McKay stars as Stars cut down St. Louis

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2002

DALLAS -- Randy McKay had two assists in his debut with Dallas as the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Wednesday night.

McKay, traded from New Jersey on Tuesday, assisted on Kirk Muller's game-winner with a nifty one-handed flick while his other arm was locked up by a defender.

McKay also set up a second-period goal by Richard Matvichuk that tied the game at 2.

McKay came to Dallas with Jason Arnott for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner. Arnott didn't play because of a sore back that's been bothered him for more than a week.

Sergei Zubov also scored for Dallas.

Alexander Khavanov and Ray Ferraro scored for St. Louis. Ferraro's goal was his second in as many games since being acquired from Atlanta on Monday.

Blue Jackets 3, Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Playing for the first time since a young fan died after being hit by a puck, Columbus beat Minnesota behind Ron Tugnutt's 24-save performance.

A moment of silence was held before the game for 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil, who died Monday night after being hit by a puck during Columbus' home game against Calgary on Saturday.

David Vyborny, Ray Whitney and Geoff Sanderson scored for Columbus.

Andrew Brunette scored for Minnesota.

Coyotes 3, Penguins 1

PITTSBURGH -- Ladislav Nagy and Daniel Briere scored in the third period to give Phoenix a win over Pittsburgh.

The Coyotes have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 13 games. The Penguins are 4-16-0-1 against the Western Conference, including a 1-10 record at home.

Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix.

Alexei Kovalev had Pittsburgh's goal.

Canadiens 4, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Oleg Petrov and Richard Zednik scored and Doug Gilmour had three assists to lead Montreal over Florida.

The game was the first for the Panthers since trading All-Star Pavel Bure to the New York Rangers on Monday.

Zednik gave Montreal a 3-1 lead 58 seconds into the third period with his 19th goal and Petrov capped the scoring at 6:09 with his 23rd.

Montreal, 2-0-2 in its last four games, remains in the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, but moved four points ahead of the Rangers and Sabres, who are tied for ninth.

Arron Asham and Andrei Markov also scored for Montreal.

Byron Ritchie scored for Florida.

Lightning 4, Thrashers 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Dave Andreychuk scored twice during a four-goal second period as Tampa Bay beat Atlanta.

Andreychuk tied the game at 2 on a backhander while being pulled down by Atlanta's Kamil Piros at 10:16. He scored the go-ahead goal from a sharp angle near the goal line at 13:56.

Sheldon Keefe and Pavel Kubina had the other second-period goals for the Lightning, who are unbeaten in six games (3-0-3).

Jeff Cowan and Lubos Bartecko scored for the Thrashers.

Devils 3, Blackhawks 1

CHICAGO -- Colin White, John Madden and Bobby Holik scored as New Jersey beat Chicago.

John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 21 shots for New Jersey, which has won four of its last five games.

Alex Zhamnov had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, whose winless streak reached six games (0-3-3).

The Devils' three new forwards -- acquired Tuesday -- played together on a line. Jamie Langenbrunner played right wing, Joe Nieuwendyk was at center and Stephane Richer was on the left side.

Oilers 2, Sharks 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike Comrie scored early in the third period to lift Edmonton past San Jose for its third win in a row.

Comrie broke a 1-1 tie at 4:46 of the third when he took a pass from Anson Carter at the Sharks' blue line, broke in alone on goalie Evgeni Nabokov and slid a backhander between the goalie's legs.

Jochen Hecht tied the game at 1 for Edmonton, which is 10th in the Western Conference, two points behind eighth-place Dallas for the final playoff spot.

Tommy Salo made 24 saves for the win.

Mike Ricci scored for the Sharks.

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