Hull tally gives Stars a 2-2 draw

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Some 17 months since scoring his disputed Cup-clinching ''No Goal'' in Buffalo, Brett Hull was on the doorstep again to score the critical goal as the Dallas Stars tied the Buffalo Sabres 2-2 Wednesday night.

It was the Stars' first visit to Buffalo since they won the Cup in the early hours of June 20, 1999. Buffalo beat the Stars in Dallas last season.

After Dominik Hasek stopped Jere Lehtinen's shot from the right circle, the rebound went directly to Hull, who flipped it in off Hasek's pad with 4:58 left in regulation.

Hull's goal, which extended his point streak to five games, came 46 seconds after Chris Gratton put the Sabres ahead.

Flyers 2, Maple Leafs 1, OT

TORONTO -- Mark Recchi returned after missing nine games with a concussion and scored his first goal of the season in overtime as Philadelphia beat Toronto.

It was Recchi's first game since Oct. 21. He sustained a concussion opening night, played three of the next seven, then sat out the next nine.

Philadelphia's Roman Cechmanek stopped 30 shots. Toronto's Curtis Joseph made 29 saves and has allowed just six goals in his last five games.

Thrashers 1, Predators 0

ATLANTA -- Milan Hnilicka stopped all 37 Nashville shots for his first career shutout and Yannick Tremblay scored the game's only goal as Atlanta earned its first home win this season.

It was the first regular-season victory at Philips Arena for the Thrashers since April 2 when they beat the New York Islanders, 5-4. Atlanta has won just two home games since Jan. 14.

Red Wings 4, Sharks 1

DETROIT -- Mathieu Dandenault scored his first two goals of the season to lead Detroit over San Jose.

The Sharks had lost just once in 11 games. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov was 9-0-2 in his last 11 starts.

Panthers 4, Hurricanes 1

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Greg Adams scored in his 1,000th career game and rookies Denis Shvidki and Marcus Nilson added goals 1:16 apart as the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Wednesday night.

The injury-riddled Panthers, playing without seven regulars, snapped their six-game winless streak for their NHL-low second victory in 16 games.

The Hurricanes saw their three-game home winning streak stopped.

Ron Francis broke up Trevor Kidd's shutout bid with a power-play goal 2:29 into the third.

Rangers 3, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Theo Fleury scored his fourth short-handed goal of the season to start a three-goal spurt in the second period as the New York Rangers rallied to beat Minnesota.

Fleury, who is off to the best start in his 13-year NHL career, scored the tying goal and assisted on the eventual game-winner as the Rangers won the opener of a three-game road trip.

Petr Nedved made it 2-1 Rangers just 1:37 after Fleury tied it. Brian Leetch scored 52 seconds later to give New York a two-goal lead.

Avalanche 3, Mighty Ducks 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Patrick Roy earned his 50th career shutout and Joe Sakic had a power-play goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche extended their unbeaten streak to six games.

Roy, the NHL's winningest goalie, made 41 saves to become the 19th player with 50 shutouts. The 16-year veteran and three-time Vezina Trophy winner also became the fifth NHL goalie to play at least 50,000 minutes -- joining Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito and Gump Worsley.

Adam Foote and Milan Hejduk also scored for the Avalanche, helping extend the Ducks' losing streak to five games and their winless drought to eight (0-6-2).

The Ducks, 1-for-29 on the power play in their last seven games, are just one off their longest winless drought in the franchise's eight-year history. Anaheim was 0-6-3 from Nov. 22-Dec. 10, 1995 (0-6-3), and (0-8-1) from Dec. 10-30, 1996.

Colorado, 9-0-2 when scoring first, took the lead for good with its first shot. Foote got a cross-ice pass from Alex Tanguay and beat Guy Hebert between the pads with a one-timer from the middle of the left circle 2 1/2 minutes in. It was the second goal in four games for Foote, who failed to score in his previous 15 games.

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