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Habs rip 'Canes, extend unbeaten streak to five

Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2003

MONTREAL Jose Theodore made 25 saves, and Andreas Dackell, Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu scored to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

The Canadiens extended their season-high unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2). Theodore stopped 36 of 37 Carolina shots in a 1-1 road tie Friday.

Hurricanes goalie Kevin Weekes, who stopped 26 of 27 shots Friday, made 23 saves for Carolina. The Hurricanes, winless in three games, fell to 2-8-3 on the road.

Lightning 3, Sabres 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves, and Dave Andreychuk scored his second goal in two games in Tampa Bay's victory.

Fredrik Modin and Dimitry Afanasenkov also scored for Tampa Bay, which snapped their three-game losing streak.

Khabibulin was making his fifth start in the last six games for the Lightning, which won for the first time in seven games (1-4-2).

It was Tampa Bay's first victory since beating the Sabres 2-1 on Nov. 22.

Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 2

TORONTO Gary Roberts and Mats Sundin each had a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to its eighth straight victory.

Brett Hull scored his 731st NHL goal, moving the Red Wings forward into a tie with Marcel Dionne for third place on the career list. Hull has scored in six straight games and has 10 goals in 12 games.

Bryan Marchment, Tie Domi and Matt Stajan also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have their longest winning streak since taking 10 straight at the start of the 1993-94 season.

Islanders 5, Blackhawks 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Alexei Yashin scored twice and Dave Scatchard returned from a shoulder injury to register a goal and assist, helping New York snap its seven-game losing streak.

The Blackhawks are winless in 13 games, including eight straight losses seven in regulation (0-9-1-3).

Trent Hunter and Eric Cairns also scored for New York, which beat the Blackhawks at home for just the second time in 20 meetings (2-11-7-0).

A crowd of only 3,683 came out in a snowstorm.

Rick DiPietro made 21 saves and ended his five-game losing streak.

Devils 2, Senators 1

OTTAWA Scott Niedermayer and Brian Gionta scored in the final 1:37 to rally New Jersey over Ottawa.

Gionta's game-winner came with just 18 seconds left in the third, just 79 seconds after Niedermayer tied it. Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the win.

Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which got 18 saves from Martin Prusek in his fourth straight start.

The Senators were 1-for-5 with the man advantage, and the Devils went 0-for-4.

Bruins 1, Flyers 1

BOSTON Jeff Hackett made 38 saves, and Mark Recchi scored a second-period goal to lift Philadelphia into a tie with Boston.

Philadelphia, which owns the NHL's best record, is 12-1-3 in its last 16 games.

Hackett, who played 18 games for the Bruins last season, made 14 saves in the first period.

Sergei Samsonov had a power-play goal for Boston, 1-3-2-1 in its last seven. Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft made 22 saves.

Thrashers 4, Panthers 3, OT

SUNRISE, Fla. Vyacheslav Kozlov scored 2:57 into overtime to lift Atlanta past Florida.

Kozlov beat Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo with a hard slap shot from just inside the blue line.

The Southeast Division-leading Thrashers also got goals from Jeff Cowan, Shawn McEachern and Ben Simon. Atlanta improved to 3-1 against Florida this season.

Matt Cullen, Byron Ritchie and rookie Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers, winless in five (0-3-2).

Blues 4, Predators 1

ST. LOUIS Mark Rycroft had two goals and an assist, helping the St. Louis snap Nashville's six-game winning streak.

The Predators, playing for the third time in four days, are 10-3 in their last 13 games. Nashville is four points behind St. Louis and Detroit in the Central Division.

St. Louis goalie Chris Osgood faced only 15 shots in the victory.

Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun, who won a franchise record seven straight starts and 10 of his last 11, took the loss. Vokoun faced five shots and allowed two goals before leaving the game after the first period suffering from effects of the flu.

Mike Danton and Pavol Demitra scored first-period goals for the Blues.

Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 1

DENVER Joe Sakic had a goal and three assists, Philippe Sauve stopped 35 shots, and Colorado stayed unbeaten against Columbus.

Derek Morris added a goal and two assists for Colorado, unbeaten in five games (3-0-2). Teemu Selanne, Milan Hejduk and Andrei Nikolishin also scored for the Avalanche, 12-0-1 against the Blue Jackets.

Rick Nash scored his 10th goal in nine games for Columbus, 1-4-1 in its last six games. The Blue Jackets remained the league's only winless team on the road and set a team record for longest road losing streak (0-9-1-1).

Nash has 18 goals this season after scoring only 17 in his rookie season of 2002-03.

Sharks 2, Stars 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. Patrick Marleau and Nils Ekman each scored to keep San Jose undefeated in its last six home games.

Pierre Turgeon scored for Dallas, which lost its third straight and fell to 1-7 in its last eight games.

Vesa Toskala stopped 15 of 16 shots, just missing his second career shutout.

Kings 7, Capitals 3

LOS ANGELES Ziggy Palffy and Michael Cammaleri each scored two goals, and Alexander Frolov had a goal and two assists to lead Los Angeles.

Martin Straka and Trent Klatt also scored for the Kings. Eric Belanger and Lubomir Visnovski each had two assists.

Sergei Gonchar and Robert Lang scored less than 1 1/2 minutes apart early in the first period and Joel Kwiatkowski also scored for the Capitals.

Wild 1, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Trevor Linden scored with 2:52 left in regulation to lift Vancouver to a tie with Minnesota.

Christoph Brandner scored early and Roloson made 33 saves for the Wild, who have scored just one goal in six straight games.

Johan Hedberg finished with 16 saves for the Canucks, who were playing without leading scorer Markus Naslund (sore groin).

Oilers 4, Penguins 3

EDMONTON, Alberta Cory Cross and Shawn Horcoff scored early in the third period, and Edmonton rallied to snap a season-worst winless streak of six games.

The Oilers, losers of four straight coming into the contest, fired a season-high 42 shots at Pittsburgh's rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Mike York and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Oilers, 1-5-1 in their last seven games.

Patrick Boileau, Ryan Malone and Brian Holzinger scored for the Penguins.



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