Lowly Sabres slice scuffling Bruins

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Chris Gratton scored his first goal in nearly a month and added three assists as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the slumping Boston Bruins 4-2 Wednesday night.

J.P. Dumont, Taylor Pyatt and Stu Barnes also scored for Buffalo, which got only its eighth victory of the season. Gratton matched his career high for points in a game, set in 1995 when he was with Tampa Bay.

Flyers 3, Thrashers 1

ATLANTA -- Robert Esche stopped 23 of 24 shots as Philadelphia extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Justin Williams, Mark Recchi and Donald Brashear scored for the Flyers, who are 4-0-1 in their last five games and lead the Atlantic Division with 40 points.

Senators 3, Devils 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Havlat set up two first-period goals, and Patrick Lalime had 27 saves to lead Ottawa over slumping New Jersey.

Radek Bonk scored two goals, including an empty netter, as the Senators beat the Devils for the second time in five days and won for the fifth time in six games. Shaun Van Allen got the other goal, which was the game winner.

Maple Leafs 2, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jaroslav Bednar scored in the third period, and Roberto Luongo had 29 saves as Florida rallied to tie Toronto.

Jay Bouwmeester also scored for the Panthers. Mats Sundin and Tie Domi had goals for the Maple Leafs.

Hurricanes 1, Lightning 1

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brad Richards scored in the first period, and Nikolai Khabibulin allowed just one goal against Carolina for a third straight game.

The tie kept the Lightning three points ahead of second-place Carolina in the Southeast Division. Tampa Bay also has 5-1 and 2-1 wins in the first two months of the season over the Hurricanes, who got their goal from Jan Hlavac.

Mighty Ducks 5, Blues 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed his first goal in four games, and Paul Kariya scored twice and had three assists as Anaheim got its fifth straight victory.

Giguere made 44 saves while trying to join Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens as the only goaltenders since the inception of the red line in 1943-44 to post four consecutive shutouts. But he had no chance on Al MacInnis' shot from the right circle at 16:52 of the second period after Anaheim built a 4-0 lead.

MacInnis scored both St. Louis goals during power plays.

The first goal ended Giguere's 100-save scoreless streak at 237 minutes, 7 seconds -- third-longest in the modern era behind Durnan and fellow Hall of Famer Turk Broda of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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