Sun, Dec 24, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Bondra nets 500th, Chicago wins

NEW GUY Signed by the Blackhawks on Dec. 10, the team's new star drove to the net and jammed a rebound home from the point for a milestone goal


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, center, moves the puck up the ice as the Toronto Maple Leafs' Ian White, left, and Darcy Tucker defend during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Chicago on Friday. The Blackhawks won 3-1.


Peter Bondra scored his 500th NHL goal early in the third period to snap a tie at one goal for each team and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto 3-1 on Friday night.

Bondra, signed by Chicago as a free agent on Dec. 10, drove to the net and rammed a rebound of Jassen Cullimore's shot from the point past Jean-Sebastien Aubin 5:37 into the third. Bondra became the 37th player in league history to reach the 500-goal mark.

Bryan Smolinski, who tallied a short-handed goal, and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago, 8-2-3 since Denis Savard took over as coach. Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves, allowing only John Pohl's power-play goal.

Hurricanes 5, Islanders 1

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Rod Brind'Amour had a goal and two assists and Carolina scored four power-play goals.

Justin Williams scored his fifth goal in a five-game span for the Hurricanes, who outshot New York 35-25 and matched a season high with their third straight victory.

Erik Cole, Eric Belanger and Scott Walker also scored, while Cory Stillman had three assists and Ray Whitney added two.

Carolina's 26th-ranked power-play unit went 4-of-9 against the Islanders' 24th-ranked penalty-kill. It was the Hurricanes' most productive performance on the power play since they scored five goals with the man advantage against Detroit on Nov. 29, 2002.

Chris Simon scored for the Islanders, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

Devils 4, Capitals 1

At Washington, Patrik Elias' tip-in snapped a second-period tie for New Jersey.

Travis Zajac and Zach Parise had power-play goals for the Devils, who have scored with a man advantage in a season-high five straight games. Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, who have beaten the Capitals five straight times.

Chris Clark scored for Washington, which has dropped two straight after going 7-1-1.

Red Wings 3, Wild 1

At Detroit, Dan Cleary broke a tie with a short-handed goal in the second period, and Dominik Hasek made 34 saves for Detroit.

Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for the Red Wings.

Stephane Veilleux scored for Minnesota, and Manny Fernandez stopped 22 shots. The Wild are 0-7-1 in their last eight road games.

Detroit scored twice in the second period.

Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 2

At Columbus, Ohio, Anson Carter had a goal and an assist and Columbus handed Vancouver its third straight loss.

Aaron Johnson and Rick Nash also scored for Columbus, which had lost three of its last four games. Ron Hainsey added two assists.

Kevin Bieksa and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver, which has lost six games in a row on the road.

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