Islanders top New Jersey, move record to 4-0

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2001

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mark Parrish scored three goals as the surprising New York Islanders became the second NHL team to ever open a season with four straight road wins, defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Thursday night.

Adrian Aucoin, Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates also scored and Garth Snow stopped 26 shots in his debut for the new-look Islanders, whose 21-51-7 record last season was the worst in the league.

The 4-0 start matches the best in Islanders' history (1976-77). The Chicago Blackhawks were the only other NHL team to open with four straight road wins, doing it in 1965-66.

Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jonas Hoglund's rebound goal with 5:18 left spoiled Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso's return to the NHL after a year layoff as Toronto beat the Hurricanes.

Mats Sundin and Shayne Corson also scored for Toronto.

Bates Battaglia and Sami Kapanen scored for Carolina.

Barrasso made 27 saves, many of them spectacular, but allowed two soft goals early, showing signs of having not played since April 2000 for Ottawa -- a span of 533 days.

Kings 6, Blues 5

ST. LOUIS -- Steve Heinze scored two goals, including the game-winner with 37 seconds remaining, to lead Los Angeles past St. Louis.

Heinze banged in a rebound over a sprawled Brent Johnson to give the Kings their fourth goal of the third period.

Ziggy Palffy, Glen Murray, Adam Deadmarsh and Kelly Buchberger also scored for Los Angeles, which won for the first time in four games this season.

Predators 1, Flames 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Dunham made 26 saves and Vladimir Orszagh scored a power-play goal in the first period as Nashville beat Calgary.

Dunham returned to action after missing Saturday's game against St. Louis following a collarbone injury in the season opener.

Calgary goalie Mike Vernon made 18 saves in his first appearance of the season, allowing only Orszagh's first goal of the season at 9:43 of the first period.

Orszagh deflected Martin Erat's slap shot from the top of the right circle through Vernon's legs.

Blackhawks 3, Coyotes 0

CHICAGO -- Tony Amonte broke Chicago's early-season scoring drought and Jocelyn Thibault had 33 saves Thursday night as the Blackhawks beat Phoenix in their home opener.

Amonte's first goal of the season came on a shot from the left circle that beat backup goaltender Robert Esche at 9:02 of the second period and made it 1-0. It ended an eight-period scoreless streak for Chicago, which had been shut out two straight games and hadn't scored since the second period of its opener.

Thibault got his 22nd career shutout and his 14th with the Blackhawks.

Canucks 4, Stars 1

DALLAS -- Trent Klatt scored two goals as Vancouver beat Dallas 4-1 to end the Canucks' season-opening three-game losing streak.

Vancouver avoided starting a season 0-4 for the first time in franchise history.

Joe Nieuwendyk tied it at 1 for Dallas with a power-play goal with 12:12 left but Klatt, a former Star, converted with 7:56 remaining to give the Canucks the lead.

Sharks 4, Lightning 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as San Jose got its first victory of the season over Tampa Bay.

Vincent Damphousse had two goals, including an empty-netter, and captain Owen Nolan also got his first goal of the season for the Sharks, who had opened a season of high expectations with an overtime loss to Detroit and a scoreless tie with Minnesota.

Oilers 5, Avalanche 3

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ryan Smyth scored the go-ahead goal on a power play midway through the third period as Edmonton rallied to beat Colorado.

Smyth took a pass from Mike Comrie behind the net, skated out of the corner and used his long reach to slide a wraparound shot past Patrick Roy with 7:28 left to put the Oilers up 4-3.

Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic and Ville Nieminen scored for Colorado.



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