Dallas Stars clobber tired-looking Sabres

Posted: Monday, March 05, 2001

DALLAS -- Jere Lehtinen and Ted Donato scored first-period goals over a span of 1:02, and the Dallas Stars increased their lead in the Pacific Division with a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Buffalo Sabres.

Mike Modano added a short-handed goal and an assist, and Mike Keane had a goal to help Dallas move three points ahead of idle San Jose.

Darryl Sydor matched his career high with three assists, and Ed Belfour had 19 saves for Dallas.

Jean-Pierre Dumont had a second-period power-play goal for the Sabres, coming off Saturday's 3-2 overtime victory at Colorado. Buffalo was 7-2 over its previous nine games.

Buffalo, playing its third game in four days, looked like a tired team in the first period. The Sabres were outshot 7-2 and outscored 2-0.

Hurricanes 6, Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO -- Sandis Ozolinsh had three goals and an assist, and Jeff O'Neill, Martin Gelinas and Kevin Hatcher also connected for Carolina, which scored four straight goals in third period. Eric Daze, Michael Nylander and Boris Mironov scored for the Blackhawks, whose four-game unbeaten streak, which included three wins, was snapped. Daze has 13 goals and two assists in his last 13 games.

Predators 5, Rangers 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Randy Robitaille scored two third-period goals and had two assists, and Cliff Ronning added two goals and one assist for Nashville.

Robitaille, recalled by the Predators from the minors March 1, broke the game open in the third period. At 2:21, he fired a wrist shot from the blue line that went through traffic and past New York goaltender Kirk McLean.

Devils 6, Lightning 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Arnott, Petr Sykora and Scott Gomez each scored two goals, and Martin Brodeur earned his seventh shutout of the season. The Devils limiting the Lightning to only three third-period shots in their fourth straight.. Gomez played for the first time after missing five games with a back injury.

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