Bruins crown Kings, tick off third straight victory

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2002

BOSTON -- Bill Guerin scored his team-leading 24th goal and added two assists as the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-0 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel, both former Kings, combined for four points for the Bruins, while Boston snapped a six-game winless streak against Los Angeles.

Penguins 2, Sabres 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Johan Hedberg stopped 36 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins prepared to welcome back Mario Lemieux with a rare road win.

Stephane Richer's goal 46 seconds into the game stood up as the game-winner as the Penguins snapped a five-game road winless streak (0-3-2), and won for only the third time in their last 14 games.

Robert Lang sealed the victory, scoring with 1:20 left, while Hedberg recorded his fifth shutout of the season.

Lemieux, the Penguins captain and owner, has missed 24 games since undergoing hip surgery. He is expected to return Saturday.

Flyers 3, Devils 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Jiri Dopita and Keith Primeau scored within a 40-second span of the second period as the Flyers won their fifth straight at home.

Donald Brashear also scored for the Flyers, who increased their Atlantic Division lead to four points over the idle New York Rangers, who visit Philadelphia on Saturday. Roman Cechmanek, signed to a three-year-contract extension earlier in the day, had 34 saves for the Flyers.

Canadiens 4, Islanders 0

MONTREAL -- Oleg Petrov and Mike Ribeiro scored first period power-play goals and Jose Theodore stopped 26 shots to lead Montreal.

Canadiens defenseman Patrick Traverse was taken to a hospital with a head injury after being checked into the boards by Michael Peca with 6:06 remaining in the second period.

After he was immobilized, taken from the ice on a stretcher and moved to a hospital, a team spokesman said Traverse was conscious and able to move his arms and legs.

Wild 2, Predators 2, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sergei Zholtok scored twice in the second period as Minnesota skated to a tie against the Predators.

The Predators scored their goals in the second period, too, with Denis Arkhipov bringing Nashhville even at 1-all at 15:25, and Greg Johnson evening the score again at 16:46.

Blackhawks 2, Blue Jackets 1

CHICAGO -- Eric Daze and Steve Dubinsky scored and Steve Passmore stopped 20 shots for the Blackhawks.

Dubinsky, recalled earlier Thursday from Milwaukee of the AHL, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:46 left in the second period.

Hurricanes 4, Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Bates Battaglia scored two goals as the Carolina Hurricanes ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Battaglia put the Hurricanes ahead on the first period, and Jeff O'Neill made it 2-0 in the second period.

Shawn Horcoff scored to pull Edmonton within 2-1 at 12:21 of the third period when he chipped Josh Green's pass over goalie Arturs Irbe at the end of a rink-length rush for his fifth goal of the season.

But Josef Vasicek scored his 11th goal 1:31 later when he banked a wraparound shot off Janne Niinimaa's skate into the Edmonton net.

Battaglia added an empty-net goal at 18:35.

The Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes (21-16-5-5) went 2-for-4 on the power play. The Oilers (23-15-6-2) were 0-for-5 on the power play and now are 2-3-1-0 in their last six games.

Battaglia opened the scoring 6:03 into the game on a power play by deflecting David Tanabe's point shot past goalie Tommy Salo.

Ron Francis, who passed the puck to Tanabe at the blue line, was credited with an assist and now has points (six goals, five assists) in eight of his last nine games.

O'Neill made it 2-0 at 16:49 of the second with another power-play goal, scoring in his first game back after missing four in a row with back spasms. It was his 19th goal of the season.

Sami Kapanen picked up an assist for his team-leading 46th point of the season. Notes: Tom Poti and Daniel Cleary returned to the Oilers' lineup. Poti missed seven games with a broken finger on his left hand and Cleary missed 14 games following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. ... Ron Francis has six goals and 20 assists on the power play and leads the league in power-play points and assists. ... Rod Brind'Amour failed to earn a point, ending his scoring streak at five-games during which he had two goals and six assists.

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