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Senators shut out Thrashers in third period to snap skid

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Published November 12, 2003

ATLANTA - After reaching the East final last season, the Senators were not overwhelmed by a five-game winless streak that left them in last place.

Even so, a return to the win column was appreciated Tuesday. Bryan Smolinski scored twice, including a clinching goal in the final minute, to lead the Senators 5-3 over the Thrashers. It was Ottawa's first win since Oct. 25 at Montreal.

The Senators slipped to last in the Northeast as a result of their 0-3-2 skid, but coach Jacques Martin said the slump did not create doubt within the club.

"I don't know about feeling any pressure. I think we've got a fairly mature team and we recognize what we need to do to be better," he said.

Martin Havlat slapped a shot past goalie Pasi Nurminen to give the Senators a 4-3 lead early in the third, and Smolinski sealed it with an empty-net goal. The Thrashers had held an 18-7 goal advantage in the third period, but allowed the Senators to score twice without scoring themselves. Their 18 third-period goals lead the league.

Patrick Lalime made 22 saves to win for the sixth time this season. Nurminen stopped 24 shots.

FLYERS 2, ISLANDERS 1: Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte and Mark Recchi are playing together with Philadelphia the way they did in their prime. Roenick had a goal and assist, and Recchi scored the go-ahead goal to lead the Flyers to their fourth straight win.

Amonte added an assist to extend his scoring streak to a career-best nine games, the longest current streak in the league. Roenick, Recchi and Amonte have 44 points in 14 games this season.

"We are having a lot of close support and that's the biggest thing," Recchi, 35, said of his 33-year-old linemates. "We have three guys that can skate very well and compete very well."

Jeff Hackett stopped 23 shots, and center Michal Handzus made a brilliant save to help Philadelphia win for the fifth time in six games and remain unbeaten at home.

Garth Snow, a former Flyer who was unbeaten in his past three starts, had 31 saves. But the best save of the night came early in the second period when Handzus slid into an empty net and stopped a point-blank shot by Shawn Bates after Trent Hunter drew Hackett away from the crease.

BRUINS 4, OILERS 3: Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and Mike Knuble added two assists to lift Boston. The win was the second straight at home for the Bruins, who had three power-play goals.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring for the Bruins on a power play at 11:01 of the first period with his fifth goal of the season. Jarret Stoll tied it 51 seconds into the second when he redirected a shot from Ryan Smyth.

But Boston scored three goals in the period. Martin LaPointe broke the tie at 12:25. Thornton made it 3-1 with his third goal of the season and Sandy McCarthy opened the lead to three at 16:36 with a wraparound.

Raffi Torres made it 4-2 early in the third and Shawn Horcroff closed scoring with a short-handed goal with about 81/2 minutes left.

WILD 1, CANUCKS 0: Sergei Zholtok scored his first goal of the season with 5:09 remaining, lifting host Minnesota. Dwayne Roloson earned his 13th career shutout with 29 saves. He is 4-1 in his past five games, allowing five goals.

Zholtok had his first shot stopped by goalie Dan Cloutier. The rebound bounced back to Zholtok, whose bad-angle shot from behind the goal line glanced off Cloutier's right pad and trickled in.

The overflow sellout crowd of 18,568 quickly chanted "Sieve! Sieve! Sieve!" at Cloutier, who was frequently jeered during last season's playoffs by Wild fans as he struggled through that second-round series.

BLUE JACKETS 1, CANADIENS 1: Rick Nash scored a power-play goal in the second for visiting Columbus. Nash, held without a point in his past three games, scored his team-leading ninth goal with 6:54 left in the second.

Michael Ryder gave Montreal a 1-0 lead earlier in the second with his second goal of the season. The Canadiens have two wins in their past nine games. Montreal almost won with about two minutes left in overtime. Defenseman Sheldon Souray's slap shot from outside the blue line struck goalie Marc Denis' glove and trickled just wide of the right post.

Arena planned for Manatee

BRADENTON - A privately financed $46-million, 7,500-seat arena planned for east Manatee County will house a minor-league hockey team, possibly an arena football team and other sporting events, concerts and conventions, developers from Georgia-based DVA Sports announced.

The opening is slated by the 2005-06 hockey season that begins in September 2005.

DVA Sports, which owns the ECHL Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths, plans to field an expansion ECHL team in the arena.

- Information from the Bradenton Herald was used in this report.

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