Flyers inch by Sabres for fourth straight win

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Williams scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

The Atlantic Division-leading Flyers have won four straight. Buffalo had won two in a row after losing seven straight.

Lightning 1, Red Wings 0

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season and 30th overall, and Brad Richards scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period.

Richards scored the game's only goal at 2:18 of the final period. Vaclav Prospal stole the puck in the corner, skated toward the left-circle and sent a pass to Richards in the low slot.

Islanders 6, Penguins 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Dave Scatchard scored a career-high three goals in New York's second straight offensive outburst at home.

Scatchard scored twice in the Islanders' second four-goal period in as many home games and then finished his first career hat trick with his 13th goal of the season early in the third period.

Hurricanes 3, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley scored two goals but the Atlanta Thrashers squandered a pair of leads.

Arturs Irbe stopped three breakaways as the Hurricanes fought back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. Sami Kapanen deflected in a shot from the blue line for the tying goal with 9:04 left in the third period.

Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 2

TORONTO -- Alexander Mogilny scored the go-ahead goal with 6:06 left as the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their home unbeaten streak to 12.

Ed Belfour made 40 saves for the injury-riddled Maple Leafs, who are 12-0-1 at the Air Canada Centre since beating the Bruins on Nov. 19.

Devils 3, Canadiens 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Slump-ridden Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice in a 3:13 span in the third period to lead the New Jersey Devils.

Patrik Elias also scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots as the Devils extended the Canadiens' winless streak to seven games (0-4-1-2), which covers the length of Montreal's road trip.

Hurricanes 3, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley scored two goals but the Atlanta Thrashers squandered a pair of leads.

Arturs Irbe stopped three breakaways as the Hurricanes fought back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. Sami Kapanen deflected in a shot from the blue line for the tying goal with 9:04 left in the third period.

Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 2

TORONTO -- Alexander Mogilny scored the go-ahead goal with 6:06 left as the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their home unbeaten streak to 12.

Ed Belfour made 40 saves for the injury-riddled Maple Leafs, who are 12-0-1 at the Air Canada Centre since beating the Bruins on Nov. 19.

Devils 3, Canadiens 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Slump-ridden Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice in a 3:13 span in the third period to lead the New Jersey Devils.

Patrik Elias also scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots as the Devils extended the Canadiens' winless streak to seven games (0-4-1-2), which covers the length of Montreal's road trip.

Stephane Quintal and Marcel Hossa scored for the Canadiens, who were hurt by two calls by referee Kerry Fraser.

Predators 2, Blues 1, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Andy Delmore scored a power-play goal with 16 seconds left in overtime as the Nashville Predators snapped an eight-game winless streak against the St. Louis Blues.

Delmore, who also scored Nashville's other goal, won the game when he poked a rebound of Clarke Wilm's shot past St. Louis goaltender Brent Johnson.

Stars 7, Kings 4

DALLAS -- Jere Lehtinen had his second career hat trick and Darryl Sydor scored two power-play goals, helping the Dallas Stars stretch their unbeaten streak to a season-best seven games.

By scoring their most goals this season, the Stars convincingly avenged their only home loss in regulation and stretched their Pacific Division lead over the Kings to 16, easily the largest in the NHL.

Flames 4, Avalanche 2

DENVER -- Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist each as the Calgary Flames remained unbeaten in five games under new coach Darryl Sutter.

Calgary had just 17 shots, but still scored four goals for the third time in five games. Roman Turek stopped 31 shots as the Flames improved to 4-0-1 since Sutter was hired on Dec. 28.

Colorado lost for just the third time in 10 games under coach Tony Granato, who played his last four years in the league for Sutter in San Jose.



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