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Maple Leafs spoil Julien's debut in Montreal

©Associated Press
January 19, 2003

MONTREAL -- Nik Antropov scored 56 seconds into overtime as the Maple Leafs spoiled new Canadiens coach Claude Julien's league debut with a 3-2 win Saturday night.

Trailing 2-0 after the first period, Montreal came back on Yanic Perreault's goal late in the second and Mariusz Czerkawski's score 12:54 into the third to force overtime.

"I said if we got a goal, we could make it 2-1 and be back in it, and we did that, and we managed to do it again in the third and get ourselves a point," said Julien, promoted from Hamilton of the AHL on Friday.

Travis Green and Robert Reichel scored 5:21 apart in the first for the Maple Leafs.

Mikael Tellqvist stopped nine of 10 shots for the win after taking over from Trevor Kidd, who left with a groin injury 5:30 into the third.

Julien replaced Michel Therrien, fired after Montreal won two of 12 games.

SENATORS 5, CAPITALS 2: Daniel Alfredsson and Radek Bonk scored twice each for host Ottawa, which earned its fifth consecutive win. It was the third time in five nights the Senators drew more than 18,000. It was the second sellout in three games after majority owner Rod Bryden appealed for more fan support when the club filed for bankruptcy protection. Patrick Lalime's shutout streak reached 184:06 before Michael Nylander gave Washington a 1-0 lead. With the score tied at 2, Martin Havlat put Ottawa ahead for good early in the third.

BLUES 4, BLACKHAWKS 2: Eric Boguniecki set up two goals in a 44-second span of the third for host St. Louis. Martin Rucinsky benefited from Boguniecki's forechecking and beat rookie goalie Michael Leighton with a backhand 4:17 into the third to break a tie at 1. Alexander Khavanov scored on a one-timer off Boguniecki's setup from behind the net at 5:01, with Rucinsky also assisting. Chicago's leading scorer, Alexei Zhamnov, missed his second straight game with an injured left hand.

PANTHERS 3, PENGUINS 0: Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots and has consecutive shutouts for host Florida. Pittsburgh was without Mario Lemieux for the fifth time in six games. Lemieux, the league's leading scorer, sat out with a groin injury. Rookie goalie Sebastien Caron, 3-0 with three goals allowed in 218 minutes coming in, lost.

DEVILS 5, HURRICANES 2: Patrik Elias scored twice and streaking New Jersey matched its season high with three power-play goals. The host Devils extended their season-high unbeaten streak to 6-0-1. It was New Jersey's second win over the Hurricanes in two nights. Kevyn Adams and Erik Cole scored for Carolina, winless in seven games (0-5-1-1). The defending Eastern Conference champion is 1-8-1-1 in its past 11.

BRUINS 7, BLUE JACKETS 2: Glen Murray, Jonathan Girard and P.J. Axelsson scored 2:48 apart in the second for host Boston, which won for the fourth time in 19 games (4-14-1) after opening 19-4-3-1. Also, Columbus sent forward Mathieu Darche to Syracuse of the AHL.

MIGHTY DUCKS 1, WILD 0: Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 33 saves for his sixth shutout this season and Paul Kariya scored for visiting Anaheim. Giguere, who had his 14th career shutout, is tied with Chicago's Jocelyn Thibault for the league lead this season. Kariya snapped a career-worst streak of 12 games without a goal when he scored in the first.

PREDATORS 3, OILERS 2 (OT): Andy Delmore scored 3:35 into overtime for visiting Nashville, which won in Edmonton for the fourth consecutive time. Delmore beat Jussi Markkanen from the slot for his 15th goal. Nashville's Vladimir Orszagh forced overtime, tying it with 1:02 left in regulation.

SABRES 1, COYOTES 0: Curtis Brown scored a short-handed goal early in the third for visiting Buffalo. Martin Biron had 30 saves for his second shutout of the season and 13th of his four-year career. Biron made 11 saves in the third, eight after Brown's goal.

FLAMES 2, KINGS 1 (OT): Rob Niedermayer scored 2:42 into overtime for host Calgary. Both teams scored in the first period; Craig Conroy for Calgary 1:04 in and Zigmund Palffy 5:23 later.

YOUNGSTARS GAME: Jay Bouwmeester, the first defenseman drafted last year, and two Florida teammates were selected to play for the East Feb. 1 at Sunrise as part of All-Star weekend. Fellow Panthers rookie Stephen Weiss and second-year forward Niklas Hagman also were picked. Buffalo also had three players picked: goalie Ryan Miller, defenseman Henrik Tallinder and forward Taylor Pyatt. Columbus' Rick Nash, the No. 1 overall pick last year, heads the West team. Nash, 18, was the youngest player chosen.

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