Khabibulin runs unbeaten streak to 10 games in Kings victory over Lightning

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ruslan Fedotenko scored the go-ahead goal with 2:49 left and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin ran his unbeaten streak to a career-high 10 games as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Wednesday night.

Fedotenko scored from in-close after Vincent Lecavalier's shot was blocked. Lecavalier added an empty-net goal with 15.6 seconds to go.

Khabibulin, who is 8-0-2 during his streak, had 26 saves.

Cory Sarich and Vaclav Prospal also scored for Tampa Bay, which moved within one point of Southeast Division-leading Washington.

Alexander Frolov and Ian Laperriere had the Los Angeles goals.

Hurricanes 3, Sabres 2, OT

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Craig Adams scored on a wrist shot just inside the blue line with 1:19 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres.

Radim Vrbata scored the tying goal with 9.6 seconds left in regulation in his first game with Carolina.

Vrbata, acquired from Colorado on Tuesday, was all alone when he took a pass in front of the net from Ron Francis and fired it past Martin Biron.

Canadiens 4, Panthers 0

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jason Ward had a goal and an assist in his first game of the season and Jose Theodore made 32 saves as the Montreal Canadiens handed the Florida Panthers their second consecutive shutout loss at home.

The Panthers, who lost to Buffalo 4-0 Saturday night, also set a franchise record with a 10-game winless streak at home.

Yanic Perreault and Niklas Sundstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who won their second in a row after a nine-game winless streak. Marcel Hossa closed out the scoring in the third period.

Predators 2, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH -- Newly acquired forwards Guillaume Lefebvre and Brian Holzinger scored third-period goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins snap a nine-game losing streak.

Holzinger, one of five new players in the Pittsburgh lineup after the Penguins made five trades Tuesday before the trade deadline, scored his first goal of the season by firing a wrist shot from between the circles past goaltender Tomas Vokoun with 2:32 remaining to salvage the tie.

Wild 4, Stars 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Manny Fernandez had 31 saves and Minnesota scored four first-period goals.

Dallas goaltender Ron Tugnutt, who had recorded back-to-back shutouts, lasted only one period, stopping only six of the 10 shots he faced. Corey Hirsch stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Tugnutt, who had been playing brilliantly in place of injured Marty Turco.

In 20 starts before Wednesday's game, Tugnutt was 11-5-3 with a 1.96 GAA.

Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2

PHOENIX -- Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and two assists and newly-acquired Mathieu Schneider added an assist Wednesday night as the Detroit Red Wings won for the 13th time in 15 games.

The Red Wings have earned 27 points out of a possible 30 since Feb. 8.

The Coyotes' Mike Johnson scored his 20th goal of the season with 3:53 left in the game, backhanding the puck past Curtis Joseph off a pass from Ladislav Nagy.

Mighty Ducks 5, Blackhawks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Steve Thomas scored on his first two shots to lead the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a win over Chicago, one day after being traded by the Blackhawks.

Mike Leclerc got the go-ahead goal in an unusual way, as Vitaly Vishnevski's slap shot from the left point caromed off the stick of Chicago defenseman Jon Klemm, then off Leclerc's face, before going into the net 2:02 into the second period.



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