Sun, Nov 23, 2003 - Page 22 News List

Devils down the Penguins


Patrik Elias scored two goals, including the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime Friday night, to stretch the New Jersey Devils' unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins forced overtime when Dick Tarnstrom scored a power-play goal with 26.8 seconds left in regulation.

Pittsburgh again played without Mario Lemieux, who missed his eighth straight game with a hip injury. The Penguins are 1-7 without him.

Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:45 in.

Sabres 5, Hurricanes 0

In Buffalo, New York, Mika Noronen made 35 saves for his third career shutout, and J.P. Dumont had two goals and an assist to lead Buffalo over Carolina.

Ales Kotalik and Jochen Hecht each added a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which scored three goals in the second period. Hecht, Kotalik and Chris Drury scored in a 10:59 span in the second.

The Hurricanes have been outscored 8-0 in the middle periods of their last two games. Carolina is 1-4-2 in its last seven and has been outscored 24-11 in that stretch.

Jamie Storr allowed five goals on 25 shots.

Thrashers 6, Panthers 3

In Sunrise, Florida, Shawn McEachern had two goals, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 15th to lead Atlanta Thrashers to its third straight victory.

The Thrashers scored twice on the power play, and twice while skating short-handed in the second period.

McEachern, with only three goals this season, scored to give Atlanta leads of 1-0 and 5-3. Kovalchuk added two assists and has 27 points this season. J.P. Vigier and Andy Sutton had the short-handed goals.

Valeri Bure, Stephen Weiss and Olli Jokinen scored for Florida, 2-4 since general manager Rick Dudley took over as coach. The Panthers lost twice to Atlanta in less than a week.

Sharks 5, Coyotes 0

In Phoenix, Marco Sturm and Mike Ricci scored on San Jose's first two power plays in a blowout victory.

Alyn McCauley, Vincent Damphousse and Brad Stuart also had goals for the Sharks, who have an NHL-high eight ties -- one off their 2002-03 total. They needed the win just to tie Pittsburgh for fewest victories in the NHL (4).

Kyle McLaren had two assists, and Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala teamed up for San Jose's second shutout of the season.

Nabokov hurt his groin in the first period after stopping nine shots. Toskala finished with 31 saves, withstanding four Phoenix power plays over two periods.

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