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Red Wings end unbeaten streak of Islanders

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Steve Yzerman scored the game-winning goal 2:32 into overtime as the Detroit Red Wings ended the New York Islanders' season-opening unbeaten streak with a 5-4 victory in sold-out Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.

Yzerman's second goal of the night came after Detroit's Luc Robitaille tied it at 4 with 9.4 seconds left in regulation.

Oleg Kvasha and Alexei Yashin each had two goals and two assists for the Islanders, who opened the season with four road victories.

Kvasha, who gave New York a 1-0 lead just 36 seconds into the game, put the Islanders up 4-3 with 3:59 left in the third.

Canadiens 3, Devils 1

MONTREAL -- Martin Rucinsky and Yanic Perreault scored 20 seconds apart early in the third period to lead undefeated Montreal over winless New Jersey.

Jeff Hackett made 23 saves as Montreal improved to 4-0-1 -- their best start since opening with a 10-game unbeaten streak in 1981.

Andreas Dackell scored into an empty net to seal the win in front of 19,393 at the Molson Centre. Montreal remained perfect in short-handed situations this year, killing off two New Jersey power plays to run their streak of consecutive penalty kills to 27.

Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA -- Jeff O'Neill scored two goals and added two assists as Carolina continued their domination of Atlanta, beating the Thrashers in their home opener.

Sami Kapanen scored the go-ahead goal in the second period for a 3-2 lead with 4:11 left in the period before a sellout crowd of 18,545.

O'Neill added a goal in the second period and gave Hurricanes a 4-2 lead with 4:34 left. Carolina is 10-0-1 against the Thrashers, who entered the league three years ago.

Ron Francis had three assists for the Hurricanes.

Blues 5, Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO -- Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra each had a goal and an assist, and Doug Weight scored his first goal for St. Louis in a victory over Toronto.

Sergei Varlamov and Cory Stillman also scored for the Blues, who won for the first time in four games this season.

Travis Green and Robert Reichel had goals for the Maple Leafs.

The Blues, who reloaded over the summer, traded starting goalie Roman Turek and let top scorer Pierre Turgeon leave as a free agent, got off to a poor start this season. They tied their first two games against Columbus and Nashville, and blew a 4-2 third-period lead against Los Angeles last Thursday.

Senators 2, Rangers 2

OTTAWA -- Petr Nedved scored with 4:36 left in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a tie with Ottawa.

Rangers captain Mark Messier left the game with five minutes to go in the second, shortly after he was checked by Mike Fisher. Messier suffered bruised ribs on the play and did not return.

Nedved tied the game with his first goal of the season less than four minutes after Michael York scored his first to break Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime's shutout bid.

Shawn McEachern and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators, who are undefeated in their last three games.

New York's Bryan Berard made his first appearance at the Corel Centre since he suffered a serious eye injury here on March 11, 2000, when he was with Toronto. Berard came close to losing his right eye when he was struck there by the blade of Senators forward Marian Hossa's stick.

Flyers 5, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- John LeClair and Ruslan Fedotenko scored 17 seconds apart in the second period, and Philadelphia took a season-high 53 shots in a victory over Florida.

The Flyers ended a three-game winless streak since beating the Panthers in the season opener.

Philadelphia broke the game open with three goals on 21 shots in the second period, which had been their least productive period. Entering Saturday, the Flyers hadn't scored in the second all season.

Panthers goalie Trevor Kidd finished with 48 saves and Pavel Bure scored his first goal of the season.

Flames 4, Stars 3, OT

DALLAS -- Craig Conroy scored with 39.6 seconds left in overtime to give Calgary the victory.

Calgary tied it with 1:55 to go in regulation on a short-handed goal by Denis Gauthier, and Conroy poked a rebound under Stars goalie Ed Belfour with overtime winding down to win it.

Mike Modano's second goal of the night with 9:14 remaining had given the Stars a 3-2 lead. Darryl Sydor also scored for Dallas.

Steve Begin and Bob Boughner scored for Calgary, which rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits.

Oilers 4, Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Comrie scored his first goal of the season and added an assist as Edmonton overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Nashville.

Jochen Hecht scored the go-ahead goal at 13:46 of the third period with Mike Dunham sprawled in front of the net.

The Oilers, who were trailing 3-1, began their comeback at 14:22 of the second period when Mike Grier put a shot between Dunham's legs. Comrie tied it at 4:53 of the third period with a rebound shot from the left side of the goal.

Ryan Smyth also scored for Edmonton.

Andy Delmore, Scott Hartnell and Vladimir Orszagh had goals for Nashville.

Coyotes 5, Capitals 2

PHOENIX -- Daymond Langkow scored his first three goals for Phoenix as the Coyotes defeated Washington in the home opener of the franchise's Wayne Gretzky era.

Gretzky, who acquired part ownership of the Coyotes last Feb. 15, promised fans a faster, younger and grittier team in 2001-02, and 15,330 fans showed up to find out.

Of the 18 skaters that dressed Saturday, 10 were new to the team this season. They outshot the Caps 35-19, outhustled them and scored on three of six power plays.

Danny Markov and Daniel Briere scored with the extra skater. Markov also had an assist, and Claude Lemieux had three assists.

Canucks 4, Avalanche 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dan Cloutier made 22 saves for his first shutout with Vancouver, and Brendan Morrison and Donald Brashear each had a goal and an assist as the Canucks beat Colorado.

Harold Druken and Trent Klatt also scored for the Canucks, who led 3-0 after one period and won for the second straight game after three losses to open the season.

David Aebischer made his first start of the season for Colorado and finished with 18 saves as the Avalanche (2-2-0) dropped their second straight.

Lightning 1, Kings 0

LOS ANGELES -- Vaclav Prospal scored his first goal for Tampa Bay in the third period, and the Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings for their first victory this season.

Tampa Bay, which lost its first three games, was held to 11 shots in the first two periods before Prospal scored on the Lightning's first shot of the third.

Prospal, who played for Florida and Ottawa last season, wristed a shot from 10 feet over the left shoulder of Los Angeles goalie Felix Potvin 38 seconds into the period.

Kevin Weekes, making his first start of the season, stopped 31 shots for his seventh career shutout and first since March 8 against Carolina.

Sharks 3, Bruins 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Marco Sturm scored the game-winner with 15.3 seconds left as San Jose scored all of their goals in the final six minutes.

The Sharks finally got one past Boston goalie Byron Dafoe with 5:20 to go when Brad Stuart's shot from the just inside the blue line went through defenseman Don Sweeney's legs and past Dafoe to cut it to 2-1. It was Stuart's first goal of the season.

Owen Nolan tied it on a power play with 1:35 left. Sturm scored on a backhander from 15 feet out after a flurry of activity in front of the Boston net as the Sharks outshot the Bruins 16-5 in the final period.

Martin Lapointe and Brian Rolston scored for Boston.



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