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Dallas at Nashville (8 p.m. EST). Dallas' Marty Turco leads regular NHL goalies with a 1.56 goals-against average.

STARS

Thursday

_Patrik Stefan, Chris Herperger and Shawn McEachern, Thrashers, each scored two goals as Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers

_Alex Zhamnov, Blackhawks, had a goal and an assist to help Chicago beat Phoenix 4-2.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY

Goalie Byron Dafoe won his home debut for the Thrashers, who improved to 1-6-0 against the New York Rangers in Atlanta with a 7-4 win Thursday night.

THE BEST DEFENSE

Defenseman Nathan Dempsey scored a goal for Chicago in the Blackhawks' 4-2 win at Phoenix on Thursday night. Defensemen have scored 13 of Chicago's 52 goals.

LARAQUE COLLISION

Edmonton right wing Georges Laraque was released from the hospital Thursday after a car accident. The 25-year-old Laraque was not seriously injured. He will be evaluated by team doctors Friday to determine if he will miss any time.

THANKS FOR NOTHING

The New York Rangers played on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 1973, when they won 3-1 at St. Louis. They didn't fare as well Thursday night, falling to Atlanta 7-4.

LONE WOLF

Shane Doan scored twice for Phoenix in the Coyotes' 4-2 loss to Chicago on Thursday night.

SPEAKING

``Tonight we went back to the way we were playing early in the season. We can't have that. We took four or five steps back in the wrong direction.'' _ Rangers defenseman Tom Poti, after New York's 7-4 loss to Atlanta.