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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Wings Dominate Hartford

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- The Detroit Red Wings, with early goals from Kris Draper, Martin Lapointe and Doug Brown, played another strong defensive game to stop the Hartford Whalers 4-1.

Goaltender Mike Vernon stopped just 14 shots for the Red Wings, who have limited the opposition to two or less goals in 14 of 17 games this season. Darren McCarty's empty-netter with 55 seconds remaining wrapped up the scoring and was Detroit's 50th shot of the game.

Penguins 5, Lightning 5. In Tampa, Florida, John Cullen's goal with 43.2 seconds left lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-5 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Cullen scored seven seconds after Lightning goaltender Derek Wilkinson had been pulled for an extra attacker.

Tampa Bay's Dino Ciccarelli and Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr, who share the NHL goal-scoring lead with 13, had put on an offensive clinic prior to Cullen's game-tying goal. Ciccarelli recorded his 15th career hat trick, while Jagr scored twice.

Avalanche 4, Coyotes 1. In Phoenix, Peter Forsberg scored twice, and Stephane Yelle added a shorthanded goal as the Colorado Avalanche run their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Forsberg opened the scoring with a power-play goal for the Avalanche, then put the game away by scoring shorthanded with 3:07 remaining. The defending Stanley Cup champions have not lost since a 5-1 setback Oct. 22 at Calgary, going 6-0-2 since.

Blues 4, Canucks 2. In Vancouver, British Columbia, Rookie Harry York's fifth goal of the season eight minutes into the third period helped the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)

The Canucks were outshot 9-2 in the first period and 17-5 through 30 minutes of play. St. Louis finished with a 29-22 edge.

It was the second time in five days that Detroit defeated the Whalers. Andrew Cassels scored for Hartford, which lost for only the second time in eight home games (5-2-1).

The Coyotes were held scoreless until 6:11 remained in the game, when Mike Gartner got his team-leading 11th goal.