Sandis Ozolinsh notched his first career hat trick and Patrick Roy stopped 23 shots to move into fourth place on the career victory list last night as the Colorado Avalanche passed Vancouver and moved into first place in the Northwest Division with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Canucks.
Roy, with 422 career wins, trails Terry Sawchuk (447), Jacques Plante (434) and Tony Esposito (423) on the all-time list.
Two of Ozolinsh's goals were unassisted on rink-long rushes. Ozolinsh completed his first hat trick in 451 games with a goal at 6 minutes 27 seconds of the third period.
"I don't think there is a word in the dictionary for the kind of game Ozolinsh played tonight," Coach Bob Hartley said. "He had great puck control, made smart decisions and had a lot of jump."
Murray Baron and Markus Naslund had goals for the Canucks, who have lost four of five games.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, SABRES 2: In Toronto, Steve Thomas scored 1:05 into overtime as the Maple Leafs rallied from a two-goal deficit. Thomas intercepted a behind-the-net clearing pass by Michael Peca, circled the net and beat Dwayne Roloson with a low shot between the legs. Garry Valk and Tomas Kaberle also scored for Toronto, which extended its unbeaten streak to five games and remained atop the Northeast Division with 38 points.
Miroslav Satan and Dixon Ward scored for the Sabres, who are winless in four games.
COYOTES 3, STARS 2: Jeremy Roenick scored with 2:59 remaining, just 26 seconds after Trevor Letowski tied the score, to lift visiting Phoenix. Roenick's shot off the skate of Dallas defenseman Derian Hatcher helped the Coyotes improve to 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. Letowski's goal at 16:35 beat Ed Belfour to even the score.
Blake Sloan had given the Stars--1-5-1 over their last seven home games--a 2-1 lead midway through the second period.
PREDATORS 4, THRASHERS 3: Randy Robitaille scored at 2:26 of overtime to lift visiting Nashville. Ville Peltonen stole the puck in the Thrashers' zone and fed a cross-ice pass to Robitaille, who easily slipped a shot past goaltender Norm Maracle. Robitaille was acquired by the Thrashers in an expansion-draft trade, but was dealt to Nashville before ever playing for Atlanta.
The Predators won their second in a row and ended the first two-game winning streak in Atlanta's brief history. Cliff Ronning scored twice for Nashville.
BLACKHAWKS 5, OILERS 1: Chicago got goals from five players--Jean-Pierre Dumont, Steve Sullivan, Alex Zhamnov, Doug Gilmour and Eric Daze--and Steve Passmore made 24 saves to help the Blackhawks win at home for the second time in 13 games. Tony Amonte and Michael Nylander each added two assists for Chicago.
Edmonton's Boyd Devereaux scored with 5:14 left to spoil Passmore's bid for a second shutout this season.
RANGERS 3, FLAMES 2: Tim Taylor scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift New York after teammate Adam Graves tied the score in the final minute of regulation. Taylor took a cross-ice pass from Alexandre Daigle, who assisted on all three Rangers goals, knocked the puck to the ice in the left faceoff circle and beat Fred Brathwaite low to the stick side.
LIGHTNING 3, SHARKS 3: Owen Nolan scored twice and Dan Cloutier made four saves in overtime to help San Jose salvage a tie with visiting Tampa Bay.
The two goals gave Nolan 20 on the season, and moved him into a first-place tie with Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr. Vincent Damphousse had San Jose's other goal. Darcy Tucker, Mike Sillinger, and Robert Petrovicky scored for the Lightning.