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Hurricanes blow past Panthers

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2001

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bates Battaglia had two goals and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Carolina has won a season-high three straight since a four-game losing streak nearly cost coach Paul Maurice his job.

Florida dropped to 1-2 under new coach Mike Keenan and lost its fifth straight on the road. Pavel Bure, the NHL's leading goal scorer the past two seasons, played for the first time after missing seven games with a concussion.

Martin Gelinas and Erik Cole added Carolina goals.

Jason Wiemer scored a power-play goal for Florida.

Bruins 4, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH -- Bill Guerin scored twice and Boston withstood two Alexei Kovalev goals to hold off Pittsburgh.

Glen Murray and Sean O'Donnell also scored for Boston.

Bruins backup John Grahame turned aside 33 of 34 shots on a busy night in only his fifth start this season for his second victory. He is 3-0-1 in his career against the Penguins.

Predators 4, Rangers 2

NEW YORK -- Andy Delmore scored a pair of goals Wednesday to lead Nashville past New York.

Mark Eaton and Tom Fitzgerald added goals for Nashville.

Eric Lindros netted his 17th and 18th goals for New York but left the game with a right knee sprain late in the second period and did not return.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 9.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give Atlanta a tie with Montreal.

Montreal goaltender Jeff Hackett blocked a point-blank shot by Kovalchuk with 15 seconds to play, but the Thrashers kept the puck alive in front of goal. Kovalchuk stopped the puck with his skate at the post then poked it into the net behind Hackett to send the game into overtime.

The Thrashers trailed 3-1 in the third period, but Ray Ferraro scored a power-play goal with 2:29 remaining to make it 3-2.

Dany Heatley scored Atlanta's first goal.

Doug Gilmour, who is in his 19th season, scored his first of the season for Montreal and added an assist.

Hackett (3-0-1) played his first game since Oct. 20 because of a dislocated shoulder.

Arron Asham and Sheldon Souray had Montreal's other goals.

Stars 4, Sabres 3

DALLAS -- Jere Lehtinen scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:18 remaining, to lift Dallas over Buffalo.

Lehtinen scored his 12th goal of the season and 100th of his career when he knocked the rebound of Martin Rucinsky's shot past Sabres goaltender Martin Biron to snap a 3-3 tie.

Mike Modano had a goal and two assists for Dallas.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored the tying goal late in the second period for the Stars, 8-2-2 in their last 12 games.

Tim Connolly, Stu Barnes and Dmitri Kalinin had goals for the Sabres, 5-8-1 in their last 14.

Devils 3, Islanders 2, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Scott Niedermayer scored on a power play at 1:25 of overtime to give New Jersey a victory over New York.

Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott also scored as the Devils won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1).

Kenny Jonsson and Michael Peca scored for the Islanders, 1-4-1 in their last six.

The Devils, who saw Peca tie the game with a short-handed goal in the second period, got the man advantage when Adrian Aucoin was called for holding with 10.4 seconds left in regulation.

Chris Osgood stopped good chances by Sykora and Arnott in the overtime, but didn't have a chance on Niedermayer's 40-footer into the top of the net.

Blues 2, Blackhawks 2

Chicago -- Keith Tkachuk scored the only goal of the third period to help St. Louis tie Chicago.

The Blackhawks' lead over rival St. Louis for second place in the Central Division remained at three points as Chicago ended a four-game homestand 2-1-1.

Jamal Mayers also scored for St. Louis.

Eric Daze and Steve Sullivan scored for the Blackhawks.

Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 1

DENVER -- Rob Blake had a goal and an assist, and Colorado extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a win over Columbus.

Shjon Podein scored a short-handed goal in the second period but missed on a penalty shot later in the period.

Stephane Yelle, Milan Hejduk and Greg de Vries put the game away, scoring goals in a span of 3:32 of the third.

Patrick Roy had 19 saves to extend his NHL-record victory total to 497. Columbus' Marc Denis stopped 38 of 43 shots, a Colorado season high. The Avs are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.

Mike Sillinger scored for Columbus.

Lightning 3, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta -- Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves as the Lightning snapped a six-game road winless streak with a victory over Calgary.

Khabibulin lowered his goals-against average to 1.86 and increasing his save percentage to .940.

Brad Richards, Dave Andreychuk and Tim Taylor scored for the Lightning.

Dean McAmmond scored the only goal for Calgary.

Injuries to goalies Roman Turek (knee) and Mike Vernon (groin) forced Calgary to start Kay Whitmore in goal.

Canucks 1, Mighty Ducks 0, OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ed Jovanovski barreled into Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to score with 53.6 seconds left in overtime and Dan Cloutier earned his fifth career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Giguere, who made 37 saves, kicked out Andrew Cassels' shot from the right circle with his right leg, but couldn't control the rebound. Jovanovski came sliding into him on all fours and just managed to nudge the puck past Giguere with his stick flat on the ice.

Jovanovski's 10th goal tied Washington's Sergei Gonchar for the second-most in the league among defensemen, behind Andy Delmore's 12 for Nashville. Jovanovski had a career-high 12 goals last season.

Cloutier made 26 saves en route to his fourth shutout this season.



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