Canadiens snap Bruins win streak

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

BOSTON -- Goalie Jeff Hackett stopped the NHL's top team as the Montreal Canadiens beat Boston 4-2 Tuesday night and ended the Bruins' three-game winning streak.

The Canadiens took a 4-0 lead on goals by Jan Bulis in the first period and Yanic Perreault, Oleg Petrov and Randy McKay in the second. Boston cut it to 4-2 when Joe Thornton scored his 15th goal at 10:53 of the second and Mike Knuble got his fifth at 19:16.

Senators 4, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Martin Prusek made 26 saves in only his fifth career start, and Marian Hossa scored twice to lead Ottawa over Buffalo.

Todd White and Brad Smyth also scored for Ottawa, which won for the first time in Buffalo since Dec. 30, 1998, and snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1) at HSBC Arena.

Prusek is 4-0 this season as a backup for the Senators, who are 10-1-3 since Nov. 12. Hossa, with 18 goals, tied Minnesota's Marian Gaborik for the league lead.

Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Tyler Arnason scored the go-ahead goal and also assisted on the tying score in the third period as Chicago beat New York.

Chicago is 11-1-5 in its last 17 meetings with the Islanders. The Blackhawks' only loss was the night New York honored former coach Al Arbour on Jan. 25, 1997.

Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze also scored for Chicago, which got 29 saves from Jocelyn Thibault.

Devils 2, Blues 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jim McKenzie and Turner Stevenson scored, and Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for his third shutout this season as New Jersey beat depleted St. Louis.

Brodeur earned his 58th career shutout for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who have lost in regulation only once in eight games (5-1-0-2).

Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie as Toronto handed Pittsburgh its season-high fifth straight loss.

Sundin scored on Toronto's first shot of the game, and later gave the Maple Leafs the lead for good with his 14th goal with 6:05 left in the third.

Flyers 5, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Simon Gagne scored two unassisted goals as Philadelphia beat Florida.

Dennis Seidenberg, Andre Savage and Justin Williams also scored for Philadelphia. The five-goal outburst broke the Flyers' team-record streak of 16 games without scoring more than three goals. They scored only 22 goals in that span.

Wild 5, Lightning 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Marian Gaborik scored his NHL-leading 19th goal, and Minnesota scored three times on five second-period shots to beat Tampa Bay.

Richard Park and Wes Walz also scored in the second, prompting Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella to pull slumping goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Kings 3, Predators 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Felix Potvin recorded his third shutout of the season by turning back 19 shots in a victory over Nashville.

The Kings scored all three goals on special teams with two power-play goals and one short-handed tally.

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