Steve Yzerman had two assists as the Detroit Red Wings took sole possession of first place in the Central Division by beating the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, last night in Detroit.
Doug Brown, Martin Dandenault, Pat Verbeek and Brendan Shanahan scored for the Red Wings, who ended a two-game losing streak and broke a first-place tie with the Blues.
Yzerman assisted on the scores by Dandenault and Verbeek. Yzerman had a good chance to score himself on a short-handed break with 4 minutes 42 seconds remaining, but goalie Roman Turek blocked his shot from the top of the right circle.
* RANGERS 6, LIGHTNING 3: The visiting Rangers stopped a three-game losing streak, but lost defenseman Brian Leetch to a broken right forearm. New York's John MacLean had two assists and became the 102nd NHL player to reach 800 points. Rangers rookie Michael York had a goal, extending his point streak to seven games.
FLYERS 6, PANTHERS 1: Eric Lindros scored a pair of goals and John Vanbiesbrouck beat his former team for the second time this season as Philadelphia blasted host Florida. The Panthers lost for only the second time at home in 11 games.
Lindros scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season and continued his hot hand against the Panthers. Lindros has more career goals than any player against Florida, with 20 goals in 24 games. Vanbiesbrouck, who spent five seasons in Florida, stopped 21 shots.
HURRICANES 1, CANUCKS 1: Sami Kapanen scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season in the second period to give the Hurricanes a tie with the Canucks in Raleigh, N.C. Carolina, which is now 0-2-14 in its last 16 overtime games, hasn't won in overtime since last March against the Rangers. The Hurricanes have scored just one goal in their last three games.
Vancouver defenseman Chris Joseph scored two minutes into the game to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.
BRUINS 5, PREDATORS 2: Dave Andreychuk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, his 15th of the season, as the visiting Bruins continued their dominance of the Predators. Boston, which outscored Nashville 13-3 last season in winning both games, scored four of its goals in the second on nine shots against goaltender Mike Dunham.
Andreychuk put the Bruins ahead to stay at 3-2 with a backhanded shot that beat Dunham at 15:17. His 15 goals this season tie his total for all of last season when he played with the New Jersey Devils. Joe Thornton and Darren Van Impe each had two assists for the Bruins.
STARS 3, KINGS 2: Richard Matvichuk's rebound goal with 2:55 left in overtime gave the host Stars the win. Matvichuk moved in from his position on defense and scored off his own rebound past Los Angeles goaltender Marcel Cousineau to end Dallas's five-game winless streak. Matvichuk's first goal of the season also extended Dallas's unbeaten string against Los Angeles to 19 games (13-0-6).
BLACKHAWKS 3, OILERS 2: Doug Gilmour scored two goals and Alexei Zhamnov added the game-winner in the third period as the visiting Blackhawks ended a four-game losing streak with the win over Edmonton. Zhamnov broke a 2-2 tie at 9:30 of the third period with a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle, capping a strong rush by Tony Amonte.
DEVILS 2, MIGHTY DUCKS 1: Bobby Holik tied the game with New Jersey's first power-play goal on the road this season, and got the go-ahead goal five seconds before being ejected in the second period.