Maple Leafs refuse to play to level of lowly Penguins

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2004

PITTSBURGH Joe Nieuwendyk scored a goal and set up another, and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided a letdown against the NHL's lowest-points team with a 5-0 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nieuwendyk, Tie Domi and Alexei Ponikarovsky had multiple-point games to support Trevor Kidd's first shutout in more than two years, helping the Maple Leafs halt a four-game winless streak.

Kidd turned aside 25 shots in only his fourth game this season and second victory. Ed Belfour sat out with a leg injury sustained Sunday in practice.

Flames 5, Rangers 0

NEW YORK Jamie McLennan made 36 saves for his second shutout in four starts to lead Calgary to its fifth straight road victory.

Andrew Ference scored two goals and set up another, and Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which snapped a three-game winless streak. The Flames are 9-5-0-2 on the road.

Iginla, Ference and Matthew Lombardi scored in the first period. Denis Gauthier made it 4-0 in the second, which began with Mike Dunham replacing Jussi Markkanen in the net for New York.

Devils 3, Oilers 2, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias set up the tying goal late in the third period and scored on a deflection 41 seconds into overtime to give slumping New Jersey the victory.

Turner Stevenson and Sergei Brylin also scored and Martin Brodeur had 23 saves to help the Devils win for only the second time in seven games (2-2-2-1).

Ethan Moreau and Raffi Torres scored for Edmonton, which came in with a three-game (2-0-1) unbeaten streak and a three-game road winning streak.

Red Wings 6, Predators 0

DETROIT Curtis Joseph made 26 saves for his 43rd career shutout, and Jason Woolley and Kris Draper scored twice each for Detroit.

Woolley also had an assist. Nicklas Lidstrom and Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist each, and Steve Yzerman had two assists.

Detroit beat Nashville for the first time this season after losing the first three against the Predators. It was Joseph's second shutout of the season.

Blues 1, Wild 1

ST. LOUIS Minnesota's Dwayne Roloson gave up a goal in the opening minute, then shut out the St. Louis the rest of the way.

Mark Rycroft scored at the 29-second mark of the first period for the Blues and Andrei Zyuzin tied it midway through the second period. The rest was all goaltenders as Roloson and Chris Osgood of St. Louis made 23 saves apiece.

Doug Weight got an assist for his 800th career point for St. Louis, moving him one point ahead of teammate Keith Tkachuk. Weight has 219 goals and 581 assists, reaching the milestone in 839 games.

Tkachuk has 417 goals and 382 assists in 813 games, but failed to score for the first time in 14 games.

Sharks 2, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Patrick Marleau scored with 38.6 seconds left in the third period, lifting San Jose over Vancouver.

Marleau, playing for the first time since being named temporary Sharks captain for the next 10 games, pounced on a turnover just inside the Vancouver blue line and beat Dan Cloutier between the legs with a 25-foot wrist shot.

Vancouver outshot the Sharks 38-17, but couldn't solve Vesa Toskala, who started his second straight game after No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov left the team to attend a funeral in Toronto.

Scott Thornton tied it 8:46 into the third period just 92 seconds after Henrik Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver and the Sharks improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

Stars 2, Mighty Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Rob Niedermayer scored on a power play midway through the third period against the NHL's top penalty-killing unit and Petr Sykora had two assists as Anaheim rallied for a tie with Dallas.

Steve Rucchin also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves for the Ducks, who are 6-12-4 with two overtime losses since a season-best three-game winning streak in mid-November.

Jere Lehtinen had a goal and an assist and Scott Young also scored for the Stars, who have tied four of their last five games.

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