Sun, Apr 01, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Senators reach 100 points with win over Canadiens

AP , OTTAWA

The Columbus Blue Jackets' Alexandre Picard, right, is checked by the Chicago Blackhawks' Jason Williams during their NHL game on Friday.

PHOTO: AP

Dany Heatley got his 47th goal and Mike Fisher scored twice and the Ottawa Senators reached 100 points with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

Fisher, Jason Spezza and Mike Comrie scored in the first period to help Ottawa reach 100 points for the fourth straight season, and sixth time in the past eight.

Fisher added his second of the game in the third before Heatley scored into an empty net.

Montreal's Sheldon Souray scored his 18th power-play goal of the season in the first, tying Hall of Famer Denis Potvin and Adrian Aucoin for the NHL single-season record by a defenseman.

The Canadiens, who entered tied with Tampa Bay for seventh in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, ended a five-game winning streak.

Sabres 6, Islanders 4

At Buffalo, New York, Chris Drury scored twice, sparking Buffalo's five-goal first period as the Sabres inched within a victory of clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford had a goal and assist each for Buffalo in a game the Islanders made close by scoring three times in the final period. Jason Pominville added three assists in helping the Sabres (50-20-7) become the first team to reach the 50-win plateau this season and gain sole possession of first place in the NHL standings.

With 107 points, Buffalo moved one ahead of Detroit in the league race, following the Red Wings' 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas.

Viktor Kozlov scored twice, including a goal in the final minute, and Tom Poti and Jason Blake added a goal each for the injury-depleted Islanders (36-29-12), who dropped to 2-5-2 in their past nine.

Devils 3, Flyers 1

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Mike Rupp and Travis Zajac scored late in the second period for New Jersey.

Jay Pandolfo added an empty-net goal with 15.6 seconds remaining, and Martin Brodeur made 14 saves to earn his 45th win.

The victory ended the Devils' five-game losing streak at home and moved New Jersey into a tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Atlantic Division. The Penguins and Devils each have 100 points with four games to play.

The Devils continued their mastery of the Flyers, improving to 6-1 against Philadelphia this season. New Jersey has won eight straight over Philadelphia at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Martin Brodeur tied Vancouver's Roberto Luongo for the NHL lead with 45 wins, two shy of Bernie Parent's league record for a single season.

Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers, who have dropped five of their last six.

Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 1

At Chicago, Martin Havlat ended a 13-game goal drought and added an assist, and helped Chicago snap a six-game losing skid.

Patrick Sharp and Martin Lapointe also scored for the Blackhawks, and defenseman Brent Seabrook assisted on all three of Chicago's goals. Havlat, Chicago's leading scorer, had just five assists in 13 previous contests entering Friday.

In other NHL action it was:

Stars 4, Red Wings 3, SO; Lightning 4, Hurricanes 2; Panthers 3, Capitals 2, OT; Sharks 4, Coyotes 2

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