Friday, February 08, 2002

Theodore blanks Penguins

Second straight shutout for Montreal netminder

By The Associated Press

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore makes a save on a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Alexei Morozov.
(AP photo)
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        MONTREAL — Jose Theodore recorded his second straight shutout, and Shaun Van Allen scored with 6:28 left in the second period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

        Theodore, who also held New Jersey scoreless in a 1-0 road win on Tuesday, stopped 30 shots for his sixth shutout of the season.

        In extending his shutout streak to 120 minutes, Theodore hasn't allowed a goal in two games since he allowed one goal on nine shots while playing the second period for the North American team in Saturday's All-Star game in Los Angeles.

        Van Allen scored his fourth of the season 13:32 into the second as Montreal earned its 10th point in six games (4-0-1-1).

        Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 1

        UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Shawn Bates scored New York's league-leading 15th short-handed goal, and Michael Peca had three assists as the Islanders beat Toronto.

        Kenny Jonsson scored a power-play goal, Mark Parrish scored into an empty net with less than 2 seconds left and Adrian Aucoin also scored for New York.

        Tomas Kaberle had the goal for Toronto, which was without top-line defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich and second-leading scorer Alexander Mogilny. Mogilny missed his third straight game with back spasms and Yushkevich, also a Russian Olympian, could be out for the rest of the season with a blood clot in his leg.

        Blues 3, Oilers 1

        ST. LOUIS — Keith Tkachuk scored two goals as St. Louis made the most of a season-low 14 shots in a victory over Edmonton.

        Dallas Drake also scored for the Blues, who got 27 saves from backup goalie Fred Brathwaite and won for the second time in six games. Although they didn't reach double figures in shots until about four minutes remained in the second period, they compensated with three goals in the first eight shots against Tommy Salo.

        St. Louis totaled 60 shots in its previous two games, a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday and a victory at Washington on Jan. 30. The Blues' previous low this season was 15 in a 1-0 loss at Anaheim Jan. 28, just four games ago.

        Janne Niinimaa scored for Edmonton.

        Panthers 3, Lightning 1

        TAMPA, Fla. — Roberto Luongo made 36 saves as Florida Panthers beat Tampa Bay to snap a six-game winless streak.

        Marcus Nilson, Sandis Ozolinsh and Ivan Novoseltsev scored for the Panthers, 0-4-2 in their previous six. The victory was the 550th of coach Mike Keenan's NHL career.

        Luongo's bid for his fifth shutout of the season and second against the Lightning ended when Vincent Lecavalier scored with 2:45 left in the third period.

        Thrashers 3, Devils 3

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ray Ferraro stuffed in a rebound with 2 seconds remaining and Atlanta rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to tie New Jersey.

        Jiri Slegr also scored in the period, when the Thrashers took eight shots at Martin Brodeur, one more than they had in the first two periods combined.

        Tony Hrkac also scored for Atlanta, while Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias and Randy McKay tallied for New Jersey, which was soundly booed by its fans after squandering the lead against the NHL's second-worst team.

        Ferraro's goal capped a wild final 15 seconds in which the Thrashers took four shots at Brodeur.

        Kings 2, Hurricanes 1

        LOS ANGELES — Kelly Buchberger scored his 100th NHL goal early in the third period, and Mathieu Schneider scored in his first game back from the injured list as Los Angeles beat Carolina.

        Felix Potvin made 17 saves for Los Angeles, which is 12-4-0 in its last 16 games. The victory lifted the Kings into sixth place in the Western Conference with 61 points, tying them with Edmonton.

        Shane Willis scored a power-play goal at 9:21 of the second period for Carolina.


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