Yzerman nets assist to pass Super Mario

Posted: Friday, January 30, 2004

DETROIT Steve Yzerman moved past Mario Lemieux for sixth place on the NHL's career scoring list with his 1,702nd point in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Yzerman assisted on Tomas Holmstrom's goal, which gave the Red Wings a 4-2 lead midway through the third period. When his feat was recognized by the public-address announcer, Yzerman stood and raised a hand to the crowd.

Detroit's Curtis Joseph made 31 saves and got plenty of help from goal-scorers Brett Hull, Jamie Rivers, Mathieu Dandenault and Kris Draper.

Erik Rasmussen and Turner Stevenson scored for the Devils, who had won three straight.

Bruins 2, Islanders 1, OT

BOSTON Glen Murray scored his second goal of the game 2:25 into overtime, giving Boston a victory over New York.

The Bruins had lost two straight at home but improved to 6-2-1-0 in their last nine games in Boston. Andrew Raycroft made 23 saves.

Murray, who leads the team with 17 goals, stole the puck from Jason Blake at center ice and beat goaltender Rick DiPietro with a backhand flip on a breakaway.

Canucks 4, Blues 2

ST. LOUIS Magnus Arvedson scored two goals for the second straight game and Vancouver extended its winning streak to four with a victory over slumping St. Louis.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver. Arvedson and Markus Naslund sparked the Canucks' four-goal third period, scoring in a span of 1:42 to end Chris Osgood's shutout bid and put Vancouver ahead.

Canadiens 3, Wild 2, OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. Richard Zednik scored with 27.9 seconds to play in overtime to lift Montreal over Minnesota, snapping the Canadiens' three-game losing skid.

Mike Ribeiro, who tied it in the third period, assisted on Zednik's goal. Patrice Brisebois also had a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Garon stopped 27 shots in place of Jose Theodore.

Lightning 5, Penguins 1

TAMPA, Fla. Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist, and Tampa Bay sent Pittsburgh to its eighth straight loss.

The All-Star forward has nine goals including five in the past three games and 16 points during an eight-game point streak.

Tampa Bay won all four meetings between the teams this season, outscoring the NHL's worst team 23-4.

Brad Richards, Pavel Kubina, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Lukowich also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who have a nine-point advantage over second-place Atlanta.

Ryan Malone had the Pittsburgh goal. The Penguins have lost 14 of 16.

The biggest development for the Penguins took place before the game when the team announced goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the June draft, will return to his junior team in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on Friday.

Predators 6, Blue Jackets 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio Scott Walker tied the Nashville franchise record for career goals, leading the Predators past Columbus.

Walker's 15th goal of the season gave him 81 with the Predators, tying Cliff Ronning for the career mark. In his sixth season with Nashville, Walker has 81 goals in 347 games.

Nashville's Wyatt Smith scored his first goal in more than a year. Kimmo Timonen, Martin Erat and Vladimir Orszagh each had a goal and an assist, and Marek Zidlicky and Andreas Johansson had three assists apiece.

Scott Hartnell also scored, and Zidlicky tied a career high with his three assists.

It was the most goals scored by the Predators this season. They ran their record to 13-0-0-1 when they score at least four times.

Trevor Letowski matched his career high with two goals and three points for Columbus, and Geoff Sanderson and Tyler Wright added goals.

Capitals 5, Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. Bates Battaglia broke a third-period tie and Peter Bondra scored twice to help Washington beat Carolina.

Justin Williams scored twice in the second period for the Hurricanes, who have lost all four meetings with Washington this season.

Battaglia tapped in a cross-crease pass from Anson Carter with 6:13 left to make it 4-3. The assist was Carter's first with the Capitals since he was acquired for Jaromir Jagr in a Jan. 23 trade with the New York Rangers.

Robert Lang also scored for Washington, and Mike Grier added an empty-net goal.

Carolina's Bret Hedican tied it 3-3 midway through the third.

Senators 4, Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. Jason Spezza scored twice and added an assist to lead Ottawa over Phoenix.

Daniel Alfredsson and Josh Langfeld added goals, and Brian Smolinski had a pair of assists for the Senators, who won for the fourth time in five games to pass Toronto for the Northeast Division lead.

Shane Doan scored his 19th goal for the Coyotes, who lost their second straight and fell to 2-5-1-1 since moving into new Glendale Arena on Dec. 27.

Oilers 5, Blackhawks 2

EDMONTON, Alberta Shawn Horcoff scored twice and Edmonton extended Chicago's club-record road losing steak to 19 games.

George Laraque, Fernando Pisani and Ethan Moreau also scored for the Oilers, who ended their three-game losing skid and improved to 3-0 against Chicago this season.

Tommy Salo stopped 30 shots for Edmonton, which is 2-4-1-0 in its last seven games overall.

Kyle Calder opened the scoring in the first minute and Bryan Berard also had a goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight and are 1-7 in their last eight games.

Chicago hasn't won on the road since beating the Predators 2-1 in Nashville on Nov. 7. The Blackhawks only have one road point since then, losing 3-2 in overtime against Vancouver on Nov. 20.

Avalanche 3, Kings 3

LOS ANGELES Derek Armstrong scored the tying goal with 3:15 left in the third period, and Los Angeles rallied from two goals down for a draw with Colorado.

Alexander Frolov and rookie Scott Barney scored power-play goals for the Kings.

Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and Travis Brigley also scored for the Avalanche, who extended their road unbeaten streak to seven games. They are 12-1-2 in their last 15 overall.

Peter Forsberg extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist.

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