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Dallas fends off power plays to prevail

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Philippe Boucher and Jere Lethinen each had a goal and an assist for the Dallas Stars, who set a season high for goals in a 7-5 victory Sunday in Dallas over the Colorado Avalanche in a game neither starting goaltender finished.

Jeff Halpern scored on a rebound with 2:28 left for the Stars, who fended off three power plays with some nice saves by Mike Smith in the final 12 minutes to win their third straight game.

All-Star goalie Marty Turco was pulled from his second straight start, yanked after giving up two goals in less than a minute midway through the second period. Colorado's Peter Budaj had been replaced earlier in the period after Dallas went ahead 4-1.

Within a minute after rookie Wojtek Wolski scored to get Colorado within 4-3 and chase Turco, the Stars stretched the lead. Halpern knocked the puck to the front of the net and Joel Lundqvist deflected it over the shoulder of Jose Theodore.

Boucher's goal later in the second period made it 6-3.

Turco gave up three goals on 15 shots after also being pulled from his last start Tuesday. Smith stopped 12 of 14 shots, with a sprawling save at the end of an odd-man rush at the end of the second period.

BLACKHAWKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4: At Columbus, Ohio, Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists and the Blackhawks rode a three-goal spree in the first period. Havlat has seven goals and three assists in a six-game goal streak.

LIGHTNING 4, DEVILS 1: At East Rutherford, N.J., Nick Tarnasky and Vincent Lecavalier scored in a 48-second span to cap a three-goal second period. Vaclav Prospal and Dan Boyle also scored and Johan Holmqvist had 21 saves in bouncing back from a bad game against the Rangers to lead the Lightning to their 12th win in 15 games.

RED WINGS 7, FLAMES 4: At Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and two assists and Joey MacDonald got his first career win in goal as the Red Wings outshot the Flames 50-20.

OILERS 5, THRASHERS 1: At Edmonton, Alberta, Petr Sykora set up three goals. Ryan Smyth, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Marc Pouliot, Joffrey Lupul and Raffi Torres scored for Edmonton, while Eric Belanger had the lone response for Atlanta.