Late goal gives Bruins victory over Leafs

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

BOSTON -- Mike Knuble scored the tiebreaking goal 15 seconds into the third period on Monday night to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Mike O'Connell's home debut as Boston coach.

Steve Shields stopped 24 shots, including a glove save on Alexander Mogilny's wrist shot with 45.9 seconds left to preserve the win.

Rob Zamuner and Martin Lapointe also scored for Boston.

Darcy Tucker and Tomas Kaberle scored for Toronto and Ed Belfour stopped 30 shots as the Maple Leafs lost in regulation for the first time in eight games.

Flyers 6, Thrashers 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus had two goals, and the Flyers scored three times within 1:36 of the third period as Philadelphia beat Atlanta.

Tony Amonte added a goal and an assist, and Keith Primeau and Donald Brashear each had two assists as the Flyers stopped Atlanta's four-game road unbeaten streak (2-0-2).

Amonte has five goals in seven games since being acquired from Phoenix on March 10.

Sabres 4, Avalanche 3, OT

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jochen Hecht scored his second goal of the game with 44.8 seconds left in overtime as Buffalo rallied to beat Colorado.

Peter Forsberg scored twice, once on the power play, and Milan Hejduk scored his 43rd goal for Colorado. Forsberg, who had never scored a goal in four previous games at HSBC Arena, has seven points in the last two games.

Devils 4, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Brian Gionta's second-period goal held up as the game-winner in New Jersey's victory over Florida.

Jiri Bicek, Jay Pandolfo and Joe Nieuwendyk also scored for the Devils, who won their fourth straight.

Marcus Nilson scored a power-play goal for Florida, which set a franchise record with its seventh consecutive home loss. The Panthers haven't won at home in 13 games (0-10-2-1).

Mighty Ducks 5, Blue Jackets 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves, and Rob Niedermayer scored two goals as Anaheim beat Columbus.

Giguere earned his eighth shutout this season, moving him into a tie for the league lead. The Ducks broke open a one-goal game by scoring three times after Anaheim learned it clinched its first postseason berth since 1999.

Lightning 4, Sharks 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Vincent Lecavalier and Dave Andreychuk each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay clinched a playoff berth.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves as the Lightning extended their unbeaten streak to a franchise-record nine games (6-0-3). Khabibulin hasn't lost since Feb. 11 (11-0-2).

Flames 2, Coyotes 0

CALGARY, Alberta -- Stephane Yelle and Martin Gelinas scored, and Roman Turek made 16 saves as Calgary knocked Phoenix out of the Western Conference playoff picture.

Turek recorded his fourth shutout of the season and 24th of his career. He didn't face a shot until he smothered Paul Mara's soft wrister 3:15 into the second period.

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