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Habs' Theodore snaps skid

Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2004

NEW YORK Jose Theodore made 31 saves to snap his five-game losing streak, and Saku Koivu had a goal and two assists, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 4-1 Monday night.

The Canadiens, tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, lead the 12th-place Rangers by 13 points. With 20 games remaining, it appears New York will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

Theodore was 0-5 with an .873 save percentage since playing in the All-Star game.

Panthers 2, Bruins 0

BOSTON Roberto Luongo made 38 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, handing Boston its first regulation loss in 13 games. The last Bruins defeat in regulation was a 2-1 home loss to the Panthers on Jan. 24.

Darcy Hordichuk and Andreas Lilja scored for Florida, 4-2-2-0 under new coach John Torchetti.

Boston has been shut out seven times this season, with six at home, a franchise record.

Lightning 6, Capitals 3

WASHINGTON Martin St. Louis sparked Tampa Bay's four-goal third period with a goal and two assists. St. Louis, who also had an assist in the first period, helped the Lightning take command in a third period where they outshot Washington 14-2.

Fredrik Modin and Dave Andreychuk scored power-play goals 73 seconds apart in the third period to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead. The Lightning was on a power play after Washington's Rick Berry drew a five-minute penalty for spearing Martin Cibak plus a game misconduct with 17:12 left.

Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO Ron Francis scored his 545th goal, surpassing Maurice Richard for 20th place on the NHL's career list.

Erik Cole also scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who have won just two of their last 10 games.

Carolina went 2-for-3 on the power play after entering the game in a 0-for-11 slump. The Hurricanes are the worst ranked power-play team in the NHL.

Toronto went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

Red Wings 1, Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta Nicklas Lidstrom's goal midway in the third period Monday night lifted the Red Wings into a share of first place in the overall NHL standings with the idle Ottawa Senators.

Jason Chimera scored in the first period for the Oilers, who are 10th in the West and in an uphill battle to qualify for the playoffs.

The Red Wings gave Marc Lamothe his first NHL start in four years and only the third of his career so they could rest goalie Manny Legace.

Mighty Ducks 1, Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 37 saves in his season-high eighth straight start.

Jason Krog scored for the Mighty Ducks. Daymond Langkow scored and Brian Boucher made 23 saves for the Coyotes, who are 2-9-2-1 in their last 14 games. Phoenix's 10-13-5-2 home record and 27 points are the worst totals in the Western Conference.

Sharks 4, Blue Jackets 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. Jonathan Cheechoo scored the first of his two third-period goals on a penalty shot. Marco Sturm and Alyn McCauley scored first-period goals for the division-leading Sharks, who returned from a six-game road trip for their fourth victory in five games. Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves.

San Jose also extended the Blue Jackets' road winless streak to 11 games (0-8-3). Columbus hasn't won on the road since a 3-2 overtime victory at the Shark Tank on Jan. 8.

Cheechoo earned the first penalty shot of his career when he was pulled down by Anders Eriksson on a breakaway early in the third period. He beat Pascal Leclaire with a backhand for his 17th goal.

Kings 3, Predators 0

LOS ANGELES Ian Laperriere had his second consecutive two-goal game and Cristobal Huet made 21 saves for his fourth career shutout.

The Kings jumped from ninth in the Western Conference standings into a sixth-place tie with Nashville, and are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games against the Predators. Michael Cammalleri also scored and Eric Belanger had two assists, helping end Nashville's three-game winning streak.

The Predators, who totaled 18 goals over their previous three games and set a club record with eight Saturday night against Phoenix, were blanked by the Kings for the third time this season.



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