Bruins stretch unbeaten run to four games

Posted: Friday, January 09, 2004

BOSTON Patrice Bergeron scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 2:52 remaining to help the Boston Bruins extend their unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sean O'Donnell and Mike Knuble also scored for Boston. After winning three games in December and going 0-5-4 in nine games at home, the Bruins are 3-0-1 in their last four.

Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2

RALEIGH, N.C. Josef Vasicek scored twice in Carolina's three-goal second period, lifting the Hurricanes over New York.

Kevyn Adams also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight. Carolina, the NHL's lowest-scoring team, got three goals in a game for the first time since beating Edmonton 3-2 on Dec. 9.

Panthers 4, Flyers 3, OT

PHILADELPHIA Florida rookie Nathan Horton became the youngest player in NHL history to score on a penalty shot and added another goal in the Panthers' overtime win over Philadelphia.

Valeri Bure scored the winner for the Panthers with 2:04 left in overtime on a slap shot from the left circle that sailed over the glove of goaltender Jeff Hackett.

Islanders 3, Oilers 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Justin Papineau scored a power-play goal early in the third period and another with 1:18 left, sending New York back to its winning ways with a victory over Edmonton.

Papineau fired a shot past a screened Ty Conklin just 1:24 after Cory Cross got the Oilers even with a shot from the blue line.

Senators 7, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO Bryan Smolinski scored and also assisted on two of Ottawa's five first-period goals as the Senators won their sixth straight with a rout of short-handed Toronto.

Chris Neil, Wade Redden and Radek Bonk also scored in the first seven minutes. Ottawa tied a club record by extending its unbeaten streak to 11.

Lightning 4, Canadiens 1

MONTREAL Martin St. Louis had two goals and two assists for his first career four-point game, leading Tampa Bay past Montreal.

St. Louis assisted on Fredrik Modin's short-handed goal early in the second, and scored at 4:49 to put Tampa Bay up 2-1. He assisted on Ruslan Fedotenko's goal later in the period, and added his second of the game his 14th of the season in the third.

Predators 4, Avalanche 3, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jason York scored at 1:12 in overtime, and backup goaltender Chris Mason stopped 31 shots for his first career victory to help Nashville beat Colorado.

Both Simon Gamache and Andrew Hutchinson scored their first NHL goals, and Greg Johnson added a goal and an assist for Nashville, which beat Colorado at home for the first time since Dec. 26, 2000.

Blackhawks 3, Flames 1

CHICAGO Steve Sullivan broke a tie with a power-play goal 2:34 into the third period and Chicago beat Calgary.

Bryan Berard added an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left.

Stars 2, Thrashers 1

DALLAS Steve Ott and Scott Young scored, and Jason Arnott had two assists for Dallas, which beat Atlanta for the eighth time in as many all-time meetings.

Marty Turco, who learned earlier in the day that he'd been voted the Western Conference's starting goaltender for the NHL All-Star game, had 15 saves for Dallas.

Canucks 3, Kings 1

LOS ANGELES Magnus Arvedson scored Vancouver's first two goals, doubling his season total, and Daniel Sedin also scored to help the Canucks extend Los Angeles' winless streak to 10 games.

The Kings learned leading scorer Ziggy Palffy, injured Wednesday night, will be out indefinitely because of a dislocated right shoulder that might require season-ending surgery.

Blue Jackets 3, Sharks 2, OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 24th goal with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to give Columbus its first win ever in San Jose.

Moments after Columbus goalie Marc Denis stopped Wayne Primeau on a breakaway, Nash fired a hard shot past Evgeni Nabokov for a power-play goal. Nash also had an early assist in the Blue Jackets' first victory in seven games at the Shark Tank.

Scott Thornton forced overtime by scoring his second goal of the night with 57 seconds left in regulation for the Sharks, whose franchise-record home unbeaten streak ended at 11 games.

Mark Hartigan and Tyler Wright also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for just the third time in their last 17 games. Columbus also escaped last place in the NHL and improved to 3-13-1-2 on the road.

Denis stopped 34 shots to win for just the second time in his last 11 decisions.

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