McCarty leads Wings past Leafs

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2001

DETROIT -- Darren McCarty had a goal and an assist, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

The Red Wings improved to 7-0-1 in their past eight home games.

Kirk Maltby put Detroit up 1-0 when he crashed the net and scooped up a rebound, beating goaltender Curtis Joseph in the first period. It was Maltby's first goal since Jan. 9, a nine-game drought.

Toronto tied it when Shayne Corson one-timed a shot from the slot, beating Detroit's Chris Osgood.

But McCarty, who has struggled this season, got his 10th goal with 17:09 remaining.

The win tied the series between the longtime rivals at 270-270-92.

Devils 4, Senators 4

OTTAWA -- Rob Zamuner scored an unassisted goal midway through the third period of a wide-open game. Zamuner intercepted Scott Stevens' cross-ice pass in the New Jersey zone and fired a shot past goalie Martin Brodeur to keep Ottawa within one point of the Eastern Conference-leading Devils.

New Jersey's Petr Sykora broke a 3-3 tie 1:34 into the third period on a breakaway. Sykora scored for the fifth straight game, extending his point-scoring streak to a career-best nine games.

Alexander Mogilny scored twice for the second straight game for New Jersey.

Predators 3, Blue Jackets 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Legwand scored two power-play goals in the second period, leading the Predators to their fourth straight win.

Nashville, which has never made the playoffs, moved within two points of eighth-place Edmonton in the Western Conference. The Predators have reached the .500 mark at 24-24-7-2.

Columbus lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 12, ending an eight-game (4-0-2-2) streak of scoring points in every game.

The Predators avenged an earlier 5-1 home loss to Columbus in their only other meeting.

Blues 4, Lightning 1

ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra scored his first goal in three games since returning from an eye injury and added an assist.

Ladislav Nagy and Alexander Khavanov each had a goal and two assists for St. Louis, which is one point behind Colorado for first place overall. Blues backup goalie Brent Johnson started his second straight game with Roman Turek suffering from tendinitis in his left elbow and raised his record to 17-4-1.

Khavanov added a third-period power-play goal for the Blues, who had been 0-for-17 with the extra man.

Kings 4, Hurricanes 2

LOS ANGELES -- Bryan Smolinski and Kelly Buchberger each scored twice in the second period and Glen Murray had two assists.

Jamie Storr made 28 saves, helping the Kings end Carolina's five-game road unbeaten streak in a matchup of the ninth-place teams from each conference. Los Angeles is two points behind eighth-place Edmonton.

Rod Brind'Amour and Ron Francis scored third-period goals for the Hurricanes, who squandered an opportunity to overtake idle Boston and move into the eighth and final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Canucks 0, Sharks 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Bob Essensa and Steve Shields were both perfect. Essensa finished with 31 saves and Shields stopped 26 as the teams skated to the first scoreless draw ever in Vancouver. It was the Canucks' first since a 0-0 tie in San Jose on Dec. 18, 1997. It was the Sharks' first scoreless game since Jan. 19, 2000, in Colorado.

It was Essensa's first shutout with the Canucks and 18th of his career. His last shutout, Feb. 1, 2000, also came against San Jose while he was playing in Phoenix.

Shields started for the second time in as many nights and recorded his first shutout of the season and ninth of his career. His last shutout was April 3, 2000, in Edmonton.

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