Leafs sink Bolts in third period
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
TAMPA — Alex Steen snapped a third-period tie with a power-play goal and Andrew Raycroft made 21 saves to help the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning, 4-2, Tuesday night.
Rebounding from a poor performance in a 6-1 loss to Vancouver, the Maple Leafs also got goals from Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky and John Pohl.
Vincent Lecavalier scored a short-handed goal in the first period for Tampa Bay, which was stymied by Raycroft on several second-period scoring opportunities before managing only two shots in the third.
In stopping the Lightning's five-game winning streak, the Maple Leafs improved to 3-0 against Tampa Bay.
DEVILS 1, RANGERS 0
Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots for his NHL-best eighth shutout of the season and the host New Jersey Devils opened a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division with a win over the New York Rangers.
Defenseman Brad Lukowich scored in the first period for his second of the season. The surging Devils won for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1) and moved 10 points in front of the second-place Rangers.
Brodeur wasn't tested much in his 88th career shutout, but he did stop Martin Straka in front on a backhander with 3:44 to play.
PENGUINS 5, ISLANDERS 2
Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen each scored twice to lead the host Penguins over the Islanders.
Christensen added an assist, and Michel Ouellet had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, who moved into third place in the Atlantic Division.
THRASHERS 6, KINGS 2
Marian Hossa picked up his second hat trick of the seaso0n and the host Thrashers defeated Los Angeles, ruining the first start for L.A. goalie Yutaka Fukufuji.
Fukufuji, the first Japanese-born player in the NHL, was lifted in the second period after Jim Slater's goal put Nashville up 3-1. He stopped only six of nine shots.
Los Angeles closed to 3-2 when Tom Kostopoulos scored just over two minutes into the third period. But Hossa found the net two more times to turn it into a runaway.
JACKETS 5, BLACKHAWKS 4, OT
Jason Chimera scored at 2:31 of overtime to give Columbus a win over the Blackhawks that snapped the Blue Jackets' four-game losing streak.
Chimera beat Nikolai Khabibulin between the legs with a shot from the right circle to complete a 2-on-1 break.
CANUCKS 4, CANADIENS 0
Roberto Luongo made 30 saves to post his third shutout of the season and the Canucks won their fifth consecutive road game, beating the slumping Canadiens.
Josh Green, Lukas Krajicek, Ryan Kesler and Jan Bulis scored the Canucks, who moved into first place in the Northwest Division.
SENATORS 5, CAPITALS 2
Mike Comrie scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a short-handed goal and an assist as the host Senators extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a victory over the Capitals.
OILERS 2, WILD 1
Joffrey Lupul and Marc-Andre Bergeron each scored a power-play goal, and the visiting Oilers beat the Wild.
The Oilers, who have the NHL's best penalty-kill unit on the road, held Minnesota scoreless in six power plays to snap a seven-game losing streak against Northwest Division opponents.
HURRICANES 3, PANTHERS 2, OT
Justin Williams scored a power-play goal at 1:47 of overtime to give the Hurricanes a victory over the Panthers.
With Mike Van Ryn in the penalty box for holding, Williams beat Ed Belfour with a wrist shot over his right shoulder. Scott Walker and Erik Cole also scored for Carolina.
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