Senators finally get Devils' number

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2001

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike Fisher scored midway through the second period and Jani Hurme stopped 23 shots for his fourth career shutout Saturday, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

The Senators defeated the Devils for the first time this season after three losses.

Wade Redden lifted a high floating shot from the left point that Fisher deflected past Martin Brodeur. It was Ottawa's first goal in 119:30 against Brodeur and New Jersey.

Bruins 4, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Glen Murray had a goal and an assist, and defenseman Kyle McLaren added a pair of assists as Boston beat New York.

Rob Zamuner, Brian Rolston and Joe Thornton also scored for the Bruins, who beat the Islanders for the fourth straight time. They've won three of those games 4-2.

Byron Dafoe stopped 24 shots for his 16th win and Boston has picked up points in three straight games (2-0-0-1).

Roman Hamrlik and former Bruin Shawn Bates scored for the Islanders and Chris Osgood made 26 saves.

Maple Leafs 3, Sabres 2

TORONTO -- Alexander Mogilny scored and had two assists as Toronto held on for a victory over Buffalo.

Gary Roberts scored the go-ahead goal for the Maple Leafs and Travis Green also scored.

The Sabres failed to score with a two-man advantage late in the third.

Darcy Tucker added two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have win six of eight.

James Patrick and Rhett Warrener scored for the Sabres, who have just one win in their last eight (1-6-1).

Canadiens 2, Kings 1

MONTREAL -- Yanic Perreault scored a power-play goal with 3:15 left as Montreal beat Los Angeles, ending the Kings' five-game winning streak.

Perreault redirected defenseman Stephane Robidas' slap shot off his skate to break a 1-1 tie.

Arron Asham also scored for Montreal.

Nelson Emerson scored for the Kings, who also ended a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore stopped Ian Laperriere's penalty shot at 12:35 of the second.

Stars 4, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Richard Matvichuk jammed in a pass from Pierre Turgeon for the go-ahead goal as Dallas beat Columbus.

Goaltender Ed Belfour ended a personal three-game losing skid while stopping 27 shots. The Stars were 1-3 in their last four games and had lost their last two.

The loss was the third in a row for the Blue Jackets, the lowest-scoring team in the NHL with just 66 goals in 36 games.

Mike Modano, playing in his 900th NHL game, added an empty-net goal in the final minute. It was the 399th goal of his 13-year career.

Jon Sim and Valeri Kamensky also scored for Dallas.

Serge Aubin and Espen Knutsen scored for Columbus.

Capitals 4, Penguins 4

WASHINGTON -- Peter Bondra scored with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting Washington to a tie with Pittsburgh.

Robert Lang, Stephane Richer, Kris Beech and Alexei Kovalev had goals for the Penguins.

Jaromir Jagr, Adam Oates and Chris Simon scored for the Capitals, 4-0-2 in their last six home games.

Jagr's goal early in the second period was his first against the Penguins, who dealt him to the Capitals in July after 11 seasons.

Blues 2, Panthers 0

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Keith Tkachuk and Cory Stillman scored less than two minutes apart early in the third period to lift St. Louis past Florida.

The victory was just the Blues' second in their last 13 road games and first in their last six.

Brent Johnson made 17 saves to earn his third shutout of the season (16-10-6-3).

Roberto Luongo starred in defeat, stopping 38 of 40 shots for the Panthers (10-19-2-3).

Florida, shut out for the first time in its last 15 home games, fell to 4-4 under new coach Mike Keenan.

Philadelphia 4, Carolina 3, OT

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's Mark Recchi scored his second goal of the game 27 seconds into overtime to give the Flyers a victory over Carolina.

Jeremy Roenick pulled the Flyers even at 12:04 of the third period. Simon Gagne also scored for Philly.

Sean Hill, Darren Langdon and Sami Kapanen scored for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.

Wild 2, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Wes Walz scored with 4:16 left in the third period as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Saturday.

The Canucks had just finished killing a four-minute penalty when Walz easily shed defenseman Mattias Ohlund in the high slot and slid a soft one-handed shot through the legs of Dan Cloutier.

Sergei Zholtok also scored and Manny Fernandez stopped 28 shots for the Wild, who won for just the second time in eight games.

Henrik Sedin scored his second goal in as many games for the Canucks, who lost for the third straight game and now have just three wins in the last 13 games.

Zholtok opened the scoring on the power play 3:03 into the second period after Andrew Brunette spotted him all alone in the high slot with a pass out of the corner.

Zholtok skated in unchecked and snapped a wrist shot over the Cloutier's glove.

Sedin tied it at 1 a little more than four minutes later on a partial breakaway after he caught up to a Jason Strudwick lob pass that went over the heads of the Minnesota defensemen at the blue line. Sedin fought off a Wild defender and beat Fernandez with a floating backhand just inside the far post.

The Canucks appeared to score the go-ahead goal midway through the third period after Todd Bertuzzi went hard to the net with the puck, but the goal was quickly waved off and Bertuzzi was penalized for goaltender interference.

Cloutier made several spectacular stops among his 18 saves, but appeared to be caught off guard by Walz's game-winner.

Minnesota was playing without leading scorer Marian Gaborik, who sat out after straining a groin muscle in Tuesday s loss to Anaheim.

Notes: Minnesota improved to 10-0-4-1 when scoring the first goal. Vancouver LW Daniel Sedin missed a second straight game with a sprained knee but is expected to be back in the lineup shortly after Christmas. ... Minnesota D Willie Mitchell returned to the lineup after missing three games with a groin injury. The Wild play in Colorado on Sunday, one of five games Minnesota has remaining in the final nine days of December. ... Strudwick left the game in the second period and didn't return after taking a hard right hand from Wild LW Sylvain Blouin during their second fight of the game.

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