Friday, April 05, 2002

Blue Jackets end winless streak at 7 games

Montreal moves into East's final playoff spot

The Associated Press

Nashville Predators' Vladimir Orszagh, center, gets caught between Columbus Blue Jackets' Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre (34) and Deron Quint (7).
(AP photo)
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        COLUMBUS — Deron Quint scored his first goal in 19 games and Espen Knutsen had two assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Thursday night.

        The victory ended the Blue Jackets' seven-game winless streak (0-5-0-2).

        “We came back and we don't do that very often, so it was a good win for us,” Knutsen said after the Blue Jackets won just their second game this season when trailing after a period.

        Quint matched his career high with his seventh goal of the season, 6:43 into the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Knutsen set up that score the same as he had Columbus' first goal by threading a pass between two defenders.

        Ron Tugnutt stopped 20 shots for Columbus, including Andy Delmore's bullet from the right wing with the Predators on a two-man advantage with six seconds left.

        Sean Pronger's second goal of the year season tied the score 1-1 in the second period for Columbus.

        Nashville's Kimmo Timonen had a goal to extend his points streak to five games.

        Canadiens 3, Flyers 1

        PHILADELPHIA — Montreal moved into the final Eastern Conference playoff position and gave Philadelphia its fifth straight loss.

        Montreal, winner of four consecutive games, has a two-point lead over idle Washington for eighth place in the East.

        Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist, and goaltender Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots. Richard Zednik and Bill Lindsay also scored for the Canadiens.

        Mark Recchi scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers, who matched their longest losing streak since 1999.

        Islanders 2, Bruins 1, OT

        BOSTON — Oleg Kvasha scored at 3:29 of overtime for New York.

        The Islanders, outshot 40-16, nearly won in regulation, but Glen Murray scored with 2:16 left to ruin Garth Snow's bid for his third shutout in nine wins this season. It was Snow's 100th career NHL win.

        The Bruins, 1-2 since winning six straight, maintained a four-point lead in the East over Philadelphia, which lost to Montreal Thursday.

        Flames 4, Wild 3

        CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary's Jarome Iginla scored his 48th goal of the season and added two assists. With five games remaining, he is nine goals ahead of Washington's Peter Bondra in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer.

        Iginla also tightened his grasp on the points race with 91 — 12 more than Vancouver's Markus Naslund.

        Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 2

        TORONTO — Pavel Bure scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, for New York.

        Eric Lindros added a goal and two assists as New York, outshot 37-24 by Toronto, got its third consecutive win thanks to the solid goaltending of 18-year-old rookie Dan Blackburn. The Rangers remain five points behind eighth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

        Lightning 4, Penguins 2

        TAMPA, Fla. — Dave Andreychuk had two goals to reach 20 for the 17th time in his career. The 17 20-goal seasons tie Andreychuk for third with Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Mike Gartner and Mark Messier.

        Gordie Howe scored at least 20 goals in 22 seasons, and Ron Francis has accomplished it 19 times.

        Andreychuk's second of the game gave the Lightning a one-goal lead with 15:55 left in the third period. Ben Clymer added an empty-net goal with 7.1 seconds left as Pittsburgh was eliminated from the playoff race.

        The Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak.


        Left wing Scott Gomez had surgery to repair two fractures in his left hand and is out for four to six weeks. He has 10 goals and 38 assists in 76 games this season.


        Defenseman Chris Pronger was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for crosschecking Dallas' Brenden Morrow. The suspension will cost Pronger $231,707.32 in salary. He's earning $9.5 million this season.


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