Canadiens top Devils, stretch win streak to five

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2004

MONTREAL Jason Ward gave the Montreal Canadiens their latest last-minute win.

Ward scored a power-play goal with 24 seconds left in regulation Monday night and Montreal extended their season-high winning streak to five with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

The Canadiens won their previous two games in overtime after scoring the go-ahead goal with less than 1:00 left in a 4-2 win over Ottawa on Feb. 24.

''We found a way to win,'' Ward said. ''Earlier in the season we found a way to tie or we lost a couple of games in the last minute, but we've got some great leadership on this team and we're certainly pulling together at the right time of the year.

"We've just got to keep a good thing going here.''

Ward scored his third goal with New Jersey captain Scott Niedermayer in the penalty box, backhanding a rebound of Francis Bouillon's point shot past goalie Martin Brodeur.

Lightning 3, Avalanche 0

DENVER Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis scored third-period goals and Nikolai Khabibulin had his 35th career shutout.

Brad Richards also scored for the Lightning in their fifth straight win. They set a franchise record for road wins in a season at 18. The Lightning are 9-0-1-2 in their last 12 games.

Khabibulin had 16 saves in his third shutout of the season. Colorado's David Aebischer had 26 saves.

Colorado's home-ice woes continued. The Avalanche are winless in their last seven home games (0-4-2-1) and have scored only six goals in those games. They also are 1-5-1-1 in their last eight games overall.

Blackhawks 2, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Chicago goaltender Adam Munro earned a tie in his first NHL game, stopping 33 shots.

Chicago tied it with 1:44 remaining in regulation when Matt Keith scored his first goal of the season, by pushing the puck under goalie Tomas Vokoun from a crowd in front of the net.

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