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Handzus' late goal lifts Flyers past Tampa Bay

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:23 left as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Saturday.

Mark Recchi and Kim Johnsson each had a goal and an assist, and Robert Esche had 12 saves for the Flyers, who held Tampa Bay to a season-low 14 shots.

Handzus has a team-high five game-winning goals for Philadelphia, which won for the eighth time in nine games

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier, who is 22 years, 9 months, became the youngest active player to reach 100 goals.

Vaclav Prospal scored the other goal and Dan Boyle added two assists for the Lightning, winless in four games (0-3-1). They have lost five straight on the road.

Bruins 7, Blue Jackets 2

BOSTON -- Glen Murray, Jonathan Girard and P.J. Axelsson scored 2:48 apart in the second period and struggling Boston beat Columbus.

Joe Thornton, Mike Knuble, Bryan Berard and P.J. Stock scored Boston's other goals. The Bruins won for just the fourth time in 19 games (4-14-1) after opening the season 19-4-3-1.

Andrew Cassels and Jaroslav Spacek had Columbus' goals.

Senators 5, Capitals 2

OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson and Radek Bonk scored two goals each as Ottawa won its fifth straight game.

The Senators had a sellout for the second time in three games since majority owner Rod Bryden appealed for more fan support after the club filed for bankruptcy protection.

Martin Havlat also scored for Ottawa.

Patrick Lalime's shutout streak stretched to 184:06 before Michael Nylander gave Washington a 1-0 lead. Robert Lang had the other goal for the Capitals.

Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 2, OT

MONTREAL -- Nik Antropov scored 56 seconds into overtime as Toronto spoiled new Montreal coach Claude Julien's NHL debut.

Trailing 2-0 after the first, Montreal came back on Yanic Perreault's goal late in the second and Mariusz Czerkawski's score 12:54 into the third to force overtime.

Antropov's goal gave Toronto its third straight win. Travis Green and Robert Reichel scored 5:21 apart in the first for the Maple Leafs, who have won six of eight.

Mikael Tellqvist stopped nine of the 10 shots to claim the win after taking over from Trevor Kidd, who left in the third period.

Julien, who had no previous NHL coaching experience, was promoted from Hamilton of the AHL on Friday. He replaced Michel Therrien, fired after the Canadiens won just two of 12 games.

Panthers 3, Penguins 0

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots for his second consecutive shutout as Florida beat Pittsburgh.

The Penguins were without Mario Lemieux for the fifth time in six games. Lemieux, the NHL's leading scorer, is out because of a groin injury.

Olli Jokinen and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals, and Andreas Lilja added one in the third for Florida, which won its second straight after a nine-game winless streak at home was snapped Wednesday.

Devils 5, Hurricanes 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patrik Elias scored twice, and streaking New Jersey matched its season high with three power-play goals.

Michael Rupp, John Madden and Turner Stevenson also scored as the Devils extended their season-high unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). It was New Jersey's second victory over the Hurricanes in as many nights.

Kevyn Adams and Erik Cole scored for Carolina, winless in seven games (0-5-1-1). The defending Eastern Conference champion Hurricanes are 1-8-1-1 in their last 11.

The Devils, 29th in the league with the extra man, made the most of eight power-play chances. They killed off all five of the Hurricanes' man-advantages.

Blues 4, Blackhawks 2

ST. LOUIS -- Eric Boguniecki set up two goals in a 44-second span of the third period for St. Louis.

Martin Rucinsky benefited from Boguniecki's forechecking and beat rookie goalie Michael Leighton at 4:17 of the third to break a 1-1 tie. Alexander Khavanov scored on a one-timer off Boguniecki's setup from behind the net at 5:01.

The Blues are 5-1-0-2 in their last seven games and pulled six points ahead of the Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks earned at least one point in 14 of the previous 15 games (7-1-4-3).

Predators 3, Oilers 2, OT

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Andy Delmore scored 3:35 into overtime as Nashville rallied to beat Edmonton.

Delmore beat Jussi Markkanen from the slot for his 15th goal, to lift the Predators to their fourth straight victory over the Oilers. Vladimir Orszagh forced overtime by scoring his fourth goal in three games with 1:02 left in regulation.

Mike York and Jason Chimera scored for the Oilers, who ended their four-game homestand 2-1-0-1. They are 5-1-1-1 in their last eight.

Mighty Ducks 1, Wild 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 33 saves in his league-leading sixth shutout and Paul Kariya scored the only goal for Anaheim.

Giguere, who posted his 14th career shutout, is tied with Chicago's Jocelyn Thibault with six this season.

Kariya snapped a career-worst streak of 12 games without a goal when he scored in the first period. Just over five minutes in, Kariya intercepted a pass by Antti Laaksonen at the Wild blue line and ripped a slap shot past Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Sabres 1, Coyotes 0

PHOENIX -- Curtis Brown scored a short-handed goal early in the third period as surging Buffalo beat slumping Phoenix.

Martin Biron had 30 saves for his second shutout of the season and 13th of his four-year career. Rookie Zac Bierk stopped 22 shots for Phoenix, 0-4-1-1 since a season-high, four-game winning streak ended.

Bierk has 143 saves on 149 shots in five games, including four starts.

Stars 3, Sharks 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist to lead Dallas past San Jose.

Scott Young and Brenden Morrow also scored for the well-rested Stars, 7-3-2 in their last 12 games against the Sharks. Dallas played its first game in a week.

The Stars also extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2), their best run in nearly two years.

Dan McGillis scored for the Sharks, who fell to 1-5-2 in their last eight games.

Right wing Claude Lemieux played his first game for the Stars since he being traded by the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Flames 2, Kings 1, OT

CALGARY, Alberta -- Rob Niedermayer's breakaway goal 2:42 into overtime helped Calgary snap a five-game winless streak.

Flames defenseman Toni Lydman checked the puck away from Jason Allison in Calgary's end and it bounced into the neutral zone. Niedermayer chased it, with two Kings in close pursuit, and he raced in on goalie Felix Potvin to fire in a high shot.

Craig Conroy also scored for Calgary.

Ziggy Palffy scored a short-handed goal for Los Angeles, which has lost nine of 11.



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