Guess what? Doug Gilmour scored a goal. And, believe it or not, Eric
Guess what? Doug Gilmour scored a goal. And, believe it or not, Eric Lindros had three.
Normally, that would not be a revelation. But those top players from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers had both been saddled with long goal-less streaks before Thursday night.
After going eight games without a goal, Gilmour chipped in with one to help the Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1. Lindros, scoreless in six games, had the hat trick as the Flyers tied the Quebec Nordiques 6-6.
``I felt good out there,″ said Gilmour, who also had an assist. ``I said all along I wasn’t going to bury my head. I was going to stay positive and just work through it.″
In other NHL games, it was Montreal 5, Florida 2; Boston 3, New Jersey 2; Tampa Bay 4, New York Islanders 1; Washington 5, Ottawa 5; Detroit 4, Chicago 2; and Los Angeles 3, Calgary 3.
Maple Leafs 3, Mighty Ducks 1
Until he deflected Mats Sundin’s pass from the corner over goaltender Guy Hebert’s shoulder at 18:03 of the first period, Gilmour’s last goal was against San Jose on Feb. 6.
The Maple Leafs’ captain also helped Terry Yake score against the team that traded him to Toronto on Sept. 28. Randy Wood also scored for Toronto.
Shaun Van Allen scored a third-period goal for the visiting Mighty Ducks.
``Obviously after the last two games, this was a very big game for this hockey club,″ said Gilmour, whose team wanted to rebound after two losses against Detroit. ``We didn’t want to come out on the short end of the stick.″
Flyers 6, Nordiques 6
Lindros’ big night in Quebec came against the team he snubbed following the NHL draft in 1991. He refused to play in Quebec and eventually forced his trade to the Flyers.
``I don’t want to look at it as a personal thing,″ said Lindros, who has eight goals in 10 career games against the Nordiques. ``The bottom line is we squandered a point.″
The Flyers actually held a 6-3 lead 8:24 into the third period before the Nordiques rallied. Rookie Adam Deadmarsh capped the three-goal rally with his second goal of the game with 1:34 left in regulation.
``They were getting people down in our zone in the third period, and we weren’t making the crisp passes we made before,″ Lindros said. ``We had 46 shots against us, and that’s a lot of shots.″
Canadiens 5, Panthers 2
At Miami, Montreal backup goaltender Ron Tugnutt made 26 saves to spark the Canadiens over Florida, their first-ever win over the Panthers.
The Panthers were 3-0-2 against Montreal last year and skated to a 1-1 tie earlier this season in a goaltending battle between the Canadiens’ Patrick Roy and the Panthers’ John Vanbiesbrouck.
With Roy receiving a rare night off, Tugnutt kept the Panthers at bay for his first victory of the season and first since March 28, 1994. His only other start resulted in a 2-2 tie against the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers Feb. 16, when he had 32 saves.
Bruins 3, Devils 2
Bryan Smolinski tied the game late in the second period and got the winner right in front with 5:42 to play to lead Boston over New Jersey.
Dave Reid also scored as the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak and evened their record at 3-3 on their current eight-game road trip.
The loss also ended goaltender Martin Brodeur’s eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) and was only the second at home for the Devils in eight games (4-2-2).
Lightning 4, Islanders 1
Daren Puppa stopped 28 shots and Denis Savard scored his first two goals of the season as the Lightning beat the Islanders.
The Lightning have beaten the Islanders in all three games this season, including both meetings at Nassau Coliseum.
Puppa evened his record at 7-7-1, as the Lightning moved into a second- place tie in the Atlantic Division. The win on the road was the second for Tampa Bay, as the Lightning defeated the Islanders on Jan. 28 by a 4-1 score.
The Islanders are winless in their last three games (0-2-1), and have won only twice in their last 10 games.
Capitals 5, Senators 5
Dimitri Khristich scored with 24 seconds remaining in regulation time in a wild third period to earn Washington a tie with Ottawa.
The goal was Khristich’s second of the game, and came with Capitals goaltender Byron Dafoe on the bench for an extra attacker. The Senators outscored the Capitals 3-2 in the five-goal third period.
The tie left Washington (3-9-3) winless on the road this season, but ahead of Ottawa (2-9-3) for last place overall in the NHL standings.
Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 2
Sergei Fedorov’s goal at 3:06 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and led Detroit over Chicago in an early battle for first place in the NHL’s Central Division.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Paul Coffey and Dino Ciccarelli also scored for the Red Wings, who improved to 12-4-1 and stretched their lead over second-place Chicago and St. Louis to four points.
Joe Murphy and Jeff Shantz scored for the Blackhawks, who suffered their first loss at the United Center. They are 10-5-1 overall and 4-1-1 at home.
Kings 3, Flames 3
Joel Otto scored the tying goal with 11:24 left in the third period as visiting Calgary skated to a tie with Los Angeles.
Despite playing again without injured defensemen Rob Blake, Marty McSorley, Michel Petit and Tim Watters, the Kings ended a three-game losing streak with goals by Wayne Gretzky and defensemen Rob Cowie and Philippe Boucher. Blake missed his 11th straight game and Marty McSorley his fifth in a row with groin strains.
Calgary had a chance to win it with less than nine minutes left, but Zarley Zalapski’s slapshot was deflected off the post by teammate Robert Reichel during a power play.