Blake's OT goal lifts Avs

The Carolina Hurricanes Jeff O'Neill (92) scores on a break away against Colorado Avalanche goaltender David Aebischer (1), of Switzerland, during the third period, Sunday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. The Avalanche went on to win the game, 3-2, in overtime.

AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker
Published: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 12:59 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rob Blake's controversial goal helped end the Colorado Avalanche's losing streak and added to the Carolina Hurricanes' recent woes.

Blake tied the game with a goal late in the third period and Milan Hejduk scored 2:04 into overtime as the Avalanche rallied for a 3-2 overtime win against the Hurricanes on Sunday.

Hejduk scored twice and assisted on Blake's goal with 1:22 left as the Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak.

``The mentality was just to try to find a way to win a hockey game,'' said Joe Sakic, who assisted on Hejduk's first-period goal. ``It was a good break for us.''

  • BLACKHAWKS 2, PREDATORS 0: Jocelyn Thibault made 17 saves to record his NHL-leading sixth shutout in host Chicago's victory over Nashville.

    Thibault was only lightly tested in his 33rd career shutout. He made one of his best stops when Nashville's Adam Hall fired from the edge of the crease during a Predators' power play with three minutes left in the third.

    Eric Daze and Theo Fleury scored for Chicago, which snapped a four-game winless streak (0-2-0-2). Fleury's goal was the 450th of his career.

    Alex Zhamnov had two assists for the Blackhawks, who have gone 12 games without a regulation loss (6-0-4-2). Nashville's three-game winning streak and four-game unbeaten run (3-0-1) ended.

  • MIGHTY DUCKS 2, BLUES 1: Jason Krog and Niclas Havelid scored 6 minutes apart in the third period and Anaheim held St. Louis to just 19 shots.

    The Ducks, 7-2-1 in their last 10 at home, were heading toward their third 1-0 loss in five games before Krog tied it with 12:25 left.

    Anaheim is 3-0 against the Blues after going 1-7 against them the previous two seasons.

    Pavol Demitra opened the scoring at 12:22 of the second with his 15th goal.

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