Senators goalie matches team record with fifth shutout in 4-0 win
Ottawa Patrick Lalime is starting to fill up the Ottawa Senators record book.
After setting a mark for wins in a season in his last game, Lalime tied a team record with his fifth shutout this season as Ottawa extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-0 victory Sunday night over the Montreal Canadiens.
"I didn't know about that," Lalime said. "It's just nice to get a win and the shutout is a little plus."
Lalime, in his 11th career shutout, stopped 25 shots and tied the season-high shutout record set by Damian Rhodes in 1997-98.
"We just want to keep going forward," Lalime said. "We've got another big game (today) in Buffalo. Those division games are really important. We want to keep them as far behind as we can."
Montreal captain Saku Koivu had the Canadiens' best scoring chance when he rang a shot off the post with eight seconds left in the second period.
The Canadiens, 0-for-6 on the power play, lost for the second straight night after dropping a home game on Saturday.
Hurricanes 5, Bruins 4
Raleigh, N.C. Josef Vasicek scored with 2:41 left, breaking a 12-game pointless streak for Carolina. Marek Malik added an empty-net goal to make it 5-3 with 55 seconds left before Boston's Kyle McLaren scored with 10 seconds remaining. The win moved the Hurricanes within one point of the Bruins for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jason Allison and Bill Guerin scored 21/2 minutes apart late in the second period to tie it at 2. The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead with 8:42 left on Rod Brind'Amour's goal.
Wild 3, Sharks 1
St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota ended San Jose's streak of shutouts and road victories. The Sharks, on a league-best 10-game road unbeaten streak (6-0-4), lost their first road game since Dec. 23 at Buffalo. They were unbeaten (3-0-2) and had won three in a row since the All-Star break. Antti Laaksonen beat Steve Shields in the second period, ending San Jose's stretch of holding opponents scoreless at a team-record 155 minutes, 28 seconds.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 0
Chicago Tony Amonte had a goal and an assist and Jocelyn Thibault made 19 saves as Chicago beat Los Angeles. Amonte reached the 30-goal mark for the sixth consecutive season. Eric Daze opened the scoring with his second power-play goal in as many games. Michael Nylander scored an empty-net goal with a minute left.
Predators 3, Lightning 2
Nashville, Tenn. Scott Walker and Rob Valicevic scored 21 seconds apart in the third period as Nashville earned a dramatic victory over slumping Tampa Bay. Walker tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal, and Valicevic put Nashville ahead seconds later to send the Lightning to their seventh straight loss.
Flames 4, Coyotes 1
Phoenix Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Valeri Bure one as Calgary beat Phoenix. Calgary earned its first victory at Phoenix since Dec. 22, 1996 and spoiled Wayne Gretzky's home debut as Coyotes owner. Jeff Schantz added an empty-net goal with 19 seconds remaining. Fred Brathwaite had 31 saves and shut out Phoenix through two periods. The Coyotes, the only NHL team not to be shut out this season, finally scored on Keith Tkachuk's third-period goal.
Red Wings 2, Stars 1
Dallas Tomas Holmstrom scored a power-play goal in the third period, and Chris Osgood made 22 saves as Detroit extended its unbeaten streak to seven games. Holmstrom also assisted on Nicklas Lidstrom's power-play goal in the first period that tied it at 1. Joe Nieuwendyk scored on a penalty shot to give the Stars a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first period. Detroit is 6-0-1 its last seven games.
Canucks 3, Islanders 2
Vancouver, British Columbia Murray Baron scored the go-ahead goal 5:07 into the third period as Vancouver beat New York. Baron pounced on a loose puck at the top of the crease and backhanded his first goal in 12 games past a sprawling Rick DiPietro, who made the initial save on Henrik Sedin but couldn't control the rebound. Matt Cooke and Markus Naslund also scored for Vancouver.