Shanahan nets 500th, Wings clinch top spot in West

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

DENVER -- Brendan Shanahan scored his 500th career goal, breaking a scoreless tie at 7:48 of the third period as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Saturday, clinching the top spot in the Western Conference.

Dominik Hasek had 31 saves for his 61st career shutout, tops among active goalies.

Shanahan beat Patrick Roy from the left circle on a 5-on-3 advantage. He had gone eight straight games without a goal in pursuit of No. 500, a milestone that has already been reached by teammates Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman and Luc Robitaille.

Hull scored later in the period.

In one of the NHL's top rivalries pitting the league's two best records, a fight erupted two minutes after Shanahan's goal. Roy exchanged punches with Detroit's Kirk Maltby after Maltby had fallen into the net. Hasek came down the ice and appeared to slip, upending Roy from behind. Detroit's Sean Avery and Colorado's Pascal Trepanier also traded blows.

Later, Detroit's Chris Chelios cross-checked Colorado's Mike Keane five times in succession. Chelios was assessed a pair of 2-minute cross-checking penalties, a 2-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.

Kings 3, Sharks 0

LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy scored two power-play goals and Felix Potvin had his 23rd career shutout as Los Angeles beat San Jose for its sixth straight victory, tying the Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division.

Kings rookie Jaroslav Bednar scored for the third time in four games after going scoreless in his first 12 NHL contests.

Jaroslav Modry and Jason Allison each had two assists for the Kings, whose winning streak is their longest since an eight-game stretch during the 1991-92 season,

The Kings, who won their only division title in 1990-91, have gained 14 points on San Jose in the standings since Dec. 8.

Hurricanes 4, Devils 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Defenseman Sean Hill scored with 4:15 left and Carolina playing with two extra men, leading the Hurricanes past New Jersey.

Jeff O'Neill added an empty-net goal, and Arturs Irbe stopped all 12 New Jersey shots in the third period as Carolina handed the Devils only their sixth loss in 21 games (11-6-3-1).

Josef Vasicek and Kevyn Adams also scored for the Hurricanes. Andreas Salomonsson and Bobby Holik scored for New Jersey.

Flyers 4, Penguins 4

PITTSBURGH -- Alexei Kovalev scored twice in the third period and Pittsburgh, trying to keep alive its flickering playoff hopes, rallied to tie Philadelphia.

Kovalev and Kent Manderville, traded by the Flyers four days before, scored in the first minute of the third period as the Penguins rallied from two goals down. Kovalev scored again with 5:31 left after Simon Gagne briefly restored the Flyers' lead on a two-man advantage.

Jan Hrdina also scored for Pittsburgh, and Dan McGillis, Marty Murray and Justin Williams added goals for Philadelphia.

Islanders 2, Wild 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mark Parrish scored his 28th goal of the season with 4:07 left to help New York take sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Kip Miller also scored for the Islanders, who beat Minnesota for the first time in four career meetings. Chris Osgood made 28 saves, including one on Darby Hendrickson with 2 minutes to go.

Andrew Brunette scored for Minnesota.

Capitals 5, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ulf Dahlen scored his second goal and Jaromir Jagr added another 18 seconds later in the third period as Washington won their third game in a row with a victory over Columbus.

Columbus had come back from a two-goal deficit to tie it on Jody Shelley's goal 7:29 into the third period, but the Capitals recovered.

Dahlen scored his 21st with 5:53 left on the clock for a 3-2 lead.

As that goal was being announced, Jagr skated in for a one-timer from the high slot for his 30th goal of the year.

The Capitals' Jean-Francois Fortin added his first NHL goal into an empty net.

Andrei Nikolishin added a goal for the Capitals.

Geoff Sanderson had the Blue Jackets' other goal.

Predators 5, Canadiens 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jukka Hentunen made the most of his debut for Nashville with a goal and an assist in a victory over Montreal.

Hentunen, traded to the Predators last week, had been on injured reserve for the Calgary Flames after undergoing knee surgery in January.

On Nashville's first goal, 49 seconds into the first period, Steve Dubinsky scored on a rebound of Hentunen's shot.

Hentunen gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 6:32 of the period with a shot off of a faceoff.

David Legwand, Reid Simpson and Karlis Skrastins had the other Nashville goals.

Shaun Van Allen scored for Montreal.

Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 0

TORONTO -- Corey Schwab made 20 saves for his first shutout of the season and Tie Domi scored as Toronto beat Buffalo.

Schwab is 5-2-4 since replacing injured starting goalie Curtis Joseph. Schwab didn't have to make any spectacular saves, but was steady throughout.

Alexander Mogilny scored his 18th goal for the Maple Leafs.

Thrashers 3, Senators 2, OT

OTTAWA -- Dany Heatley scored at 1:41 of overtime and Frederic Cassivi made 50 saves in just his second NHL start as Atlanta beat Ottawa.

Heatley, who also had an assist, stuffed a rebound past Senators goaltender Martin Prusek, who was making his NHL regular-season debut.

Tomi Kallio and Chris Tamer also scored for Atlanta, which won its second in a row.

Radek Bonk and Benoit Brunet scored for Ottawa, which lost its third straight game.

With Patrick Lalime taking the night off and backup Jani Hurme out with the flu, Prusek, 26, was recalled Friday from Grand Rapids of the AHL. He faced just 15 shots.

The Senators, meanwhile, fired a season-high 52 shots at their former prospect Cassivi.

Bruins 3, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Mike Knuble scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third and Glen Murray added one into an empty-net as Boston defeated Florida.

Goalie John Grahame had 25 saves for the Bruins.

Niklas Hagman scored for Florida.

Sergei Samsanov had Boston's other goal.

Oilers 3, Flames 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike York scored one of Edmonton's three first-period goals as the Oilers defeated Calgary.

York's goal, his first as an Oiler since he was acquired from the New York Rangers at the trading deadline, came 1:35 into the game off a hard shot on a power play.

Mike Grier and Eric Brewer also scored for Edmonton.

Rob Niedermayer had Calgary's goal.

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