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Shorthanded goals send Wings to victory over Stars

AP AND AFP , DETROIT AND CHICAGO

The Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar brings the puck around the net while being pursued by the New Jersey Devils' Paul Martin during the third period of their NHL game in Los Angeles on Monday.

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Kris Draper and Mathieu Schneider scored short-handed goals in the third period to rally the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Dominik Hasek made 20 saves for the Red Wings to break a five-game winless streak (0-2-3).

Antti Miettinen scored for Dallas, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Schneider broke a 1-1 tie with 7:47 remaining with teammate Dan Cleary off for holding. After taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, Schneider blasted a slap shot past Marty Turco from the high slot for his sixth goal.

Draper got the Red Wings even at 1 at 3:03 of the third period.

Kings 3, Devils 2, SO

Mike Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky scored during regulation and Los Angeles got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov to beat New Jersey.

Brian Gionta and Travis Zajac scored during New Jersey's first two power plays, but it wasn't enough as the Devils ended a five-game road trip with their fourth straight defeat -- matching their longest losing streak of last season. Martin Brodeur made 26 saves.

The Kings, coming off a 3-1 victory over Calgary on Saturday, have won consecutive games for the first time since beating St. Louis and the New York Islanders last month.

Mathieu Garon made it possible for the Kings to get to overtime, kicking out a last-second shot from the high slot by Brian Rafalski for his 20th save after Scott Gomez passed the puck from behind the net.

Brodeur made an even better save 25 seconds into the extra session, sprawling to his right to thwart Dustin Brown after a perfect centering pass through the crease from Kopitar.

Chicago Drop Yawney

Trent Yawney was fired on Monday as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, with the National Hockey League (NHL) club turning to former star Denis Savard as the new coach to try and recapture past glories.

Savard, one of only five Blackhawks to have his jersey number retired by the club, has been an assistant coach with the team since December of 1997.

The firing came after a three-game losing skid sunk the Blackhawks to 7-12 with two overtime defeats. Yawney's final outing as coach was a 5-1 loss Friday to Edmonton.

Only one of the NHL's 30 clubs has fewer points than Chicago's 16: Central division rival Columbus on 14.

This was the third coaching switch since the NHL season began last month.

The Philadelphia Flyers fired Ken Hitchcock on Oct. 22 and the Columbus Blue Jackets dismissed Gerard Gallant on Nov. 13.

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