Devils pluck Red Wings for win, snap two-game skid

Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patrik Elias had a goal and assist, and Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots as the New Jersey Devils snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Petr Sykora and Bobby Holik also scored for the Devils, who also got two assists from Jason Arnott. The Devils, who have gotten points in seven straight games (5-0-0-2), are unbeaten at home against Detroit in their last five meetings (4-0-1).

Darren McCarty scored the only goal for Detroit, which failed to pick up a point for only the third time in 14 games (8-3-1-2). Chris Osgood made 34 saves in the loss.

Bruins 5, Blues 1

BOSTON -- P.J. Axelsson had two goals and an assist, and Byron Dafoe stopped 27 shots to lead Boston to its fourth straight victory.

Sergei Samsonov, Brian Rolston and Bill Guerin also scored for Boston, which has won four in a row for the second time this month.

Jamal Mayers scored for St. Louis, which lost to Boston for the first time in eight games (5-1-2) and fell to 13-8-2 on the road.

Capitals 1, Senators 1

WASHINGTON -- Daniel Alfredsson scored a power-play goal with 18:35 left in regulation and Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime blanked Washington during the final 55 minutes.

Jeff Halpern scored in the first period and Olaf Kolzig had 32 saves for the Capitals, who gained a point on Carolina in the Southeast Division. The tie gave Washington 56 points, four more than the second-place Hurricanes in the league's weakest division.

Ottawa has a loss and a tie since winning five in a row. The Senators lead the Eastern Conference with 66 points, one more than New Jersey.

Lightning 4, Panthers 3

TAMPA, Fla. -- Todd Warriner snapped a 25-game goal-scoring drought with a pair of third-period goals as Tampa Bay stopped a 10-game losing streak.

Warriner twice gave the Lightning two-goal leads in the third period. His second, with 4:50 remaining, put Tampa Bay up 4-2. Rookie scoring leader Brad Richards had three assists for the Lightning, and Pavel Kubina had a goal and an assist.

Tampa Bay's losing skid equaled the second-longest in team history, matching a run during the 1997-98 season. Tampa Bay also dropped 13 straight in the 1997-98 season.

Ray Whitney had two goals for Florida, and Pavel Bure also scored to join Scott Mellanby (157) as the only players to score 100 goals in a Panthers uniform.

Penguins 6, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA -- Mario Lemieux scored a goal, assisted on two others and drew a record crowd in Atlanta as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Thrashers.

Lemieux scored in the final minute of Pittsburgh's four-goal second period, putting the Penguins ahead to stay and drawing cheers from even the hometown fans.

An overflow crowd of 19,008 turned out at Philips Arena for Lemieux's first regular-season game in Atlanta. The Penguins have played before 15 straight sellouts since their owner ended his 3 1/2-year retirement.

Martin Straka scored on a penalty shot and Jaromir Jagr scored an empty-netter for the Penguins, who also got goals from Ian Moran, Robert Lang and Kevin Stevens.

Shean Donovan, Gord Murphy and Andrew Brunette scored for the Thrashers, who couldn't hold a 2-0 lead against the high-scoring Penguins.

Oilers 5, Flames 3

CALGARY, Alberta -- Anson Carter had two goals and an assist as Edmonton scored three times in less than two minutes in the third period to rally for a victory over Calgary.

With Edmonton trailing 2-1 in the third, Carter assisted on Brewer's game-tying goal at 5:25. Carter then scored twice in 37 seconds to put the Oilers in control. The three goals came in a span of 1 minute, 49 seconds.

Tom Poti, Eric Brewer and Ethan Moreau also scored for the Oilers, who ended a three-game winless skid and won on the road for just the third time in their last 12 away from Skyreach Centre.

Jarome Iginla, Dave Lowry and Marc Savard scored for the Flames, who blew a third-period lead for the first time this season (16-1-4-1).

Kings 8, Stars 0

LOS ANGELES -- Luc Robitaille scored twice as Los Angeles snapped out of its offensive malaise with a rout of Dallas.

Jamie Storr's 10th career shutout matched the most lopsided shutout victory in Kings history. They also beat Vancouver by the same score on Feb. 24, 1983, behind Markus Mattsson, and did likewise to Toronto on Jan. 23, 1975, behind Rogie Vachon.

Rob Blake capitalized on a two-man advantage with his 17th goal, the most among NHL defensemen. Ziggy Palffy, Jozef Stumpel, Nelson Emerson, Steven Reinprecht and Ian Laperriere also scored for the Kings, helping end their three-game losing streak.

The Kings, who had only one goal in their previous three games combined, scored on three of their first nine shots against Ed Belfour.

Avalanche 3, Sharks 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Roy stopped 25 shots, and Chris Drury scored the go-ahead goal as Colorado extended its unbeaten streak to 10 with a victory over San Jose.

In a showdown between Western Conference powers, the Avalanche won their seventh straight game with a grinding defensive effort against the Sharks, who were coming off consecutive road wins over Dallas and St. Louis.

Shjon Podein and Ville Nieminen also scored for Colorado, which improved the NHL's best record to 35-8-8-1. The Avalanche also won at San Jose Arena for the second time in 10 days while picking up a point in their 16th consecutive game.

Alex Korolyuk scored the lone goal for San Jose.

Canucks 3, Wild 2, OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Mattias Ohlund scored 1:43 into overtime to lead Vancouver over Minnesota.

Ohlund took a backhand pass from Harold Druken at the blue line, deked Aaron Gavey in the high slot and fired a wrist shot past Jamie McLennan to lead the Canucks to their third win in eight games.

Druken had a goal and an assist, and Trent Klatt also scored for Vancouver, which trailed 2-1 after two periods.

Rookie Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist, and Gavey had a goal for Minnesota, which lost for the first time in three games and just the second time in the last six.

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