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Luongo stones Leafs as Panthers triumph

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2004

SUNRISE, Fla. Juraj Kolnik had two goals and an assist, and Roberto Luongo made 33 saves for his second consecutive shutout to help the Florida Panthers beat Toronto 4-0 Wednesday night.

It was the sixth shutout of the season for Luongo, who beat Boston 2-0 Monday night. Luongo came in leading the NHL in saves and ranked second with a .934 save percentage.

Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, unbeaten in their last five (3-0-2). Florida moved within seven points of the idle New York Islanders for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio Tuomo Ruutu had two goals and an assist and Kyle Calder added the winning score and two assists.

Columbus scrambled back from a 3-1 deficit to pull even early in the third period. But Calder redirected Ruutu's slap shot from the top of the right circle with 3:50 left.

Stephane Robidas added a short-handed goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who are averaging four goals over their last six games.

Hurricanes 2, Capitals 1

WASHINGTON Erik Cole and Jeff O'Neill had goals in the Hurricanes' first win in six games against the Capitals this season. It gave them points in five straight games.

Cole tipped a shot past Washington goalie Sebastien Charpentier late in the first period to gave Carolina a 1-0 lead. O'Neill's goal, with the Hurricanes holding a two-man advantage midway in the second period, put Carolina up 2-0.

Devils 8, Sabres 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur became the first NHL goaltender to win 30 games in nine straight seasons and the Devils made it easy for him. The Devils had their highest-scoring game since October 2000.

Brodeur (30-17-10) had to make only 20 saves in moving ahead of recently retired Patrick Roy for consecutive 30-win seasons.

Lightning 4, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA Vincent Lecavalier sneaked behind the Atlanta defense with 1:24 remaining for his second goal. Tampa Bay won at Philips Arena for the first time in eight games.

Brad Richards scored early in the third period, Cory Stillman added an empty-net goal and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 23 shots.

Mighty Ducks 4, Oilers 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Joffrey Lupul had his second two-goal game in the NHL and fellow rookie Chris Kunitz had two assists. The Ducks snapped the Oilers' seven-game winning streak against them.

Niclas Havelid and Samuel Pahlsson scored second-period goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves for the Ducks, who had not beaten the Oilers since Giguere's 2-0 victory on April 5, 2002.

It was Anaheim's longest losing streak against one team in the franchise's 11-year history.

Cory Cross and Igor Ulanov scored for the Oilers and Tommy Salo made 28 saves.

Kings 1, Stars 1

DALLAS Alexander Frolov's goal with 5:55 left in regulation lifted the Kings.

Brenden Morrow gave the Stars the lead midway through the second period, and Dallas goaltender Marty Turco seemed headed for his second straight shutout before Frolov's 20th goal.

The Stars stretched their home unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3), matching the New York Islanders for the NHL's longest current home streak.

Penguins 4, Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. The Pittsburgh Penguins snapped an 18-game winless streak when Ric Jackman scored with 3:12 left in overtime.

The Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the Coyotes' first game since making a coaching change.

Ryan Malone and Aleksey Morozov scored second-period goals, the latter coming with 26 seconds left in the period, and the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit for their first win since Jan. 12 at Philadelphia.

The Penguins spoiled the return of Phoenix interim coach Rick Bowness, who took over the club after Bobby Francis was fired Tuesday.

Bowness previously coached the club for 28 games on an interim basis in 1989 when the franchise was located in Winnipeg.



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