Wed, Nov 26, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Panthers defenseman saves day

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Defenseman Mathieu Biron scored against his own brother, goalie Martin Biron, to lead the Florida Panthers past the Buffalo Sabres 2-1

AP , SUNRISE, FLORIDA

Markus Naslund, left, of the Vancouver Canucks carries the puck past Aki Berg of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game at Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Monday. The Maple Leafs won 2-1.

PHOTO: AFP

Florida defenseman Mathieu Biron became the first NHL player in 23 years to score against his brother, beating Buffalo goalie Martin Biron in the Panthers' 2-1 victory over the Sabres.

Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers was the last previous player to accomplish the feat, scoring on brother Tony of Chicago on Nov. 5, 1980.

Mathieu Biron, who at 23 is three younger than Martin, gave Florida a 2-0 lead late in the first period Monday when he joined a two-on-one rush and tipped Stephen Weiss' pass past his brother.

The goal was Mathieu Biron's first of the season and the sixth of his NHL career, which began in 1999-2000 with the Islanders.

Martin Biron finished with 22 saves. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves for Florida. Weiss also scored for Florida while J.P. Dumont scored for Buffalo.

Capitals 4, Red Wings 1

In Detroit, Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang and Dainius Zubrus combined for eight points to lead the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings.

Rastislav Stana stopped 38 shots for the win in his first NHL start.

Both Jagr and Lang had a goal and two assists, and Zubrus had a goal and an assist. Petr Bondra got the other Washington goal, and Sergei Gonchar had two assists.

Washington's 14 points ties it with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the NHL's lowest point total. Kris Draper got the goal for Detroit, which has lost two of its last three games.

Maple Leafs 2, Canucks 1

In Toronto, Ed Belfour passed Glenn Hall for fifth place on the career victory list, stopping 24 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Vancouver Canucks.

Belfour has 408th victories, 15 shy of Tony Esposito for fourth place. Patrick Roy is first with 551.

Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts scored for the Maple Leafs, who went winless in the first five games of their West Coast road trip before winning in Vancouver on Saturday night.

Brendan Morrison had the lone goal for the Canucks, who haven't won on the road in five games since Nov. 5 at Nashville.

Stars 5, Coyotes 2

In Dallas, Mike Modano, Jason Arnott and Jere Lehtinen scored power-play goals for Dallas.

Steve Ott added his first goal of the season, Modano also had two assists, and Stu Barnes added an empty-net goal for the slumping Stars, who were 1-6-2 in their previous nine games.

Cale Hulse's goal 31 seconds into the second period snapped the Coyotes' shutout streak of 141 minutes, 46 seconds. Landon Wilson added his first goal of the season for the Coyotes, 0-5-4-1 in their last 10 road games.

Nashville 1, Avalache 0

In Denver, Kimmo Timonen and Marek Zidlicky scored power-play goals for Nashville. Rem Murray added a short-handed goal, and Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves to improve to 5-1-0 in his last six starts.

Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic had third-period goals for Colorado, with Hejduk's goal ending the Avalanche's scoreless streak at 124 minutes, 31 seconds.

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