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Flames regain Northwest Division lead

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What a difference a week can make.

Fresh off an overtime win last Sunday, Minnesota led Calgary by six points in the Northwest Division. Seven days later, the Wild are looking up at the Flames.

Daymond Langkow and Craig Conroy scored, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 38 shots and the Flames beat Minnesota 2-1 Sunday in St. Paul, Minn., to replace the Wild atop the Northwest Division.

Calgary has won four straight – including three in a row over division leaders – and six of eight. The Flames have beaten Minnesota four straight times.

Ducks 6, Blackhawks 3: Teemu Selanne had his 20th career three-goal game to overtake Rocket Richard for 25th place on the career goal list, and also notched his 600th assist as Anaheim beat Chicago in Anaheim, Calif.

Selanne increased his career goal total to 546. Selanne has played in 1,051 regular-season games – 73 more than Richard.

Oilers 3, Avalanche 2: Andrew Cogliano’s third-period goal helped host Edmonton end a three-game losing streak and beat Colorado. Sam Gagner and Curtis Glencross also scored for Edmonton, while Tyler Arnason and Ben Guite scored for Colorado.

Rangers 5, Panthers 0: Much-maligned Marek Malik scored his first goal of the season, and Jaromir Jagr netted his second in two nights in host New York’s win over Florida.

Coyotes 2, Blues 0: Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career, and Phoenix beat St. Louis in Glendale, Ariz.

Devils 2, Capitals 1 (OT): John Madden backhanded a rebound under goalie Brent Johnson’s pad with 50 seconds remaining in overtime, and visiting New Jersey moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Washington.

Sharks 2, Penguins 1 (SO): Jeremy Roenick scored the game-winner as all three San Jose skaters were successful in the shootout and Jonathan Cheechoo had the Sharks’ only goal in regulation, leading them to a victory at Pittsburgh.

Ice chips

Colorado forward Joe Sakic was activated from the injured reserve list. Sakic, who underwent a hernia operation on Dec. 28, had missed 38 games, the longest absence of the star 38-year-old’s career. … Marc-Andre Fleury was recalled from his minor-league rehabilitation stay by Pittsburgh and is expected to play his first NHL game since Dec. 6 later this week. The goalie has been out with a high ankle sprain.

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