Mon, Dec 29, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Parrish helps end Maple Leafs' run


Islanders winger Mattias Weinhandl, bottom, crashes into Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour as he clears the puck on the boards behind his goal in the third period of their game in Uniondale, New York, Saturday. The Islanders won 3-1.


Mark Parrish scored the game-winning goal for the second straight night, lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory that snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs' point streak at 16 games Saturday.

Toronto went 14-0-1-1 since its previous loss in regulation on Nov. 20 at Edmonton. The run tied the longest in the NHL since the 1999-00 season, when points were first awarded for overtime losses.

Parrish, who scored in overtime Friday to beat New Jersey, calmly controlled a rebound in front of Ed Belfour and steered it into the open right side of the net 4:34 into the third period.

Mattias Weinhandl also scored for New York, which has won six straight at home and is 8-2-0-1 since a seven-game losing streak.

Toronto had its road unbeaten streak snapped at eight games (7-0-1), one short of the team record set in the 1947-48 season.

Parrish added an empty-net goal with 6.1 seconds left to seal it. Darcy Tucker scored for the Maple Leafs.

Lightning 4, Bruins 2

In Tampa, Florida, Martin St. Louis scored two of Tampa Bay's team-record three short-handed goals and assisted on the third.

St. Louis became the first player with three short-handed points since Nov. 18, 2000, when Marian Hossa and Radek Bonk each did it for Ottawa against Florida. The NHL record is four, set by Keith Tkachuk on April 7, 1995, for Winnipeg against Vancouver.

Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards also scored to help the Lightning snap a five-game home winless streak and win for only the second time in nine games. Former Lightning left wing Rob Zamuner and Glen Murray scored for Boston, winless in its last six games.

Panthers 3, Mighty Ducks 2

In Sunrise, Florida, Olli Jokinen scored on the power play 9:28 into the third period and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves to help Florida overcome a two-goal deficit.

Jokinen scored his 12th goal of the season when he beat Jean-Sebastian Giguere to the glove side. Anaheim has lost six straight on the road and is winless in 13 consecutive road games.

Marcus Nilson and Matt Cullen also scored for Florida. Craig Johnson and Sergei Fedorov scored for Anaheim.

Devils 2, Penguins 0

In Pittsburgh, Corey Schwab made 21 saves and Jay Pandolfo and Jeff Friesen scored power-play goals for New Jersey.

Schwab made just his second start of the season Saturday while star Martin Brodeur was rested. The shutout was the sixth of Schwab's career and first since Jan. 3. It was his first victory since he beat Pittsburgh 3-1 on March 21.

Stars 4, Blue Jackets 3

In Columbus, Ohio, Brenden Morrow and Mike Modano each had a goal and an assist to lead Dallas to its fourth win in a row.

Modano, who scored eight seconds into the game, and Morrow each have at least one point in the last four games. Morrow has goals in the last four.

Defensemen Richard Matvichuk and Teppo Numminen also had goals for the Stars, who won despite not having a shot on goal in the third period. Columbus had just four, setting a franchise record for fewest shots by both teams in a period. Rick Nash scored his league-leading 23rd goal for the Blue Jackets, coming off their first road win of the season at Chicago, Friday.

Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1, OT

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Sean Hill broke Carolina's power-play slump, scoring twice with the man advantage in leading the Hurricanes to an overtime victory.

Hill's game-winner came three seconds after Andrei Markov was called for a cross check on Jeff O'Neill 35 seconds into OT. Ron Francis won the draw and Hill blasted a high shot over the glove of Jose Theodore.

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