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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Mathieu Garon made 23 saves to help the Edmonton Oilers beat Dallas 5-2 on Wednesday night in the Stars' second game without suspended agitator Sean Avery.

Shawn Horcoff, Lubomir Visnovsky, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Ales Hemsky and Andrew Cogliano scored for Edmonton. Mike Modano scored twice in third period for Dallas to push his record for NHL goals by a U.S.-born player to 539.

On Tuesday in Calgary, Avery used a crude expression to describe former girlfriends now dating other players. Hours later, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Avery for making "inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game."

NEW YORK (AP) - Petr Prucha returned from exile to score his first goal of the season late in the third period, and New York went on to win in a shootout.

Prucha had been a healthy scratch for the previous 10 games and turned down the Rangers' request over the weekend to go to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

Nikolai Zherdev scored in regulation and the shootout, and Markus Naslund and Fredrik Sjostrom also scored in the tiebreaker. Henrik Lundqvist earned his NHL-leading 16th win and improved to 6-1 in shootouts this season.

Mark Eaton and Jordan Staal scored in regulation for Pittsburgh.

OTTAWA (AP) - Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists, and Ottawa got first-period goals from each member of the Pizza Line.

Heatley opened the scoring with his 13th goal 1:18 in, and set up goals by linemates Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson later in the period.

Brendan Bell added his first goal in six games with Ottawa in the second, and Shean Donovan scored the Senators' fifth goal late in the third. Alex Auld stopped 22 shots.

Eric Boulton scored his first goal in 47 games for Atlanta.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season and 12th in three seasons with Minnesota.

Andrew Brunette and Marek Zidlicky scored power-play goals to help Minnesota take the Northwest Division lead with its third victory in four games. Eric Belanger and Antti Miettinen also scored.

CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews broke a tie with 1:35 left in regulation for Chicago, beating goalie Jonas Hiller from the edge of the crease after taking a backhand cross-crease pass from Kris Versteeg.

Martin Havlat and Patrick Sharp also scored, Dave Bolland added an empty-net goal and Cristobal Huet made 30 saves. Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger scored for Anaheim.

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