Toronto blanks Bruins behind goalie Belfour

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2003

BOSTON Ed Belfour made 25 saves in recording his second shutout of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their seventh straight game, beating the Boston Bruins 6-0 Thursday night.

Joe Nieuwendyk scored two power-play goals for the Maple Leafs, who are on their longest winning streak since taking 10 straight in 1993-94. Five of Toronto's seven victories have come on the road.

Darcy Tucker also scored twice for Toronto, which also received goals from Tie Domi and Bryan McCabe.

Coyotes 3, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. Branko Radivojevic scored with 4:03 remaining and Brian Boucher made 34 saves helping Phoenix extended its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).

David Tanabe and Chris Gratton also scored for the Coyotes.

Senators 4, Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. Martin Prusek made 29 saves for his third straight win, and Jason Spezza had two goals to lead Ottawa. Prusek has allowed just two goals in his three wins while filling in for Patrick Lalime, who is sidelined by the flu.

Bryan Smolinski and Antoine Vermette also scored for Ottawa.

Rangers 4, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Brian Leetch and Anson Carter scored during a five-minute power play in the second period and the Rangers sent the Islanders to their seventh straight loss.

Leetch also scored earlier in the second period to record his 24th career two-goal game. He has never had a hat trick.

Mike Dunham made 37 saves, allowing goals to Janne Niinimaa and Alexei Yashin in the second half of the third period.

Martin Rucinsky sealed it for the Rangers, when he took a pass from Bobby Holik and finished a two-on-one with 5:17 left.

Devils 3, Capitals 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Rookie defenseman Paul Martin had a goal and an assist in the first period and Martin Brodeur needed only nine saves to record his 69th shutout as New Jersey ended a four-game winless skid.

Turner Stevenson and Jeff Friesen also scored for the Devils, who won for the eighth time in their last 10 home games (8-1-1).

The loss ended three Washington streaks. The Capitals had won two straight for the first time this season and Robert Lang (16 games) and Jaromir Jagr (12 games) carried lengthy scoring streaks into the game.

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio Rem Murray, Scott Hartnell, Greg Johnson and Scott Walker scored goals, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 37 shots for Nashville, which extended its franchise-record winning streak to six and won for the fourth straight time on the road.

Red Wings 4, Blues 4

ST. LOUIS Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Hull scored in a 57-second span late in the third period and the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the St. Louis Blues.

The Red Wings scored four times on their first 11 shots of the third against former teammate Chris Osgood. Hull has 730 goals and needs one to tie Marcel Dionne for third place on the career list.

Flames 4, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Shean Donovan scored in his fourth straight game, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves for Calgary, which has picked up points in eight straight games (5-0-1-2).

Kiprusoff won for the fourth time in five starts since being acquired from San Jose just over two weeks ago.

Kings 3, Stars 0

LOS ANGELES Martin Straka ended a 14-game scoring drought in his first home game with Los Angeles, and Roman Cechmanek posted his fourth shutout of the season for the Kings.

Eric Belanger and Jon Sim also scored for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in four games.

Marty Turco made 20 saves for the Stars.

Sharks 2, Avalanche 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. Nils Ekman had the first two-goal game of his career for San Jose, but Colorado rallied in the third period for a tie.

John-Michael Liles tied it with a rebound goal midway through the third period. Rob Blake also scored for the Avalanche, who have lost in regulation just twice in their last 15 games.

Vesa Toskala made 25 saves for the Sharks, who got a point for the ninth time in 10 games.

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