NHL ROUNDUP

Leafs tame Panthers


Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of Florida's penalty problems to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill scored on two-man advantages in the third period to help the Maple Leafs beat the Panthers 4-2 on Monday night.
Kyle Wellwood also had a power-play goal for Toronto in its first victory since Jan. 7 against Edmonton. The eight-game losing streak was two short of the team record.
"We didn't play overly well tonight in some areas," Tucker said. "We've got to stay out of the penalty box and stuff like that, but we found a way to win and maybe that's going to help us down the road."
Chad Kilger added a goal, Mats Sundin had three assists and Ed Belfour made 33 saves, including 30 in the first two periods.
"Once you have a losing streak like we had, you question every aspect of your game," Sundin said. "We think we have a good hockey team. When we come out of something like this, I think it makes you better."
Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk scored for Florida, which lost at home in regulation for the first time in 11 games (7-1-3). Roberto Luongo made 28 saves.
  • FLYERS 3, RANGERS 2, OT: Joni Pitkanen scored his second goal of the game 1:28 into overtime and visiting Philadelphia rallied with three in the final 11 minutes to stun the New York Rangers.
    The Rangers blew a chance to cut Philadelphia's lead in the Atlantic Division to one point, and instead fell four points behind.
    Philadelphia (31-13-8) tied it goals by Pitkanen and Mike Richards in the final 9:42 of regulation to force overtime.
  • BLUES 3, FLAMES 2, SO: Rookie Lee Stempniak, called up from the minor leagues earlier in the day, scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give host St. Louis a victory over Calgary.
    Stempniak also scored the tying goal in the second period for the Blues, who won for only the second time in 13 games.
    St. Louis had been 1-5 in shootouts, three of the losses coming in the previous four games.
  • BRUINS 5, SENATORS 0: Tim Thomas made 44 saves for his first NHL shutout and Brad Boyes had a goal and two assists to lead visiting Boston to a victory over Ottawa.
    Thomas made his ninth straight start for Boston, which lost 4-3 to the New York Islanders on Saturday, the only game in which the Bruins failed to register a point over that stretch (6-1-2).
  • RED WINGS 5, WILD 4: Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja scored his first goal in 71 games to help the Red Wings beat host Minnesota.
    Lilja beat Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson with a slap shot midway through the third period to give Detroit a 5-3 lead.
  • STARS 3, SHARKS 2, OT: Jason Arnott scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to give host Dallas its fifth straight victory and 11th in its last 14 games.
    Dallas, which won its previous three games in shootouts, set a club record with its fourth straight overtime.
  • HURRICANES: The team acquired veteran center Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues, adding another important piece in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
  • JOVANOVSKI TO MISS OLYMPICS: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the Olympics because of a lower abdominal injury.
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