Nothing settled between Blackhawks, Ducks

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. Joffrey Lupul scored on a power play with 7:10 left in the third period and Martin Gerber made 25 saves as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks tied the Chicago Blackhawks 1-1 Sunday night.

Chicago's Scott Nichol was off for holding Petr Sykora when the Ducks pulled even. Niclas Havelid got the puck in the high slot from Steve Rucchin, faked a slap shot and slid the puck to Lupul, who one-timed it past goaltender Michael Leighton's stick for his second NHL goal and second in as many games. Leighton made 31 saves.

The best chance either team had in overtime came 35 seconds into the extra period, when Chicago's Nathan Dempsey tried to redirect Steve Sullivan's feed from the top of the left circle before Gerber slid out to steer it away one of five saves he made in the extra five-minute period.

The Blackhawks, who took just four shots in each of the last two periods of Saturday's 3-2 victory at Los Angeles, had only four shots in the second period against Anaheim.

But Chicago got a break at 7:08 of the period when Ducks defenseman Todd Simpson accidentally knocked the puck into his own net after Kyle Calder was stopped twice in close by Gerber the second time while on his stomach after tripping over Sergei Fedorov.

The Blackhawks scored first for only the second time in their first nine games. The other time was on opening night, in Joselyn Thibault's 1-0 victory over Minnesota.

Avalanche 3, Sabres 1

DENVER Former Colorado player Chris Drury scored the go-ahead goal with 2:23 left and Martin Biron stopped 32 shots as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Avalanche 3-1 Sunday night.

Buffalo has won three straight to climb over .500 (5-4) for the first time this season.

Drury skated in alone across the blue line after Jean-Pierre Dumont squeezed a puck along the boards, then beat Phil Sauve to the glove side from the right circle.

It was his second of the season and extended his points streak to seven games.

Dumont added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left, also his second.

Canucks 3, Coyotes 3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Krystofer Kolanos scored on a wraparound with 1:14 left in the third period, lifting Phoenix to a 3-3 tie with Vancouver on Sunday night.

Markus Naslund put the Canucks up a goal on a partial breakaway 8:51 into the third period. But Kolanos, a healthy scratch for the Coyotes' previous game, took a pass from Branko Radivojevic behind the net and tucked the puck past Dan Cloutier before he could cover his right post.

Trevor Linden and Ed Jovanovski also scored, and Cloutier stopped 18 shots as the Canucks failed to win for the first time in five home games.



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