Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Sharks win buzzer-beater at Colorado

Beat Avalanche in overtime

By The Associated Press

Members of the San Jose Sharks celebrate around right winger Teemu Selanne, center, after Selanne scored the winning goal with in overtime.
(AP photo)
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        DENVER — Put Evgeni Nabokov on the ice at Pepsi Center, throw a lot of shots at him, and the result is magical.

        Nabokov stopped 38 shots Tuesday night, and Teemu Selanne scored with three seconds left in overtime as the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0.

        It was Nabokov's 12th career shutout and third in Denver. In his first NHL start, he blanked Colorado in a scoreless tie here on Jan. 19, 2000, stopping 39 shots. On Dec. 14, he again shut out the Avalanche 3-0 here, making 38 saves.

        “I just feel great all the time here,” Nabokov said. “I have to give lots of credit to my defensemen in front of me. I think the whole team was playing in front of me really well. I pretty much saw everything tonight.”

        Sharks coach Darryl Sutter said Nabokov “has had three real good games in here. He had been struggling. This was good for his confidence. It was good to see him sharp.

        “He has no trouble getting motivated to play in this building. He's going against the greatest goalie in the world, if not the greatest goalie of all time. He shouldn't have trouble being motivated.”

        Colorado's Patrick Roy made 21 saves.

        With time running out in overtime, Colorado defenseman Rob Blake lost the puck in the corner to Marco Sturm, who passed to Selanne in the left circle for the game-winner.

        “Marco did a great forecheck job,” Selanne said. “He poked it away, and I just came straight from the bench and got it. The defenseman came in late and I had to go to the middle. It was a lucky goal, but I'll take it.”

        Blake said he was just trying to kill the clock.

        “We should be able to keep that puck along the boards and not let them get out,” Blake said. “I had it in the corner. He just poked it off my stick and it went right to Selanne.

        “We had chances there, and we didn't capitalize and didn't finish when we should have.”

        Despite the overtime loss, the Avalanche gained one point and moved into a first-place tie with Edmonton in the Northwest Division. It was Colorado's first overtime loss since last March 10.

        Earlier in overtime, Roy stopped Niklas Sundstrom's deflection, and Colorado's Joe Sakic was just wide with a wrister from the right circle.

        Both teams skated tentatively in a scoreless first period that saw Colorado outshoot San Jose 9-5 but get few good scoring opportunities.

        The pace of play intensified in the second period as Colorado got three good early scoring chances, including two by Alex Tanguay. On the latter, Tanguay stole the puck in the San Jose zone, but Nabokov stopped the point-blank shot.

        Roy made a glove save on Owen Nolan's shot from the slot later in the period.

        The Avalanche outshot the Sharks 16-6 in the period, peppering Nabokov at times. Nabokov stopped a shot by Steven Reinprecht and Sakic's rebound try. He stopped a quick Sakic wrist shot, and later in the period Eric Messier's shot deflected off Nabokov's arm and over his head but landed on the top of the net.

        San Jose's Matt Bradley and Stephane Matteau had chances in the waning seconds of the period.

        In the third period, Nabokov stopped Reinprecht from the left circle, and Roy stopped Selanne from the slot.

        Flyers 4, Senators 1

        Jeremy Roenick had a goal and two assists and the Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

        Roman Cechmanek made 36 saves as the Flyers snapped a five-game winless streak at the Corel Centre. Philadelphia, which leads the Atlantic Division with 60 points, has won 12 of its last 14 games.

        Justin Williams, Simon Gagne and Kim Johnsson also scored for Philadelphia, which entered the game in a tie with Toronto and Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference.

        Radek Bonk scored for Ottawa, which outshot Philadelphia 37-35 and lost to the Flyers for just the second time in 12 games.

        Hurricanes 2, Wild 0

RALEIGH, N.C. — Aaron Ward and Bates Battaglia scored and Arturs Irbe recorded his 32nd career shutout as Carolina snapped a three-game home losing streak.

