NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Rangers rout Islanders


Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 12:46 a.m.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Former New York Islanders great Bryan Trottier returned to Nassau Coliseum with the arch enemy and left with a dominant victory.

Matthew Barnaby scored twice, and Mike Dunham made 31 saves Tuesday night to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-0 victory over the Islanders in Trottier's first game on Long Island as coach of the Rangers.

Barnaby was a key participant in two near fights in the pregame warmup. He then gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first period and a 3-0 advantage 38 seconds into the second for his sixth career two-goal effort.

Dunham posted his second shutout this season and 13th of his career. Boris Mironov, Joel Bouchard, and Jamie Lundmark also scored.

Trottier spent 15 years with the Islanders, winning four Stanley Cups and forging a Hall of Fame career. He heard boos when his name was mentioned.

Penguins 0, Sabres 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Martin Biron stopped 23 shots for Buffalo in his second straight shutout, and Sebastien Caron made 34 saves for Pittsburgh.

Biron, who has three shutouts this season, beat Phoenix 1-0 Saturday night.

Caron, playing in only his sixth career game, got his second shutout. He blanked Carolina on Jan. 15.

Buffalo _ entering the third period tied 0-0 for the fourth straight game _ is 2-0-2 over that stretch and 4-0-2 in its last six. The Sabres also have at least one point in each of their last six games.

Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO (AP) _ Jeremy Roenick and Mark Recchi scored 22 seconds apart in the third period, and surging Philadelphia ended Toronto's 13-game home unbeaten streak.

Michal Handzus scored in his fourth straight game for the Flyers, who also won their fourth in a row. Philadelphia has won 10 of 11, and is 6-0 on the road over that span.

Roman Cechmanek made 22 saves for the Flyers, an Eastern Conference-best 15-6-3 away from home this season.

Mikael Tellqvist, making his first NHL start since being recalled from the minors on Friday, allowed three goals on 26 shots for the Maple Leafs. They had not lost at Air Canada Centre since dropping a game to Detroit on Nov. 16.

Thrashers 8, Blues 4

ATLANTA (AP) _ Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice each as the Thrashers tied a team record for goals.

Playing on his 22nd birthday, Heatley had his goals in the first, helping the Thrashers set a franchise mark with five in a period. Dan Snyder, Brad Tapper, Marc Savard and Frantisek Kaberle also scored in the game for Atlanta.

Slava Kozlov added three assists, his team-leading 12th game with multiple points, and Andy Sutton had two assists. Thirteen players had a point for the Thrashers 3-1 under new coach Bob Hartley.

The Thrashers also scored eight goals Nov. 4, 2000, in Boston.

Keith Tkachuk had two goals for the Blues, who had won three of four to take the lead in the Central Division.

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