Avalanche crush Wings in front of Detroit faithful

Posted: Sunday, February 15, 2004

DETROIT Alex Tanguay scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and David Aebischer made 28 saves in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Tanguay scored off a rebound, and Joe Sakic had a power-play goal midway through the third to put Colorado ahead 4-2.

Flyers 6, Rangers 2

PHILADELPHIA Sean Burke stopped 25 shots for his 300th career victory, and Philadelphia's fifth straight win.

Burke won his second straight game both against the Rangers since being acquired from Phoenix on Monday.

Devils 4, Hurricanes 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta set each other up for first-period goals, helping the Devils end a three-game losing streak.

Jeff Friesen and Mike Rupp also scored for the Stanley Cup champions. Martin Brodeur made 14 saves, allowing only Jeff O'Neill's goal. Carolina is 0-4-2-0 in its last six games.

Blackhawks 2, Bruins 1, OT

CHICAGO Tuomo Ruutu knocked in his own rebound four minutes into overtime to extend the Blackhawks' winning streak to a season-high three games.

Chicago's Bryan Berard tied it on a power play with 8:56 remaining in regulation. P.J. Axelsson had a second-period goal for Boston, 6-2-0-2 in its last eight games.

Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen was credited with a goal when Toronto's Robert Reichel accidentally put the puck into an empty net in the Sabres' victory.

With Toronto down 5-4, Reichel tried to pass the puck from behind Buffalo's net, but the puck went all the way down the ice and into the empty net. Noronen, the last Buffalo player, to touch the puck was credited with the goal.

Sharks 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio Marco Sturm scored with 16.1 seconds left in overtime on the Sharks' franchise-record 50th shot.

It was the Sharks' first overtime victory of the season after going 0-5-11 in their first 16. Sturm's goal also ended the Sharks' four-game road losing skid.

Senators 5, Canadiens 2

OTTAWA Zdeno Chara had a goal and two assists, and Patrick Lalime made 20 saves for the Senators.

Jason Spezza, Wade Redden, Bryan Smolinski and Shaun Van Allen also scored to help Ottawa complete a perfect homestand with its third win in a row since the All-Star break.

Lightning 3, Panthers 2

TAMPA, Fla. Martin St. Louis scored his NHL-leading seventh short-handed goal, and Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

St. Louis made it 3-1 on a breakaway with 1:18 left in the second period, his 28th goal of the season.

Blues 3, Penguins 2, OT

ST. LOUIS Eric Boguniecki scored with 2:54 left in overtime for the Blues, handing Pittsburgh its 14th straight loss.

Keith Tkachuk and Christian Backman also scored for the Blues, who blew an early two-goal cushion against the NHL's worst team but recovered to end a four-game losing streak at home.

Coyotes 3, Stars 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. Daymond Langkow and Ladislav Nagy had a goal and an assist apiece, and Brian Boucher made 32 saves to help Phoenix end an eight-game winless streak.

Mike Comrie, acquired Monday from Philadelphia for goalie Sean Burke, scored his first goal for Phoenix.

Mighty Ducks 2, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Anaheim's Sergei Fedorov became the first Russian-born player to reach 1,000 NHL points with a second-period assist, then set up the game-winner in the third.

Fedorov reached the milestone three minutes into the second, winning a draw cleanly back to Keith Carney, who beat Johan Hedberg with a one-time slap shot from the point.

Artem Chubarov tied it 6:54 into the third, but Fedorov helped set up Petr Schastlivy's goal six minutes later.

Fedorov, a 14-year NHL veteran who spent his first 13 seasons in Detroit before signing with Anaheim this summer, has 419 goals and 582 assists. He's the fifth European player, and 67th in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.

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