Sunday, April 07, 2002

Canadiens solidify playoff spot

The Associated Press

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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