Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 12:52 a.m.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANUCKS 3:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Jyrki Lumme scored a power-play goal 6:29 into the third period as Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Vancouver.
Nik Antropov, Darcy Tucker, Paul Healey and Robert Reichel also scored for Toronto. Ed Belfour made 22 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have at least one point in seven straight games (4-0-2-1).
Brent Sopel had a goal and two assists as the Canucks built a 3-1 lead, but failed to finish off an injury-plagued Toronto team missing three of its top four scorers.
Markus Naslund, with his league-leading 25th goal, and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for the Canucks, who lost for just the second time in six games.
STARS 4, OILERS 1
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars got off to a shaky start, but righted themselves against one of their favorite opponents.
Steve Ott scored his first NHL goal, and Brenden Morrow put Dallas ahead later in the second period as the Stars remained unbeaten at home in their last 15 regular-season games against the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.
The game started strangely as the Stars had a goal erased 31 seconds in because they were penalized for submitting the wrong lineup.
Stars first-year coach Dave Tippett circled Ron Tugnutt as his starting goalie instead of intended starter Marty Turco.
When Dallas' Niko Kapanen deflected teammate Darryl Sydor's point shot past Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen, Oilers coach Craig MacTavish alerted the officials that the Stars used a different goaltender than had been declared. Not only was the goal taken away, the Stars also received a two-minute penalty.
"We wanted a good start and then the disallowed goal put us in a hole, but we kept at it and got it back," Ott said.
RED WINGS 5, BLUES 1:
DETROIT (AP) - The St. Louis Blues dominated the first two periods against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, but Curtis Joseph and Brendan Shanahan made sure that didn't matter.
Joseph made 29 saves and Shanahan scored twice Tuesday night as Detroit beat St. Louis 5-1.
Detroit, tops in the NHL with 52 points, stretched its unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3) and snapped St. Louis' five game run without a loss (4-0-1). The Blues are second in the Central Division, five points behind the Red Wings.
"We just couldn't find a way to get past Joseph at the right time," St. Louis forward Scott Mellanby said.
The Blues outshot the Red Wings 25-15 during the first 40 minutes, but Joseph made a few outstanding saves. His best came on a point-blank backhand by Eric Boguniecki 10:20 into the second period with Detroit still up 2-1.
"It was a rebound and he was on the right side at first," Joseph said. "He took it around the pile. You stay with it and try to get as many pieces of equipment in front of it as you can. And, luckily, it stayed out."
Sean Avery, Darren McCarty and Kirk Maltby also scored for Detroit. Sergei Fedorov had three assists and Jason Woolley added two.
Keith Tkachuk scored the only goal for St. Louis.
RANGERS 2, HURRICANES 0:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Bobby Holik had a goal and an assist, and Mike Dunham recorded his first shutout of the season as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Joel Bouchard added a goal 27 seconds in for the Rangers, who won for just the third time in 11 games (3-7-1).
Dunham came in allowing more than three goals per game, but the Hurricanes couldn't get anything against the seventh-year veteran. He finished with 30 saves.
The Hurricanes have lost three straight games and haven't scored in eight periods. They had three goals in the first period of a loss to Atlanta on Friday.
Carolina is 3-7-1 in its last 10 games.
The Rangers started quickly, getting Bouchard's goal off a pass from Matthew Barnaby. New York then turned away a 5-on-3 Hurricanes power play less than two minutes later before adding a second-period goal from Holik on a 4-on-3 power play.
That was enough cushion for Dunham. He stopped Sami Kapanen on a breakaway with about a minute left in the first period, then gloved Jeff O'Neill's shot from a few feet in front of the crease while falling down 10 minutes into the second period.
WILD 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 1:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild found offense in three unlikely places.
Jeremy Stevenson, Matt Johnson and Nick Schultz all scored their first goals of the season for the Wild in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.
"Different guys with different talents were doing good things with the puck," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I just hope we get more games like that in 2003, because it's fun to watch guys working that hard."
Dwayne Roloson stopped 20 shots as the Wild extended their unbeaten streak to three games and sent the Ducks to their fourth straight loss.
"This is probably the worst we've played all year in the last four games," forward Paul Kariya said of the Ducks who have allowed 19 goals during the skid. "We've strived to be a good defensive team, and now we're giving up a lot of goals. Everybody has to take account for that."
Stevenson scored the only goal of the first period, his first since the 2000-01 season when he was with the Nashville Predators. Cliff Ronning fired a pass from low in the corner to Stevenson, stationed at the top of the crease. The puck deflected off Stevenson's stick and between the skates of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Stevenson said he feels lucky to play on a line with offensive standouts like Ronning and Marian Gaborik.
"I feel kind of like that guy who won $315 million playing with those guys," he said. "I can just get in front of the net and they're so unbelievable with the puck that I know they'll get it to me."
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.
Comments are currently unavailable on this article