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Khabibulin picks up 29th career shutout

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves for his 29th career shutout as the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 3-0 Wednesday night.

It was Khabibulin's first shutout in 34 games, dating to a 1-0 victory over the Rangers last Jan. 28.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sami Kapanen, Jeff O'Neill and Niclas Wallin scored during an 11 1/2-minute stretch in the second period as Carolina rallied to beat New York.

The Hurricanes overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to win the first of a nine-game homestand and improve to 4-1-1 in their last six.

Bruins 7, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON -- Brian Rolston had a goal and two assists as Boston extended its unbeaten streak to eight games by beating Washington.

P.J. Axelsson, Rob Zamuner, Josef Stumpel, Bryan Berard, Joe Thornton and Glen Murray also tallied for the Bruins, who are 6-0-2 since losing their season opener at Minnesota on Oct. 11.

Penguins 4, Senators 1

OTTAWA -- Mario Lemieux scored a goal and had two assists to lead Pittsburgh over Ottawa.

Dick Tarnstrom, Jan Hrdina and Alexei Kovalev also scored for Pittsburgh, which won its third straight to improve to 6-2-2.

Lemieux increased his league-leading points total to 23 in 10 games, setting up goals by Tarnstrom and Kovalev before scoring his sixth of the season on a power play 2:56 into the third.

Blues 7, Predators 0

ST. LOUIS -- Reed Low, Al MacInnis and Keith Tkachuk scored on successive shots during a four-goal second period as St. Louis routed Nashville for its sixth straight victory.

The Blues are 6-0-1 since losing the season opener, despite being forced to use four goalies because of injuries. Their 6-1-1 overall record is the second-best start in franchise history.

Panthers 3, Stars 2, OT

DALLAS -- Valeri Bure scored with 3:21 into overtime, and backup Jani Hurme made 42 saves as Florida handed Dallas its first home loss this season.

Brenden Morrow's shorthanded goal with 8:52 remaining in regulation lifted the Stars into a 2-2 tie.

The Stars held a 44-13 shots advantage, 13-0 in the third period and 5-1 in overtime. Dallas had won its first three home games and was unbeaten in four games (3-0-1).

Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist for the Panthers. Ivan Novoseltsev had the other goal for Florida, which was winless in three games (0-2-1).



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