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'Can't wait' to start new era, Richards says

FRISCO, Texas — Brad Richards, traded from the Lightning to the Stars on Tuesday, practiced with his new teammates for the first time Wednesday.

"Pretty overwhelming," he said. "This is the first time I've gone through (a trade). It's good to get out there with the guys. I can't wait to get out there and start playing, get to know the guys."

The Stars have closed within five points of the Western Conference-leading Red Wings.

"I knew this team had a chance to win,'' Richards said. "The last couple of years really wears on you mentally when you're fighting like we were just to try to win games, win one and lose three. That atmosphere wasn't fun."

SENATORS FIRE COACH: Coach John Paddock was fired with 18 games left. General manager Bryan Murray will take over as coach. Assistant Ron Low was also fired, a day after a second straight shutout loss.

Wednesday's games

Sharks 1 3 0 4
Blue Jackets 1 1 0 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brian Campbell, obtained Tuesday from the Sabres, notched his first point for the Sharks, who scored three goals in an eight-minute span of the second period.

First Period1, San Jose, Cheechoo 19 (Pavelski, Thornton), 7:28 (pp). 2, Columbus, Vyborny 4 (Brule), 14:56. PenaltiesTollefsen, Clm (hooking), 6:26; Murray, SJ (elbowing), 12:50.

Second Period3, Columbus, Vyborny 5 (Hejda, Nash), 7:54. 4, San Jose, Mitchell 10 (Carle, Grier), 10:51. 5, San Jose, Roenick 10 (Thornton, Rivet), 13:57 (pp). 6, San Jose, Pavelski 13 (Marleau, Campbell), 18:52. PenaltiesHejda, Clm (interference), :20; Nash, Clm (roughing), 12:44; Murray, SJ, major (fighting), 14:02; Boll, Clm, major (fighting), 14:02; Rivet, SJ (hooking), 15:13.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesTarnstrom, Clm (hooking), 12:51; Nash, Clm (roughing), 18:00. Shots on GoalSan Jose 7-11-14—32. Columbus 6-8-5—19. Power-play opportunitiesSan Jose 2 of 5; Columbus 0 of 2. GoaliesSan Jose, Nabokov 34-20-7 (19 shots-17 saves). Columbus, Leclaire 22-14-4 (32-28). A16,029 (18,136). T2:24. RefereesDave Jackson, Mick McGeough. LinesmenScott Driscoll, Brad Kovachik.

Sabres 2 4 2 8
Predators 0 3 1 4

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller stopped 24 shots for the Sabres, returning after missing eight minutes of the second period when his nose was bloodied by a Marek Zidlicky shot off his mask.

First Period1, Buffalo, Bernier 14 (Roy, Vanek), 4:33. 2, Buffalo, Bernier 15 (Lydman, Vanek), 14:07. PenaltiesKalinin, Buf (hooking), 14:42; Nichol, Nas (boarding), 17:57; Fiddler, Nas (roughing), 18:56; Roy, Buf (roughing), 18:56; Hamhuis, Nas (hooking), 19:12.

Second Period3, Buffalo, Paille 14 (Gaustad, Lydman), 2:01. 4, Nashville, Hlavac 10 (Zidlicky, Erat), 2:46. 5, Nashville, Arnott 23 (Dumont, Radulov), 3:20. 6, Buffalo, Peters 1 (Kaleta, Mair), 4:13. 7, Nashville, Arnott 24 (Zidlicky, Legwand), 7:53 (pp). 8, Buffalo, Pominville 19 (Kotalik, Pratt), 14:50. 9, Buffalo, Roy 25 (Bernier, Lydman), 17:49. PenaltiesKaleta, Buf (goalie interference), 7:33; MacArthur, Buf (hooking), 11:02; Paetsch, Buf, double minor (high-sticking), 19:19.

Third Period10, Nashville, Legwand 14 (Suter, Zidlicky), 3:04 (pp). 11, Buffalo, Connolly 6 (Lydman, Kotalik), 7:35. 12, Buffalo, Kotalik 19 (Connolly, Kalinin), 13:03. PenaltiesHordichuk, Nas, major (fighting), 6:48; Peters, Buf, major (fighting), 6:48; Tootoo, Nas, major (fighting), 6:49; Mair, Buf, major (fighting), 6:49; Lydman, Buf (high-sticking), 10:22; Fiddler, Nas, double minor (elbowing, roughing), 14:04; Nichol, Nas (roughing), 14:04; Kaltea, Buf (roughing), 14:04; Kalinin, Buf (roughing), 14:04; Nichol, Nas, double minor (roughing), 16:52; Gaustad, Buf, double minor (roughing), 16:52; Tootoo, Nas, double minor (slashing, roughing), 18:49. Missed Penalty ShotNichol, Nas, :34 seconds. Shots on GoalNashville 10-15-8—33. Buffalo 15-6-12—33. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 2 of 6; Buffalo 0 of 3. GoaliesNashville, Mason 17-19-6 (19 shots-14 saves), Ellis (14:50 second, 14-11). Buffalo, Miller (13-12), Thibault (3:58 second, 7-5), Miller 29-20-7 (11:02 second, 13-12). A18,690 (18,690). T2:36. RefereesKelly Sutherland, Don Van Massenhoven. LinesmenScott Cherrey, Mark Pare.

Leafs 0 1 2 0 4
Panthers 2 0 1 0 3
Maple Leafs win shootout 1-0

SUNRISE — Mats Sundin's second goal with 1:08 left forced OT for the Maple Leafs, and Tomas Kaberle scored the only goal of the shootout, sliding the puck between Tomas Vokoun's legs on Toronto's first attempt. Vesa Toskala sealed it when he blocked Olli Jokinen's wrist shot.

First Period1, Florida, Cullimore 2 (Glass, Larman), 9:27. 2, Florida, McLean 10 (Jokinen, Olesz), 17:13. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period3, Toronto, Williams 1 (Sundin, Tlusty), 6:56. PenaltiesSundin, Tor (tripping), :19; Skrastins, Fla (hooking), 14:46; McLean, Fla (diving), 16:42; Kubina, Tor (cross-checking), 16:42.

Third Period4, Toronto, Sundin 27 (Blake, Kaberle), 2:49 (pp). 5, Florida, Olesz 11 (McLean, Bouwmeester), 11:45 (pp). 6, Toronto, Sundin 28 (Wellwood, Moore), 18:52. PenaltiesOlesz, Fla (tripping), 1:46; Williams, Tor (hooking), 4:16; Toronto bench, served by Williams (too many men), 8:44; Stralman, Tor (interference), 11:40; Campbell, Fla (high-sticking), 13:58.

ShootoutToronto 1 (Kaberle G, Sundin NG, Steen NG). Florida 0 (Olesz NG, Peltonen NG, Jokinen NG). Shots on GoalToronto 12-9-12-4—37. Florida 10-12-14-4—40. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 1 of 3; Florida 1 of 4. GoaliesToronto, Toskala 25-19-5 (40 shots-37 saves). Florida, Vokoun 25-25-7 (37-34). A14,557 (19,250). T2:38. RefereesRob Martell, Mike Leggo. LinesmenThor Nelson, Pierre Racicot.

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