Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Constantine wins debut


Flyers win battle of Pennsylvania in overtime

By The Associated Press

        UNIONDALE, N.Y. — With new coach Kevin Constantine doing little more than furrowing his brow, chewing gum and crossing his arms, the New Jersey Devils showed renewed zip, beating the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday night.

        Constantine, behind an NHL bench for the first time since Dec. 9, 1999, said he would simply observe the Devils for a few games before instituting his own coaching schemes, and that's apparently all he did as Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias and Bobby Holik scored.

        One day after Larry Robinson was fired, the Devils finished a five-game road trip 2-2-1-0.

        New Jersey also moved into a tie with Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

        Kip Miller scored for the Islanders, who retain the sixth spot, one point ahead of the idle New York Rangers.

        Flyers 3, Penguins 2, OT

        PHILADELPHIA — Keith Primeau scored a tying goal with 17.5 seconds remaining in the third period, and Marty Murray won it early in overtime, leading Philadelphia past Pittsburgh.

        Murray picked off a clearing attempt by Pittsburgh's Billy Tibbetts and scored past Jean-Sebastien Aubin 1:47 into overtime, snapping the Penguins' six-game winning streak.

        With goaltender Brian Boucher pulled for an extra skater, Primeau forced overtime when he accepted a pass from John LeClair in the slot and scored past Aubin. LeClair also scored for the Flyers.

        Alexei Kovalev and Toby Petersen scored for the Penguins, who have lost 16 of their last 17 games in Philadelphia. Aubin finished with 28 saves.

        Hurricanes 2, Sabres 2, OT

        RALEIGH, N.C. — Bates Battaglia scored his 18th goal with 9:48 left as struggling Carolina rallied twice to tie Buffalo in its NHL-leading 20th overtime game.

        The Hurricanes haven't won in seven games, but have five ties during that stretch to remain in first place in the Southeast Division, 10 points ahead of Washington.

        Carolina had to kill a slashing penalty against Erik Cole in the final 1:50 of regulation to preserve the tie.

        Maxim Afinogenov scored 2:37 into the second, and Chris Gratton scored just his second goal in his last 37 games at 9:05 of the third period.

        Jeff O'Neill scored his team-leading 21st goal of the season with 2:52 left in the second period for the Hurricanes.

        Maple Leafs 4, Sharks 3

        TORONTO — Bryan McCabe had two goals and an assist as Toronto beat San Jose for its third win in 11 games.

        Jonas Hoglund added a goal and an assist, and Travis Green also scored for the Maple Leafs.

        Todd Harvey scored two goals for the Sharks, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1). Scott Hannon also scored for San Jose.

        Toronto's Alexander Mogilny was knocked out of the game in the first period with a back injury after being checked into the boards by Brad Stuart.

       



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