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Ottawa, Lalime stake claim as best in East

©Associated Press

December 22, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- The Senators are one of the league's hottest teams for one reason: goaltending.

With Patrick Lalime again strong, Peter Schaefer scored a tiebreaking goal 7:30 into the third period Saturday to help Ottawa to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia. Ottawa ended Philadelphia's five-game unbeaten streak in a meeting of two of the East's three best teams.

"He had some awesome saves," said Mike Fisher, who scored Ottawa's first goal. "He kept us in it and he was the story for our team."

Lalime made 27 saves as the Senators won their third straight and seventh of their past eight and took sole possession of first, a point ahead of Boston, in the Northeast Division and the East.

"As a team we played well on defense," said Lalime, 10-2-3 in his past 15 starts. "It's not only the defensemen, it's the forwards and everybody played a strong game."

Wade Redden also scored for the Senators, who are 15-2-3 in their past 20.

Philadelphia's Michal Handzus tied the score 2:54 into the third, beating Lalime to the short side with a slap shot.

DEVILS 5, STARS 3: Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and two assists in his first game against his former teammates. Linemate John Madden added two goals for host New Jersey. Dallas rallied from 2-0 deficit to tie the score and cut a 4-2 deficit to a goal when Bill Guerin scored his 16th of the season with 5:23 left. Madden iced the game with 1:53 to go, scoring on a two-on-one break.

BRUINS 3, PANTHERS 3: Ivan Novoseltsev and Viktor Kozlov each scored with less than a minute to play for visiting Florida. Kozlov's power-play goal with 51.3 seconds left cut it to 3-2. With goaltender Robert Luongo pulled for an extra skater, Olli Jokinen tried a wraparound shot that goaltender John Grahame made a pad save on. But Novoseltsev poked the puck in for the tying score with 1.4 seconds left.

CAPITALS 3, ISLANDERS 1: Michael Nylander scored the tying goal, missed a penalty shot, then put visiting Washington in front, all in the third. Nylander snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring with 2:10 left on a backhander past New York's Rick DiPietro. Nylander was awarded a penalty shot when DiPietro threw his stick at the puck with 8:27 left but his wrist shot in tight was sticked aside. That was after Nylander tied it 1:40 into the third with a wrist shot from the left circle.

CANADIENS 6, SABRES 2: Doug Gilmour scored twice and Yanic Perreault and Saku Koivu each had a goal and two assists to lead host Montreal, which was outshot 38-16. Montreal scored three times on four shots in the second against Mika Noronen, who took over from Martin Biron after he allowed two goals on six shots in the first.

SHARKS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin scored power-play goals in the third to help host Toronto rally from a 3-1 deficit. Kaberle's one-timer brought the Maple Leafs within 3-2 at 10:38 of the third. Sundin redirected Kaberle's centering pass, tying it at 15:33.

PENGUINS 2, FLAMES 0: Steve McKenna scored his first goal in almost a year and Johan Hedberg stopped 23 shots for host Pittsburgh, which snapped a 10-game winless streak. McKenna's 20-foot wrist shot beat Roman Turek at 17:43 of the first. It was his first goal since Jan. 22, when he played for the New York Rangers. Martin Straka also scored a power-play goal for the Penguins.

RED WINGS 3, RANGERS 2: Nicklas Lidstrom and Igor Larionov each had a goal and an assist for host Detroit. Vladimir Malakhov scored twice for the Rangers, the defenseman's first two goals this season. It was Detroit's seventh straight win over New York.

AVALANCHE 4, WILD 2: Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake had a goal and an assist each as Colorado won its second straight under new coach Tony Granato. Colorado, which beat Edmonton 2-1 Thursday in Granato's debut, won consecutive games at home for the first time this season. The Avalanche scored three times in the second period and goalie Patrick Roy withstood a barrage from Minnesota, which had a team-record 47 shots.

CANUCKS: Goalie Dan Cloutier (knee) sat out against Edmonton. He leads the league with 17 wins and has appeared in 28 of Vancouver's 33 games.

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