Solid Senators skate to second shutout

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

OTTAWA Peter Schaefer scored with 5:55 remaining in the third period and Patrick Lalime recorded Ottawa's second straight shutout in a victory over the New York Islanders.

Ottawa ended the Islanders' six-game winning streak by extending its own season-high unbeaten run to eight games.

Lalime made 32 saves for his 30th career shutout. Garth Snow, 9-4 since becoming the Islanders' No. 1 goalie, stopped 22 shots. New York failed to record a point for just the third time in 14 games (10-3-0-1).

Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2

BOSTON Shaone Morrisonn had a goal and an assist to help the Boston Bruins snap a nine-game winless streak at home with a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Felix Potvin preserved the victory when he robbed Tom Fitzgerald with a glove save with 29 seconds remaining. Potvin stopped 22 shots and won for the first time in Boston this season. He was 0-2-3 in his previous five appearances.

Morrisonn scored his first NHL goal for Boston, 0-5-4 during its winless streak.

Toronto is 0-2-1 since earning at least one point in a team-record 16 straight games.

Gary Roberts cut Toronto's deficit to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 10:58 of the third period when he redirected Ken Klee's shot from the point over Potvin's shoulder.

Morrisonn gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he took a drop pass from Martin Lapointe and beat Ed Belfour with 1:04 remaining in the first period.

Boston outshot Toronto 15-3 in the first period despite Bruins' defenseman Dan McGillis receiving a game misconduct and major penalty for checking Alexei Ponikarovsky from behind.

Belfour made 38 saves for Toronto.

Blues 5, Rangers 4

ST. LOUIS Chris Pronger scored the first of St. Louis' four power-play goals and Doug Weight added three assists for the Blues, who won for just the second time in seven games.

The Rangers, 3-2-0-1 in their last six, failed to win three straight for the fifth time this season.

St. Louis is 5-1-1 in its last seven against the Rangers. Blues coach Joel Quenneville earned his 300th NHL victory in the only regular-season meeting between the teams.

Reinhard Divis started his second NHL game for the Blues and made 39 saves.

Devils 2, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON Mike Grier's first goal since opening night and Joel Kwiatkowski's tying score in the third period gave Washington a draw with New Jersey.

Grant Marshall and Sergei Brylin scored power-play goals in the second period for the Devils, who dominated early while the Capitals piled up penalty minutes. Through two periods, the visiting Devils had more power-play shots (17) than the Capitals had total shots (12).

Predators 3, Penguins 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Kimmo Timonen scored two power-play goals and assisted on a third in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Martin Erat broke a 2-2 tie at 7:19 of the third period, beating Sebastien Caron through the legs.

Nashville's Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for his 81st career victory, tying the franchise record set by Mike Dunham.

Pittsburgh's Rico Fata opened the scoring with 51 seconds left in the first period, and Nashville tied it on Timonen's power-play goal midway through the second.

Tomas Surovy scored a power-play goal for Pittsburgh with 3:16 left in the second, and Timonen countered with his second power-play goal at 1:37 of the third.

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