Devils' Brodeur becomes youngest goaltender to reach 400 victories

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2004

SUNRISE, Fla. Martin Brodeur became the youngest goaltender to win 400 games when Scott Niedermayer scored with 1:05 left in overtime Tuesday night, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Turner Stevenson, Brian Gionta and former Panther Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Devils, who clinched their eighth consecutive playoff appearance with the victory.

Islanders 3, Capitals 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Rick DiPietro made 17 saves for his second straight shutout, and Alexei Yashin had a goal and assist in the New York Islanders victory over Washington.

DiPietro stretched his shutout streak to 136 minutes, 58 seconds, dating to Friday's 3-1 victory over Minnesota. He blanked Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay 3-0 on Sunday, and then stymied the Capitals to complete a three-game homestand sweep.

Bruins 4, Senators 2

BOSTON Glen Murray scored his 30th goal of the season and added an assist, and Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots to lead Boston over Ottawa.

Travis Green, Sergei Samsonov and Nick Boynton aslo scored for Boston, which moved three points ahead of Toronto and four in front of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.

Penguins 5, Rangers 2

NEW YORK Lasse Pirjeta had two goals and an assist and Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 35 saves for Pittsburgh.

Milan Kraft, Rico Fata and Kostantin Koltsov also scored for the Penguins, 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests. Three of those victories were over the Rangers.

Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO Former Maple Leafs Fredrik Modin and Dave Andreychuk scored power-play goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay routed Toronto.

Brad Lukowich, Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin Cibak also scored for the Lightning, who remained one point ahead of Philadelphia and two in front of Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference with 99 points.

Flyers 4, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. Branko Radivojevic had a goal and an assist, and Simon Gagne also scored to lead Philadelphia to victory that ended the Carolina Hurricanes' NHL playoff hopes.

Carolina was eliminated when the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-0.

Mighty Ducks 4, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sandis Ozolinsh had a power-play goal and Petr Sykora also scored, and Anaheim beat Nashville for their fourth victory in five games.

Vaclav Prospal added a goal and an assist, Sergei Fedorov scored an empty-netter and Steve Rucchin had a pair of assists for Anaheim, which avoided being swept in the four-game season series between the teams.

Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 2

DENVER Tyler Arnason scored Chicago's second goal of the third period with 1:40 left and Michael Leighton stopped 41 shots, helping the Blackhawks pull out a tie with Colorado.

Colorado scored just four goals in an 0-3 road trip last week, but seemed to get a spark from Peter Forsberg's return after he missed 17 games with a groin injury. He had an assist on Colorado's first goal, scored by Matthew Barnaby.

Sharks 5, Red Wings 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots, leading the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night in a meeting of division leaders.

Scott Hannan and Alex Korolyuk also scored for the Sharks, who clinched a playoff berth in their remarkable comeback season.

Vincent Damphousse had a goal and an assist, giving him 1,200 career points as the Sharks capitalized on Curtis Joseph's ankle injury during the pregame skate to pound Detroit backup goalie Manny Legace for five goals on just 20 shots.

A year after plummeting to 14th place in the Western Conference, the revamped Sharks have 94 points tied with Colorado for second in the conference behind Detroit and a near-certain trip to the postseason for the sixth time in seven seasons. San Jose also increased its Pacific Division lead over Dallas to three points.

Cheechoo, the Sharks' second-leading goal-scorer during his breakout season, had his fourth two-goal performance in San Jose's last seven games. The second-year right wing has 27 goals more than Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan or Steve Yzerman, who all struggled to score against Nabokov.

Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Fischer scored for the Red Wings, who have just one win in their last five games despite clinching the Central Division during that stretch. Detroit controlled long stretches of play and outshot San Jose 39-20, but Nabokov was back in top form after struggling in a 5-2 loss to Edmonton on Sunday.

Legace made 15 saves for the Red Wings, who lead the conference with 100 points, but face back-to-back games against Colorado in the next four days. After Joseph tweaked his ankle in warmups and left the ice, Legace was forced into duty without a backup.

The Sharks are the NHL's best first-period team, and they had yet another fast start with two goals in 1:58 midway through the first period. Hannan scored on a deflected puck, while Cheechoo scored on his own rebound.

Cheechoo's second goal midway through the second period gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead, but Detroit pounded Nabokov with shots and kept things close with Fischer's goal. San Jose put it away when Korolyuk deflected Nils Ekman's pass into the net midway through the third period, and Damphousse added his ninth goal of the season with 4:09 to play.

Notes: Damphousse is tied with Dino Ciccarelli for 38th place on the NHL's career scoring list, 53 points ahead of Shanahan. ... D Jason Marshall, acquired by San Jose from Minnesota earlier in the month, got his first point with the Sharks on Cheechoo's goal. ... The Sharks' franchise record for points is 99, set in the 2001-02 season. San Jose also won its only division title that season.

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