Isles improve standing by commanding Habs

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2003

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Michael Peca's shorthanded goal 4:44 into the final period helped the New York Islanders defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Thursday night and move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, which leapt over Montreal in the standings with the win.

Niklas Sundstrom had given the Canadiens an early lead, while goalie Jose Theodore stopped 28 shots. It was the first regulation loss for the Canadiens in seven games (3-1-2-1), and snapped a modest two-game winning streak.

Garth Snow stopped 22 shots for the Islanders, who head into the All-Star break with a 11-4-0-2 record since the Christmas break.

Lightning 3, Hurricanes 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis scored three goals and John Grahame made 24 saves for his fourth straight win.

St. Louis completed his first hat trick with a rebound goal with 1:40 left in the third period. It was his 27th goal of the season.

Tampa Bay is 4-1-1 in its last six games.

Blue Jackets 2, Predators 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Espen Knutsen scored his first goal since Oct. 29 and Marc Denis stopped 33 shots.

Knutsen was playing just his second game since returning after missing 39 games due to an abdominal injury and surgery.

With the score tied at 1 early in the third period, Knutsen beat defenseman Andy Delmore to the puck near mid-ice and turned him around. Knutsen streaked up the ice, snapping a wrister low past Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the left circle just as defenseman Karlis Skrastins closed on the play.

The goal, which came at the 3:19 mark, was Knutsen's third of the season.

Capitals 2, Penguins 1

WASHINGTON -- Kip Miller's 11th goal of the season snapped a third-period tie and gave the Washington Capitals the win.

Miller scored with 8:29 remaining in the game, taking advantage of Michael Nylander's quick thinking. When Nylander couldn't get the puck on his forehand 10 feet in front of the Penguins net, he pushed the puck back to Miller, who connected from between the circles.

Red Wings 2, Panthers 2

DETROIT -- Roberto Luongo stopped 33 shots and Viktor Kozlov scored with 12:30 left in regulation.

Kozlov tied the game at 2 after two shots left Detroit goaltender Manny Legace out of position. Darren McCarty put Detroit ahead 2-1 midway through the second period with his 10th goal, doubling his total for all of last season.

Maple Leafs 5, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA -- Tie Domi scored a goal, picked up his 200th career point and got into a fight as the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Atlanta Thrashers their second loss in eight games since Bob Hartley took over as coach.

Domi took a big hit from Jeff Cowan early in the game, which seemed to rile up the Toronto enforcer.

Devils 5, Flyers 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur came within 1:58 of posting his fourth straight shutout against Philadelphia and defenseman Ken Daneyko had a rare goal and an assist.

Scott Niedermayer, Mike Rupp, Jay Pandolfo and Scott Gomez also scored as the first-place Devils took advantage of some shoddy goaltending to open a five-point lead in the Atlantic Division heading into the NHL All-Star break.

The loss was the fourth straight for the slumping Flyers, who even handed in the wrong lineup card, forcing them to play a part of the first period with only 11 skaters.

Blackhawks 3, Bruins 1

BOSTON -- Theo Fleury scored a pair of goals and Jocelyn Thibault made 44 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks broke a six-game winless streak.

Fleury's power-play goal at 8:15 of the first period gave Chicago a 1-0 lead. It was his eighth goal this season and came on a rebound off the stick of Kyle Calder.

He added his second goal of the game, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead, at 6:57 of the third period on a slap shot through the legs of Boston goalie Jeff Hackett.

Blues 2, Sabres 1, OT

ST. LOUIS -- Keith Tkachuk scored with 1:34 left in overtime and the St. Louis Blues, with two sick goalies, held the Buffalo Sabres to 17 shots.

The Blues lead the Central Division with 66 points, two more than the Red Wings, heading into the All-Star break. The Sabres have 41 points, tied for the NHL's worst with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Dallas Drake scored the tying goal early in the third period for St. Louis, which got off 32 shots but struggled to get the puck past Martin Biron. Biron has three shutouts in the last five games.

Avalanche 4, Rangers 3, OT

NEW YORK -- Greg de Vries scored 2:29 into overtime to spoil Glen Sather's debut as coach of the Rangers.

Sather, the Rangers' president and general manager who took over for the fired Bryan Trottier on Thursday, saw his team rally from a two-goal deficit to take a third-period lead before falling in overtime for their fourth straight loss.

Alex Tanguay scored twice, including the tying goal with 4:18 left in regulation, and Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, unbeaten in five games (3-0-2).

When de Vries scored the game-winner, Sather threw his hands up in disgust and tossed his chewing gum to the floor.

Canucks 3, Oilers 3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Rookie Jason Chimera scored 5:40 into the third period as the Edmonton Oilers rallied twice from deficits.

Chimera, who had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Minnesota one night earlier, took a pass from Brian Swanson alone in the slot and waited out Dan Cloutier before putting a shot just under his outstretched blocker.

Eric Brewer and Scott Ferguson also scored for the Oilers, who trailed 2-0 after the first period and 3-2 after the second.

Kings 3, Senators 0

LOS ANGELES -- Backup goaltender Jamie Storr earned his 15th career shutout in place of the injured Felix Potvin and Ziggy Palffy scored twice in the third period.

Bryan Smolinski snapped a scoreless tie early in the second period with his 200th career goal. The victory made the Kings 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Eastern Conference-leading Senators.

Mighty Ducks 4, Sharks 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Petr Sykora scored a goal and added two assists and Adam Oates scored in his third straight game.

Jason Krog and Steve Rucchin also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games and enter the All-Star break above .500 for the first time ever.

The Ducks scored three goals in the opening period on their way to beating San Jose for the first time in three meetings this season.

Owen Nolan, who tied his career-high by scoring a goal in his sixth consecutive game, scored twice for the Sharks.

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