Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Kings drop Senators, 7-6

January 17, 2001


— The Ottawa Senators tried to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of their arena with a blowout of the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings had other plans.

The Senators built second-period leads of 4-0 and 5-1 before the Kings unleashed their offense.

Bryan Smolinski's third goal, at 2:01 of overtime, gave the Kings a 7-6 victory Tuesday night.

"We can't lose a lead like that," said Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime, who finished with 30 saves. "It looked like a practice. Everything they were shooting was finding a way to go in."

On the winner, Smolinski took a pass from Mathieu Schneider, cut into the slot and fired low to Lalime's stick side.

"It really wasn't anything special," Smolinski said of the winner. "I was just going hard down the wing. I knew I didn't have a good shot. I was just trying to bury it on the rebound."

Rangers 4, Flyers 3

New York Theo Fleury tied the game with 2:52 left in regulation and won it in overtime as Mike Richter made 31 saves for his 266th career victory.

Sabres 3, Lightning 1

Buffalo, N.Y. Stu Barnes scored twice and Miroslav Satan had a goal and two assists as Buffalo downed Tampa Bay. Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek stopped a season-high 40 shots.

Hurricanes 3, Canadiens 2, OT

Montreal Josef Vasicek scored with 37.9 seconds left in the third period and Ron Francis scored 33 seconds into overtime as Carolina ran its undefeated streak to eight.

Bruins 5, Devils 4

East Rutherford, N.J. Bill Guerin's goal with 1:21 to play ended a seven-goal, third-period barrage and gave Boston its fourth straight victory. The Bruins ended New Jersey's unbeaten streak (7-0-4) at 11 straight.

Avalanche 4, Islanders 1

Denver Milan Hejduk scored two goals and Joe Sakic and Adam Deadmarsh each had a goal and two assists.

Oilers 2, Predators 1

Nashville, Tenn. Edmonton's Domenic Pittis scored his second goal in three games and Tommy Salo made 36 saves to lead the Oilers. The Oilers won just their eighth road game in 25 tries.

Red Wings 4, Canucks 2

Vancouver, British Columbia Brendan Shanahan had a goal and three assists and Detroit extended its unbeaten streak against Vancouver to 15 games. Shanahan set up first-period goals by Doug Brown, Darren McCarty and Sergei Federov.

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