Bruins keep brewin' up a storm

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

BOSTON -- Brian Rolston scored 59 seconds into overtime, and Byron Dafoe made 20 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Rolston took a pass from Sergei Samsonov, skated down the right side and put a wrist shot just inside the post to beat Edmonton goaltender Tommy Salo as Boston improved to 5-0-0-2 at home.

Oilers defenseman Eric Brewer went down on the ice in an attempt to block the shot, so Rolston had to reload and fired a perfect shot to the corner of the net.

It was a franchise-record fourth straight home overtime contest for the Bruins, who had 35 shots and have outshot their opponents in all but two games.

Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Todd Bertuzzi scored a goal and had an assist in his first game back from a 10-game suspension as Vancouver beat Columbus.

Ed Jovanovski and Brendan Morrison also each had a goal and an assist.

Dan Cloutier, who made 26 saves, and the Canucks weathered two late Columbus power plays after the Blue Jackets pulled within a goal. After Columbus pulled goaltender Marc Denis, the Blue Jackets had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 1:08.

Bertuzzi had to sit out since leaving the bench to join a fight during the Canucks' game against Colorado on Oct. 13. Vancouver was 3-6-1 during his suspension.

Islanders 3, Lightning 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Chris Osgood made 29 saves for his third shutout, Michael Peca scored a short-handed goal and Shawn Bates scored one on a power play as New York beat Tampa Bay.

Brad Isbister scored an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining for the Islanders, who are 11-1-1-1. Last season, it took them until Dec. 29 to get to 11 wins, and until Jan. 13 to get their 12th.

Hurricanes 2, Penguins 2

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeff O'Neill scored his team-leading 11th goal with 38.7 seconds left in regulation as Carolina rallied for a tie against Pittsburgh.

The Hurricanes trailed 2-0 heading into the third period and wasted a two-man advantage on the power play seconds in. But Shane Willis scored early in the third, and O'Neill beat Johan Hedberg on a rebound 10 seconds after the Hurricanes pulled goalie Arturs Irbe for an extra attacker.

Carolina failed to tie the NHL record of six straight decisions in overtime. Before Tuesday, the Hurricanes were 3-2 this season in the extra session.

Jan Hrdina and Stephane Richer scored for the Penguins, who are 2-1-2 without injured star Mario Lemieux -- out with a hip injury.

Rangers 3, Wild 1

NEW YORK -- Theo Fleury had a goal and an assist, and Mike Richter made 23 saves to lead New York over Minnesota.

Fleury's goal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead at 15:47 of the third period. Fleury followed Mike York on a rush into the Minnesota zone and redirected York's pass past goalie Manny Fernandez.

The Wild pulled to 2-1 when Pascal Dupuis scored his first goal of the season at 11:14 of the third period. It spoiled another shutout chance for Richter, who hasn't blanked an opponent since Feb. 26, 1999, a 136-game span.

Eric Lindros and Steve McKenna, in his Rangers debut, also scored for New York.

Canadiens 1, Avalanche 1

MONTREAL -- Brian Willsie scored with 13:51 remaining in the third period to lift Colorado to a tie with Montreal.

Willsie redirected Rob Blake's slap shot from the right point past goalie Jose Theodore 6:09 into the third as Colorado, which had lost three straight, recorded its first point in four games. The Stanley Cup-champion Avalanche have struggled to a 7-8-1 start.

Yanic Perreault scored in the second for Montreal, as Patrick Roy again failed in his fifth straight bid to become the first goalie to record at least 200 wins with two NHL teams. Roy won 289 regular-season games with the Canadiens from 1985-95.

Montreal, which had lost four straight, remained winless in its last five and is 1-7-1 since earning nine of 10 points to open the season.

Maple Leafs 4, Capitals 2

TORONTO -- Jonas Hoglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as Toronto beat Washington, which played without injured Jaromir Jagr.

Jagr missed the game with a strained right knee and expects to miss two weeks. The Capitals also were without center Adam Oates (sore left ankle) and Steve Konowalchuk (shoulder surgery).

Mikael Renberg, Dmitry Yushkevich and Garry Valk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last five games.

Peter Bondra scored his 11th goal for the Capitals, who are winless in five.

Sharks 4, Blues 1

ST. LOUIS -- Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves as San Jose beat St. Louis for its fifth straight victory.

Mike Ricci, Mark Smith, Vincent Damphousse and Scott Thornton got a goal apiece for the Sharks, who have outscored opponents 20-7 during the streak.

Ricci scored his first goal in the final minute of the first period and Damphousse got his eighth with 1.9 seconds to go in the second, putting the Sharks ahead 3-0. The Sharks have scored 11 of their 43 goals in the final two minutes of a period.

Scott Young scored a power-play goal for St. Louis.

Blackhawks 2, Flyers 1

CHICAGO -- Alex Zhamnov had a goal and an assist, and Jocelyn Thibault stopped 27 shots as Chicago beat Philadelphia to remain unbeaten at home.

Tony Amonte also scored for the Blackhawks, who are 7-0-2 at the United Center and off to their best start at home since 1971-72. Chicago has lost only one of its last 12 games overall (8-1-3).

Keith Primeau scored for the Flyers, who have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Philadelphia's Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves.

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