Sunday, April 07, 2002

Canadiens solidify playoff spot



The Associated Press

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Canadiens' Patrice Brisebois, center, is congratuleted by teammates Joe Juneau (90) and Karl Dykuis (28) after scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
(AP photo)
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        MONTREAL — Patrice Brisebois had a short-handed goal and an assist and Jose Theodore made 19 saves as the Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

        The Canadiens solidified their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

        • Isles 5, Cap 4, at Uniondale, N.Y. — Seven seasons of embarrassment were finally wiped away as the New York Islanders clinched a playoff spot, a year after posting the worst NHL record.

        • Rangers 6, Bruins 4, at Boston — Matthew Barnaby set up a pair of first-period goals by Petr Nedved and added an empty-net score, helping New York boost its slim playoff hopes.

        • Flyers 3, Pens 1, at Philadelphia — Jeremy Roenick and Justin Williams had goals, and Roman Cechmanek made 17 saves as the Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak.

        • Leafs 2, Panthers 2, at Toronto — Trevor Kidd made 46 saves for Florida.

        • Predators 3, Flames 1, at Nashville — Nathan Perrott made his first NHL goal a game-winner for Nashville.

        Nashville's Scott Hartnell wasted little time scoring the first goal of the game. With 91 seconds elapsed in the first period, Vitali Yachmenev hit Hartnell with a pass as he skated in from the right wing. His shot beat Calgary goaltender Roman Turek.

       



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