P.J. Axelsson scored the game-winning goal with 4 minutes 17 seconds remaining as the Boston Bruins ended a six-game winless streak by beating the Thrashers, 4-3, last night in Atlanta.
Ray Bourque played in his 1,500th career game two days after being hit in the mouth by a slap shot against Atlanta.
The 21-year veteran defenseman, who led the Bruins in ice time with 27:02, took 11 stitches in his upper lip after Atlanta's Ray Ferraro hit him Monday.
In facing only 17 shots, Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe raised his record to 10-11-8 and helped Boston avoid a tie for the fourth straight game. A loss would have sent the Bruins six games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 1996-97 season.
AVALANCHE 0, SHARKS 0: Evgeni Nabokov, in his first career start for San Jose, made 39 saves in a scoreless tie with host Colorado. Colorado, which ran its home unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2), outshot San Jose 39-15--including 7-1 in overtime--but repeatedly was turned away by Nabokov, who had played just 52 minutes in relief. Colorado's Patrick Roy earned his 47th career shutout as the Avalanche extended its shutout streak to 161 minutes 40 seconds.
PENGUINS 3, BLUES 1: Martin Straka scored two goals, one on a penalty shot, as the Penguins, without Jaromir Jagr, ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over the visiting Blues. Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer with 34 goals and 74 points, sat out with a rib-cage injury.
CANADIENS 3, ISLANDERS 0: Trent McCleary scored his first goal in three years and Jose Theodore made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season as host Montreal defeated New York. The Canadiens extended their undefeated string to four games (3-0-1), tying a season best.
DEVILS 4, BLACKHAWKS 1: Patrik Elias scored twice in a three-goal third period and tied a franchise record with points in 12 straight games in leading host New Jersey.
OILERS 7, FLAMES 0: Tommy Salo stopped 24 shots to record his first Edmonton shutout as the Oilers snapped visiting Calgary's four-game winning streak.
RED WINGS 3, CANUCKS 3: Brendan Shanahan scored two power-play goals as visiting Detroit overcame an early three-goal deficit.
MIGHTY DUCKS 3, STARS 1: Antti Aalto and Paul Kariya scored less than five minutes apart early in the third period and Kariya added an empty-net goal in the final seconds as the Mighty Ducks rallied at home.