LeClair nets four goals against Habs

Philadelphia forward has memorable evening against former team

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

MONTREAL -- John LeClair scored four goals and Mark Recchi had a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

LeClair, who began his career with Montreal, has 28 goals and 43 points in 29 regular-season games against the Canadiens since he was traded to the Flyers on Feb. 9, 1995.

Marty Murray also scored for Philadelphia, which completed its season-opening three-game road trip with five of a possible six points.

Yanic Perreault scored his second of the season and Saku Koivu had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore -- last season's NHL MVP -- has allowed 12 goals in two home losses since opening the season with a 4-1 win over the Rangers in New York last Friday.

Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 4

NEW YORK -- Pavel Bure had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season, helping New York break out of a scoring slump with a victory over Toronto.

The Maple Leafs dropped their third straight following a 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh to start the season.

The Rangers scored all their goals after top center Eric Lindros was ejected for boarding in the second period.

Bure didn't play in New York's season opener last Wednesday at Carolina because of the flu. He then missed the Rangers' first home game on Friday and a game at Pittsburgh -- both losses -- due to strep throat.

Islanders 4, Predators 3, OT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Adrian Aucoin scored at 1:50 of overtime -- 3 seconds after Brad Isbister was stopped on a penalty shot -- to cap a three-goal comeback as New York beat Nashville for its first win of the season.

Alexei Yashin tied it at 5:56 of the third period when he tipped Raffi Torres' cross-ice pass past Tomas Vokoun.

Dave Scatchard and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, which avoided losing three straight games to start the season for the first time in its 31-year history.

Chris Osgood had to make only 10 saves for the victory.

Andreas Johansson scored twice for the Predators, who also picked up their first point of the season in three games.

Senators 2, Coyotes 1

OTTAWA -- Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson scored with 5:14 remaining to lift Ottawa over Phoenix.

Alfredsson deflected Mike Fisher's centering pass past Phoenix goalie Sean Burke a minute after his teammates killed off a two-man advantage for a full two minutes.

Marian Hossa gave the Senators a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the second before Coyotes captain Teppo Numminen tied it six minutes later.

Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime made 26 saves and has allowed only four goals in three games this season.

The Coyotes, who have lost three of their first four games, play nine of their first 12 on the road.

Blues 2, Hurricanes 1

ST. LOUIS -- Tom Koivisto scored at 3:49 of overtime for the Blues.

It was the first win in three games for the Blues (1-1-1), who have scored only six goals this season.

Jaroslav Svoboda scored in the first period for the Hurricanes, who have won win in four games.

Alexander Khavanov scored at 3:58 of the third period to tie it for the Blues.

Wild 4, Panthers 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Bill Muckalt scored two goals to break a 75-game drought, and Manny Fernandez made 30 saves for the Wild.

Muckalt, who signed with the Wild in July, got his first goal in more than a year, at 6:20 of the first period to put Minnesota ahead 1-0. Muckalt hadn't scored since April 2, 2001, when his New York Islanders beat Pittsburgh.

He also scored an empty-net goal with 2.8 seconds left.

Antti Laaksonen and Brad Bombardir also scored for Minnesota (2-0-1). Fernandez didn't allow a goal until 13:16 of the second period when he was beaten by Niklas Hagman.

Stars 3, Oilers 0

DALLAS -- Players, coaches and arenas change, yet the Dallas Stars still dominate at home against the Edmonton Oilers.

Marty Turco made 21 saves for his sixth career shutout and Jere Lehtinen scored twice as the Stars remained unbeaten in their last 14 regular-season home games against Edmonton with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.

''There are a lot of factors why we're successful against them,'' said Turco, who is 2-0-1 this season since taking over as Dallas' No. 1 goalie. ''The games have always been fast-paced and today was one of the quickest.

"When the tempo is up, we've got guys who like to play that style.''

Lehtinen, considered the Stars top defensive forward, got his first two goals of the season and defenseman Phillippe Boucher added his first on the power play for Dallas (3-0-1), off to its best start since opening the 1996-97 season with six straight victories.

Edmonton (1-1-1) is 0-13-1 in its last 14 regular-season trips to Dallas, and 1-16-2 in its last 19.

''There's no question we struggle here,'' Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth said. ''Today we just weren't sharp in the first period. Our defense didn't make good passes in our own end and that's where it starts.''

The Stars killed off seven power plays, including a two-man advantage for 45 seconds late in the second period. Derian Hatcher, Sergei Zubov, Rob DiMaio and Boucher were Dallas' top penalty killers, limiting the Oilers to 11 shots on their seven power plays.

''Our penalty killing was probably the difference tonight,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. ''They were excellent.''

Turco was under pressure in the second period when the Oilers held an 11-2 edge in shots. Dallas tightened up defensively in the third period, allowing only four shots.

The Stars took control in the first period, grabbing a 2-0 lead on goals by Boucher and Lehtinen. Boucher scored from the slot on the power play at 2:35, and Lehtinen skated up the right side and beat Tommy Salo on a backhander from in front of the net at 15:46.

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said his team's inability to make plays to get the puck out of its own end contributed heavily to Edmonton's lethargic start.

''When you can't make a pass in your own zone, when you make turnovers and poor decisions, that has a lot to do with it,'' MacTavish said. ''We had a huge territorial advantage in the second period, but that was misleading because of (three) power plays. We had some chances but had nothing to show for it.''

Lehtinen made it 3-0 at 12:37 of the second period, skating to the net and converting Pierre Turgeon's backhand centering pass.

Turgeon and Scott Young had two assists each for the Stars.

Notes: Stars center Jason Arnott is expected to be out another seven-to-10 days while he recovers from a sprained right ankle sustained opening night. ... The Oilers haven't won in Dallas during the regular season since Jan. 17, 1996.



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