Bruins stay hot by topping Montreal

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

BOSTON -- Martin Lapointe scored his first goal since the second game of the season and Jeff Hackett stopped 28 shots against his former team as the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 6-3 on Thursday night.

Glen Murray, P.J. Axelsson, Nick Boynton, Kris Vernarsky and Joe Thornton scored Boston's other goals. Brian Rolston had three assists for the Bruins, 4-1-0-1 in their last six games.

Former Bruins Mariusz Czerkawski and Joe Juneau had Montreal's goals, with Czerkawski collecting a pair.

Hackett, acquired via San Jose on Jan. 23 after being dealt by Montreal earlier that day, still was wearing his Canadiens' pads and mask Thursday. He was tested early as Murray was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking 10 seconds into the game. But Hackett stopped the few chances the Canadiens got.

Even though his new equipment arrived in the first week after the trade, Hackett has still worn the red, white and blue pads and mask he had with Montreal -- an odd sight with the Bruins playing their longtime rivals.

Flyers 2, Senators 2

OTTAWA -- Eric Chouinard scored in the first period and assisted on Jeremy Roenick's goal in the second for Philadelphia Flyers. Chouinard, acquired from Montreal on Jan. 29, scored his second goal in three games with Philadelphia before setting up Roenick's 18th goal of the season.

Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek made 43 saves as Ottawa outshot Philadelphia 45-30 overall, including a 19-11 margin in the opening period.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists, setting up first-period goals by Zdeno Chara and Todd White.

Rookie Martin Prusek subbed for Senators All-Star goalie Patrick Lalime, who missed the game because of the flu. Prusek is 9-1-1 for Ottawa.

Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 2, OT

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nik Antropov scored a rebound goal with 1:11 left in overtime. Antropov scored from in close after Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped a shot by Bryan McCabe. The goal came after Tampa Bay's Nolan Pratt hit the goalpost.

Trevor Kidd made 34 saves for Toronto, which has won eight straight against the Lightning. The Maple Leafs are 16-2 overall at Tampa Bay.

Jonas Hoglund and Mikael Renberg had the other Toronto goals. Both scored for the first time in 13 games.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Dave Andreychuk scored for Tampa Bay.

Panthers 6, Penguins 0

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux was ejected for fighting late in Pittsburgh's loss. Lemieux, who had eight penalty minutes heading into the game, picked up 29 with 5:12 to play. He slashed Florida's Brad Ference and then dropped his gloves against the fourth-year defenseman. Lemieux, who was upset with Ference for a second-period cross-check to his back, was assessed minor penalties for slashing and instigating, a major penalty for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct.

Kristian Huselius and Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists each and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for his fifth shutout.

Pittsburgh has lost four consecutive games and five of its last six home games. The Penguins, trying to avoid missing the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1988, are 1-6-1 in their last eight games.

Avalanche 1, Red Wings 0

DETROIT -- Patrick Roy recorded his 64th career shutout, tying him with Toronto's Ed Belfour for the most by any active goaltender. Alex Tanguay scored for the Avalanche, who left Brett Hull waiting to join the 700-goal club. Hull has not scored in six games.

Roy made 28 saves and earned a shutout against the Red Wings for the first time. His three shutouts this season have come in the past six games.

Belfour blanked Florida on Wednesday night for his 64th.

Colorado is 5-0-2 since losing to Detroit on Jan. 16 at home, and is unbeaten in a season-best seven games. Detroit is winless in its past five games, has won only once since beating the Avalanche, and is 5-8-1-1 in 2003.

Blues 4, Rangers 4, OT

ST. LOUIS -- Keith Tkachuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored two goals apiece, and each got one late in the third period.

Pavol Demitra had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who are 2-0-2 in their last four games and rallied from an early 2-0 deficit after pulling goalie Brent Johnson. Steve Martins also scored for the Central Division leaders, who finished with Fred Brathwaite in the net.

The Rangers remained winless (0-1-1-1) in three games under Glen Sather, who has promised the team will make the playoffs. New York, which got two assists from Matthew Barnaby, is tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference. Bobby Holik got his 250th career goal and Boris Mironov also scored for the Rangers.

Flames 2, Blackhawks 2

CALGARY, Alberta -- Chris Drury scored the tying goal and goaltender Jamie McLennan made 30 saves, including 10 in overtime for Calgary.

Kyle Calder put Chicago ahead 2-1 at 7:19 of the third period, but the lead lasted just 25 seconds. Oleg Saprykin worked his way out of a corner and slid a pass in front to Martin Gelinas, whose poke at the puck was stopped by goalie Steve Passmore. Drury put in the rebound.

Chicago started overtime with 1:41 left on a power play and managed six shots on goal, most of them dangerous chances. The Blackhawks' final chance came in the waning seconds on a two-on-one. Steve Sullivan fed a pass across to Sergei Berezin cutting in, but McLennan stacked his pads for the save.

Jarome Iginla also scored for Calgary, and Lyle Odelein scored for Chicago.



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