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Islanders tie, gain in East

©Associated Press
March 4, 2003

NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch scored on a rush from one end of the ice to the other late in the third Monday night, lifting the Rangers to a 1-all tie with the Islanders.

The Islanders are tied with Tampa Bay for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are trying to make a late surge and reach the postseason for the first time since 1997. They trail eighth-place Boston by two points.

Leetch scored with 7:11 left in regulation after Rangers goalie Mike Dunham steered a rebound of Jason Blake's shot to his top defenseman. Leetch stick-handled around defenseman Mattias Timander in the slot and backhanded a shot over the glove of Garth Snow.

Snow was denied his second shutout in six starts after it appeared Dave Scatchard's second-period goal would stand up. Snow saved his best work for the closing minutes of the third, making two of his 34 saves on shots from in close.

Pavel Bure had a chance to win it for the Rangers with 1:21 left in overtime, but he whiffed twice at the right post.

RED WINGS 3, JACKETS 2: Brendan Shanahan scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk assisted on all three goals for visiting Detroit, which won its sixth straight. Shanahan's wrist shot from the left wing midway through the third broke a 2-all tie as the Wings stretched their points streak to 10 games (9-0-0-1). Brett Hull added the 707th goal of his career, moving him one behind Mike Gartner for fifth all time.

PANTHERS 2, LEAFS 1: Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist, and Roberto Luongo just missed a shutout for visiting Florida. Ivan Novoseltsev also scored for the Panthers, who ended a four-game winless skid. Toronto's Alexander Mogilny spoiled Luongo's shutout bid with 45 seconds left. Luongo made 31 saves. The Maple Leafs went 0-for-6 on the power play and have lost three of their past five. Toronto also could not get a shot on net despite having a two-man advantage late in the first period.

CANUCKS 6, BRUINS 4: Matt Cooke scored two and added an assist as Vancouver set a franchise record with its 21st road victory. Vancouver is 6-0-3 in its past nine road games. Boston extended its winless streak to nine (0-5-3-1). The Bruins' last victory came Feb. 14 against Florida. Jeff Hackett has allowed three or more goals in nine straight games for the Bruins.

BLUE JACKETS: Defenseman Darren Van Impe went on injured reserve with a broken right foot that is expected to sideline him up to five weeks.

STARS: Left wing Brenden Morrow was activated, and Bill Guerin and Rob DiMaio were placed on the injured list. Morrow had missed nine games with a bruised chest. Guerin had emergency surgery to relieve a buildup of blood in his severely bruised right thigh on Saturday. DiMaio bruised his chest against Calgary on Thursday and is day to day.

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