Zac Bierk stopped 30 shots in his first game of the season and Vincent Lecavalier snapped a six-game point drought with a third-period power-play goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, last night.
Tampa Bay has won five straight at home for the first time since Feb. 20-March 1, 1997. The franchise record is six, set during the 1995-96 season.
Bierk was outstanding during the second period, when the Lightning was outshot 15-0, turning aside point-blank backhanders by Eric Lindros and John LeClair. It was the first time Tampa Bay failed to register a shot during a period and the first time the Flyers have held an opponent without a shot.
"I was nervous. I tried to keep my nerves under control the best I could," said Bierk, who was recalled from Detroit of the IHL on Friday. It was his first appearance since Dec. 11, 1998. His only other NHL victory came on March 30, 1998, a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers.
THRASHERS 6, CANUCKS 3: It was a night of firsts for Dean Sylvester and host Atlanta. The rookie right wing scored the first three goals of his career and got the first hat trick in the Thrashers' brief history.
Sylvester, playing in his third game with the Thrashers, also had an assist for the struggling expansion team, which had lost six of its last seven. Atlanta's six goals also were a franchise high. "It's just a dream to play in the NHL. To go out and get a hat trick, it's that much better," Sylvester said.
BLUES 3, PREDATORS 2: Mike Eastwood's second goal of the game, with 2 minutes 21 seconds remaining in overtime, won it for host St. Louis. Roman Turek extended his unbeaten streak to six games.
AVALANCHE 3, STARS 2: In Dallas, Adam Deadmarsh's rebound goal 34 seconds into overtime won it for Colorado.
BRUINS 2, HURRICANES 1: Jason Allison scored at 3:40 of the third period as Boston snapped Carolina's three-game home winning streak.
CANADIENS 2, MIGHTY DUCKS 1: Trevor Linden scored the go-ahead goal with 12:09 remaining to lift Montreal on the road.