Sat, Nov 04, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Carolina powerless against Montreal


Cristobal Huet stopped 31 shots in his first shutout of the season, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Michael Komisarek had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who won convincingly despite being outshot 31-27 and beat Carolina in a regular-season game at the RBC Center for the first time since March 21, 2003.

Saku Koivu, Mike Johnson and Tomas Plekanec added goals for Montreal, which won a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference quarter-final series in which the Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to advance in six games behind then-unheralded goalie Cam Ward.

Ward was inserted into the lineup during that series and emerged as one of the key components of Carolina's run to its first Stanley Cup.

This time, the Canadiens beat him four times and took command midway through the second period by scoring twice within a span of 1:44.

The Canadiens, who entered as one of the NHL's best teams both on and against the power play, were 1-of-5 with the man advantage and kept the Hurricanes scoreless in eight power-play chances.

Sabres 5, Bruins 4, SO

At Boston, Ales Kotalik scored the tying goal with 95 seconds left in regulation and converted the last shot in the shootout as Buffalo rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Bruins.

The Sabres, who won their first 10 games of the season before falling to Atlanta in a shootout last Saturday, trailed 4-1 before Maxim Afinogenov scored with 8:49 left in regulation. He got another with 2:30 left and Kotalik tied it just 55 seconds later.

Despite scoring in the shootout, Daniel Briere's 10-game point streak -- the longest active streak in the NHL -- came to an end for the Sabres, who have beaten Boston in nine of the last 10 tries.

Tim Thomas made 29 saves and Marc Savard had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who scored more than three goals for the first time all season.

Islanders 5, Devils 2

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, the line of Trent Hunter, Mike York and Miroslav Satan combined for two first-period goals for the Islanders.

Jason Blake, Alexei Zhitnik and Viktor Kozlov also scored, Alexei Yashin added three assists and Rick DiPietro had 14 saves for New York, which won its third straight game and snapped the Devils' two-game winning streak.

Rookie Travis Zajac scored for the Devils and set up another by Zach Parise. Martin Brodeur, who had posted shutouts in his last two starts, had 22 saves.

Lightning 5, Flyers 2

At Philadelphia, Martin St. Louis scored two goals and goaltender Johan Holmqvist recorded his first NHL victory to help Tampa Bay snap a three-game losing streak.

Tim Taylor, Vincent Lecavalier, and Eric Perrin also scored for the Lightning, who have beaten the Flyers 10 straight times.

R.J. Umberger and Randy Jones scored for Philadelphia (3-8-1), which scored a pair of goals within 21 seconds in the third period.

Holmqvist had 30 saves, including solid stops on point-blank shots by Simon Gagne and Sami Kapanen in the first period.

Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves for the Flyers.

Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2

At Sunrise, Florida, Rostislav Olesz and Olli Jokinen scored in the first period for the Panthers.

Florida snapped the Maple Leafs' three-game winning streak.

Ed Belfour, who played the previous three seasons with Toronto, stopped 23 shots.

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