Arena - the place was rocking and Mike Vernon was in goal. Only this time, he was on the losing side.

Making his first appearance in Detroit since leading the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup championship last spring, Vernon suffered a 4-3 loss Wednesday night as a member of the San Jose Sharks."I just didn't know what to expect," said Vernon, who was greeted warmly by the fans with cheers and "welcome back" signs. "But once the puck was dropped, I was fine."

Vernon, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, was overshadowed this time by Chris Osgood. Osgood took over the No. 1 goaltending position in Detroit after Vernon was traded to San Jose for two draft picks.

Larry Murphy scored the tie-breaking goal for the Red Wings 45 seconds into the third period.

Stars 4, Capitals 3

Benoit Hogue scored his first goal of the season with 17:22 left as Dallas extended its winning streak to four games. It was the second one-goal road victory in two nights for the Stars, who beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Tuesday night.

Senators 5, Lightning 2

Shawn McEachern had two goals and Ron Tugnutt stopped 23 shots, lifting Ottawa to victory at Tampa Bay.

Islanders 5, Canadiens 2

Bryan Berard scored one of New York's three second-period goals and added two assists as the Islanders won at Montreal to snap a three-game losing streak.

Blues 3, Flyers 2

Pavol Demitra beat Garth Snow with 2:38 remaining to lift visiting St. Louis over Philadelphia.

Blackhawks 3, Canucks 0

Tony Amonte and Ethan Moreau scored rare power-play goals for Chicago, which also got 19 saves from Chris Terreri in beating Vancouver.

Oilers 3, Coyotes 2

Greg de Vries and Doug Weight scored 32 seconds apart in the third period to snap a tie and pace Edmonton over Phoenix.