Red Wings thwart third-period comeback by Blue Jackets

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2001

DETROIT -- Sergei Fedorov had a goal and an assist, helping the Detroit Red Wings hold off a third-period rally by the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

Trailing 4-1 with a little more than eight minutes remaining, Columbus (0-2-4) got goals from Tyler Wright and Deron Quint on just four shots.

Luc Robitaille, Mathieu Dandenault and Brendan Shanahan also scored for Detroit (5-1).

Rookie Rostislav Klesla had the other goal for the Blue Jackets.

Shanahan is tied for the league lead with eight goals and is tops in the NHL with 11 points.

Thrashers 3, Flyers 3

ATLANTA -- John LeClair scored two third period goals to help Philadelphia gain a tie with Atlanta.

Tony Hrkac put Atlanta ahead 3-2 with 7:35 remaining in the third.

Damian Rhodes, making his first start of the season, was outstanding in the first two periods, stopping all 20 of Philadelphia's shots before the Flyers scored three times in the third on 14 shots.

Hnat Domenichelli gave the Thrashers a 2-1 lead. Ilya Kovalchuk, the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, also scored for Atlanta.

Paul Ranheim had the other Philadelphia goal.

Penguins 5, Senators 2

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Toby Petersen scored three goals, and previously winless Pittsburgh won coach Rick Kehoe's debut, beating Ottawa.

Robert Lang had two goals, one short-handed and the other on a power play, as the Penguins scored four goals on nine shots in the second period -- three set up by Mario Lemieux for his first points of the season.

Lemieux was held without a goal for the ninth consecutive game, dating to last season.

Johan Hedberg had his first strong game in goal since last season's playoffs, turning aside Marian Hossa on a penalty shot in the first period and stopping 17 of 18 shots in the second period alone while making 37 saves.

The Penguins' 0-4 start tied their 1983-84 team for the worst in franchise history. Coach Ivan Hlinka was fired following a 4-1 loss Sunday in Buffalo.

Wild 3, Sharks 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mike Ricci's power-play goal with 2:32 left in regulation lifted San Jose into a tie with Minnesota.

The Sharks trailed 3-1, but Ricci and Mark Smith scored to help San Jose avoid its first regulation loss this season.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and two assists for the Wild, who remain the only unbeaten team in the Western Conference at 3-0-3.

Minnesota, which opened the season with a scoreless tie in San Jose, got a pair of second-period goals and is enjoying the best start ever for a second-year NHL franchise.

Dwayne Roloson, making his third start of the season, finished with 23 saves for Minnesota, which has not trailed in its four home games.

Predators 3, Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Richard Smehlik scored with 5:34 remaining as Buffalo overcame a two-goal deficit and a controversial goal to earn a tie with Nashville.

Smehlik's goal came 1:32 after Slava Kozlov's power-play goal cut the Predators lead to 3-2. Chris Gratton also scored for the Sabres.

The Predators failed to hold a 3-1 lead in their second straight outing after losing 4-3 to Edmonton on Saturday.

Nashville received a gift from the officials, who allowed Scott Walker's opening goal despite replays appearing to show the Predators with six skaters inside the Sabres zone.

Patric Kjellberg and Marian Cisar also scored for the Predators.

Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Shayne Corson and Jonas Hoglund scored short-handed goals as Toronto used a three-goal second period to beat Edmonton.

Mikael Renberg and Darcy Tucker also had Maple Leafs goals.

The Swedish trio of Mats Sundin, Hoglund and Renberg have eight goals and 11 assists in the Leafs' first six games.

Former Oilers goalie Curtis Joseph stopped 15 shots, losing his shutout bid at 6:35 of the third on Mike Comrie's goal.

Avalanche 2, Lightning 1

DENVER -- Stephane Yelle and Joe Sakic scored goals, and Colorado snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay.

Patrick Roy made 19 saves for Colorado, and Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin turned away 23 shots.

Yelle scored for the first time in 19 regular-season games, dating to Feb. 1.

Vaclav Prospal had the only goal for the Lightning.

Bruins 1, Coyotes 1

PHOENIX -- Brian Rolston scored a short-handed goal for the second straight game, and Boston goalie Byron Dafoe made eight of his 31 saves in overtime as the Bruins tied Phoenix.

Paul Mara scored for the Coyotes, and Sean Burke made 34 saves in his best performance of the season.

Burke made all of his saves in regulation as the Coyotes put rush after rush on Dafoe during two overtime power plays without success.

Panthers 2, Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ed Jovanovski scored the tying goal 4:11 into the third period as Vancouver rallied to tie Florida.

In overtime, Florida's Trevor Kidd robbed Scott Lachance and Daniel Sedin from the top of the crease, and Vancouver's Dan Cloutier stopped Pavel Bure on a breakaway with 2:18 left.

Bure, playing his first game back in Vancouver since forcing a trade nearly three years ago, scored once. Rookie Kristian Huselius had the other goal for the Panthers, who earned a point for the first time in three games and just the second time this season (1-4-1).

Capitals 3, Kings 2, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Peter Bondra scored 21 seconds into overtime and Olaf Kolzig made 30 saves as Washington beat Los Angeles.

Five-time scoring champ Jaromir Jagr sat out his third straight game because of a strained right knee.

Andrei Nikolishin and Ulf Dahlen also scored for Washington.

Rob Valicevic and Jozef Stumpel had Los Angeles goals.



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