Lightning streak ends at 2 in row


Tampa Bay goalie Sean Burke (1) watches the puck as Buffalo left winger Daniel Paille (20) and Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina (13) try to gain control of the puck during the first period Thursday at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Associated Press
Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jochen Hecht had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 21 saves to send the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Chris Drury and Henrik Tallinder also scored for the Sabres, who have won two of the first three games on a season-long six-game homestand.
Miller, who won for the fifth time in six starts since returning from a broken thumb, made several point-blank saves in the second period and stopped Vaclav Prospal's breakaway attempt with 8 minutes to go in regulation to help preserve the win. He has allowed only nine goals in those six games.
Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who had won two straight. Tampa Bay has scored just five goals in its last four games.
The Sabres grabbed a 1-0 lead with the man advantage on Hecht's ninth goal of the season with 19 seconds remaining in the first period. Standing in front of the Tampa Bay net, Hecht was able to deflect defenseman Brian Campbell's slap shot from the middle of the blue line past goalie Sean Burke.
Buffalo pushed its lead to 2-0 midway through the second with another power-play goal. Drury took Hecht's pass in the left circle and wristed the puck past Burke and into the top-left corner for his 15th goal.
The Lightning closed the gap to 2-1 just 2 minutes later after St. Louis turned and swatted the puck while it was in mid air past Miller. It was St. Louis' 15th of the year, and second in three games.
  • FLYERS 4, RANGERS 3, OT: Simon Gagne scored 7 seconds into overtime after Peter Forsberg won the faceoff, and Philadelphia beat New York to stretch its Atlantic Division lead.
    Gagne took the puck from Forsberg and skated to the right of goalie Kevin Weekes and beat him to the short-side post for his NHL-leading 28th goal.
    Philadelphia defensemen Freddy Meyer and Kim Johnsson scored two of the Flyers' three power-play goals, and Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves. It was the 16th one-goal decision in 18 games for Philadelphia.
    Martin Straka scored twice for the Rangers, who dropped their third straight in overtime.
  • DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 4: Patrik Elias had two goals and two assists in his second game back since recovering from hepatitis to lead New Jersey to a win over Montreal.
    The Devils struggled to score this season without Elias, who contracted the illness while playing in Europe during the NHL lockout last year.
    Against Montreal, Elias combined with linemates Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta for three goals and eight points as New Jersey won its second straight.
    Viktor Kozlov and Brian Rafalski also scored for the Devils, and Martin Brodeur made 16 saves.
    Saku Koivu, Chris Higgins, Michael Ryder and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for the Canadiens, who lost their fourth straight.
  • BRUINS 4, SENATORS 2: Brad Boyes scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift Boston to a win over Ottawa.
    Boston has alternated wins and losses in its last nine games and beat Ottawa for the second time. The Bruins are the only division foe to beat Ottawa this season.
    The Senators trailed 2-1 in the third period when Mike Fisher scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway, beating backup goalie Andrew Raycroft.
    Boyes responded with the Bruins' second power-play goal of the game, a slap shot that beat Senators goalie Dominik Hasek with 6:50 left in the third. The Bruins had been struggling on the power play, going 6-for-69 with a man advantage in the previous 15 games.
    Starting goalie Hannu Toivonen was replaced by Raycroft after he left the game with an ankle injury at the end of the second period. Toivonen made 22 saves and has allowed two goals against Ottawa this year in three appearances.
    The Bruins and Senators combined for three goals in a span of 1:33 in the second.
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