Thrashers leave mark on Florida

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2001

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Shean Donovan scored two goals, including the game-winner at 7:18 of the third, as the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Saturday.

Lubos Bartecko, Brad Tapper and Bob Corkum also scored as Atlanta sent Florida to its fourth straight loss.

Kristian Huselius scored two power-play goals for the Panthers, who have been outscored 20-4 during their slump.

Kings 4, Predators 2

LOS ANGELES -- Craig Johnson recorded the second two-goal game of his career, and Lubomir Visnovsky ended a 34-game scoring drought by scoring the go-ahead goal on a power play as Los Angeles beat Nashville.

Jason Allison also scored and Jaroslav Modry had a career-high three assists for the Kings, who lost right wing Ziggy Palffy with 7 1/2 minutes left in the second period after he bruised his chest colliding with the boards following a check by Cale Hulse.

Maple Leafs 4, Blackhawks 1

TORONTO -- Curtis Joseph made 30 saves, including the fourth penalty shot he's faced this season, as Toronto beat Chicago.

Robert Reichel, Tomas Kaberle, Darcy Tucker and Mats Sundin scored for the Maple Leafs, who also beat Chicago on Friday night.

Steve Sullivan scored for the Blackhawks, who are 0-5-4 in their last nine and haven't won since Nov. 11 against San Jose.

Senators 2, Bruins 1, OT

OTTAWA -- Zdeno Chara scored 54 seconds into overtime as Ottawa ended a three-game winless skid with a victory over Boston.

Chara -- at 6-foot-9 and 255 pounds the NHL's tallest and heaviest player -- took a shot from the top of the slot that beat Byron Dafoe for his second goal of the season.

Rangers 3, Canadiens 1

MONTREAL -- Mike York scored twice to lead New York over Montreal, ending the Canadiens' seven-game home unbeaten streak.

Zdeno Ciger also scored for the Rangers, and rookie Dan Blackburn stopped 45 shots, including 19 in the third period, to earn his fourth win.

Jose Theodore made 25 saves in his first loss in six starts for Montreal, which got a goal by Yanic Perreault.

Sabres 4, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- J.P. Dumont scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist to lead Buffalo to a comeback victory over New York.

The Sabres, who erased a 2-0 deficit, have won six straight against the Islanders and are 9-1-1 in the past 11 against them.

Sabres goalie Martin Biron improved to 4-0 against the Islanders by making 23 saves. He entered with a 0.67 goals-against average against New York.

Flyers 2, Lightning 0

PHILADELPHIA -- Roman Cechmanek made 15 saves for his third shutout in as many starts against Tampa Bay, and Jeremy Roenick and Eric Desjardins scored to lead Philadelphia past the Lightning.

The shutout was Cechmanek's first this season, and 11th of his career for the Flyers, who snapped a four-game winless streak (0-2-2) and extended their home unbeaten string against Tampa Bay to 11 at 8-0-3.

Devils 4, Red Wings 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Arnott had two goals and an assist, and New Jersey ended Detroit's nine-game unbeaten streak.

Andreas Salomonsson scored the go-ahead goal, and Jay Pandolfo ended a 57-game goal scoring drought for the Devils, who won for only the second time in 11 games (2-6-2-1).

Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings, who lost for only the fifth time in 28 games (22-4-1-1). The three-goal loss was the largest this season for Detroit, which took a season-low 17 shots against Martin Brodeur.

Blues 4, Blue Jackets 3

ST. LOUIS -- Scott Mellanby scored with 1:17 left, and Scott Young added two goals as St. Louis beat Columbus.

Keith Tkachuk also scored a goal, and Doug Weight has three assists for St. Louis, which has won four consecutive games. The Blues also have won their last five home games.

Coyotes 5, Penguins 2

PHOENIX -- Claude Lemieux scored two goals to lead Phoenix to its fifth consecutive home victory with a win over Pittsburgh.

Sergei Berezin, Michal Handzus and Trevor Letowski also scored for the Coyotes, who are 8-1-1-2 at home this season.

Dan Lacouture and Stephane Richer had goals for Pittsburgh, which played its seventh straight game without Mario Lemieux who is recovering from a hip injury.

Avalanche 2, Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla scored twice -- including the tying goal at 17:32 of the third period -- as Calgary rallied to tie Colorado.

Iginla, the NHL's leading goal scorer, has 22 this season, and both goals tied the game and helped the Flames stop a four-game losing streak. Roman Turek made 24 saves for Calgary, which is 0-4-3 in its last seven games and has just two wins in its last 10.

Martin Skoula and Steve Reinprecht scored for Colorado, which had won three straight. Patrick Roy made 29 saves.



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