Senators solve Irbe, blow past Hurricanes

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Martin Havlat had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators solved Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe in a 6-2 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

The Senators came in 4-16-2 against the Hurricanes on the road, but snapped Carolina's two-game winning streak and were the first team to get to Irbe, who had stopped 61 of 62 shots against the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars to start the season.

Defenseman Chris Phillips, Mike Fisher, Todd White and Marian Hossa also scored for Ottawa.

Phillips, playing in his first game since injuring his shoulder in the preseason, helped ice it for Ottawa, scoring on screen shot with 13:11 left to make it 4-2.

Sami Kapanen and Jeff O'Neill scored for Carolina.

Stars 2, Kings 1

DALLAS -- Jere Lehtinen scored two second-period goals and Ed Belfour made 25 saves to lead Dallas past Los Angeles.

Dallas is perfect in the new American Airlines Center, winning five preseason games and two regular-season games.

Belfour earned his 141st victory for the Stars, moving into a tie for second place in franchise history with Gilles Meloche. Cesare Maniago leads the Dallas-Minnesota franchise with 143.

Pierre Turgeon assisted on both of Lehtinen's goals.

Ziggy Palffy scored for the Kings.

Oilers 1, Blackhawks 0

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Tommy Salo made 11 saves and Mike Grier scored the lone goal as Edmonton beat Chicago.

The 11 shots set an Edmonton record for fewest allowed.

Salo was only tested in the second period, when he faced nine shots. He stopped one each in the first and third en route to his first shutout of the season and his 25th of his career. Last season he set a career high with eight shutouts.

Avalanche 5, Canucks 4

COLORADO -- Milan Hejduk broke a tie with 5:44 left on a goal that required video review, as Colorado celebrated the raising of their Stanley Cup banner with a victory over Vancouver.

Joe Sakic, Martin Skoula, Rob Blake and Chris Drury scored for the Avs, who rallied from one-goal deficits three times in their home opener.

Todd Bertuzzi scored his 100th career goal and added two assists for the Canucks. Herbert Vasiljevs, Ed Jovanovski and Daniel Sedin also scored for Vancouver.

Colorado's Patrick Roy had 28 saves, and Vancouver's Martin Brochu, in his first game for the Canucks after being acquired in the waiver draft from Minnesota, stopped 26 shots.

Canadiens 3, Mighty Ducks 1

MONTREAL -- Brian Savage scored his second goal of the season and Jeff Hackett made 24 saves to lead Montreal in front of the Canadiens' smallest crowd ever at the Molson Centre.

Savage, who entered the game with a league-leading six points, scored with 3:32 remaining in the second period to put the Canadiens up 2-0.

Hackett fell 4:50 short of a shutout when Jeff Friesen scored his second of the season to draw Anaheim within one.

Yanic Perreault, who assisted on Savage's goal, scored his third of the season into an empty net with 3 seconds left as Montreal improved to 2-0-1.

Only 17,510 were on hand for the game -- nearly 4,000 short of capacity at the arena the Canadiens built in 1996.

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