Denis posts shutout to lead Blue Jackets past Coyotes

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marc Denis made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and Mike Sillinger and Sean Pronger scored first-period goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Phoenix 2-0 on Saturday night to end the Coyotes' four-game winning streak.

Two men sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital after falling about 15 feet from the stands onto a concrete walkway during the second period.

In March 2002 at the Nationwide Arena, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was struck in the head by a puck and died two days later -- the first fan death from an injury at an NHL game.

The men were ''behaving recklessly'' when they fell onto a floor in front of the Zamboni storage area in the second period of Columbus' game against Phoenix, spokesman Todd Sharrock said.

Denis had his sixth career shutout as Columbus improved to 2-0-1-0 in its last three games after losing five straight.

Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1

TORONTO -- Ed Belfour made a season-high 50 saves for Toronto in the second game of a home-and-home series.

Travis Green scored the go-ahead goal in the third period for the Maple Leafs, who had only 19 shots and were coming off a 2-0 loss in New Jersey on Friday night.

Tom Fitzgerald also scored for the Maple Leafs, missing Mats Sundin, Mikael Renberg, Nik Antropov, Shayne Corson and Karel Pilar because of injuries. Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils.

Sabres 2, Senators 1, OT

OTTAWA -- Ales Kotalik scored his second goal of the game with 40.9 seconds left in overtime to lift Buffalo over Ottawa in a matchup of the NHL's two most financially troubled franchises.

Kotalik, who opened the scoring 48 seconds into the game, took Stu Barnes' two-on-one pass and scored his eighth goal of the season into an open left side.

Shaun Van Allen scored midway through the second period for Ottawa, which lost for the first time in four games against the woeful Sabres this season.

Capitals 2, Rangers 2

NEW YORK -- Matthew Barnaby's power-play goal with 3:37 left in regulation lifted New York into a tie with Washington.

Barnaby fired in a rebound of Tom Poti's point shot to give the last-place Rangers points in the standings for the third time in four games (2-1-1). Eric Lindros also scored for New York.

Mike Grier and Robert Lang scored second-period goals to give Washington a 2-1 lead. The Capitals have played overtime in three straight games, tying twice and losing once. The Capitals have earned points in 10 straight games, going 5-0-3-2.

Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- Jeff O'Neill scored two power-play goals to help Carolina snap a four-game losing streak.

Craig Adams and Erik Cole also scored goals for Carolina, shutout twice and outscored 18-6 during the losing streak. Joe Thornton and Glen Murray scored for Boston, 2-9-1 in its last 12.

Penguins 3, Islanders 2, OT

PITTSBURGH -- Martin Straka scored 42 seconds into overtime as Pittsburgh snapped New York's five-game winning streak.

It was Straka's first overtime goal in 501 regular-season games with the Penguins, who won in overtime for the first time this season (1-5-3) and snapped a five-game home winless streak against New York.

Mario Lemieux added his 19th goal, and Michal Sivek also had a first-period goal for Pittsburgh. New York's Mark Parrish and Arron Asham scored 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second period to tie it.

Blues 5, Lightning 1

ST. LOUIS -- Petr Cajanek and Martin Rucinsky scored short-handed goals on consecutive shots to start the second period in St. Louis' victory over Tampa Bay.

Cajanek added an even-strength goal, and Alexander Khavanov and Dallas Drake also scored for St. Louis. Andre Roy scored for Tampa Bay.

Blackhawks 3, Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jason York scored with 3:38 left in the third period to give Nashville a tie with Chicago.

Scott Hartnell and Andreas Johansson also scored for the Predators. Andrei Nikolishin, Kyle Calder and Sergei Berezin scored for Chicago.

Flames 3, Wild 2

CALGARY, Alberta -- Martin Gelinas scored two goals as Calgary remained undefeated under new coach Darryl Sutter.

Sutter has led the Flames to three victories and a tie since taking over the team a week ago.

Roman Turek made 22 saves for Calgary, and Toni Lydman added a goal. Andrew Brunette and Andrei Zyuzin scored for Minnesota, which entered the game with a four-game unbeaten streak.

Canucks 3, Panthers 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Todd Bertuzzi scored twice and set up Markus Naslund's winner with 9:09 left for Vancouver.

Bertuzzi has six goals and three assists in the last five games, and Naslund, the NHL leader with 28 goals, has seven goals and seven assists in his last seven games.

Brad Ference had a goal and an assist, and Marcus Nilson also scored for the Panthers, who failed to pick up a point for the first time in 15 road games.

Stars 3, Kings 2

LOS ANGELES -- Derian Hatcher and Jere Lehtinen scored the tying and go-ahead goals less than six minutes apart in the third period as Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Bill Guerin had a power-play goal and an assist, Ron Tugnutt made 17 saves, and Mike Modano added assists for the Stars, who have won three straight to increase their lead in the Pacific Division to 15 points over Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Mathieu Schneider had a power-play goal, and Lubomir Visnovsky also scored for the Kings, who have lost four straight.

Oilers 5, Canadiens 4, OT

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ryan Smyth scored his second goal of the game with a minute left in overtime for Edmonton.

Montreal's Richard Zednik tied it with 33 seconds remaining in the third period. With the Montreal net empty, Zednik put the puck behind Tommy Salo from close range for his 19th goal of the season.

Mike Comrie, Ales Hemsky and Jason Chimera added goals for Edmonton. Saku Koivu, Craig Rivet and Stephane Quintal also scored for Montreal.

Avalanche 6, Sharks 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Steven Reinprecht scored three goals and Patrick Roy made 40 saves for Colorado.

Jeff Shantz, Dan Hinote and Rob Blake added goals to help the Avalanche beat the Sharks for the fourth consecutive time and seventh straight game in San Jose.

Marco Sturm scored his 14th goal of the season for San Jose.

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