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                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                              (Friday, January 30)
 
 
                  Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
 
 Newark,  NJ (SportsNetwork.com)  - Simon Despres scored with 2:39 remaining in
 overtime  and Pittsburgh  rallied to  post a  2-1 victory  over New  Jersey at
 Prudential Center. Holding the puck near the right-wing boards, Brandon Sutter
 passed  to Kris  Letang, whose  own  backhanded dish  landed on  the stick  of
 Despres  at the  point. His  harmless flip  to the  net beat  a screened  Cory
 Schneider  to complete a comeback from one goal down late in regulation. Chris
 Kunitz  registered a power-play goal with 3:11 remaining for the Penguins, who
 won for the second time in their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury needed to
 make only 13 saves. Steve Bernier tallied for the Devils, who had won two in a
 row. Schneider ended up with a season-high 41 saves in defeat.
 
 
                   Final Score: St. Louis 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
 
 Raleigh,  NC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the
 shootout  to  lead  the St.  Louis  Blues  in  a  3-2 win  over  the  Carolina
 Hurricanes.  Shattenkirk was  the second shooter for the Blues and he buried a
 wrister  past Cam  Ward, while Jake Allen stopped Eric Staal's wrister for the
 win.  Allen made  26  saves, while  David  Backes and  Ryan  Reaves scored  in
 regulation  for  the Blues, who have  won four straight. Justin Faulk and Ryan
 Murphy  lit  the lamp for the  Hurricanes, who had a three-game winning streak
 snapped.  Ward  stopped the  29 shots  he faced through  overtime in relief of
 Anton  Khudobin,  who was  pulled from  the start after  allowing two goals on
 three shots.
 
 
                      Final Score: Colorado 3, Nashville 0
 
 Denver,  CO (SportsNetwork.com)  - Semyon  Varlamov  posted 23  saves for  his
 fourth  shutout of the  season to lead the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 victory
 over  the Nashville  Predators on Friday. Maxime Talbot, Gabriel Landeskog and
 Jarome Iginla scored for the Avalanche, who had lost three of four coming into
 the game. Colorado avenged a loss to Nashville in its last game on Tuesday. It
 wasn't  a  home-and-home series because  the Predators  played in St. Louis on
 Thursday. Marek Mazanec made 25 saves for the Predators, who have dropped four
 of their last five.
 
 
                      Final Score: Vancouver 5, Buffalo 2
 
 Vancouver,  BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Miller faced his former team for the
 first time and his 20 saves helped the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the
 Buffalo  Sabres on  Friday. Miller  played against  the team  he won  a Vezina
 Trophy  with for the first time since being traded to St. Louis last February.
 He  had a chance to play them late last season while with the Blues, but opted
 to  sit out. His  strong game saw his former team drop its 14th straight game,
 all  in regulation, as the team is suffering through a franchise-record losing
 streak.  Bo Horvat, Radim Vrbata, Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino and Yannick Weber
 all scored for the Canucks, who had lost two straight coming in. Chris Stewart
 had both the goals for the Sabres, who have also lost 14 straight games on the
 road. Matt Hackett allowed four goals on 37 shots in the loss.
 
 
                       Final Score: Chicago 4, Anaheim 1
 
 Anaheim,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick  Kane scored  two goals and set up
 another  in helping the visiting Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1
 on  Friday night.  Patrick  Sharp had  four assists,  and  Jonathan Toews  and
 Duncan  Keith also  scored  for the  Blackhawks.  Rickard Rakell's  power-play
 goal  midway through  the  third  period spoiled  the  shutout  bid for  Corey
 Crawford,  who  made 21  saves as  Chicago notched  its third straight victory
 at Honda Center. Frederik  Andersen stopped  29 shots for the  Ducks, who have
 dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak.
 
 
 01/31 01:27:23 ET