Sharks edge Panthers on late power-play goal


San Jose defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, left, and Florida center Stephen Weiss battle for the puck during the first period.

The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
SUNRISE - Christian Ehrhoff scored a power-play goal with 35.8 seconds left to lift San Jose over Florida.
Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who extended their unbeaten streak against Florida to eight games (7-0-1). San Jose hasn't lost against the Panthers since a 4-1 defeat at Florida on Feb. 9, 2000.
Olli Jokinen scored, and Alexander Auld stopped 26 shots for the Panthers, who lost their second consecutive game at home after starting the season 4-0.
Vesa Toskala made 24 saves for the Sharks in his first game since his franchise-record 12-game winning streak was snapped Thursday night.
  • ISLANDERS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2: Rick DiPietro turned aside 30 shots, and Alexei Yashin scored the decisive goal in the host Islanders' victory over the slumping Blackhawks.
    Mike York, Viktor Kozlov, Mike Sillinger and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders, who went 4-1-2 on their seven-game homestand.
    Jassen Cullimore and Denis Arkhipov scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a three-game shutout streak but lost their sixth straight game. Chicago hasn't won since a 2-1 home victory over Montreal on Oct. 18. Brian Boucher stopped 19 shots but fell to 0-6.
    Cullimore's goal with 4:14 left in the second period was the Blackhawks' first in 240 minutes, 56 seconds - dating to a score by Michal Handzus on Oct. 21 in a 4-3 home loss to St. Louis.
    Yashin has three goals and six assists in his last five games.
  • CANADIENS 4, SENATORS 2: Christopher Higgins scored his third short-handed goal of the season and Alex Kovalev combined with his new Russian linemates for host Montreal's second goal in a victory against Ottawa.
    David Aebischer made 31 saves for Montreal, 2-0-1 in its last three games.
    Andrei Markov scored into an empty net at 18:44 of the third, and Steve Begin added his first of the season 19 seconds later, beating Ray Emery on a pass from Mike Johnson with 56.9 seconds remaining.
    Aebischer, who stopped 47 shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto, lost a bid for his first Montreal shutout on Jason Spezza's goal 6:19 into the third.
    Ray Emery stopped 25 shots for Ottawa, which has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak.
    Senators right wing Chris Neil had to be helped off the ice after he was injured while falling behind the net as he set up Tom Preissing's goal with 8.4 seconds remaining.
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