Devils work into overtime to bring Capitals down to lowercase

Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias scored both New Jersey goals, including the winner 2:17 into overtime, lifting the Devils a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Corey Schwab, giving Martin Brodeur a rare day off, made 18 saves to improve to 2-0-1 this season.

Jaromir Jagr scored for Washington, which received 29 saves from Olaf Kolzig.

Schwab, in only his third appearance this season, made a big pad stop on Bates Battaglia's breakaway midway through the first period to prevent another Washington goal.

Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 0

TORONTO Robert Esche made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season and Michal Handzus scored twice as Philadelphia completed a home-and-home series sweep of Toronto.

The Flyers also beat Toronto 4-1 on Friday night, and have outscored the Maple Leafs 21-3 in their last four meetings.

Todd Fedoruk and Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers, who tied Toronto for the most points in the Eastern Conference (59).

Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins is expected to miss at least six weeks after he broke his arm during a collision with Roenick.

Islanders 4, Sabres 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Kenny Jonsson had a goal and assist, and Rick DiPietro made 27 saves to lead the New York Islanders over Buffalo.

Cliff Ronning, Dave Scatchard and Janne Niinimaa also scored for New York, and Oleg Kvasha and Arron Asham each had a pair of assists. New York has won nine of 11 at home.

Senators 4, Bruins 0

OTTAWA Martin Havlat had two goals and two assists, and Martin Prusek made 20 saves in Ottawa's victory over Boston.

Brian Pothier and Wade Redden also scored to help the Senators end the Bruins' seven-game unbeaten streak. The Bruins' last loss also was to the Senators, on Dec. 30.

Panthers 2, Lightning 1

SUNRISE, Fla. Roberto Luongo made 50 saves and Olli Jokinen scored two third-period goals to lead Florida past Tampa Bay.

Luongo kept Florida in the game in the first two periods while the Panthers were being outshot 34-9. The Panthers snapped a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) despite being outshot 51-15.

Martin St. Louis scored the only goal for the Lightning, which could've tied the team record of six consecutive victories and set the franchise mark of five consecutive road wins.

Rangers 2, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL Alexei Kovalev scored with 5:06 remaining in regulation to lift the New York Rangers into a tie with Montreal.

Montreal's Pierre Dagenais, who scored his fifth goal in six games in the first, hit the post in overtime.

Rangers goalie Mike Dunham made 25 saves, including a sprawling stop to deny Michael Ryder the Canadiens' other goal scorer later in the extra frame.

Blues 2, Wild 2, OT

ST. LOUIS Doug Weight scored on a power play with 1:37 remaining in regulation to give St. Louis a tie that extending Minnesota's overtime unbeaten streak to 24 games.

The teams have tied twice in the last two weeks. That's a common occurrence for the Wild, who lead the NHL with 14 ties and are the only team without an overtime decision.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild, who earned the tie despite being outshot 34-17 and going 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

Scott Mellanby also scored for the Blues, who are in a 4-7-4 slump. St. Louis is 2-0-2 in its last four against the Wild.

Predators 2, Oilers 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Scott Walker scored a goal and assisted on another, and Nashville beat Edmonton to stretch its unbeaten streak to six games.

Both teams were scoreless in the first period, and the Predators held the Oilers to only two shots.

Greg Johnson scored a short-handed goal at 8:28 of the third period to make it 2-0.

Edmonton prevented the shutout with only nine seconds remaining when Ryan Smyth battled in a crowd around the right post and poked the puck past Tomas Vokoun, who finished with 21 saves.

Sharks 2, Avalanche 1

DENVER Nils Ekman scored early in the third period and Vesa Toskala made 32 saves for San Jose.

The Sharks are 10-2-1-1 in their last 14 games. Colorado had its four-game winning streak snapped but still is 8-1-0-1 in its last 10.

Colorado's John-Michael Liles and San Jose's Scott Thornton each scored in the first period. The Avalanche were without forward Peter Forsberg, a late scratch because of a groin injury.

San Jose was missing its leading scorers, Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm, who were sidelined with injuries.

Mighty Ducks 2, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Vaclav Prospal scored the go-ahead goal and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped Daniel Sedin on a penalty shot, leading Anaheim over Vancouver.

Todd Simpson also scored and Giguere made 24 saves for the Mighty Ducks, who earned their first victory of 2004. They are 1-5-3-0 since last winning on New Year's Eve.

Prospal ended a 17-game goal drought, snapping home a cross-crease pass from Joffrey Lupul midway through the second period.

Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks, who are 0-4-2-0 in their last six home games.

Stars 3, Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott scored late in the third period, rallying Dallas past Calgary.

The Flames also lost captain and leading scorer Jarome Iginla to a left leg injury after he got tangled up with Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk along the boards in the second period.

Further details about Iginla's injury were not immediately available.

Brenden Morrow got the other goal for Dallas. The Stars are 5-1-2 in their last eight games away from home.

Chris Clark and Martin Gelinas scored for Calgary.

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