Friday, March 15, 2002

Maple Leafs topple Bruins


Schwab makes 19 saves in 2-1 victory

The Associated Press

        BOSTON — Corey Schwab made 19 saves, and Toronto beat Boston 2-1 Thursday night — the Maple Leafs' fourth victory this season over the Bruins.

        Schwab, who has made eight consecutive starts for injured goalie Curtis Joseph, has allowed only four goals in the last four games. Toronto is 2-0-2 during that stretch.

        Alyn McCauley scored the game-winning goal for the Maple Leafs when he roofed a shot over a fallen Byron Dafoe during a scramble in front at 14:38 of the second period. The goal by McCauley, his first in 49 games, initially was waved off by referee Mick McGeough before being allowed after a review of the video tape.

        Toronto was 4-1 against Boston this season, outscoring the Bruins 9-4. Neither team scored more than two goals in any of those games.

        Bill Guerin tied it at 1 with a power-play goal with eight minutes remaining in the second. Guerin streaked down the right wing and blasted a shot through the legs of Schwab. The goal was Boston's third with the man-advantage in 36 opportunities.

        Bruins coach Robbie Ftorek was furious with McGeough throughout the second period and drew a penalty for abuse of officials with four minutes left.

        Toronto outshot the Bruins 10-0 in the first 10:49 of the second. Boston had its three-game winning streak snapped.

        Bryan McCabe gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead when his slap shot from the point beat Dafoe at 7:28 of the first. Dafoe was screened by Alexander Mogilny, who returned to the lineup after missing 13 games because of a back injury.

        Dafoe entered the game 13-6-3 against Toronto with a 1.95 goals against average.

        Guerin is second in the NHL with 35 goals.

        Canadiens 3, Stars 3

        MONTREAL — Brad Lukowich scored his first goal of the season with 8:01 left in regulation, lifting Dallas to the tie.

        Marcel Hossa, who was recalled from Quebec City of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

        Lightning 3, Flames 2

        TAMPA, Fla. — Pavel Kubina scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 8:35 left for Tampa Bay.

        The Lightning tied a franchise record by scoring a power-play goal in eight straight games. Nikolai Khabibulin made 30 saves and improved to 14-1-2 against the Flames.

        Thrashers 2, Avalanche 0

        ATLANTA — Milan Hnilicka posted his fifth career shutout, and Brian Pothier scored the go-ahead goal in the first period.

        J.P. Vigier added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds left, the first score of his career.

        Sabres 3, Flyers 1

        PHILADELPHIA — Miroslav Satan scored two goals, and Mika Noronen stopped 31 shots to lead Buffalo.

        The Sabres have won four of their past five games, moving within three points of the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

        Oilers 4, Senators 1

        OTTAWA — Anson Carter and Rem Murray scored to erase an early deficit, and Tommy Salo stopped 17 shots for Edmonton.

        Brian Swanson, with his first NHL goal in almost a year and a half, and Mike Comrie also scored for the Oilers, who extended their unbeaten streak against the Senators to 13 games.

        Andre Roy's goal put Ottawa ahead 1-0 in the first period. But Edmonton won for just the sixth time in 24 games.

        The Oilers finished their six-game road trip 3-2-0-1. They had lost three straight, including a 4-3 defeat in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings a night earlier.

        It was just the sixth win in 24 games for the Oilers.

        Ottawa, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, has not beaten Edmonton in more than eight years — dating to an overtime victory on Jan. 18, 1994. The Senators are 0-10-3 since.

        Roy, in his first game since missing 11 with an ankle injury, fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Salo to make it 1-0.

        However, the Oilers scored twice on Jani Hurme within 7 1/2 minutes, beginning with Carter's 23rd of the season midway through the first period.

        Murray made it 2-1, and Swanson, playing his first game of the season after being called up from Hamilton of the AHL earlier in the day, scored his second career goal in the third.

        With Hurme, who finished with 13 saves, on the bench for an extra attacker, Comrie scored with three seconds remaining to seal the victory.

        Canucks 5, Blue Jackets 1

        COLUMBUS — Matt Cooke and Brendan Morrison each had a goal and an assist to lead Vancouver, which outshot Columbus 36-27. Dan Cloutier finishing with 26 saves for the Canucks.

        Morrison extended his goals streak to three games, while Ed Jovanovski had a goal to run his points streak to three games.

        ECHL: Cincinnati 4, Johnstown 2

        The win was Cincinnati's third straight and pushed the team's record to 8-1-1 over its last 10 games. The victory also kept Cincinnati's playoff hopes burning as they closed to within four points of idle Wheeling for the final ECHL playoff spot.

        Cyclones captain Nick Bootland scored twice. Immediately after the game, he was sent on loan to Cleveland of the American Hockey League.

        Allan Egeland added a goal and an assist for the Cyclones, and goaltender Alex Westlund made 32 saves.

        First period: 1. C, Cantu (Jozefowicz) 15:52.

        Second period: 2. J, Boutin (PPG) (Smital, Leger) :09; 3. C, Egeland (Noga, Jozefowicz) 4:33; 4. C, Bootland (Pavlov, Egeland) 17:34.

        Third period: 5. C, Bootland (Pavlov, Egeland) 3:54; 6. J, Stayzer (Boutin, Schneider) 14:39.

        Goalies: Cin. Westlund (32 saves), John. Deschenes (25). Power plays: Cin 0-1, John 1-3. Attendance: 1,277.

        AHL MIGHTY DUCKS: Cincinnati activated defenseman Drew Bannister from the injured reserve list.

        Bannister, 27, suffered a shoulder injury Nov.30 against Utah and missed 45 games. Bannister has six assists in 20 games this season.

       



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