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Bruins beat Cloutier for an overtime victory

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Published November 16, 2003

BOSTON - Brian Rolston's late goal allowed the Bruins to overcome Dan Cloutier in goal.

Rolston scored with 44.9 seconds left in overtime to give Boston a 2-1 win over Vancouver in a matchup of conference leaders Saturday night. Mike Knuble broke in down the left wing, circled the net and fed a pass in front to Rolston, who beat Cloutier for the winner.

"I didn't get a lot on it, but luckily I got enough to get it over him," Rolston said.

The Bruins pulled out the win despite Cloutier's 37 saves. His best came when he made a sliding stop on defenseman Nick Boynton, who broke in alone with 2:02 left in the extra period.

"He made a lot of really good saves and he looked strong," coach Marc Crawford said of his goaltender.

Knuble scored the first goal for Boston, which improved to 8-0-1 against the Western Conference.

Jason King had a power-play goal for the Canucks.

BLUES 1, KINGS 0: Chris Osgood recorded his 40th shutout and Pavol Demitra scored in the first period in visiting St. Louis' fifth straight victory. The Blues, who won for the ninth time in 10 games, played without the suspended Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight in this matchup between the leaders of the Central and Pacific divisions. Tkachuk received a three-game suspension that will cost him more than $365,000 for a cross-check to the neck of San Jose defenseman Rob Davison in Thursday's game. Tkachuk's suspension is his third in 20 months. Weight was suspended for four games after his cross-check to the head of Vancouver wing Henrik Sedin and can return Wednesday.

DEVILS 5, RANGERS 0: Scott Niedermayer had a goal and two assists and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for his 67th shutout for host New Jersey. Jay Pandolfo, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski and Christian Berglund also scored for New Jersey, which extended its unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2). The streak is the longest active run and matched the Devils' best stretch in last season's Stanley Cup championship season. "We are definitely excited about the number climbing up," Brodeur said. "It's a good sign."

PANTHERS 3, PENGUINS 2: Valeri Bure and Kristian Huselius each had a goal and an assist as visiting Florida extended its winning streak against Pittsburgh to seven. Olli Jokinen added his team-leading seventh goal and scored for the sixth straight game against Pittsburgh as Florida built a 3-0 lead.

FLYERS 4, THRASHERS 0: Jeff Hackett made 24 saves, Sami Kapanen broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and Philadelphia won its sixth straight to remain unbeaten at home. Philadelphia scored all its goals in the final period to help Hackett pick up his third shutout this season, the 26th of his career. Philadelphia's home unbeaten streak reached a league-best nine games (7-0-2) and is the second longest in franchise history. The 1979-80 team set an NHL record with 26 straight.

CANADIENS 3, SENATORS 2: Jan Bulis scored his second goal of the game with 7:59 left and Jose Theodore made 38 saves for visiting Montreal. Bulis also scored a short-handed goal in the first to help Montreal. On the winner, Yanic Perreault passed the puck from behind the net to Bulis, who found himself free in the slot to backhand a shot over PatrickLalime's right shoulder.

CAPITALS 2, HURRICANES 1: Dainius Zubrus scored a power-play goal with 2:13 left and Olaf Kolzig stopped 38 shots for visiting Washington. The Capitals, with the fewest points in the NHL coming in, have defeated the Hurricanes twice in the past four days, winning 7-1 in Washington on Wednesday.

RED WINGS 1, WILD 1: Dominik Hasek made 25 saves for visiting Detroit, and Steve Yzerman scored a third-period goal to force overtime. Andrew Brunette scored on the power play in the second period for Minnesota, which stopped Detroit's three-game win streak.

PREDATORS 4, ISLANDERS 3: Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, and Marek Zidlicky and Vladimir Orszagh each scored power-play goals for Nashville. Orszagh added an assist and Denis Arkhipov had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who won their third straight. The Islanders lost a sixth time in seven road games.

AVALANCHE 3, STARS 0: David Aebischer stopped 29 shots for his second shutout, and Teemu Selanne and Steve Konowalchuk scored 50 seconds apart in the second period for host Colorado. Colorado earned a point for the seventh straight game (5-0-1-1). ... Avalanche forward Paul Kariya left the game with a re-injured right wrist after being checked into the boards by Brenden Morrow. Kariya hurt the wrist Oct.21 and missed 10 games.

BLACKHAWKS: Goalie Jocelyn Thibault will miss 10-12 weeks after hip surgery. Rookies Michael Leighton and Craig Anderson will play in his place.

[Last modified November 16, 2003, 01:34:40]


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