Power play pushes Bruins past Edmonton

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2003

BOSTON Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and Mike Knuble added two assists in the Boston Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

The win was the second straight at home for the Bruins, who had no victories in their first four home games.

Boston scored three power-play goals, while the Oilers failed in five chances.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring for the Bruins on a power play at 11:01 of the first period. Jarret Stoll tied it 51 seconds into the second.

But Martin Lapointe, Thornton, and Sandy McCarthy opened the Bruins' lead to 4-1 in the middle period.

Raffi Torres made it 4-2 and Shawn Horcoff closed the scoring with a short-handed goal for Edmonton.

Flyers 2, Islanders 1

PHILADELPHIA Jeremy Roenick had a goal and assist, and Mark Recchi scored the go-ahead goal to lead Philadelphia to its fourth straight win.

Jeff Hackett stopped 23 shots, and center Michal Handzus made a brilliant save to help Philadelphia win for the fifth time in six games and remain unbeaten at home (5-0-2). Vancouver (7-0-1) is the only other NHL team without a home loss.

Adrian Aucoin scored for the Islanders, who have lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Garth Snow, a former Flyers player, had 31 saves for New York. He was unbeaten his previous three starts.

Senators 5, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA Bryan Smolinski scored twice, including a clinching goal in the final minute, to help Ottawa snap a five-game winless streak.

The Senators, who reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, entered this game in last place in the Northeast Division and on an 0-3-2 skid.

Martin Havlat, Daniel Alfreddson and Peter Schaefer also scored for Ottawa.

Ronald Petrovicky, Randy Robitaille, and Yannick Tremblay had goals for the Thrashers.

Atlanta had held an 18-7 goal advantage in the third period, but allowed the Senators to score twice without scoring any themselves. The Thrashers' 18 third-period goals lead the NHL.

Blue Jackets 1, Canadiens 1

MONTREAL Rick Nash scored a power-play goal in the second period, lifting Columbus into a tie with Montreal.

Nash scored his team-leading ninth goal with 6:54 left in the second. Columbus remained winless in seven road games (0-5-1-1).

Michael Ryder gave Montreal a 1-0 lead earlier in the second with his second goal. The Canadiens have just two wins in nine games (2-6-1).

Montreal nearly won with about two minutes left in overtime. Defenseman Sheldon Souray's slap shot from just outside the blue line struck goalie Marc Denis' glove and trickled just wide of the right post.

Denis made 30 saves. Montreal's Mathieu Garon stopped 35 shots, including Todd Marchant's chance 17 seconds into overtime.

Panthers 4, Lightning 0

SUNRISE, Fla. Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping interim coach Rick Dudley win his debut with the Panthers.

Niklas Hagman, Andreas Lilja, Jaroslav Bednar and Valeri Bure scored for the Panthers, who snapped a seven-game winless streak against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have scored only once in two games following a 9-0 win over Pittsburgh.

Dudley, also Florida's general manager, replaced Mike Keenan, who was fired Sunday. Dudley was Tampa Bay's general manager from 1999-2001 and hired Lightning coach John Tortorella.

Wild 1, Canucks 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. Sergei Zholtok scored his first goal of the season with 5:09 remaining, giving Minnesota the victory.

Dwayne Roloson earned his 13th career shutout with 29 saves. He is 4-1 in his last five games, allowing just five goals. The Wild are 6-2-1 in their last nine games.

Zholtok had his first shot stopped by goalie Dan Cloutier. The rebound bounced back to Zholtok, whose bad-angle shot from behind the goal line glanced off Cloutier's right pad and trickled in.

Cloutier stopped 23 shots.

Avalanche 4, Sharks 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. Teemu Selanne ignored constant boos to score the go-ahead goal in his return to San Jose, and Derek Morris had a career-high four points.

Morris had a goal and three assists, and Joe Sakic also scored in the third period as the Avalanche beat San Jose for the seventh straight time. Milan Hejduk scored his 11th goal of the season, to keep Colorado unbeaten in five games.

Wayne Primeau, Marco Sturm and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who failed to earn a point for the first time in six games.

Peter Forsberg was a last-minute scratch for Colorado because of a groin injury.

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