        Irbe allowed seven goals on 28 shots in the team's worst loss of the season — 7-1 at Vancouver on Saturday night — but rebounded by stopping 22 shots.

        The Wild have just five goals in their last four games.

        Thrashers 3, Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO — Dany Heatley scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Milan Hnilicka made 40 saves as Atlanta snapped a five-game road losing streak.

        Rookie Ilya Kovalchuk and Lubos Bartecko also scored for the Thrashers, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).

        Alexei Ponikarovsky and Robert Reichel scored for the Maple Leafs, who also lost to the Thrashers on Dec. 28.

        Lightning 5, Devils 4, OT

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Zdeno Ciger scored his third goal of the game at 1:25 of overtime to lift the Lightning.

        Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and three assists and Nikolai Khabibulin came off the bench in the third period and stopped 20 of 21 shots to keep Tampa Bay in the game.

        Ciger picked up a cross-ice pass from Lecavalier at center ice, skated in and beat Martin Brodeur with a shot from the top of the left circle for his 10th goal of the season.

        Patrik Elias, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with an infected finger, forced the overtime with a goal at 7:58 of the third period.

        Blues 3, Oilers 2

ST. LOUIS — Chris Pronger and Keith Tkachuk scored power-play goals as St. Louis extended its winning streak to six games.

        The Blues, who rank second in the league with 27 home power-play goals, scored on the man advantage for the fifth time in six games.

        The Blues have outscored their opponents 25-10 during their winning streak. St. Louis, 16-4-1-1 at home, stretched its home winning streak to five games and won for the ninth time in 10 games.

        The Oilers are winless in their last six road games.

        Canucks 5, Penguins 2

        VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Mario Lemieux scored his first goal since returning from hip surgery, but Vancouver used balanced scoring to beat Pittsburgh.

        Lemieux, who missed 24 games and was held pointless in his return Saturday against St. Louis, scored on a power play midway through the third period. The score pulled the Penguins within a goal, but it wasn't enough.

        Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and the Canucks got goals from five players.

        Mattias Ohlund, Matt Cooke and Artem Chubarov scored in the first period, and Trevor Linden added a goal for Vancouver.

        Milan Kraft also scored for the Penguins, who have just one victory in their last five games.

        Kings 2, Predators 0

        LOS ANGELES — Steve Heinze scored the go-ahead goal with 15:44 left in the third period and Felix Potvin made 24 saves as Los Angeles beat Nashville, the Kings' third shutout in six games.

        Heinze tied Adam Deadmarsh for the team lead with his 15th goal, sending the Predators to their fifth straight road loss. The goal was Heinze's sixth in 11 career games against Nashville. Craig Johnson assisted on the goal and scored into an empty net with 49 seconds left.

        The Kings are 12-3-3 in their last 18 games. Potvin's shutout was the 21st of his career and second this season.

        Islanders 3, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta — Adrian Aucoin scored two goals, snapping a 40-game scoreless streak, for the New York Islanders.

        Aucoin ended a three-month scoring drought in the first period and snapped a 1-all tie with his third goal of the season at 18:28 of the second.

        On the go-ahead goal, Michael Peca beat Craig Conroy on a faceoff in the Flames' zone, drew the puck back to Aucoin, who beat goaltender Roman Turek with a low slap shot.

        Peca added an empty-net goal for the Islanders, who ended an eight-game losing streak against Calgary. New York last beat Calgary on Dec. 3, 1996.

        The Islanders won their first game in Calgary since Nov. 21, 1992, ending a six-game losing streak at the Saddledome.

        Red Wings 2, Coyotes 2

PHOENIX — Brett Hull scored his second goal with 2:19 left in regulation, and the Detroit extended its unbeaten streak to six games with the tie.

        Hull deflected a slap shot by Mathieu Dandenault through a cluster of players that distracted goalie Robert Esche. The goal was Hull's 15th of the season and 664th career.

        Daniel Briere scored two goals on assists from Daymond Langkow, but Phoenix was not able to end its four-game winless streak.


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