Saturday, January 26, 2002

Sabres top Khabibulin, Lightning


Tampa having dismal road trip

By The Associated Press

        BUFFALO, N.Y. — Taylor Pyatt scored twice and Martin Biron made 21 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

        Pyatt got the first multi-goal game of his two-year career. Curtis Brown and Maximum Afinogenov also scored for Buffalo, while Tim Connolly had two assists.

        Tampa Bay, midway through a four-game road trip, has lost three of four.

        Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who began the game with the NHL's best save percentage, stopped 29 of 33 shots.

        Fredrik Modin scored Tampa Bay's lone goal with 6:02 remaining.

        Hurricanes 1, Panthers 1

        RALEIGH, N.C. — Ron Francis scored the 503rd goal of his career in the second period as Carolina tied Florida for its NHL-leading 19th overtime game.

        Carolina, 5-5-9 in OT, outshot the Panthers 40-21 in regulation, but couldn't solve Roberto Luongo.

        Sandis Ozolinsh's goal was the fastest against the Hurricanes this season as he burned his former team on his first shift 25 seconds into the game. It was his first goal in six games since being traded from the Hurricanes to the Panthers on Jan. 16.

        Red Wings 4, Coyotes 1

        DETROIT — Steve Yzerman moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time goal scoring list and also had an assist as Detroit beat Phoenix.

        Yzerman's goal, his 13th of the season, came with 48 seconds left in the first period, breaking a 1-1 tie.

        Landon Wilson scored for Phoenix.

        Yzerman's goal tied him with Mark Messier of the New York Rangers on the career list. Both have 658 career goals.

        Manny Legace, making only his 12th start of the season, picked up the victory in net for the Red Wings, who are now 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.

        Kirk Maltby, Brendan Shanahan and Igor Larionov also scored for the Red Wings.

        Canucks 6, Maple Leafs 1

        VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Brendan Morrison scored twice and Todd Bertuzzi and Brent Sopel each had a goal and an assist as Vancouver beat Toronto.

        Ed Jovanovksi and Trevor Letowski also scored for the Canucks, who won their fourth straight game and improved to .500 (24-24-4-1) for the first time this season.

        Mikael Renberg scored for the Maple Leafs, 1-3-2-1 in the last seven games.

        Blackhawks 2, Blues 1

        CHICAGO — Jocelyn Thibault made 25 saves as Chicago defeated St. Louis and snapped the Blues' franchise-record 10-game winning streak.

        Peter White's breakaway goal midway through the second period stood up as the game-winner for Chicago, 11-3-1 in its last 15 games.

        Jon Klemm also scored for the Blackhawks, who moved four points ahead of St. Louis in the Central Division.

        Thibault's victory was his 28th this season, a new career high.

        Doug Weight scored for St. Louis, which got 25 saves from Brent Johnson.

        Mighty Ducks 6, Stars 1

        DALLAS — Hours after firing coach Ken Hitchcock, the Dallas were dealt their most lopsided loss of the season by Anaheim.

        The six goals were a season high for Anaheim and matched the most given up by the Stars.

        New Stars coach Rick Wilson was denied his first victory, but Anaheim's Bryan Murray became the eighth coach in NHL history with 500 career wins.

        Anaheim scored three times in the first 10 minutes — outshooting the Stars 9-1 in that stretch — and extended the lead to 5-0 midway through the second period to chase goalie Ed Belfour.

       



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