Jan Hlavac, awarded a goal while he was in the dressing room, scored twice as the visiting New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues last night.
Hlavac scored his first goal with 52 seconds left in the first period by poking a rebound of Petr Nedved's shot past goalie Roman Turek. The goal wasn't awarded immediately as the puck sat on the goal line for a second or two, then was cleared away.
Play continued until the end of the period and the Rangers skated off with what appeared to be a 1-0 lead. However, because there had not been a stoppage before the end of period, officials reviewed the play during intermission.
When the teams came out for the second period, it was announced that Hlavac's shot crossed the line and he was awarded his eighth goal of the season. The game was restarted from that point, and the teams officially finished the first period.
St. Louis did not have a shot on goal during the first 20 minutes until less than 30 seconds remained in the period. But that shot was subsequently taken away when the final 52 seconds were replayed. It marked the first time since April 5, 1978, the Blues were held without a shot in a period.
HURRICANES 4, SABRES 1: Ron Francis and Sami Kapanen scored power-play goals as host Carolina snapped its season-worst five-game losing streak. Michael Peca's goal with 1:18 left broke up Arturs Irbe's shutout.
The Hurricanes' five-game skid was their longest since losing the final five games of the 1997-98 season. The victory in front of 16,345--the second-largest home crowd of the season--inched Carolina one point in front of Buffalo, which fell to 1-4-1 in its last six games.
PANTHERS 4, BRUINS 3: Pavel Bure scored the 300th goal of his career, and added his 301st in overtime as Florida won at home. Bure became the seventh-fastest player in NHL history to score 300 goals.
CANADIENS 4, PENGUINS 2: Dainius Zubrus had two power-play goals and added an assist for host Montreal. Patrick Poulin and Arron Asham also scored for the Canadiens, who are unbeaten in a season-high five straight (4-0-1).
ISLANDERS 2, LIGHTNING 0: Kevin Weekes made 28 saves as New York snapped its six-game losing streak. Gino Odjick and Jorgen Jonsson scored for the Islanders, who won at home for the first time since Dec. 27.
RED WINGS 3, SENATORS 2: Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals to help visiting Detroit end its five-game winless streak. Pat Verbeek scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Steve Duchesne had two assists. Detroit entered the game 0-3-2 in its last five and had just two victories in its previous 10.