Tampa ties up Devils

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

TAMPA, Fla. Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal to tie it with 5:25 left in the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils played to a 2-2 draw Thursday night.

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur made 31 saves, but came up short in his bid to become the first NHL goalie to win 40 games in four seasons. He has six games left.

The Southeast Division-leading Lightning are on a franchise-record 10-game unbeaten streak (6-0-4). Brad Richards also scored and Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves to stretch his unbeaten run to 14 starts (11-0-3).

Patrik Elias and Pascal Rheaume scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils. New Jersey had won four straight, including three on the road.

Boston almost won it with 5:33 left in the third period when P.J. Axelsson hit the crossbar on his second breakaway of the period.

Defensemen Bryan Berard and Nicholas Boynton scored 1:15 apart early in the second to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Boston could have clinched a playoff berth with a win.

Backup goalie Steve Shields made 24 saves for Boston, including eight in overtime when Boston went without a shot.

Dan Hinote, Rob Blake and Alex Tanguay had goals for the Avalanche, who remained in the No. 5 position in the Western Conference. Colorado has 97 points, tied with St. Louis, but the Blues have the tiebreaker advantage of more wins.

Kings goalie Cristobal Huet, making his fifth NHL start, gave up all three goals before being replaced by Jamie Storr early in the second period. Storr had 13 saves.

The infraction, called with 54 seconds remaining, was the only penalty whistled against the Panthers in the game.

The Blues are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games and have won five of seven. Florida has lost five straight and scored just one goal in each loss.

Chris Simon and Mark Bell also scored for the Blackhawks, who won for only the seventh time in 32 games (7-20-3-2).

Clarke Wilm scored for Predators, whose winless slide reached 10 (0-6-3-1).

It was the first loss since Dec. 26 for Dallas goalie Marty Turco, who was 12-0-4 in his previous 18 appearances. Included were two wins after returning from a sprained ankle that sidelined Turco for five weeks.

Scott Nichol scored his fifth goal of the season for Calgary. The Flames lineup was bolstered by the return of leading scorer Jarome Iginla, who missed two games because of a sprained shoulder.

Patrick Marleau, Mark Smith and rookie Lynn Loyns scored as San Jose won for just the fourth time in 14 games. The Red Wings lost for just the third time in 22 games since Feb. 8.

Canucks captain Markus Naslund became the first player to reach 100 points this season when he assisted on Ed Jovanovskis power-play goal in the third period.

Jarkko Ruutu, Trent Klatt and Matt Cooke also scored for Vancouver, which matched a 10-year-old franchise record with 101 points.

Vancouvers third win in four games also kept the Canucks four points ahead of Colorado in the Northwest Division.

Mike Johnson scored on the power play for the Coyotes.



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