Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 1:04 a.m.
Power-play goals lead streaking Canucks past Panthers
Matt Cooke scored a short-handed goal, and the Canucks added three power-play tallies to beat the Panthers 5-2 Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.
Vancouver is 4-0 on a six-game road trip that has stops at the New York Islanders on Tuesday and in New Jersey on Wednesday.
"It wasn't an easy game, our fourth in six nights," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game so we wanted to get off to a good start. The short-handed goal was very important for us."
Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Sami Salo each scored power-play goals for the Canucks, who led 3-1 after the first period. Brendan Morrison also scored, and Dan Cloutier (14-5-3) made 29 saves to earn his first career win against Florida (1-3-1).
The Canucks return home to play Minnesota next Saturday night.
"We've played pretty well throughout and it's a different facet each night," Crawford said. "Different guys are coming in and contributing. Obviously, our three power-play goals was a big facet to the game."
Mats Sundin and Robert Svehla also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won of seven of nine to reach .500 (11-11-2).
Curtis Brown scored for the Sabres, who have just one win in the last 17 games (1-12-3-1).
Fans chanted 'Ed-die Ed-die' as Toronto goalie Ed Belfour had another strong game, turning aside 19 shots.
The defending Eastern Conference champion Hurricanes moved into first place in the Southeast Division. Columbus has lost four of five.
Carolina's Jesse Boulerice one-timed Craig MacDonald's feed from behind the net over the glove of goaltender Marc Denis at 6:13 of the first period to make it 1-0.
Todd White scored early in the third period as Ottawa extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Friesen scored off a pass from Joe Nieuwendyk for his sixth goal of the season.
New Jersey is unbeaten in three games. St. Louis' Pavol Demitra took a no-look pass from Eric Boguniecki from behind the net and scored to tie it 4-4 at 9:50 of the third period.
Williams stripped the puck from defenseman Patrice Brisebois at the Philadelphia blue line and moved in on goalie Jeff Hackett, who had stopped 37 of 38 shots to that point.
The game matched the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Northeast Division-leading Bruins are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games, while the loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins.
Delmore scored with a slap shot from just inside the blue line that beat Dallas goalie Ron Tugnutt at 4:40 of the first period.
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