Rangers jump all over Islanders

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2001

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Theo Fleury, Brian Leetch and Sandy McCarthy scored in a 65-second span in the first period as the New York Rangers ended the New York Islanders' Eastern Conference unbeaten streak with a 6-2 victory Thursday night.

Radek Dvorak, Mark Messier and Eric Lindros also scored for the Rangers, and Leetch added two assists.

The Islanders (11-2-1-1) were 10-0 against conference foes and undefeated against the East at home.

The series is still led -- barely -- by the Islanders, 80-79-17-1, with four games left this season.

Wild 5, Bruins 3

BOSTON -- Dwayne Roloson made 53 saves, and Andrew Brunette had two goals and two assists in Minnesota's victory over Boston.

The Wild scored four times on their first six shots, and have never lost to the Bruins, outscoring them 13-5 in three meetings.

Jim Dowd, Filip Kuba and Brunette had three power-play goals for the Wild, who entered with the NHL's top power-play unit. Boston started with the No. 1 penalty-killing unit and had not allowed a power-play goal at home this season in 32 attempts.

Joe Thornton had two assists, and P.J. Axelsson scored his first goal of the season for Boston, which was 8-0-0-2 at home since March 24.

Hurricanes 3, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON -- Jeff O'Neill scored the go-ahead goal with 5:20 to play as Carolina rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to defeat Washington.

Sami Kapanen scored twice early in the third period for the Hurricanes.

It was the third straight late-game surge by the Hurricanes, and the third straight third-period wilt by the Capitals.

The Capitals haven't won in six games, scoring just seven goals during that span.

Canadiens 3, Predators 1

MONTREAL -- Brian Savage and Oleg Petrov assisted on each other's first-period goals as Montreal stopped a five-game winless streak by beating Nashville.

Andreas Dackell scored with 5:05 left, and Jose Theodore stopped 31 shots as the Canadiens earned their first victory since Oct. 26.

Greg Johnson scored for Nashville, which lost for the fourth time in six games to fall to 5-9-2.

The Predators held a 32-13 margin in shots, including 17-4 in the third period when they didn't score.

Flyers 2, Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tomas Divisek scored his first NHL goal, leading Philadelphia over Tampa Bay.

Divisek, in his fourth NHL game, gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead at 10:59 of the second period.

Pavel Kubina scored a third-period goal for Tampa Bay that snapped the Lightning's 134 minute, 50 second goal-scoring drought.

Kubina's first goal in 18 games at 8:48 got Tampa Bay within 2-1. The Lightning lost their sixth straight game.

Sabres 8, Thrashers 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Martin Biron made 16 saves for his first shutout as Buffalo's top goalie.

Buffalo, coming off its first shutout loss of the season, scored eight goals for the first time since Jan. 1, 2000. The Sabres had lost four out of five.

Maxim Afinogenov made it 8-0 with 6:36 remaining, giving Buffalo its biggest margin of victory since October 1992. Buffalo had its biggest shutout since beating Pittsburgh 9-0 in 1980.

Curtis Brown scored two goals and J.P. Dumont, Miroslav Satan, Chris Gratton, Eric Boulton and Stu Barnes also scored.

Blues 3, Canucks 1

ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra scored twice, and Al MacInnis had a goal and an assist, leading St. Louis over Vancouver.

The Blues have won nine of 10 home games against the Canucks, who entered with three wins in four outings. St. Louis has won three of four.

Canucks captain Markus Naslund scored his eighth goal at 5:03 of the first period, giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead.

Senators 1, Avalanche 0

OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime made 21 saves for his second straight shutout and Martin Havlat scored the game's only goal as Ottawa beat Colorado.

Havlat scored with 2:41 left in the third period, beating defenseman Shjon Podein and goalie Patrick Roy for his sixth goal.

Ottawa tied a franchise record with its fifth consecutive victory, while Colorado extended its winless streak to five games (0-4-1).

Flames 3, Kings 2

LOS ANGELES -- Jarome Iginla recorded his second straight two-goal game, and Denis Gauthier had a goal and an assist as Calgary ran its unbeaten streak to five games by beating Los Angeles.

Iginla, who leads the NHL with 27 points, extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games (12 goals, 10 assists).

Roman Turek made 26 saves for the Flames, who have won 11 of their first 16 games for the first time since 1990-91.

Craig Johnson and Randy Robitaille scored for the Kings, who have yet to win consecutive games and have lost six of seven. Nine of their 11 losses have been by one-goal.



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