Patrik Elias scored with 1.7 seconds left to give visiting New Jersey a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night, extending his Devils-record point streak to 14 games.
New Jersey, first in the NHL with 70 points, has won five straight, six in a row on the road and is 12-1-2 in its last 15 games. The Devils' only loss, 3-2 to Washington on Jan. 14, came in overtime and also netted them a point.
Elias intercepted Robert Svehla's clearing pass to the right of goalie Mike Vernon. The Czech star skated in, faked, and slipped the puck past Vernon's glove side for a dramatic victory.
"I anticipated a pass on the right side and didn't turn my head away like I was giving up on the play," Elias said. "Then I just stopped, faked him. It couldn't have worked out more perfect."
"I have no answer for anything Robert Svehla was thinking," Panthers Coach Terry Murray said. "I can't comprehend what he was thinking. One point seven seconds. That's very frustrating."
Elias has 20 goals in his last 21 games, and 15 goals and eight assists during the streak.
Martin Brodeur made 21 saves to extend his winning streak to 10 and tie his franchise record of 14 straight games without a loss. He's 12-0-2 in his last 14.
STARS 3, KINGS 1: Ed Belfour made 36 saves as host Dallas ran its franchise-record unbeaten streak against Los Angeles to 22.
"I felt real focused," Belfour said. "I like playing in games where I see a lot of shots. Sometimes it's easier when the shots come one after the other."
BLUES 4, SENATORS 1: Stephane Richer scored his 400th career goal and Scott Young added two goals in Kanata, Ontario.
"It's not a big deal for me, I should be closer to 500," Richer said.
RED WINGS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2: In Detroit, Sergei Fedorov scored his first goal since Dec. 20 and Chris Osgood made 30 saves.
"I'd like to say we were lousy," Maple Leafs Coach Pat Quinn said. "We weren't lousy, but we weren't as sharp as you'd like, particularly our top players."
RANGERS 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: In Anaheim, Calif., Gino Odjick scored the go-ahead goal from a nearly impossible angle with 5:05 remaining in the game.