Hull pots goal No. 700

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003

DETROIT -- Brett Hull became the sixth player in NHL history to score 700 goals as the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Monday night.

Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) are the others in the 700-goal club. Only Gretzky got there quicker than Hull.

Patrick Boileau beat Evgeny Nabokov high to the stick side from the right circle for his second career goal with 2:37 remaining to win it.

Hull's big goal was a one-time wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle that slipped through Nabokov's pads. Pavel Datsyuk set up Hull for the goal with a cross-ice pass.

Hull, the son of Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, went seven games without scoring after reaching 699. He had a huge smile on his face as his Red Wings teammates jumped off the bench to celebrate with him.

Kris Draper, Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg got the other Detroit goals.

Wild 1, Flyers 0

PHILADELPHIA -- Manny Fernandez, making his first start since missing 13 games with an injured right knee, got his seventh career shutout.

Fernandez, who was hurt against Los Angeles on Jan. 6, turned away 30 shots. The Wild tied a franchise-record with their 12th road victory in their 27th game away from home. Minnesota didn't win its 12th road game last year until its 68th game and 36th away from home.

In his first shutout of the season, Fernandez was rarely tested. A tenacious Minnesota defense helped send the Flyers to their eighth shutout loss of the season, the most since they were blanked eight times in 1969-70.

Canucks 2, Blackhawks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Markus Naslund's NHL-leading 37th goal early in the third-period lifted the Canucks. Trent Klatt scored in the second period and Dan Cloutier made 23 saves as Vancouver extended its unbeaten streak to seven games.

Mark Bell spoiled Cloutier's shutout bid with 42 seconds left, but the Blackhawks failed to catch Anaheim for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Chicago wrapped up a seven-game road trip with a 2-4-1 record and has just two wins in the last 11 overall.

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