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Blues prevail in OT

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2004

SUNRISE, Fla. Pavol Demitra's second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday.

The Blues snapped a three-game road losing streak. They hadn't won away from home since beating Columbus on Dec. 29.

Olli Jokinen scored for Florida, which has only one victory in its last 12 games against St. Louis (1-9-2).

Blues goaltender Chris Osgood finished with 21 saves, improving to 12-1-5 in 20 career games against Florida.

Roberto Luongo, who made an NHL season-high 50 saves in a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday night, stopped 32 shots for the Panthers.

Bruins 5, Rangers 2

BOSTON Sergei Samsonov scored a goal and added two assists to lead Boston past New York for its sixth win in seven games.

The Bruins scored twice in the opening 5:14, improving to 7-1-1-0 since Jan. 1 and 5-0-1-0 in their last six home games.

Joe Thornton, Brian Rolston, Glen Murray and Jiri Slegr also scored for Boston. Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves.

Chris Simon and Eric Lindros had goals for the Rangers.

The teams combined for 44 penalty minutes during a 2:29 stretch midway through the second. Lindros knocked Thornton out of the game with a punch to his left eye. Thornton sustained a small fracture in his left cheekbone and is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

Islanders 5, Senators 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Roman Hamrlik and Oleg Kvasha scored 21 seconds apart in the third period to rescue New York from another collapse against Ottawa.

Cliff Ronning scored twice in his fourth game with the Islanders, and Jason Blake added a goal to give New York just its second home win against Ottawa in 19 games.

The 38-year-old Ronning, signed 10 days earlier as a free agent, got his 300th NHL goal to make it 5-2 with 6:09 left. He has three goals this season, his 16th.

Avalanche 5, Lightning 4, OT

TAMPA, Fla. Milan Hejduk scored his second goal of the game on a penalty shot 59 seconds into overtime, giving Colorado a victory over Tampa Bay.

It was only the third time an NHL game ended on a penalty shot in overtime. Philadelphia's Michal Handzus scored against the New York Rangers on Dec. 5, 2002, and Nashville's David Legwand also beat the Rangers on Dec. 23, 2000.

Hejduk, who also had two assists, was awarded the penalty shot after getting tripped from behind by defenseman Brad Lukowich. Hejduk calmly skated in and beat goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin with a wrist shot high to the glove side.

Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves and Niko Dimitrakos had a goal and an assist to help San Jose beat Detroit in a meeting of division leaders.

Todd Harvey also scored for the surprising Sharks, who hung on for their third straight win against a first-place team following victories over Vancouver and Colorado. San Jose has won 11 of its last 15, earning at least a point in 13 while surging to a healthy lead in the Pacific Division.

Flames 5, Mighty Ducks 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Martin Gelinas and Oleg Saprykin scored a little more than two minutes apart in the second period, sending Calgary past Anaheim.

The Flames won in Anaheim for the first time since January 13, 1999, ending a nine-game winless stretch (0-6-3) at the Pond.

Predators 2, Wild 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tomas Vokoun stopped 26 shots and Nashville beat Minnesota to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games.

Vladimir Orszagh scored a short-handed goal in the second period for the Predators, who won for the fifth time during their current string. They have not lost in 10 straight home games.

Stars 3, Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Marty Turco made 10 of his 25 saves in the third period, lifting Dallas over Vancouver.

Pierre Turgeon, Bill Guerin and David Oliver scored for the Stars, who moved into eighth place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of idle Los Angeles.

Dallas improved to 6-1-2 in its last nine road games.



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