Avs top Red Wings again

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche kept Brett Hull out of the 700-goal club and their unbeaten streak alive.

Milan Hejduk had three goals and Radim Vrbata scored the winner with 7:08 left as Colorado extended its unbeaten string to eight games with a 5-3 victory over Detroit on Saturday.

It was the second meeting in three days between the last two Stanley Cup champions. The Avalanche also beat the Red Wings 1-0 on Thursday night in Detroit.

Adam Foote added a goal for Colorado, 6-0-2 in the past eight games -- its longest streak since going 10 games without a defeat late in 2001. The Avalanche haven't lost since a 4-2 setback to Detroit on Jan. 16.

Hull's bid to become the sixth player to reach 700 goals has stalled during a seven-game drought, his longest of the season.

Penguins 5, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- Mario Lemieux had four assists to become the 10th player in NHL history with 1,000 as Pittsburgh broke a four-game losing streak with a victory over Boston.

Alexei Kovalev and Steve McKenna each had two goals for the Penguins, coming off a 6-0 home loss to Florida on Thursday night. In that game, Lemieux was ejected after fighting.

Flyers 2, Rangers 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Sami Kapanen scored the tiebreaking goal in his first game with Philadelphia.

Kapanen, acquired Friday in a deal with Carolina, has just seven goals this season after scoring 27 last season.

It was the Flyers' second power-play goal of the game, tying their high this season. Marcus Ragnarsson scored with the man advantage to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the second.

Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin scored his 25th and 26th goals as Toronto won its season-high fifth straight.

Jyrki Lumme also scored, and Ed Belfour made 32 saves for the Maple Leafs, who are on their longest winning streak since winning five in a row Dec. 6-15, 2001.

Senators 3, Thrashers 1

OTTAWA -- Shaun Van Allen and Daniel Alfredsson scored special-teams goals and Marian Hossa added his 34th goal into an empty net for Ottawa.

Van Allen scored a short-handed goal in the first and Alfredsson broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal in the second.

Islanders 3, Sabres 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Oleg Kvasha scored his eighth goal of the season 8:42 into the final period for New York.

Aaron Asham tied it earlier in the third period for the Islanders, while Shawn Bates added a short-handed empty-net goal with 8.5 seconds left. The Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak as Garth Snow turned aside 28.

Lightning 4, Panthers 4, tie

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jay Bouwmeester scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in regulation as Florida overcame a three-goal deficit to tie Tampa Bay.

Olli Jokinen scored his 27th and 28th goals for Florida, with the second pulling the Panthers within a goal with 8:14 to play.

Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Panthers, and set up Bouwmeester's tying slap shot that got past Nikolai Khabibulin.

Blues 4, Sharks 1

ST. LOUIS -- Keith Tkachuk scored his seventh goal in five games to snap a second-period tie as St. Louis beat San Jose to improve to 3-0-2 in its last five games.

Dallas Drake added his third goal in four games, Pavol Demitra and Doug Weight also scored, and Al MacInnis had two assists for the Blues. Jonathan Cheechoo scored for the Sharks.

Predators 3, Blue Jackets 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Legwand scored two goals and Scott Walker had three assists for Nashville.

Andy Delmore also scored for the Predators. Espen Knutson and David Vyborny scored for Columbus.

Stars 3, Coyotes 1

PHOENIX -- Jere Lehtinen's tiebreaking goal in the second period helped Dallas extend its unbeaten streak to five games.

Ulf Dahlen also scored for the Stars, who have lost just once in their last 18 games (13-1-4-0) while outscoring their opponents 61-33. Rob DiMaio had an empty-net goal with 50.1 seconds to go.

Ron Tugnutt, who absorbed the only loss during the Stars' streak when he allowed three goals in the first period to Tampa Bay on Jan. 24, had 18 saves, including 12 after Paul Ranheim scored Phoenix's goal in the first period.

Blackhawks 3, Oilers 0

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Jocelyn Thibault made 29 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout, and Chicago's Steve Thomas, Tyler Arnasson and Sergei Berezin scored third-period goals.

Thibault, who has 34 career shutouts, broke a tie with Toronto's Ed Belfour and Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the league shutout lead.



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