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Gomez paces Devils in win over Flyers

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Gomez and Eric Rasmussen had two goals apiece, Martin Brodeur got his 75th shutout and the New Jersey Devils tied Philadelphia for the lead in the Atlantic Division with a 5-0 victory Tuesday night over the New York Rangers.

The Devils' Pat Burns got his 500th win, becoming the ninth coach to reach that level. He's 500-366-151. The 500 wins ties him with Hall of Famer Toe Blake.

Bruins 3, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. Sergei Samsonov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Boston moved into sole possession of first place in the Northeast

Division.

Joe Thornton and Martin Lapointe also had goals, and Felix Potvin made 21 saves for the Bruins, who have 101 points after going 9-2-1 in their last 12 games. Toronto was idle and has 99 points.

Capitals 4, Penguins 2

WASHINGTON Trent Whitfield had two goals and an assist to help goalie Matt Yeats earn his first NHL victory, and Washington avoided falling into the league's cellar.

Predators 5, Blackhawks 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. David Legwand had a goal and two assists, Vladimir Orszagh and Martin Erat a goal and an assist each, and the Predators kept alive their bid for the franchise's first playoff berth.

The victory gave the Nashville 87 points and the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. Edmonton also has 87 points, but the Predators have three games left to two for the Oilers.

Blues 1, Oilers 0

ST. LOUIS Doug Weight scored his first goal in 18 games and Chris Osgood got his 41st career shutout to brighten the playoff hopes of the Blues.

St. Louis won its fourth straight game to remain in seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race with 89 points. The Blues have been in the NHL playoffs 24 consecutive years the longest streak in professional sports.

Predators 5, Blackhawks 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Vladimir Orszagh, Martin Erat and David Legwand had a goal and an assist each, and the Predators kept alive their bid for the franchise's first playoff berth.

The victory gave the Nashville 87 points and the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. Edmonton also has 87 points, but the Predators have three games left to two for the Oilers.

Blues 1, Oilers 0

ST. LOUIS Doug Weight scored his first goal in 18 games and Chris Osgood got his 41st career shutout to brighten the playoff hopes of the Blues.

St. Louis won its fourth straight game to remain in seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race with 89 points. The Blues have been in the NHL playoffs 24 consecutive years the longest streak in professional sports.



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