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Bruins go overtime to spoil Dafoe's return

Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored twice, including at 1:53 of overtime, to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and spoil the return of goalie Byron Dafoe.

Dafoe (2-2-0) made 36 saves in his first start against the Bruins since signing with Atlanta on Nov. 20th.

The Bruins had their eight-game home-unbeaten streak snapped Monday.

Jozef Stumpel and Hal Gill also scored for Boston.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice and Yannick Tremblay added a goal for the Thrashers, who got even with three goals in a span of 1:59 late in the second period.

Lightning 3, Oilers 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ruslan Fedotenko scored the tiebreaking goal with three minutes left in the third period as Tampa Bay beat Edmonton.

The Lightning are 3-5-3-1 when trailing after two periods. Tampa Bay won just once (1-27-5-1) when behind after 40 minutes last season.

Mike Comrie and Anson Carter scored for Edmonton, which had a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) end. It's the first time the Oilers have lost at Tampa Bay since Dec. 12, 1992 (6-0-2).

Pavel Kubina and Vincent Lecavalier had the other Lightning goals.

Flyers 3, Rangers 2, OT

PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus became the second player in NHL history to score an overtime goal on a penalty shot when he beat New York's Dan Blackburn with 36.7 seconds left in overtime.

Handzus joined Nashville's David Legwand as the only players to score with an overtime penalty shot. Legwand also beat the Rangers on Dec. 23, 2000.

Former Flyers captain Eric Lindros scored his fifth goal in six games late in the second period to pull the Rangers into a 2-2 tie.

Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Jeremy Roenick scored the other goal for the Flyers, who snapped a six game home winless streak (0-3-3).

Red Wings 5, Coyotes 3

PHOENIX -- Darren McCarty and Brendan Shanahan each scored in the game's first 97 seconds as Detroit beat Phoenix.

Tomas Holstrom, Kirk Maltby and Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for the Red Wings, unbeaten in 10 games against Phoenix (6-0-4).

Andrei Nazarov scored his second goal in as many games, and Tony Amonte and Shane Doan added goals for the Coyotes, who are winless in eight of their last nine games (1-3-4-1) and 11 of 13 (2-6-4-1).

Blues 2, Senators 2, OT

ST. LOUIS -- Marian Hossa scored on his own rebound with 1:06 left in regulation as Ottawa, capitalizing on a late power play, tied St. Louis.

The Senators got off 11 shots the first two periods combined, and 15 in the third to force overtime, then outshot the Blues 6-5 in a wide-open extra period. They rallied one night after their 10-game unbeaten streak was ended.

Scott Mellanby's power-play goal had given the Blues, unbeaten at 2-0-2-1 in their last five games, a 2-1 lead.

Doug Weight also scored with the man advantage for the Blues, 6-0-1-1 against the Eastern Conference. Chris Phillips got the other goal for the Senators.

Wild 1, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta -- Roman Turek stopped 34 shots as Calgary tied Minnesota.

Turek's biggest save came in overtime when he stopped Sergei Zholtok on a breakaway with about two minutes remaining. Minnesota outshot Calgary 35-20.

Flames interim coach Al MacNeil remained unbeaten (1-0-1) since replacing Greg Gilbert, who was fired Tuesday. But the game could be MacNeil's last behind the bench.

Rob Niedermayer gave Calgary a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the first period. But Andrew Brunette, whose giveaway set up Niedermayer's tally, pulled Minnesota even at 13:27.

Predators 3, Kings 2

LOS ANGELES -- Andy Delmore and rookie Adam Hall had power-play goals, and Scott Walker also scored as the Nashville Predators beat Los Angeles 3-2 Thursday night, overshadowing Jason Allison's return to the Kings' lineup.

Denis Arkhipov and Kimmo Timonen each had two assists, and Tomas Vokoun made 19 saves, helping end Nashville's seven-game winless streak against the Kings (6-0-1) and four-game losing streak in Los Angeles.

Rookie Michael Cammalleri scored for the Kings just 51 seconds into the third period. Mathieu Schneider added his sixth goal on a power play with 5:13 left.

One of the assists on Schneider's goal went to Allison, who missed 15 games with torn ligaments in his right knee after a knee-on-knee collision with Thrashers defenseman Andy Sutton on Oct. 29. The original estimate for his return was eight to 12 weeks.

The Predators, who entered averaging a league-low 11.3 penalty minutes, had four power plays in the first period to none for Los Angeles. The Kings were short-handed for five minutes after Ziggy Palffy received a spearing penalty and a game misconduct for attempting to injure Martin Erat with 51 seconds left in the first.

Hall opened the scoring on a rebound of Arkhipov's one-timer from the right circle about 2 1/2 minutes in. Five of Hall's six goals have come on the power play.

Just two seconds after Chris McAlpine's interference penalty expired, Walker swept a short backhander into a wide-open net after Delmore's shot from the left point hit the leg of Kings defenseman Dmitry Yushkevish near the crease.

It was Walker's second goal and fifth point in five games, after missing the previous 17 because of a torn rib cartilage.

Delmore made it 3-1 with 14:13 to play, beating a screened Felix Potvin to the glove side with a one-timer from 50 feet -- just 25 seconds after Steve Heinze was sent off for high-sticking. All eight of Delmore's goals have been on the power play.

The Predators have scored at least once on the power play in each of their five victories -- with two of those wins coming on overtime goals with the man advantage. They are 0-8-2 in the last 10 games in which their power play was blanked -- including the final two games of last season.

Of Nashville's 53 goals, 27 have come on the power play. The only other team that has scored more than half of their goals with the man advantage is Pittsburgh (39 of 76).

Notes: Nashville G Mike Dunham, who has started 13 of the team's 25 games, was not in uniform because of a groin strain. Jan Lasak was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL to serve as Vokoun's backup. ... The Predators assigned C Wyatt Smith to Milwaukee after he cleared waivers Thursday. ... The Kings are 0-8-1 when they trail after two periods.



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