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Senators sweep season series from Lightning

Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2004

TAMPA, Fla. Chris Phillips scored four minutes into overtime Monday night, giving the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a season sweep of the Eastern Conference leaders.

Ottawa moved within one point of Toronto and Boston, the co-leaders in the Northeast Division. Tampa Bay fell one point behind Detroit for the overall NHL points lead.

Daniel Alfredsson became the Senators' career goals leader in the third period and got an assist on the winner. Marian Hossa, Mike Fisher, and Martin Havlat also scored for Ottawa.

Dave Andreychuk scored twice for Tampa Bay, which also got goals from Cory Stillman and Dan Boyle.

Detroit 5, Minnesota 3

DETROIT Brendan Shanahan had a goal and an assist, helping Detroit reduce its magic number to one point over San Jose to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Darren McCarty, Jiri Fischer, Boyd Devereaux and Pavel Datsyuk scored the other Red Wings goals. Ray Whitney had two assists.

Alexandre Daigle scored twice, and Andrei Zyuzin netted the other goal for Minnesota.

Maple Leafs 4, Thrashers 2

TORONTO Gary Roberts and Nik Antropov scored third-period goals and Toronto moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division by rallying to beat Atlanta.

Tie Domi and Alexander Mogilny also scored for the Maple Leafs, who are tied with Boston with 99 points. The Maple Leafs trailed 2-0 in the first period.

Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour made 22 saves, including several impressive stops throughout.

Toronto played without Owen Nolan, who will be sidelined at least three weeks because of a knee injury.

Dany Heatley and Serge Aubin scored for the Thrashers.

Sabres 6, Blue Jackets 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. Dmitri Kalinin scored twice and Martin Biron stopped 23 shots, in Buffalo's victory over Columbus.

Derek Roy had a goal and assist, and Maxim Afinogenov, James Patrick and Chris Taylor also scored in helping the Sabres extend their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). For Biron, it was his second shutout of the season and 17th of his career, while he also recorded his 100th career victory.

Buffalo moved within three points of the New York Islanders in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Blue Jackets had a four-game winning streak snapped. The 4-year-old franchise has never won five straight.

Panthers 3, Hurricanes 1

SUNRISE, Fla. Kristian Huselius and Matt Cullen scored power-play goals, leading Florida over Carolina.

Olli Jokinen added an empty-net goal for the Panthers, who snapped their season-high, five-game losing streak. It was Florida s fifth consecutive home victory over the Hurricanes.

Jaroslav Svoboda scored for Carolina, which lost on the road in regulation for the first time since Feb. 14 (8-1-0-3).

Avalanche 2, Kings 1

DENVER Teemu Selanne scored his first goal in 20 games with 5:09 left, helping Colorado end a six-game winless streak.

Colorado was in desperate need of a victory after its longest winless streak in two years (0-5-1) dropped the Avalanche just a point ahead of Vancouver in the Northwest Division.

Los Angeles was eliminated from postseason consideration.

The Kings were outshot 33-20 in losing their eighth straight game (0-7-0-1), Los Angeles' longest streak since dropping eight straight in 1983-84.

Matthew Barnaby also scored for the Avalanche.

Canucks 6, Coyotes 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Markus Naslund scored his first goal in 11 games and added an assist in Vancouver's win over Phoenix.

Matt Cooke, Daniel Sedin and Brent Sopel also scored second-period goals for the Canucks, who won their third straight and 40th of the season. They trail Colorado by one point in the race for the Northwest Division title.

Artem Chubarov and Jason King added third-period goals as Vancouver outshot the Coyotes 45-17 and moved into a fourth-place tie with Dallas in the Western Conference.

Ivan Novoseltsev ended Dan Cloutier's shutout bid with 2:07 left.



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