Power-play goal sparks Lightning

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 2:23 a.m.
Ed Belfour came up short in his first bid to break a tie for second place on the NHL career victory list as Pavel Kubina scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 8:38 left in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Belfour tied Terry Sawchuk with his 447th win on Monday in a 2-1 victory at Florida. Patrick Roy tops the victory list with 551.
Kubina, who hadn't scored a goal in his previous 29 games, beat Belfour on a shot from the right circle. Belfour finished with 22 saves.
Martin St. Louis also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won seven of nine. John Grahame stopped 20 shots to win his sixth straight decision.
Toronto got a goal from Nik Antropov. The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games.
Antropov put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 from the slot during a 3-on-1 at 1:52 of the first. Toronto, the NHL's top road power play and second best overall, recorded just two shots during a 1 minute, 25 second two-man advantage that started less than two minutes after Antropov's goal.
Toronto was 0-for-5 on the power play. The Lightning converted one of six opportunities.
Belfour made a nice save on St. Louis' wraparound with nine minutes left in the first.
St. Louis tied it at 1 on a breakaway goal 73 seconds into the second. Belfour got his body on the shot, but the puck flipped over the goalies' shoulder and appeared to hit his arm before trickling into the net.
Belfour slid to near the top of the right circle to keep Vincent Lecavalier from the puck and a potential breakaway with 15 minutes to play. Lecavalier, who had two assists, has one goal in his last 12 games.
  • FLYERS 2, DEVILS 1: Mike Knuble and Patrick Sharp scored in the second period to give Philadelphia a win over New Jersey.
    The Flyers had lost four consecutive home games after winning nine in a row at the Wachovia Center. They won their second straight overall for the first time since a six-game winning streak ended in early November.
    Last in the NHL in penalty killing, the Flyers denied the Devils during a pair of 5-on-3 advantages in the second period. New Jersey went 0-for-4 on power-play chances in the second.
    As soon as Philadelphia got back to even strength, it started scoring.
    The Flyers snapped a scoreless tie when Knuble knocked the puck past Martin Brodeur for his 12th goal of the year. Nearly 3 minutes later, Sharp sneaked around the net and flicked the puck past a leaning Brodeur on the right side for his fifth goal and a 2-0 lead.
    Brodeur made 31 saves. He was outstanding late in the third, stopping several direct shots when the Flyers skated with a two-man advantage.
    Knuble's 12 goals leave him behind only NHL leader Simon Gagne (23) on the Flyers. Gagne did not have a point.
    Sean Brown pulled the Devils to 2-1 early in the third period with a shot from near the top of the circle for his second goal of the year.
    Robert Esche stopped 30 shots for the Flyers.
    Both teams were playing their second game in two days. Philadelphia was coming off a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders, while the Devils beat Boston 3-2 Tuesday. The Devils had their season-high three-game winning streak snapped.
  • BRUINS TRADE: Struggling Boston traded captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in exchange for three players.
    The Bruins get forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart for Thornton, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Boston in August and was once thought to be the future of the franchise.
    ''He is a leader who scores points and makes other players around him better,'' San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement on the team's Web site. ''To get a player of this caliber, you have to give up something to get something. You would make this trade last month, this month or next year. It follows our philosophy of making our team better for this year and next year.''
    The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Thornton had been the key to the Bruins' offense. He scored more than 20 goals in each of his last five NHL seasons, including two with 30 or more. In 2003-04, he led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 50 assists.
    This season, the 26-year-old Thornton has nine goals and 24 assists for Boston, which has lost nine of its last 10 games and is in last place in the Northeast Division.
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