Islanders edge Devils to keep up solid play

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Alexei Yashin and Jason Blake scored 30 seconds apart in a frenetic third period to lift the New York Islanders to a stunning 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils tied it 4-4 when Sergei Brylin scored a power-play tally just 17 seconds after Blake gave the Islanders their first lead with a short-handed goal.

Blake put New York ahead with 6:05 left, and Yashin scored at 14:25. The Islanders are 4-0-0-1 since a seven-game losing streak and took three of four points from the Stanley Cup champion Devils in a six-day span.

Michael Peca, Trent Hunter, and Kenny Jonsson also scored for the Islanders.

Michael Rupp had two goals, and John Madden added one for the Devils, who lost for the first time in six games.

Flames 3, Flyers 2, OT

PHILADELPHIA Dean McAmmond scored his second goal with 1:27 left in overtime, leading Calgary over Philadelphia.

The Flyers have lost two straight at home after opening the season 12-0-2 at the Wachovia Center.

Jarome Iginla also scored for the Flames, who have lost just once (6-1-2) in their last nine games.

Jeremy Roenick and John LeClair scored for Philadelphia.

Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 0

TORONTO Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts each had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Ed Belfour earned his third shutout in the last six games for Toronto.

Darcy Tucker added an empty-net goal for the Maple Leafs, who set a franchise record by recording a point in 12 straight games (11-0-0-1). They celebrated with a group hug after the final buzzer.

Belfour made 21 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the 69th of his career, two less than New Jersey's Martin Brodeur on the active list.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves for the Lightning, who have lost four straight.

Penguins 2, Sabres 1

PITTSBURGH Konstantin Koltsov, one of the worst shooters on a poor-shooting team, scored early in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins won consecutive games for only the second time this season.

Koltsov, who had scored on only two of 49 previous shots, took Tomas Surovy's pass as he skated across the Sabres' blue line and beat goalie Mika Noronen on a backhander as defenseman Henrik Tallinder tried to push him off the puck.

Capitals 5, Thrashers 0

ATLANTA Maxime Ouellet, appearing in his first NHL game in three seasons, made 37 saves for his first NHL shutout and Robert Lang had two goals and two assists to help Washington beat Atlanta.

The win was the second in three games for new Washington head coach Glen Hanlon, who replaced the fired Bruce Cassidy last week. The Thrashers were shut out for the second straight game.

Bruins 1, Canadiens 1

MONTREAL Brian Rolston scored for the second straight game and Andrew Raycroft made 28 saves as Boston skated to a tie with Montreal.

Rolston, who had an assist and a short-handed goal in Saturday's 3-2 win in Ottawa, scored his 12th of the season in the second, tying the game just moments after Montreal opened the scoring midway through the period.

Blues 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT

ST. LOUIS Keith Tkachuk scored with 42.7 seconds left in overtime, leading St. Louis to its second overtime victory over Columbus in five days.

Tkachuk scored his team-leading 16th goal after stopping Chris Pronger's shot short of the net. Lunging to his right, he pushed a backhand shot past goalie Marc Denis while falling.

Canucks 2, Predators 1, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Brendan Morrison scored 1:19 into overtime and Dan Cloutier made 29 saves as Vancouver beat Nashville.

Morrison beat Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun with a backhand shot from the slot to give the Canucks the win.

Kings 4, Oilers 2

LOS ANGELES Joe Corvo ended his 49-game scoring drought by netting the go-ahead goal with 4:09 remaining to lead Los Angeles Kings past Edmonton.

Los Angeles' Lubomir Visnovsky snapped his own 20-game goal drought with a power-play goal against the league's worst penalty-killing unit. Visnovsky's goal marked the 13th straight game in which the Oilers have given up a power-play score, a franchise record.



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