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Jackets show Dallas the stars

DALLAS netminder Marty Turco suffered a rare loss to Columbus on Thursday as the Blue Jackets beat the Stars 4-1.

In a fight-filled first period, Rick Nash opened the scoring with a powerplay goal before Kristian Huselius made it 2-0 for the Blue Jackets with a shorthanded marker.

Huselius scored again at 10:23 in the second and Raffi Torres made it 4-0 20 seconds later to give Columbus its third win in a row.

Mike Modano scored for Dallas later in the second period.

"I really liked our competitiveness all game," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. "We haven't had a lot of success here.

"We responded well to a physical start to the game and that was a very good sign for us, too."

In other National Hockey League games, it was: Blackhawks 7, Flames 1; Senators 6, Penguins 2; Predators 3, Devils 2 (in a shootout); Bruins 4, Thrashers 3 (in SO); Hurricanes 6, Maple Leafs 5 (in SO); Blues 3, Coyotes 2 (in overtime); and Ducks 4, Lightning 3 (in OT).

In Dallas, several fights broke out in the first period, which featured 52 minutes in penalties.

"It set the tone for the night," Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason said. "When a game starts like that you know it's going to be a tough game."

His Dallas counterpart has usually been on the winning side against the Blue Jackets. Turco has a lifetime 14-2-2 record against Columbus.

In Calgary, Alberta, Kris Versteeg scored two powerplay goals in Chicago's five-goal second period to help the Blackhawks rout the Flames in a rematch of last season's first-round NHL playoff series.

The Blackhawks beat the Flames in six games last season in the playoffs, ending the series with a 4-1 victory in Calgary. In their first meeting of the season, the Blackhawks overcame a 0-5 deficit to beat the Flames 6-5 in overtime.

Troy Brouwer and Patrick Kane added powerplay goals for the Blackhawks.

Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Ben Eager also scored to help Chicago open a six-game trip with its fifth straight victory.

Olli Jokinen found the net for Calgary.

In Ottawa, Chris Phillips scored twice in his 800th regular-season game, leading Ottawa over Pittsburgh.

Phillips, who entered with one goal in his past 18 games, scored goals 2:03 apart in the third to put Ottawa up 5-1.

Ottawa goaltender Pascale Leclaire made 25 saves and Milan Michalek got his 100th career goal. Matt Carkner, Chris Kelly and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored for the Senators.

Jordan Staal scored early in the first, and Evgeni Malkin had a powerplay goal late in the third for Pittsburgh, which gave up six straight goals after taking a 1-0 lead.

In Nashville, Tennessee, Mike Santorelli and Martin Erat scored shootout goals to lift Nashville over New Jersey.

Jason Arnott had two goals in regulation for the Predators.

Zach Parise scored twice for New Jersey.


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