Montreal's Souray sets single-game points record for defensemen

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2004

PITTSBURGH Sheldon Souray set a Montreal single-game record for points by a defenseman with a goal and five assists, and Canadiens rookie Michael Ryder had two goals and two assists in an 8-0 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Souray broke the team record of five points by defensemen Doug Harvey and Lyle Odelein, assisting on each of Montreal's first five goals the first four on the power play before scoring midway through the third period on a slap shot from the left point off a faceoff.

Souray's five assists were one short of the Montreal record of six, set by Elmer Lach in an 8-3 win over Boston on Feb. 6, 1943.

Montreal's power play, ranked ninth in the NHL, scored on four of five opportunities in the first two periods.

Bruins 2, Red Wings 1, OT

BOSTON Joe Thornton scored with 2:30 left in overtime to lead Boston past Detroit for its third straight win.

Dan McGillis charged the net and dumped the puck to a trailing Thornton, who beat Curtis Joseph for the winner and his ninth goal of the season.

It was Boston's second win over the Western Conference-leading Red Wings in four days, following a 3-0 win in Detroit on Wednesday.

Avalanche 4, Stars 2

DALLAS Alex Tanguay scored two of Colorado's three power-play goals in the second period against Dallas.

Milan Hejduk and Adam Foote each added a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who reached the halfway point of their season with 53 points. Only two Western Conference teams Detroit and Vancouver have more points.

Dallas, which had a conference-best 111 points last regular season, lost for only the second time in 11 games (5-2-4-0). But the Stars have 18 losses, one more than last season, with 44 points through 44 games.

Rangers 3, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Eric Lindros' goal and assist sparked a three-goal spurt within 1:38 of the first period, and the New York Rangers hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Islanders.

Chris Simon and Martin Rucinsky also scored for the Rangers, who rebounded from two poor losses this week against Calgary and Carolina to stretch their unbeaten streak against the Islanders to 5-0-2.

Justin Papineau and Mattias Weinhandl scored second-period goals for the Islanders, who have dropped two of three home games after winning seven straight there.

Sharks 5, Thrashers 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves to earn his 100th career win and San Jose scored three first-period goals to hand Atlanta its sixth straight defeat.

The first-place Sharks won for the 15th time in 24 games. Nabokov is 8-3-2 with three shutouts since returning from a strained groin on Dec. 11.

Alexander Korolyuk, Nils Ekman and Niko Dimitrakos all scored in the first period against Pasi Nurminen, who was pulled before the second period with only four saves.

Devils 1, Maple Leafs 0

TORONTO Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season, and Brian Gionta scored with 57 seconds left in the first period for New Jersey.

The win was the defending Stanley Cup champion Devils' first in regulation since they beat Pittsburgh 2-0 on Dec. 27 a span of seven games.

Toronto captain Mats Sundin and goalie Ed Belfour returned to the lineup, but the Maple Leafs lost their second straight. Sundin was suspended for throwing his broken stick into the stands. Belfour, who made 32 saves, missed three games with a strained groin.

Oilers 3, Flyers 0

PHILADELPHIA Tommy Salo stopped 26 shots for his 35th career shutout and 200th NHL win in Edmonton's victory.

Mike York had a goal and an assist, and Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Philadelphia is 0-3-1 in its last four games and has been held to one goal or less in three of those.

Predators 3, Blues 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jordin Tootoo scored a power-play goal and had an assist for his first multipoint NHL game in Nashville's win over St. Louis.

David Legwand and Jeremy Stevenson also scored for the Predators, who improved to 5-0-2-1 in their last eight home games. Chris Mason made 26 saves for his second victory in as many starts.

Eric Boguniecki scored for the Blues, who are winless in their last four games and have scored just three goals in those games.

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