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Sabres cut down Flyers

Biron makes 28 saves to stonewall Philadelphia

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Buffalo defenseman Richard Smehlik scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Martin Biron made 28 saves as the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Saturday.

Smehlik, returning to the lineup after missing 14 games with a shoulder injury, broke a 1-1 tie at 16:29 when his shot from the slot went into the net off the back of Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien.

Miroslav Satan and Chris Gratton added a goal and an assist, and Jean-Pierre Dumont had three assists as the Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak. Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Flyers.

Hurricanes 2, Bruins 0

BOSTON -- Arturs Irbe got his third shutout this season, and Jeff O'Neill had a power-play goal as Carolina ended Boston's six-game winning streak.

The Hurricanes scored the winner at the 6:49 of the second period. Sami Kapanen fed O'Neill with a crossing pass, and he beat Byron Dafoe. Erik Cole added an empty-net goal with 46 seconds left.

Irbe made 21 saves. The closest Boston came to scoring was when Glen Murray hit the post in the second period.

Devils 3, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO -- Martin Brodeur made 32 saves, and Bobby Holik had a goal and assist for New Jersey, which remained unbeaten against Toronto.

Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez also scored for the Devils, 3-0-1 against the Maple Leafs this season.

Mats Sundin scored his 37th goal for the Maple Leafs, who could have clinched a playoff spot with a win or tie.

Red Wings 4, Thrashers 1

DETROIT -- Brett Hull scored two goals and Igor Larionov added three assists for Detroit.

The Red Wings are unbeaten in five games (3-0-2).

Atlanta got on the board the period when rookie J.P. Vigier put a loose puck over prone Detroit goaltender Manny Legace.

Jason Williams made restored the three-goal lead at 5:01 with a power-play goal, one of three for the Red Wings.

Canadiens 2, Penguins 1, OT

MONTREAL -- Oleg Petrov scored 1:32 into overtime as Montreal kept pace with Washington in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Karl Dykhuis also scored for Montreal, which remain tied for eighth in the conference with the Capitals. The Canadiens have seven games remaining, the Caps six.

Michal Rozsival scored for Pittsburgh, which hasn't won in Montreal in six games, since Jan. 31, 1999. Jose Theodore made 25 saves for Montreal.

Capitals 4, Islanders 2

WASHINGTON -- Colin Forbes broke a 1-1 tie on a fluke goal with midway through the third period, and surging Washington extended its unbeaten streak against New York to 22 games.

Forbes threw the puck toward the crease, and Islanders defenseman Darren Van Impe accidentally redirected it in off goaltender Chris Osgood's left leg pad.

Washington is 19-0-3 against the Islanders since last losing to New York on April 12, 1997. Dainius Zubrus scored two goals for the Caps, who have won three straight and six of seven.

Senators 3, Lightning 1

OTTAWA -- Marian Hossa scored the game-winner and set up Radek Bonk for the insurance goal as the Ottawa Senators defeated Tampa Bay to break a four-game home losing streak.

Sami Salo also scored for the Senators, and Bonk added two assists. Patrick Lalime had 16 saves for Ottawa.

Sheldon Keefe had Tampa Bay's goal.

Blues 4, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pavol Demitra and Scott Mellanby had a goal and an assist each for the St. Louis, which took control with three goals in the second period.

The Blues started a three-game road trip with their second straight victory. They have outscored the Predators 16-5 in winning three of four games this season and improved to 7-2-2 all-time in Nashville.

The Predators dropped to 1-8-2-0 over their last 13 games.

Rangers 4, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Eric Lindros scored two third-period goals, and Pavel Bure added a goal and two assists against his old team as New York defeated Florida.

Lindros, who has 33 goals, scored twice within a three-minute span late in the game. Bure added a goal and a pair of assists in his return to Florida, where he spent 3 1/2 seasons before being traded to the Rangers on March 18.

Lindros scored the game-winner with 8:39 left in the third on a blast from the left circle.

Coyotes 5, Avalanche 3

PHOENIX -- Rookie Krystofer Kolanos scored the game-winner on a penalty shot 8:20 into the third period, enraging Patrick Roy so much that the Colorado goalie was ejected.

Ladislav Nagy, Andrei Nazarov, Brian Savage and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Coyotes. Bryan Muir, Mike Keane and Brad Larsen scored for the Avalanche, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games.

After Kolanos gave Phoenix a 4-3 lead, Roy smashed his stick against a goal post, splintering it, and then threw a piece at Kolanos, who beat him high on the glove side. Roy then charged referee Dan Marouelli, drawing 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct penalties.

Flames 5, Kings 3

CALGARY, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla notched his 45th and 46th goals and added an assist for Calgary as Los Angeles remained winless in four games.

With the score tied at 2 entering the third period, goals by Rob Niedermayer at 5:39 and Dean McAmmond at 16:06 put the Flames ahead 4-2.

After Jason Allison drew the Kings to within a goal at 17:03, Iginla wrapped up the scoring with Calgary's third power-play goal of the night with just 49 seconds remaining.

Canucks 4, Mighty Ducks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Markus Naslund had a goal and an assist as surging Vancouver beat Anaheim.

Andrew Cassels and Trevor Letowski also scored for the Canucks, who won for the eighth time in the last 10 games.

Jason York scored the only Anaheim goal during a 5-on-3 power play.

Dan Cloutier only needed 16 saves for his third straight win as the Canucks outshot the Mighty Ducks 31-17.

Sharks 10, Blue Jackets 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau had two goals and two assists apiece as the San Jose matched the franchise record for goals in a game while handing Columbus its fifth straight defeat.

Vincent Damphousse had two goals and an assist and set the franchise record for goals in a home game. Owen Nolan, Adam Graves and Marcus Ragnarsson had two assists apiece as the Sharks matched the mark set in a 10-8 victory at Pittsburgh on Jan. 13, 1996.

Mike Rathje, Gary Suter, Marco Sturm and Scott Thornton also scored for San Jose.

Oilers 3, Stars 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike Comrie scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 57 seconds left Edmonton Oilers extended its unbeaten streak to eight games.

Todd Marchant added an empty-net goal with 43 seconds left to cap a three-goal period for Edmonton.



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