Flyers rip Devils, control Atlantic Division

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. John LeClair had a goal and two assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers opened a seven-point lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night.

LeClair set up goals by Mark Recchi and Kim Johnsson in a 2:28 span bridging the first and second periods as Philadelphia snapped a five-game winless (0-3-1-1) streak on the road.

Robert Esche made 20 saves for the Flyers.

Penguins 4, Stars 0

PITTSBURGH Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 45 shots for his sixth career shutout and Pittsburgh snapped Dallas' nine-game unbeaten streak.

Aubin established a Pittsburgh record for saves in a shutout, his first since Oct. 12, 2002.

Matt Bradley and Aleksey Morozov scored 1:03 apart in the second period. Mike Eastwood and Jon Sim also scored for Pittsburgh, which owns the NHL's worst record, but is 5-2-1 in its last eight games. The Penguins have won three straight for the first time since Jan. 13-17, 2003.

Rangers 2, Thrashers 0

ATLANTA Jaromir Jagr scored late in the first period and Mike Dunham recorded his second shutout of the season as the New York Rangers beat Atlanta for the first time in more than two years.

New York's Bobby Holik scored an empty-netter with nine seconds left, his 20th goal of the season.

Maple Leafs 5, Panthers 0

TORONTO Ed Belfour made 15 saves for his seventh shutout of the season, and Gary Roberts scored twice as Toronto defeated Florida.

Belfour recorded his 72nd career shutout, putting him ahead of Harry Lumley for 10th on the NHL career list. Belfour, plagued recently by a sore back, was rarely tested as the Panthers managed just 12 shots throughout the first two periods.

Blues 3, Islanders 2

ST. LOUIS Pavol Demitra scored his 21st goal 1:01 into overtime to give St. Louis a sweep of a home-and-home series with the New York Islanders.

Keith Tkachuk and Alexander Khavanov scored power-play goals for St. Louis and Chris Osgood made 22 saves as the Blues extended their unbeaten streak to four games.

Shawn Bates and Mark Parrish scored for the Islanders. Parrish scored his 17th goal on the Islanders' only shot of the second period. Bates scored his ninth on New York's next shot, 1:26 into the third period.

Bruins 3, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Joe Thornton scored his second goal with 1:52 remaining, lifting Boston to its third win in five games.

Mike Knuble also scored in the third period and had an assist, and Dan McGillis and Glen Murray each had two assists as the Bruins stayed close to Ottawa and Toronto in the Northeast Division.

Nashville, which came into the game seventh in the Western Conference, desperately needed at least a point. The Predators thought they had forced overtime when Steve Sullivan scored a power-play goal to tie it at 2 at 17:26 of the third.

Oilers 1, Flames 1

CALGARY Shawn Horcoff scored for Edmonton at 9:53 of the third period to offset a goal by Ville Nieminen, lifting the Oilers into a tie with Calgary.

Nieminen scored 2:33 into the third for Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for the Flames.

Wild 4, Sharks 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. Zbynek Michalek and Alexandre Daigle scored goals 1:35 apart in the second period, and Minnesota ended a seven-game winless streak.

Matt Johnson and Alex Henry also scored as the Wild snapped a six-game winless skid on the road.

Alexander Korolyuk scored twice for the Sharks, who lost at home for the first time in nine games and third straight overall. Scott Hannan also scored for San Jose.

Kings 3, Coyotes 2

LOS ANGELES Luc Robitaille scored his 650th goal with 3:10 remaining, and Los Angeles extended Phoenix's winless streak to nine games.

Derek Armstrong had a goal and an assist, Alexander Frolov also scored and Cristobal Huet made 19 saves for the Kings, who remained tied with St. Louis for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.

Mike Comrie and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix less than 2 1/2 minutes apart in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit.

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