Belfour shelled by Devils

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2000

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patrik Elias had a goal and three assists in the opening 10:29 as the New Jersey Devils drove Ed Belfour to the bench and defeated Dallas 4-1 on Wednesday night in their first meeting since beating the Stars to win the Stanley Cup.

Elias' linemates, Jason Arnott and Petr Sykora, and Stanley Cup MVP Scott Stevens also scored, while Martin Brodeur had 23 saves in the very one-sided game.

Kirk Muller scored early to prevent Dallas from being shut out for the second straight game.

Blues 6, Rangers 3


Dallas Stars' Brett Hull, left, checks New Jersey Devils' Scott Stevens (4) along the boards during the first period Wednesday night, Dec. 20, 2000, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

NEW YORK -- Pavol Demitra tied career highs with three goals and five points and Roman Turek stopped 20 shots as St. Louis extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games.

Demitra, the Blues' leading scorer last season, has rebounded from a slow start to register six goals and eight assists in a five-game point streak, and 12 goals and 13 assists in 15 games. The right wing had only five goals and three assists in the first 15 games.

Craig Conroy, Dallas Drake and Michal Handzus also scored for the Blues. Petr Nedved wrecked Turek's bid for his fifth shutout of the season when he scored with 8:38 remaining.

Sabres 2, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON -- Buffalo's Miroslav Satan scored with 14:57 left in the third period, and the Sabres survived of flurry of Washington scoring chances late in overtime.

Satan tied the game when he knocked a blind pass from J.P. Dumont past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig from in front.

That goal forced the overtime that saw the Capitals miss on a number of good opportunities. Washington had five shots in the five-minute overtime after getting only five in the third period.

Sharks 2, Red Wings 0

DETROIT -- Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves for his third shutout and San Jose won its fifth straight game.

The victory was just the Sharks' second ever in 19 regular season games at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. The last time they won in Detroit was January 2, 1998, a 4-1 win.

The loss ended Detroit's four-game unbeaten streak.

Nabokov, a rookie, leads the NHL with 19 wins. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 21 of his 26 starts.

Predators 3, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO -- Robert Valicevic scored a tiebreaking goal with 1:31 remaining as Nashville Predators beat Toronto.

Yanic Perreault scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three straight for the first time this season. The Leafs also lost to the lowly New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames.

Greg Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who ended a three-game losing streak. Scott Walker added an empty netter at 19:48. Nashville goalie Mike Dunham stopped 29 shots.

Panthers 2, Penguins 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Milan Kraft scored a short-handed goal for Pittsburgh in the third period, but the Penguins had to settle for a tie with Florida when Alexei Kovalev's apparent game-winner was disallowed in overtime.

Kovalev skated in on Trevor Kidd and wristed a high-riser into the net for the apparent game-winning goal with 1:10 left. However Florida's Anders Eriksson had slid into Kidd and inadvertently unlodged the goal moorings. After a review, the officials waved off the goal.

Florida, which has just two wins in 15 home games this season, was outshot 8-0 in the third period, marking the second time in franchise history that the Panthers didn't register a shot on goal in a period.

Wild 2, Senators 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Darby Hendrickson scored two goals as Minnesota rallied from a two-goal deficit to snap Ottawa's four-game winning streak.

Hendrickson tied the game with a power-play goal early in the third period, beating Patrick Lalime with a chip shot into the upper right corner of the net.

The Wild had been held scoreless in 42 pervious power plays.

The Wild killed three Ottawa power plays in the final period to preserve the tie, as Jamie McLennan made 31 saves. The tie extended Minnesota's home unbeaten streak to three games.

Coyotes 4, Flames 2

PHOENIX -- Keith Tkachuk broke the longest scoring drought of his career with three goals, and Phoenix extended its unbeaten streak over Calgary to 13.

Jeremy Roenick had a power-play goal and an assist, and Claude Lemieux had two assists for the Coyotes, on a 9-0-4 run against Calgary.

Jarome Iginla and Jeff Cowen scored for Calgary, the second goal coming with just 3:32 play.

Oilers 3, Canucks 2, OT

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Anson Carter scored on a power play at 2:41 of overtime to cap Edmonton's come-from-behind victory.

Doug Weight had a goal and an assist in the third period to help bring the Oilers back from a two-goal deficit.

Brendan Morrison and Matt Cooke each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks.

Thrashers 4, Mighty Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brad Tapper and Jeff Odgers scored 28 seconds apart to cap a three-goal third period and Steve Staios had a power-play goal and an assist for Atlanta.

Hnat Domenichelli ended a 17-game goal-scoring drought with his fifth of the season. Milan Hnilicka made 29 saves, helping end Anaheim's three-game winning streak.

With their 13th victory, the Thrashers are one win away from matching last season's total with 49 games to play. The second-year expansion team has won eight of its last 11.

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