Penguins win fourth straight

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2004

TORONTO Ric Jackman, Rico Fata and Aleksey Morozov scored against backup Trevor Kidd, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their season-high fourth straight with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Pittsburgh won despite allowing Toronto to record a season-high 46 shots to the Penguins' 17.

The Penguins own the NHL's worst record, but they've gone 6-2-1 following an 18-game winless streak (0-17-0-1). They have won four straight for the first time since a six-game run from Jan. 17-26, 2002.

Bruins 3, Sabres 2, OT

BUFFALO, N.Y. Mike Knuble scored his 20th goal of the season 1:15 into overtime, lifting Boston past Buffalo.

Jiri Slegr and Martin Lapointe also scored for the Bruins, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).

Miroslav Satan and J.P. Dumont scored for the Sabres.

Flyers 2, Stars 2

PHILADELPHIA Brenden Morrow's goal with 35 seconds left in regulation lifted Dallas into a tie with Philadelphia.

Rob DiMaio scored his 100th NHL goal for Dallas, 8-1-2 in its last 11 games. The Stars are three points behind Vancouver for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Marcus Ragnarsson and Tony Amonte scored for Philadelphia, which moved within two points of Tampa Bay for first place in the East.

Philadelphia's Robert Esche made 3

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio Brett Hull snapped a tie midway through the third period and Detroit stretched its unbeaten streak to six games.

Jason Williams, a healthy scratch the previous 20 games, scored twice for Detroit, winners of eight of 11 despite being riddled with injuries to key offensive players. Henrik Zetterberg added an empty-net goal.

The Red Wings have won 15 of 19 games between the clubs and entered with the most points in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Colorado in the race for the top playoff seed.

Blues 1, Predators 1

ST. LOUIS The Nashville Predators, seeking their first playoff berth, remained one point ahead of St. Louis for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference after a tie.

Kimmo Timonen scored for Nashville, and Eric Weinrich connected for St. Louis, which has been in the playoffs 24 straight years, the longest current streak in major league sports.

St. Louis has played 22 overtime games this season and is 10-2-10. The 10 overtimes wins are the most in the NHL and one short of the league record. Nashville is 6-2-9 in overtime this season.

Panthers 3, Canadiens 2, OT

MONTREAL Olli Jokinen scored his second goal of the game 1:19 into overtime and Florida beat Montreal.

Jokinen scored in the first period to reach 20 goals for the second straight season. Roberto Luongo stopped 32 shots, including 15 in the third when the Canadiens held a 16-4 advantage.

Josh Olson also scored for Florida in his NHL debut.

Devils 6, Blackhawks 4

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias scored two late goals and New Jersey held off Chicago.

Sergei Brylin, John Madden, Turner Stevenson and Grant Marshall also scored in the game the Devils labeled as a ''must win'' after an embarrassing home loss to Philadelphia.

The Devils moved within six points of first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

Flames 4, Senators 2

CALGARY, Alberta Ville Nieminen's second goal in two games helped Calgary beat Ottawa.

Marcus Nilson had two goals for the Flames, including an empty-netter with eight seconds remaining. Before scoring in his previous game, Nieminen went 32 games without a goal.

Krzysztof Oliwa also scored for the Flames, who moved back into sole possession of sixth place in the Western Conference.

Sharks 5, Islanders 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. Nils Ekman had a goal and two assists during a wild second period, and San Jose snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals for the Sharks, who chased Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro with five goals in 19 minutes spanning the second and third periods.

Alex Korolyuk and Alyn McCauley each had a goal and an assist in San Jose's ninth home victory in 10 games.

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