Devils take sixth straight against Blackhawks

Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner got New Jersey going with a goal 10 seconds into the game and added another score in the first period, helping the Devils beat Chicago 5-1 Saturday.

The Devils have won six straight games against the Blackhawks.

The line of Langenbrunner, Jay Pandolfo and John Madden combined for six points, with Pandolfo getting a goal. Joe Nieuwendyk and Patrik Elias also scored for New Jersey, 4-1 in its last five games.

Martin Brodeur made 18 saves, allowing only Lyle Odelein's goal.

Blues 6, Islanders 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Scott Mellanby and Cory Stillman each had a goal and assist as St. Louis won its seventh straight game, spoiling the return of Islanders captain Michael Peca.

Fred Brathwaite made 19 saves, and Dallas Drake, Martin Rucinsky, rookie Eric Boguniecki and Bryce Salvador also scored for St. Louis, which got three assists from Pavol Demitra.

Peca played for the first time since tearing a knee ligament on April 26 when he hit by Toronto's Darcy Tucker in the first round of the playoffs. He returned about a month before he was expected, but played only the first shift of the game.

Jason Blake scored for New York.

Bruins 3, Rangers 2

BOSTON -- Brian Berard scored on a deflected shot with 38.8 seconds left as Boston rallied from a two-goal deficit.

New York led 2-0 after two periods on goals by Rem Murray and Mark Messier, but Joe Thornton and Sean Brown scored 2:13 apart early in the third to tie it. Steve Shields stopped 25 shots for Boston. 7-1-2-0 in its last 10 games.

Senators 5, Red Wings 2

OTTAWA -- Magnus Arvedson, Brad Smyth, Shaun Van Allen and Todd White scored their first goals of the season for Ottawa.

Petr Schastlivy added his fourth of the season, and Patrick Lalime made 20 saves as Ottawa ended a four-game winless streak

Brett Hull had a goal and assisted on Henrik Zetterberg's shorthanded goal for Detroit.

Flyers 2, Capitals 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Dennis Seidenberg and Keith Primeau scored goals in Philadelphia's fifth straight victory.

The Flyers, 5-0-1 at home, are off to an 8-1-2 start under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Jaromir Jagr scored for Washington, 1-6-1 in its last eight games.

Penguins 5, Lightning 3

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux scored one goal and set up three others, and Kent Manderville broke a tie with 3:30 to play as Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored goals 7:57 apart in the third period to tie it with 4 minutes left. But Manderville scored his first goal of the season 30 seconds later, and Lemieux added an empty-net goal to stretch his scoring streak to 10 games.

Lemieux, the league's leading scorer, has seven goals and 27 points through 11 games. Alexei Kovalev, who assisted on Lemieux's goal, also scored two power-play goals to extend his scoring streak to 10 games and give him 10 goals in the last eight.

Jan Hrdina also scored for Pittsburgh. Vinny Prospal added a goal for the Lightning. Tampa Bay lost for the second straight night following a surprising 7-1-2 start.

Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO -- Oleg Petrov and Richard Zednik each scored twice to lead Montreal to its first victory at the Air Canada Center.

Jeff Hackett made 30 saves for the Canadiens, who last won in Toronto on Dec. 26, 1998, the final game between the Original Six rivals at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Andrei Markov added an empty-net goal for the Canadiens. Mikael Renberg and Bryan McCabe scored for Toronto.

Thrashers 3, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Frantisek Kaberle and Tony Hrkac scored third-period goals to help Atlanta snap a 19-game winless streak.

The Thrashers, who started the season 0-8-1-1, won for the first time since March 23 of last season against Ottawa. Ilya Kovalchuk also scored, and Pasi Nurminen made 21 saves.

Valeri Bure scored for Florida.

Canucks 4, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists in Vancouver's victory over Minnesota.

Bertuzzi scored the first of three goals in a 1:08 span of the first period as the Canucks handed the Wild just their second loss in 12 games (8-2-2) this season.

Trevor Letowski and Ed Jovanovski also scored in the first period, and Markus Naslund added a third-period goal for Vancouver. Marion Gaborik and Cliff Ronning scored for the Wild.

Kings 6, Predators 5, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Jaroslav Modry scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 3:15 left in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 6-5 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Alexander Frolov had a pair of third-period goals as Los Angeles rallied four times from one-goal deficits.

Nashville, the only team in the NHL last season without an overtime defeat (5-0-13), already has lost three games in the extra session.

Avalanche 4, Flames 4

CALGARY, Alberta -- Martin Gelinas scored twice, including the tying goal, as the Calgary Flames tied the Colorado Avalanche 4-4 Saturday night.

A harmless looking wrist shot from the blue line by Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr was going wide of the net when Gelinas stuck out his stick and deflected the puck past Patrick Roy.

Gelinas' team-leading sixth goal rallied the Flames for the second time in the third period and third time in the game.

Calgary had the best chances to win in overtime but Jarome Iginla was stopped by Roy on a breakaway and the Flames could not convert a power play they received with 1:03 left.

Craig Conroy and Jordan Leopold also scored for Calgary, which completed a four-game homestand with 1-2-0-1.

Joe Sakic had two goals and an assist to pace Colorado. Peter Forsberg added a goal and three assists, and Milan Hejduk added a goal and two assists. The Avalanche earned at least one point in nine straight games (4-0-3-2).

Sakic has eight goals and four assists in his last seven games.

Just 2:31 before Gelinas tied it, Milan Hejduk's wraparound goal gave the Avalanche a 4-3 lead.

Colorado took a 3-2 advantage at 2:16 of the third on Sakic's second of the night, but that lead lasted just 15 seconds when Conroy skated out of the Avalanche corner and ripped a shot past Roy.

Jamie McLennan was the surprise starter in goal for Calgary as Roman Turek was bothered by a bruised finger.

Calgary opened the scoring at 13:32 of the first period when Iginla chipped the puck ahead at the Avalanche blue line, sending Gelinas in alone on Roy.

It was the second breakaway of the period for Roy who earlier made a terrific save to rob Chris Drury who sped in and then tried to deke to his backhand.

Colorado responded with two goals in the final 90 seconds of the first period with Sakic scoring at 18:43 and Forsberg adding his fifth goal 24 seconds later.

Calgary outshot the Avalanche 31-30.

Notes: The Canadian Hockey Association presented commemorative rings to four members of the 2002 gold medal-winning Olympic team. Receiving their rings were Sakic, D Rob Blake, and D Adam Foote of the Avalanche along with Iginla. ... Drury (2 goals, 4 assists) and Gelinas (2 goals, 4 assists) extended their point-scoring streaks to five games.

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