Carolina scores, edges Boston too

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2001

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Josef Vasicek scored with 2:41 left, breaking a 12-game pointless streak as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 Sunday.

Marek Malik added an empty-net goal to make it 5-3 with 55 seconds left before Boston's Kyle McLaren scored with 10 seconds remaining.

The win moved the Hurricanes within one point of the Bruins for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Allison and Bill Guerin scored 2 1/2 minutes apart late in the second period to tie it at 2. The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead with 8:42 left on Rod Brind'Amour's goal.

Wild 3, Sharks 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota ended San Jose's streak of shutouts and road victories.


Carolina Hurricane's Bates Battaglia (13) tries to get the puck past Boston Bruins Peter Popovic (23) and goaltender John Grahame (47) during the third period, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker

The Sharks, on a league-best 10-game road unbeaten streak (6-0-4), lost their first road game since Dec. 23 at Buffalo. They were unbeaten (3-0-2) and had won three in a row since the All-Star break.

Antti Laaksonen beat Steve Shields in the second period, ending San Jose's stretch of holding opponents scoreless at a team-record 155 minutes, 28 seconds.

Scott Pellerin scored on a power play later for the Wild's second goal of the second period. Sylvain Blouin scored his first career goal in the third period.

Blackhawks 3, Kings 0

CHICAGO -- Tony Amonte had a goal and an assist and Jocelyn Thibault made 19 saves as Chicago beat Los Angeles.

Amonte reached the 30-goal mark for the sixth consecutive season.

Eric Daze opened the scoring with his second power-play goal in as many games. Michael Nylander scored an empty-net goal with a minute left.

Senators 4, Canadiens 0

OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime tied a team record with his fifth shutout this season as Ottawa extended its winning streak to four games.

Lalime, in his 11th career shutout, stopped 25 Montreal shots and tied the Senators' single-season high for shutouts set by Damian Rhodes in 1997-98.Radek Bonk scored twice, and Shawn McEachern and Daniel Alfredsson also tallied for Ottawa, which finished 4-1 in its season series against Montreal. Alfredsson and Alexei Yashin also had two assists.

Predators 3, Lightning 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scott Walker and Rob Valicevic scored 21 seconds apart in the third period as Nashville earned a dramatic victory over slumping Tampa Bay.

Walker tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal, and Valicevic put Nashville ahead seconds later to send the Lightning to their seventh straight loss.

Flames 4, Coyotes 1

PHOENIX -- Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Valeri Bure one as Calgary beat Phoenix.

Calgary earned its first victory at Phoenix since Dec. 22, 1996 and spoiled Wayne Gretzky's home debut as the newest Pheonix Coyotes' owner.

Red Wings 2, Stars 1

DALLAS -- Tomas Holmstrom scored a power-play goal in the third period, and Chris Osgood made 22 saves as Detroit extended its unbeaten streak to seven games, the current season record in the National Hockey League. Holmstrom also assisted on Nicklas Lidstrom's power-play goal in the first period that tied it at 1.

Detroit is 6-0-1 its last seven games, having trampled the Toronto Maple Leaves earlier this week.

The Red Wings, which have one the last seven games played in Dallas, took the season series from the Stars 3-1.

Canucks 3, Islanders 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Murray Baron scored the go-ahead goal 5:07 into the third period as Vancouver beat the New York Islanders.

Matt Cooke and Markus Naslund also scored for Vancouver, which won for the second time in as many nights despite a 1-for-9 effort with the man advantage.

Dan Cloutier, acquired Feb. 7 in a trade with Tampa Bay, stopped 22 shots for his first win in two starts with the Canucks.

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