Thrashers dethrone Kings in OT

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2003

ATLANTA Marc Savard scored his second goal of the game with 1:23 left in overtime, giving the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a matchup of first-place teams Wednesday night.

The final four minutes of the third period, plus overtime, provided some thrilling end-to-end action. Slava Kozlov and Shawn McEachern gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead, but Joseph Corvo found the net with just 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Byron Dafoe stopped 29 shots to win for the second time in five days. Before that, he had gone nearly 10 months between victories.

Winning its third in a row, Atlanta stretched its lead in the Southeast Division to three points over Tampa Bay. Los Angeles, which leads the Pacific Division, is 4-1-0-2 in its last seven.

Devils 1, Islanders 0, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias, stopped on a penalty shot early in overtime, scored at 2:09 of the extra period to give New Jersey the victory.

Elias dropped a pass to Scott Gomez and then went to the net and swatted the return pass into a wide-open net to give Martin Brodeur his league-high sixth shutout of the season and the 70th of his career.

Brodeur made 18 saves in his third straight shutout of the Islanders.

Canadiens 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK Jan Bulis broke a third-period tie and set up Montreal's other goal in the Canadiens' victory over New York.

Bulis got free in the right circle, curled around and snapped a wrist shot over Mike Dunham's glove at 6:12. Bulis also assisted on Mike Ribeiro's goal in the first period that gave Montreal a 1-0 lead.

Bruins 1, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. Ted Donato scored a short-handed goal with 9:08 left in the third period to help Boston salvage a tie against Florida.

Valeri Bure scored on a nice individual effort in the first period for Florida, which had its winless streak extended to six games at 0-3-3.

The teams also tied 1-1 on Oct. 11 in their only other meeting this season.

Blue Jackets 1, Flyers 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio Sami Kapanen scored with 1:08 left in regulation to lift Philadelphia into a tie with Columbus.

Columbus' Fred Brathwaite was brilliant all night while stopping 40 shots. Kapanen's goal came after the Flyers had continually peppered Brathwaite with a series of shots for a full minute. Brathwaite was at his best in the overtime when he stopped eight shots.

Mighty Ducks 3, Sharks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Ruslan Salei and Petr Sykora scored 49 seconds apart in the third period to rally the Mighty Ducks past San Jose.

San Jose took a 2-0 lead in the opening period, but the Ducks' Andy McDonald closed the gap to 2-1 in the second.

Red Wings 7, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist, and Curtis Joseph made 23 saves in Detroit's victory over Buffalo.

Kris Draper had a goal and two assists, Mathieu Schneider and Boyd Devereaux each had a goal and an assist, and Kirk Maltby and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Red Wings.

Coyotes 2, Stars 1

PHOENIX Sean Burke made 39 saves, helping the Phoenix Coyotes snap an eight-game winless streak against Dallas.

Shane Doan and Daymond Langkow scored for the Coyotes, who last beat the Stars on Feb. 26, 2002, in Phoenix. Ladislav Nagy assisted on each goal, giving the Coyotes their fourth win in seven games (4-1-2).

Burke tied his season high for saves in his 200th game with Phoenix.

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