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Hull ties for third in goals; Detroit loses

By Associated Press
Published December 7, 2003

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs spoiled Brett Hull's night.

Gary Roberts and Mats Sundin each had a goal and assist to lead Toronto to a 5-2 victory over Detroit on a night when Hull tied Marcel Dionne for third on the career goals list with his 731st.

Hull, a left wing, skated with the puck across the front of the Toronto crease, waited until goalie Ed Belfour went down, and lifted in a backhander off Belfour's helmet for his 15th goal of the season at 19:40 of the first.

Dionne has been in third place since retiring in 1989. Wayne Gretzky is first with 894 goals, followed by Gordie Howe (801).

Hull, 39, said he doesn't want to think about passing Howe because he fears a lockout next year will ruin his chances.

"It's in the back of your mind, but with the labor issues that we have, you try not to think about it too much," Hull said. "At my age, if there is an extended period of time that we're locked out, I don't think I'd be able to come back."

Toronto extend its winning streak to eight.

In other Red Wings news, goaltender Curtis cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids.

THRASHERS 4, PANTHERS 3 (OT): Vyacheslav Kozlov scored 2:57 into overtime to lift visiting Atlanta.

Kozlov beat Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo with a hard slap shot from just inside the blue line.

The Southeast Division-leading Thrashers, who beat Anaheim on Friday, also got goals from Jeff Cowan, Shawn McEachern and Ben Simon. Atlanta improved to 3-1 against Florida this season.

Atlanta trailed 3-1 in the second when McEachern began the comeback with his fifth goal of the season, and fourth against the Panthers.

Simon, reacquired this week, tied it for the Thrashers at 9:49 of the third. The second-year player played nine games for Atlanta last season before signing with Nashville in the offseason.

DEVILS 2, SENATORS 1: Scott Niedermayer and Brian Gionta scored in the final 1:37 to rally visiting New Jersey in a rematch of last season's East final. Gionta's winner came with 18 seconds left and 1:19 after Niedermayer tied it. Martin Brodeur had 18 saves for the win.

BRUINS 1, FLYERS 1: Jeff Hackett had 38 saves and Mark Recchi had a second-period goal to give visiting Philadelphia a point. Philadelphia, which owns the league's best record, is 12-1-3 in its past 16. Sergei Samsonov had a power-play goal for Boston. Of the 16,685 tickets sold, 12,000 fans showed up despite a major snowstorm that blanketed the Boston area.

ISLANDERS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2: Alexei Yashin scored twice and Dave Scatchard returned from injury to get a goal and assist, helping host New York snap a seven-game losing streak. Because of the Northeast snowstorm, only 3,683 showed. Scatchard, who dislocated his shoulder on Oct. 18, scored his first of the season to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 8:25 of the second.

CANADIENS 3, HURRICANES 1: Jose Theodore had 25 saves, and Andreas Dackell, Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu scored to lead host Montreal. Theodore came within 8:16 of a shutout, but allowed Danny Markov's power-play goal that cut Montreal's lead to 2-1. Ryder, who scored midway through the third, got his second point when he assisted on Koivu's goal later to restore Montreal's two-goal lead.

BLUES 4, PREDATORS 1: Mark Rycroft had two goals and an assist, helping host St. Louis Blues snap Nashville's six-game winning streak with. The Predators, playing for the third time in four days, are 10-3 in their past 13. St. Louis goalie Chris Osgood faced only 15 shots in the victory.

AVALANCHE 5, BLUE JACKETS 1: Joe Sakic had a goal and three assists, and Philippe Sauve stopped 35 shots for host Colorado. Derek Morris added a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, which is 12-0-1 all-time against the Blue Jackets. Rick Nash scored for Columbus, which remained the league's only winless team on the road.

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