Bruins bury Red Wings

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored his career-best 30th goal of the season to break a second-period tie and lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

John Grahame stopped 29 shots to win a battle of backup goalies, making back-to-back stops from point-blank range with 6 minutes left. Manny Legace made 20 saves for Detroit, which lost for just the second time in 11 games

Brian Rolston also scored for Boston. Detroit's Sergei Fedorov picked up his 500th career assist, helping out on Kris Draper's tying goal with 16:02 left in the second.

Avalanche 2, Flyers 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Ville Nieminen scored the go-ahead goal with 4:36 left, and Patrick Roy stopped 36 shots, leading Colorado Avalanche past Philadelphia.

The Flyers, winless in their last four games, have lost four straight at the First Union Center for the first time since the arena opened in 1996. Colorado has won five of six, and remains in second place in the Western Conference.

Radim Vrbata also scored for Colorado. Keith Primeau had the only goal for the Flyers, 4-5-1 since the Olympic break.

Devils 3, Rangers 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Petr Sykora scored twice and New Jersey doubled the fun by improving its playoff hopes and hurting New York's chances.

Randy McKay also scored, Patrik Elias had three assists and Martin Brodeur made 24 saves as the Devils won their third straight game and sent the reeling Rangers to their eighth loss in 11 games.

New Jersey holds a four-point lead over its cross-river rival in the playoff race. The Devils also have played two fewer games.

Kings 4, Penguins 3

LOS ANGELES -- Mikko Eloranta scored 13 seconds after the opening faceoff and Jaroslav Bednar got his first NHL goal on a power play as Los Angeles held off Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's Randy Robitaille, Michael Rozsival and rookie Kris Beech scored during a 5:06 span of the third period against Felix Potvin to slice the Kings' lead to one goal, after Los Angeles built a 4-0 lead with 3:19 left in the second.

Mathieu Schneider and Nelson Emerson also scored for Los Angeles.

Canucks 4, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA -- Markus Naslund scored two goals as Vancouver beat Atlanta.

Naslund had gone a month without scoring but has three goals in two games since his wife gave birth to their son Alex.

Daniel Sedin and Artem Chubarov also scored for Vancouver.

J.P. Vigier and Lubos Bartecko scored for Atlanta.

Blue Jackets 3, Flames 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, and Ron Tugnutt made 41 saves as Columbus beat Calgary.

The Flames are winless in their last five games (0-3-2-0).

Mike Sillinger had a goal and an assist and Geoff Sanderson added a goal.

Dean McAmmond scored for the Flames.

Maple Leafs 5, Stars 5

TORONTO -- Robert Reichel scored twice as Toronto tied Dallas.

Brenden Morrow scored twice for the Stars, who rallied from 4-3 and 5-4 deficits in the third period after blowing a 3-1 lead.

Ed Belfour replaced Marty Turco in goal after Turco allowed Toronto's third goal in the second period. Turco, who recently replaced Belfour as the starting goalie, allowed three goals on 22 shots.

Gary Roberts, Mats Sundin and Garry Valk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who are unbeaten in their last five games.

Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 2

MONTREAL -- Oleg Petrov scored 1:07 into the third period to give Montreal a win over Carolina and sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Richard Zednik and Craig Rivet also scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a four-game winless streak in front of a sellout crowd of 21,273 at the Molson Centre.

Sami Kapanen and Erik Cole scored for the Hurricanes, who lost their first game this month after a six-game unbeaten streak.

Senators 4, Islanders 3

OTTAWA -- Shawn McEachern assisted on all four Ottawa goals as the Senators beat New York.

Curtis Leschyshyn, Todd White, Radek Bonk and former Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara scored for the Senators in their seventh straight victory over New York.

McEachern's four points gave him 300 in six seasons with Ottawa. The 33-year-old left wing is Ottawa's career scoring leader against the Islanders with 10 goals and 27 assists in 39 games. Mark Parrish scored twice for the Islanders, and Dave Scatchard added a goal.

Oilers 4, Capitals 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Anson Carter scored a pair of power-play goals and Tommy Salo made 27 saves to lead Edmonton past Washington.

Carter's goals, both set up by Janne Niinimaa, gave Edmonton an early 2-0 lead. Carter now has 25 goals this season, one more than his previous career high set during the 1998-99 season with the Boston Bruins.

Rem Murray and Ethan Moreau added third-period goals for the Oilers, who are one point behind Dallas in the race for the eighth and final playoff slot in the Western Conference.

Sharks 2, Blackhawks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Steve Sullivan scored with 38 seconds left in regulation to lift Chicago to a tie with San Jose. With goalie Steve Passmore pulled for an extra attacker, Sullivan scored his 20th goal of the season on an assist from Tony Amonte.

Matt Bradley and Owen Nolan scored for San Jose.

Eric Daze had Chicago's other goal.

San Jose's backup goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff, made 35 saves.



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