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Flyers tie due to Lightning-quick comeback

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Sheldon Keefe scored with 1:36 left in the third period to complete Tampa Bay's three-goal comeback Monday night in the Lightning's 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Keefe deflected a shot by Dan Boyle past goalie Brian Boucher to help the Lightning extend their season-high unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2).

Penguins 4, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA -- Milan Kraft scored just 1:14 into the third period and Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak.

Shean Donovan, claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Friday, scored his first goal for the Penguins. Randy Robitaille also scored, and Alexei Kovalev added three assists. Jan Hrdina added an empty-net goal in the final minute as Pittsburgh beat Atlanta for the fourth straight time this season.

Canadiens 1, Hurricanes 1

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sami Kapanen scored with 10.4 seconds left in regulation as Carolina extended its NHL record by tying for the seventh straight time at home.

Kapanen's goal was awarded after the third period expired. Before the teams left the ice, referees reviewed the play and said that a goal was scored.

Blackhawks 2, Stars 2

CHICAGO -- Derian Hatcher scored from just inside the blue line with 5:43 left in regulation, lifting Dallas into a tie with Chicago.

Joe Nieuwendyk also scored for Dallas, which extended its unbeaten streak to four (1-0-3) and tied for the third straight game.

Wild 4, Flames 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Richard Park scored two goals to lead Minnesota over Calgary.

The Flames again struggled on the power play, finishing 0-for-4. Calgary has failed in its last nine power play attempts over three games. Wild goalie Dwayne Roloson finished with 23 saves against his former team.

Kings 3, Sharks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adam Deadmarsh scored a power-play goal with 5:44 left Monday night to help the Kings climb within two points of the Sharks atop the Pacific Division.

Ken Belanger scored his first two goals of the season for the Kings, who blew a two-goal lead in the third period but got a big break when Sharks captain Owen Nolan drew a careless four-minute penalty for high-sticking Belanger with 6:22 to play.

Less than a minute later, Jason Allison fed Deadmarsh in the slot for his team-leading 26th goal. Though San Jose ended the game with 47.5 seconds of 6-on-4 play, Felix Potvin made several of his 22 saves as Los Angeles beat its upstate rival for the third straight time.

The Kings won their fourth straight game and tightened the division race with a fine defensive performance and an improbable scoring outburst from Belanger, a journeyman enforcer who had the first two-goal game of his 229-game NHL career.

Belanger has never scored more than three goals in any of his eight seasons, but he fired two slap shots past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who made 27 saves.

Marco Sturm and Scott Thornton scored in the third period for the Sharks, but their momentum was short-circuited by Nolan's penalty, which allowed Los Angeles' vaunted power play to go to work.

San Jose finished a stretch of four home games in six days with just one victory, while the Kings are picking up speed in the season's final weeks.

Los Angeles hasn't won a division title since Wayne Gretzky's heyday in 1991, while the Sharks have never won a title in their 11-year history.

The Sharks, who committed five sloppy penalties in the first two periods, killed 62 seconds of a two-man disadvantage late in the second, but Belanger got his second goal early in the third on a drop pass from Adam Deadmarsh.

Thornton ended Potvin's shutout bid with slightly more than 13 minutes to play when he hammered home Mike Ricci's centering pass from the slot. It was the first sign of life from the Sharks, who had just 11 shots before the goal.

Five minutes later, Sturm tied it after an outstanding play by Sharks rookie Matt Bradley, who fought off a hard check and made a one-handed centering pass to Sturm.

Sharks left wing Stephane Matteau was removed from the ice on a stretcher early in the second period after colliding with Los Angeles' Bryan Smolinski. The Sharks said Matteau had no impaired movement, but he was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Notes: Bradley has a three-game points streak. ... Kings LW Craig Johnson left the game in the first period with blurred vision from an unspecified hit.... The teams meet again at Staples Center on Saturday.



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