The Chicago Blackhawks might have a few more morning meetings.
Yesterday morning Coach Bob Pulford gave his struggling team the option of competing or quitting. After a 9-3 rout of the Bruins last night in Boston, it was evident which option the Blackhawks chose.
"In tonight's game, we played with discipline and structure and we competed," Pulford said.
Michael Nylander scored four goals and Doug Gilmour and Eric Daze each added a pair for the Blackhawks, who broke a three-game road losing streak.
"We have lost a few games this season because we haven't been ready to play and we talked about that this morning," Nylander said. "Tonight we scored. We've had opportunities like that in other games, but haven't put the puck in the net."
Nylander, who has seven goals this season, last scored as many as three in a game on April 7, 1993, at Ottawa as a member of the Hartford Whalers.
"We were fortunate they didn't score 15," Bruins Coach Pat Burns said. "You can bench one, you can bench two, but you can't bench the whole team."
PREDATORS 4, RED WINGS 1: Kimmo Timonen and rookie David Legwand scored first-period goals, and Nashville upset visiting Detroit to end a team-record seven-game losing streak. Rob Valicevic added a goal and two assists for Nashville, which won for the first time since Nov. 18.
The Red Wings, playing their second road game in two nights, were without six regulars, including Sergei Fedorov.
MIGHTY DUCKS 2, COYOTES 1: Anaheim's Guy Hebert stopped 30 shots and the visiting Mighty Ducks snapped Phoenix's eight-game winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season. Jim McKenzie and Ted Donato scored for Anaheim, which was shut out in two previous losses to Phoenix.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, PENGUINS 2: Mats Sundin had two goals, including the game-winner 27 seconds into overtime, as Toronto won at home. Sundin, who also had an assist, tipped Jonas Hoglund's cross-ice pass past goalie Tom Barrasso as the Toronto star was being hauled to the ice.
THRASHERS 4, ISLANDERS 3: Mike Stapleton scored his second goal of the game with 30 seconds left to lift visiting Atlanta. The expansion Thrashers have won only two road games--both at Nassau Coliseum.
RANGERS 1, SABRES 1: Alexandre Daigle scored early in the third period as visiting New York tied Buffalo. Backup Dwayne Roloson made 26 stops for Buffalo, including one on a breakaway by Theoren Fleury in the middle of the second period.
FLYERS 3, CANADIENS 2: Mark Recchi, playing his first game in Montreal since being traded to Philadelphia last spring, scored the go-ahead goal 6:36 into the third period.
FLAMES 4, DEVILS 2: Cory Stillman scored for the fifth straight game and Fred Brathwaite had 37 saves for Calgary, which ended the Devils' 12-game home unbeaten streak.
AVALANCHE 3, HURRICANES 1: Milan Hejduk, Dave Reid and Brian Rolston scored, and Colorado ended visiting Carolina's five-game unbeaten streak.
OILERS 3, CANUCKS 2: Ryan Smyth scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:09 remaining to rescue host Edmonton, which blew a two-goal lead.
BLUES 4, SHARKS 2: Pierre Turgeon had a goal and two assists, giving him six points in two games, for host St. Louis.
STARS 3, SENATORS 1: Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist for Dallas, which swept a four-game trip.