Archive for Sunday, April 8, 2001

NHL Roundup: Red Wings fly high at home

Detroit stops Avs for 19th straight victory

April 8, 2001


— Someday, the Detroit Red Wings may be proud of setting a franchise record with a 19-game undefeated streak at home.

They have not lost at home since Dec. 27. They broke the record they shared with the 1931-32 and 1954-55 teams.

But they just didn't really care about the mark after closing the season with a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Colorado Avalanche.

"It's meaningless," Detroit's Martin Lapointe said. "If we don't win the Cup, it doesn't mean squat."

The Red Wings are determined to win the Stanley Cup this season, as they did in 1997 and 1998, after getting eliminated by Colorado in the second round the last two seasons.

"That's the only thing we're thinking about right now," said Detroit's Mathieu Dandenault, who gave the Wings a 4-0 lead late in the second period. "All that other stuff doesn't mean much."

Saturday's game was relatively meaningless because Colorado already was going to be the top seed and Detroit second in the Western Conference playoffs, which begin Wednesday.

The Red Wings rested Steve Yzerman, Igor Larionov and Larry Murphy while Colorado gave Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg and Ray Bourque the day off.

When these teams met in last year's regular season finale in a similar situation, the fierce rivals played the first penalty-free game in the NHL in 20 years. No gloves were dropped Sunday, but emotions were stirred on numerous occasions with shoves, checks and nose-to-nose conversations.

Flyers 4, Penguins 3, OT

Philadelphia John LeClair's power-play goal with 20.4 seconds left in overtime lifted Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory, keeping alive the Flyers' hopes for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Philadelphia is tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference entering the last day of the regular season. The Flyers play at Buffalo on Sunday.

The Flyers need a victory Sunday to get home-ice advantage when the NHL playoffs start Wednesday because Buffalo holds the tie-breaker edge.

The loss means Pittsburgh clinched the No. 6 spot in the East and will open the playoffs against Washington.

Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists apiece as the Penguins took a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Stars 5, Sharks 4, OT

San Jose, Calif. Mike Modano scored his second goal on a backhand shot with 2:50 left in overtime as the Dallas Stars ended the regular season with a 13-game unbeaten streak, beating the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Saturday.

San Jose's Mike Ricci scored his third goal on a deflection with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, allowing the Sharks to clinch fifth place in the Western Conference with the point for an overtime defeat.

Modano also had a short-handed breakaway goal with 5:43 left in regulation for the Stars, who haven't lost since March 11. His streaking backhander in overtime fooled Evgeni Nabokov, who made 23 saves.

Panthers 3, Rangers 0

Sunrise, Fla. Kevyn Adams, Denis Shvidki and Paul Laus scored in a 1:26 span of the third period.

Florida's Pavel Bure, who leads the NHL with 59 goals, failed in his attempt to score 60 for the third time in his career. He was held without a point.

Roberto Luongo stopped all 25 New York shots for his franchise-record fifth shutout. Adams scored his 11th goal at 9:59 of the third period,.

Devils 2, Canadiens 0

Montreal Martin Brodeur earned his ninth shutout as the New Jersey Devils clinched first place in the Eastern Conference. Brodeur stopped 21 shots for his 42nd win as the Atlantic Division champions finished 48-19-12-3 for 111 points. New Jersey, which hadgoals by Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Brylin, will face either Toronto or Carolina in the first round of the playoffs.

Niedermayer scored his sixth goal 4:46 into the game to complete a passing play by Randy McKay. Niedermayer also drew an assist when Brylin added his 23rd goal.

Bruins 4, Islanders 2

Boston Joe Thornton scored twice and Byron Dafoe stopped 29 shots.

Roman Hamrlik and Tim Connolly scored and Rick DiPietro stopped 23 shots for the Islanders, who finished last in the Eastern Conference. New York lost more than 50 games for the first time since 1995-96.

After a scoreless first period, Boston jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second.

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 3

Ottawa Wade Redden scored two goals and Patrick Lalime stopped 35 shots. Redden had the first of three Ottawa power-play goals in the opening period and added an insurance goal in the third.

Alexei Yashin reached the 40-goal level for the second time in his career. Andreas Dackell and Jamie Rivers also scored for Ottawa (48-21-9-4), which finished second in the Eastern Conference after the New Jersey Devils' 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Blues 1, Predators 0

St. Louis Keith Tkachuk scored in the first period and Roman Turek stopped 19 shots for his sixth shutout. Tkachuk, acquired at the trading deadline from Phoenix, gives the Blues a physical presence they lacked in their first-round playoff exit last season. He has 25 points on nine goals and 16 assists in the last 22 games.

Kings 3, Flames 2

Calgary, Alberta Glen Murray scored the go-ahead goal with 4:09 left in the third period Saturday night as the Los Angeles Kings came from behind to defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2.

The win meant the Kings would face either the Detroit Red Wings or the Dallas Stars in the NHL playoffs, depending on the outcome of the Edmonton-Vancouver game later Saturday night. An Edmonton win or tie would leave the Kings in seventh for a matchup against the Red Wings. A Vancouver win would lift Los Angeles to sixth for a series against the Stars.

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