Archive for Monday, January 29, 2001

NHL Roundup

Linden, Canadiens continue to cruise

January 29, 2001


— The Montreal Canadiens completed a super weekend that featured wins over two tough opponents.

Trevor Linden had a goal and two assists Sunday, helping the Canadiens end Ottawa's five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory over the Senators.

"It feels good to beat Ottawa," Linden said. "They're a very good team."

Linden had two assists the day before in a 4-2 win over Washington as he returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a broken foot.

"We've been having a lot of problems against Washington and Ottawa," Montreal captain Saku Koivu said. "We haven't had a lot of wins against either of them in the last few years. We had a good game yesterday against Washington and coming in this morning we felt another two points would make this a great weekend."

Linden poked in a loose puck 14:42 into the first to open the scoring for his eighth goal of the season.

"It seems he has his jump," Koivu said.

He also assisted on power-play goals by Koivu and Patrice Brisebois and Patrick Poulin added an empty-net goal as Montreal completed a stretch of seven of eight games at home, going 4-1-1-1 in the seven games at the Molson Centre.

Before that, the Canadiens had won just three of their previous 18 home games.

Montreal goalie Jose Theodore stopped 29 shots and came within 3:16 of his second shutout of the season. Then Shane Hnidy scored his second goal of the season late in the third period.

Capitals 4, Flyers 2

Washington Peter Bondra and Adam Oates each had a goal and two assists, and Olaf Kolzig made 33 saves for Washington.

The Capitals never trailed as Sergei Gonchar and Bondra scored second-period goals for a 2-0 lead, and Oates made it 3-1 in the third period. Kolzig made 12 saves in the third period, and Philadelphia held a 35-19 advantage in shots overall.

Gonchar gave Washington a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 5:51 of the second period. Oates, playing in his 1,100th NHL game, passed to Gonchar at the blue line, and the defenseman one-timed a blast past Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher.

Bondra then made 2-0 at 8:50 of the period, redirecting a cross-ice pass from Andrei Nikolishin past Boucher.

The Flyers cut the lead to 2-1 when Eric Desjardins fired a shot past Kolzig from the blue line at 12:46.

Oates gave Washington a 3-1 lead at 5:31 of the third period, tipping in Gonchar's slap shot. Mark Recchi then made it 3-2 by firing a wrist shot that banged off the right post Kolzig at 8:24.

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