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Late Panthers goal upends Canadiens

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

MONTREAL -- Marcus Nilson scored a power-play goal with 4:19 left in the third period, and Wade Flaherty earned his first NHL win in 14 months as Florida ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Montreal Tuesday.

Flaherty, recalled from the AHL on March 20, made 32 saves in his first start -- and appearance -- of the season for his first win since Jan. 26, 2001, when he was with the New York Islanders.

Niklas Hagman also scored for the Panthers, who earned their first points since Pavel Bure was traded to the New York Rangers on March 18.

Yanic Perreault scored his 24th goal for Montreal.

Capital 4, Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Chris Simon scored with 1:58 left, lifting Washington over Buffalo.

Danius Zubrus had a goal and three assists, and Ken Klee and Brendan Witt also scored for the Capitals, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit in a critical game between Eastern Conference teams striving to stay in playoff contention.

The Capitals moved into an eighth-place tie with Montreal three points ahead of the Sabres and New York Rangers. It also improved Washington's record to 4-3 on its eight-game road trip.

Miroslav Satan, with two goals, and Taylor Pyatt scored for the Sabres, who dropped to 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

Bruins 3, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brian Rolston broke a 27-year-old Boston record with his eighth short-handed goal as the Bruins won their season-best sixth straight.

The Bruins, who failed to make the playoffs a season ago, have 94 points -- four better than Philadelphia for tops in the Eastern Conference. Boston has already clinched a postseason berth.

Boston has also won nine of 10 and six straight on the road, its best road winning streak since 1997.

Maple Leafs 7, Lightning 2

TORONTO -- Tie Domi and Alexander Mogilny had two goals apiece as Toronto rallied to beat Tampa Bay.

Mats Sundin, Robert Reichel and Paul Healey also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had four goals in a span of 1:25 in the third period.

Reichel's goal at 5:10 gave Toronto a 4-2 lead.

Dieter Kochan then replaced goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, but it only got worse.

Kochan allowed three goals on his first four shots.

Shane Willis and Vaclav Prospal scored for the Lightning, who have lost two straight following a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Wild 2, Blues 1

ST. LOUIS -- Antti Laaksonen scored on a penalty shot, and Manny Fernandez made 26 saves to lead Minnesota over St. Louis.

Laaksonen was awarded the penalty shot after he was pulled down by St. Louis defenseman Bryce Salvador at 2:33 of the third period.

The penalty-shot goal is the second this season for the Wild.

The Blues have lost three of four, and are 12-16 in one-goal games.

Wes Walz added an empty-net goal for Minnesota at 18:56 of the third period.

Scott Young scored for St. Louis.

Oilers 3, Blue Jackets 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Anson Carter and Daniel Cleary scored 1:39 apart early in the first period as Edmonton extended its season-high winning streak to six.

Jussi Markkanen, getting a rare start as the backup for NHL player of the week Tommy Salo, made 27 saves and has allowed just 22 goals in 13 games (10 starts) this season.

Mike Comrie scored a third-period insurance goal for the Oilers, who are making a late-season charge for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

David Vyborny had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four straight.

Sharks 3, Stars 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau and Scott Thornton scored 56 seconds apart in the third period as San Jose beat Dallas.

San Jose is trying to fend off the charging Los Angeles Kings for the Sharks' first-ever division title. The Sharks moved back in front by two points.

Dallas fell behind Edmonton for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Evegni Nabokov stopped 36 shots for the Sharks, giving him 32 wins and tying the franchise mark that he set last season.

Ed Belfour had 27 saves for the Stars, whose six-game unbeaten streak on the road was snapped.

Canucks 4, Kings 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Andrew Cassels and Todd Bertuzzi each had a goal and two assists, and Dan Cloutier stopped 18 shots as Vancouver beat Los Angeles.

It was just the second time Vancouver defeated the Kings in 12 meetings, dating to the first game of the 1998-99 season.

Brendan Morrison and Henrik Sedin also scored for the Canucks, who remained three points behind eighth-place Edmonton in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Dallas is ninth, one point ahead of Vancouver.

It was the second straight time the Kings were shutout and the first time since mid-November they've lost consecutive games.



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