Renney tops Islanders in debut

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2004

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Tom Renney debut as Rangers coach Thursday night couldn't have gone better in a 6-3 victory over the Islanders. Glen Sather stepped down Wednesday as Rangers coach after a 90-game stint over two seasons. He kept his jobs of team president and general manager.

The Rangers completed their second six-game season series sweep over the Islanders in a campaign that will likely see them miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season. They are 8-0-2 in their last 10 against the Islanders.

The Islanders hadn't lost at home since Jan. 10, the last time the Rangers visited.

Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist, and Chris Simon added two goals.

Canadiens 3, Bruins 2

BOSTON Craig Rivet scored with one minute left in overtime and Jose Theodore made 37 saves. Montreal is 4-1 in its last five games.

Rivet scored the winner when he skated past the Boston defense and put a shot from the slot past goalie Andrew Raycroft.

Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3

TAMPA, Fla. Brad Richards had two goals and an assist, Pavel Kubina and Vincent Lecavalier had the other goals for the Lightning, who have an 18-point lead over second-place Florida in the Southeast. Tampa Bay is 13-1-1-4 over the past 19 games.

Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves for his 200th career win (200-183-57).

Alex Mogilny, Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk scored for Toronto, which has lost three straight.

Predators 4, Wild 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dan Hamhuis and Steve Sullivan each scored early power-play goals, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 27 shots.

Vladimir Orszagh added a goal and an assist, Andreas Johansson had a short-handed goal and Martin Erat had two assists for Nashville, which has won four of five.

Vokoun got the 12th shutout of his career, his second this season against a Minnesota team that has not scored against the Predators in Nashville since March 6, 2003. The Wild outshot Nashville 27-23 but went 0-for-7 on the power play.

Flyers 1, Senators 1

OTTAWA Sean Burke made 39 saves as Philadelphia remakined one point in front of Ottawa in the overall Eastern Conference standings.

Marian Hossa scored his 27th goal on the Senators' second of three power plays before the midway mark of the opening period. Simon Gagne had a power-play goal for Philadelphia, which was outshot 40-18.

Blues 2, Avalanche 2

DENVER St. Louis' Dallas Drake and Keith Tkachuk scored second-period goals to offset two goals by Colorado's Milan Hejduk.

A minute into overtime, St. Louis had a goal disallowed when it was ruled Pavol Demitra slapped the puck past Aebischer with his hand. It was the head coaching debut of St. Louis' Mike Kitchen, who replaced the fired Joel Quenneville on Tuesday.

Colorado is winless in its last six home games (0-3-2-1), scoring just six goals. Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay, the NHL's fifth-leading scorer, sustained an upper-leg injury in the first period and did not return.

Canucks 3, Sharks 2, OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Defenseman Brent Sopel scored his second power-play goal of the game 2:14 into overtime.

The Sharks were whistled for too many men on the ice 35 seconds into overtime. The rebound of Markus Naslund's shot from the left circle bounced straight to Sopel on the other side, leaving him with an unguarded net.

Mattias Ohlund tied the game with 3:06 left in regulation.

Red Wings 2, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta Pavel Datsyuk set up both Detroit goals, including Steve Thomas' winner late in the second period.

Thomas scored the only goal of the middle period, when Detroit was outshot 14-5, to put the Red Wings up 2-0.

That goal came in handy in the third period, when the Flames came on strong. They got a goal from Chuck Kobasew on a hard slap shot with 7:51 remaining.

Calgary lost its fourth game in its last five.

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