Even when they were winning NHL championships, the Pittsburgh Penguin
Even when they were winning NHL championships, the Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t winning in Montreal.
Wednesday night was no exception.
``Sometimes you get streaks like that for no particular reason,″ said Pittsburgh defenseman Ulf Samuelsson after an 8-5 loss Wednesday night extended the Penguins’ winless streak at the Montreal Forum to 10 games. ``It’s been haunting us for a long time. Montreal just plays better at home.″
The Penguins, who beat Montreal 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Monday night, have not won in Montreal since Oct. 29, 1988 (0-8-2). That streak extended through their Stanley Cup-winning seasons of 1990-91 and 1991-92.
Elsewhere in the NHL Wednesday night, it was Philadelphia 4, the New York Rangers 3; Anaheim 5, Calgary 0, and Toronto 2, San Jose 1.
Mathieu Schneider had two goals and an assist to spark the Canadiens over the Penguins.
Schneider scored in the first and second periods and set up a goal by Mark Recchi as Montreal scored more than five goals for the first time this season.
Patrice Brisebois, Mike Keane, Brian Bellows, Kirk Muller and Valeri Bure also scored for Montreal, whose 9-11-5 record includes a 7-1-3 mark at home this season.
Jaromir Jagr got his 18th and 19th goals for the Penguins (18-7-2), who ended a three-game winning streak. Luc Robitaille, Shawn McEachern and Ron Francis also scored for Pittsburgh.
``It’s been a really frustrating year as far as goal-scoring goes,″ said Schneider, whose team had managed only 11 goals in its previous eight games. ``There’s no question we have the talent to do it. It’s a matter of getting the confidence back.″
Flyers 4, Rangers 3
John LeClair’s goal with 3:38 left in the third period lifted the visiting Flyers over New York and into a first-place tie with the Rangers in the Atlantic Division.
LeClair beat New York’s Mike Richter with a slap shot from the left circle for his 14th goal of the season as the Flyers won their fifth straight.
The victory increased the Flyers’ recent streak to 10-3-2 since they acquired LeClair in a trade with Montreal on Feb. 9. It also helped the Flyers break a slump of 1-14-2 in Madison Square Garden, where they had lost to the Rangers 5-3 on March 3 in the clubs’ only previous meeting this season.
The Flyers’ No. 1 line of LeClair, Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg combined for three goals and seven points. Mark Messier, Glenn Featherstone and Brian Leetch scored for New York in the second.
``We extended a lot of energy in the second period,″ Rangers coach Colin Campbell said. ``It caught up to us.″
Mighty Ducks 5, Flames 0
At Calgary, rookies Paul Kariya and Steve Rucchin scored two goals each and Guy Hebert posted his first shutout of the season as the Mighty Ducks beat the Flames.
The Mighty Ducks ended a five-game winless streak and handed Calgary its first Pacific Division loss (4-1-2).
Hebert’s best saves came early in the third period. He stopped Theoren Fleury, who had split the defense, on a play at the crease. Moments later, he stopped two close-range shots by Joe Nieuwendyk.
David Williams also scored for Anaheim, which led 2-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second.
``A win like this (over a division leader) will help our confidence and, hopefully, we’ll get on a roll from here,″ Kariya said.
Maple Leafs 2, Sharks 1
At San Jose, goals by Mats Sundin and Randy Wood and a strong defensive effort lifted the Maple Leafs over the Sharks.
Sundin gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 6:47 of the first period when he scored his 13th goal of the season on a penalty shot. Wood made made it 2-0 11:18 into the second period with a shot from an extreme left angle.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs usually held down the Shark attack, outshooting them 24-6 during the first two periods and holding a 33-13 shot advantage for the game. San Jose made it 2-1 with 6:02 left when Jamie Baker scored from five feet.