Lightning stomp Leafs in shootout Lightning 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
TAMPA - Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards scored in a shootout, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Richards and Ryan Craig scored for the Lightning in regulation and Sean Burke had 25 saves. The Lightning have won six of eight, and improved to 2-10-1 against Northeast Division teams.
Chad Kilger and Darcy Tucker had goals for Toronto, which has lost nine of 10. Ed Belfour made 35 saves, including a sprawling stop on Lecavalier's point-blank shot late in the second.
Tucker hit the post and had an in-close shot stopped by Burke during the final minute of overtime. Burke stopped both shots he faced in the shootout.
Kilger put the Maple Leafs ahead 1-0 from the slot at 16:25 of the first. Mats Sundin helped set up the goal, giving him eight assists in five games.
Richards tied it at 1 from in close following a Toronto turnover with 0.6 seconds left in the period. He has nine goals and 21 points in 19 games against Toronto.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead on Tucker's power-play goal at 10:24 of the second. Tucker, who has a goal in three straight games, redirected Tomas Kaberle's shot.
Tampa Bay hadn't allowed a power-play goal in eight games.
The Lightning pulled even at 2 on Craig's power-play goal at 4:11 of the third.
n SABRES 5, THRASHERS 2: Jason Pominville scored a short-handed goal that put Buffalo ahead, Ryan Miller turned away 35 shots, and the visiting Sabres extended the Thrashers' losing streak to a season-high six in a row.
Atlanta led 2-1 after the first period, but the Sabres fought back to close a six-game road trip - their longest of the season - with a third straight win.
Thomas Vanek tied the game at 2 with a deflection past Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen, then Pominville put the Sabres ahead to stay while killing off a penalty.
Paul Gaustad gave Buffalo some breathing room with 8:59 left in the third period.
J.P. Dumont finished off the Thrashers with 2:40 remaining.
Alex Kotalik scored his 20th goal just 5 minutes into the game - the seventh straight time Atlanta has given up the opening goal.
  • HURRICANES 8, CANADIENS 2: Erik Cole scored three goals and tied a career high with four points, and Eric Staal had two goals and an assist to lead Carolina on the road.
    Martin Gerber made 32 saves, and Kevyn Adams and Craig Adams also scored for Carolina, which leads the NHL with 78 points. The Hurricanes generated all that offense without newly acquired center Doug Weight in the lineup.
    Montreal's Jose Theodore, pulled for the third time in four starts, allowed five goals on 10 shots. Theodore, the NHL MVP in 2001-02, has allowed 18 goals on 63 shots in his last four games.
    Steve Begin and Richard Zednik scored for the Canadiens, who returned from a 2-4 road trip and fell to 4-5 since general manager Bob Gainey fired coach Claude Julien and replaced him behind the bench.
  • ISLANDERS 5, CAPITALS 3: Jason Blake scored a power-play goal with 4:43 left and then added an empty-netter to lead host New York to a season-best third straight victory.
    Blake took a cross-ice pass from Alexei Yashin in the lower right circle and roofed a wrist shot past goalie Olaf Kolzig. He sealed the win with 12.1 seconds remaining.
    Oleg Kvasha scored twice, and Miroslav Satan added a goal for New York, now three points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Rick DiPietro stopped 26 shots for the Islanders.
    Brian Willsie and Matt Pettinger each had a goal and assist for Washington. Jeff Friesen also scored for the Capitals, who had 28 saves from Kolzig.
    The Capitals played without rookie standout Alex Ovechkin, who missed his first game of the season with what the club termed a lower body injury, believed to be a groin.
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