Sun, Sep 21, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Champs trumped in preseason play

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE The Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils were roundly beaten in a meaningless exhibition game against the Flyers in Philadelphia


Minnesota Wild's Matt Johnson, left, and Vancouver Canucks' Martin Grenier, right, tangle during a first-period fight in St. Paul, Minnesota, Friday. Both received major penalties for fighting.


Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau each had a goal and an assist Friday as the Philadelphia Flyers routed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in the exhibition opener for both teams.

Eric Chouinard, Donald Brashear and Mark Recchi each added a goal and an assist for the Flyers. John LeClair scored Philadelphia's other goal. Scott Niedermayer scored the only goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Devils at 2:42 of the first period, but Brashear tied it on Philadelphia's first shot, at 7:15.

Robert Esche started in goal for the Flyers and saved 14 of 15 shots. Jeff Hackett relieved at 10:57 of the second period and stopped 10 shots.

Corey Schwab allowed three Philadelphia goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Ari Ahonen, also at 10:57 of the second period. Ahonen stopped 13 of 15 shots.

Blues 3, Blue Jackets 0

In St. Louis, Johnny Pohl and Ratislav Pavlikovski each had two assists, and Chris Osgood and Curtis Sanford combined for 25 saves to lead St. Louis over Columbus. Peter Sejna, Christian Backman and D.J. King scored for the Blues. Osgood, who was acquired from the New York Islanders March 11 and should be the Blues' starter, faced eight shots before leaving with 9:55 left in the second period. Sanford played the remainder of the game.

Capitals 5, Red Wings 2

In Detroit, Peter Bondra had a goal and an assist as Washington defeated Detroit.

Dainius Zubrus, Boyd Gordon, Darcy Verot and Michael Nylander scored for the Capitals, who built a 4-0 lead in the second period.

Nylander gave Washington the lead 1:01 into the game. Bondra scored on the power play at 1:12 of the second, and Zubrus and Gordon made it 4-0 halfway through the period. Ray Whitney scored for Detroit with 7:10 remaining in the second period.

Lightning 4, Thrashers 1

In Tampa, Florida, rookies Dimitry Afanasenkov and Gerard Dicaire each scored as Tampa Bay beat Atlanta.

Afanasenkov opened the scoring midway through the first period after the Thrashers failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage. Ruslan Fedotenko then scored 2:52 into the second period.

Panthers 9, Hurricanes 2

In Sunrise, Florida, Olli Jokinen scored three times and Kristian Huselius twice to lead Florida to a win over Carolina.

Viktor Kozlov and Eric Messier both assisted on all three of Jokinen's goals, two during Florida's four-goal second period that built a 7-1 lead.

Canucks 4, Wild 2

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Daniel Sedin and Pat Kavanagh scored nine seconds apart in the third period as Vancouver beat Minnesota for its second win over the Wild in as many nights.

Leading 2-1 with less than seven minutes remaining, Sedin scored a power-play goal and Kavanagh followed with an even-strength goal.

Islanders 4, Penguins 1

In Wheeling, West Virginia, Justin Papineau scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lead the New York Islanders to a victory over Pittsburgh.

Papineau's goal from the left faceoff circle came on a pass from Shawn Bates, who had stolen the puck. The Islanders' Justin Mapletoft forced a turnover that led to Arron Asham's goal from the left faceoff circle with 1:23 left. Teammate Trent Hunter finished the scoring 25 seconds later with an empty-netter.

Senators 3, Sabres 2, OT

In Binghamton, New York, Jason Spezza scored at 2:46 in overtime to lift Ottawa over Buffalo.

Spezza took a feed from winger Marian Hossa and beat Sabres goalie Ryan Miller for the winner.

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