Lindros makes presence known in Rangers triumph over Devils

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2001

NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros is rounding into game shape and he won't be deterred by a bad memory.

Lindros scored once and assisted on Theo Fleury's overtime goal as the New York Rangers beat the winless New Jersey Devils 4-3 Wednesday night.

''I think we saw a vintage Lindros goal,'' Rangers coach Ron Low said. ''His skating has been fine from the beginning, but he said his hands weren't there yet. I think they're starting to come.''

Lindros, back in the NHL after a 17-month absence, played against Scott Stevens and the Devils (0-3-0-1) for the first time since the New Jersey captain gave him his last concussion during the 2000 playoffs.

Stevens and Lindros were on the ice together for several shifts but it resulted mostly in halfhearted bumps and nudges. For one play in the second, on a Rangers power play, the two traded elbows and shoves in front of the net. Also in the second, Lindros slammed Stevens into the boards.

But Lindros said he isn't holding a grudge.

''You're the guys who keep bringing that up,'' he said. ''I stopped thinking about that a long time ago. It was just fun to win.''

Petr Sykora pulled down Petr Nedved just 43 seconds into OT to give the Rangers the man advantage.

Fleury, who took a costly penalty of his own in the third, scored on the power play 1:20 into the extra period.

Islanders 4, Hurricanes 0

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Shawn Bates and Brad Isbister gave New York an early lead, and Chris Osgood got his 32nd career shutout as the Islanders beat Carolina for their fifth straight road victory.

The Islanders (5-0-0-1) moved within two wins of matching the NHL's longest road winning streak from the start of the season, set in 1940 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

New York won just nine road games last season and had the worst overall record in hockey. But the Islanders have the league's most points (11) in the early going.

Osgood, formerly of Detroit, stopped 20 shots for his second shutout in five games with his new team.

Blues 2, Stars 2

ST. LOUIS -- Jere Lehtinen scored off a drop pass from Mike Modano midway through the third period and had an assist as Dallas tied St. Louis.

Modano also scored, and Dallas' Ed Belfour stopped three shots in the final 10 seconds of overtime.

Pavol Demitra and Keith Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have three ties. Doug Weight assisted on both goals.

Demitra, Tkachuk and Weight have combined for 23 points in the Blues' first five games. The rest of the team has 23 points.

Demitra has a goal in all five of the Blues' games and Tkachuk has a goal in three straight.

Bruins 2, Mighty Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Martin Lapointe scored the equalizer late in the second period, and Brian Rolston had a power-play goal as Boston tied Anaheim.

Boston's John Grahame made 29 saves in his season debut, but the Bruins remained winless in four games after opening the season with three straight home victories.

Steve Rucchin and Jeff Friesen scored less than three minutes apart in the second period, and Steve Shields made 39 saves for the Ducks.

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