Avalanche rumble past Panthers

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2000

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Joe Sakic won another road game for Colorado.

Sakic had a goal and two assists as the Avalanche beat Florida 4-2 on Saturday night, winning for the seventh time in their last eight games.

Colorado, which plays 10 of its next 11 at home, finished a four-game road trip 3-1 -- with Sakic scoring the game-winner in each victory.

''Sakic is a premier player,'' Panthers coach Terry Murray said. ''He's got great offensive skills, great 1-on-1 skills. He's maybe in the top seven or eight players who have played over the last 10 years.''

The Panthers, last in the Eastern Conference and tied with Columbus for the fewest points (20) in the league, are winless in their last seven games.

''I wish there was a light switch I could turn on, but unfortunately it doesn't work like that,'' Murray said.

Milan Hejduk, Peter Forsberg and Chris Drury also scored for Colorado, which leads the league with 45 points. Drury added an empty-netter as time expired.

''I like our killer instinct right now,'' Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. ''We find ways to win and that's a trademark of a good hockey club.''

After hitting the cross bar and the post in a scoreless first period, Colorado got a pair of goals in the second.

Capitals 3, Devils 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Peter Bondra scored short-handed to spark a three-goal outburst in the first period as Washington dealt New Jersey its second straight loss.

Chris Simon and Jeff Halpern also scored for the Caps, 7-3-2 in their last 12 games. Olaf Kolzig finished with 33 saves.

New Jersey got goals from Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Brylin.

Thrashers 5, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Donald Audette had three goals and an assist for his third career four-point game and fourth career hat trick as Atlanta won for the fifth time in six games.

Andrew Brunette and Tomi Kallio scored for the Thrashers. Goalie Milan Hnilicka stopped 31 shots.

Garry Galley and Mark Parrish had power-play goals for New York. John Vanbiesbrouck started for the Islanders and stopped seven shots. Wade Flaherty relieved, stopped 12 shots and took the loss.

Bruins 6, Rangers 4

BOSTON -- Bill Guerin scored two goals to tie New York's Theo Fleury for the league lead with 20, as Boston won by two or more goals for the first time since Oct. 26.

Mike Knuble, Brian Rolston, Jonathan Girard and Jason Allison scored for Boston.

Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 1

TORONTO -- Darcy Tucker scored twice for Toronto, which extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts and Yanic Perreault also scored for the Maple Leafs.

Robert Lang scored for Pittsburgh.

Senators 4, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL -- Marian Hossa scored two goals as Ottawa completed a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Rob Zamuner and Petr Schastlivy also scored for Ottawa.

Blues 6, Blackhawks 4

ST. LOUIS -- Jochen Hecht scored two goals as St. Louis won for the fourth straight time at home and extended its winning streak to six games.

Pierre Turgeon, Jamal Mayers Tyson Nash and Pavol Demitra also scored for the Blues. St. Louis goalie Roman Turek stopped 25 shots and extended his unbeaten streak at home to eight games (7-0-1).

Flames 7, Hurricanes 2

CALGARY, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla scored two goals in a 76-second span, and Clarke Wilm had a career-best three points as Calgary scored more than four goals in game for the first time this season.

Wilm had two goals and an assist for the Flames. Oleg Saprykin, Phil Housley and Jeff Cowan also scored for Calgary, which won its second home game after going winless in 10 straight at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Kings 4, Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Stu Grimson scored his second goal in as many games and Jamie Storr stopped 24 shots as Los Angeles won its second straight game.

Luc Robitaille, Jozef Stumpel and Ziggy Palffy also scored for the Kings. Rob Blake finished with two assists.

Ryan Smyth and Anson Carter scored for Edmonton.

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