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Canadien's six points lead rout of Penguins

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Published January 11, 2004

PITTSBURGH - Sheldon Souray set a Montreal record for points by a defenseman with a goal and five assists and rookie Michael Ryder had two goals and two assists in an 8-0 rout of the Penguins on Saturday.

Souray broke the team record of five points by Harvey and Lyle Odelein, assisting on Montreal's first five goals and scoring midway through the third on a shot from the left point off a faceoff.

Souray's five assists were one short of the Montreal record of six, set by Elmer Lach in an 8-3 victory against Boston on Feb. 6, 1943.

"When I scored a hat trick (Dec. 18 against Detroit), I said it was the first time I did that since a father-son game. And I don't remember having six points in that game," said Souray, whose previous career highs were four points and three assists. "We haven't been getting pucks through as much as we'd like. But we got some shots on net, and our forwards moved in front of the net and got some rebounds."

Montreal's power play scored on four of five chances during the first two periods. Ryder scored with 2:03 left in the first then teamed with Souray to set up Mike Ribeiro's goal during a five-on-three 6:22 into the second.

The Penguins were not in the game after it failed to convert a five-on-three later in the period and Montreal got power-play goals from Richard Zednik and Joe Juneau before it ended.

AVALANCHE 4, STARS 2: Alex Tanguay scored two of visiting Colorado's three power-play goals. The Avalanche took control during the second, when it played with a man advantage for nearly eight minutes.

With 9:23 left, Tanguay took a pass from Peter Forsberg behind the net and slapped the puck from the lower left circle just inside the post to make it 2-0. Then 4:02 later, Tanguay scored off a rebound of Derek Morris' shot.

Colorado wing Teemu Selanne left the game and did not return after David Oliver's elbow injured his neck. Coach Tony Granato said Selanne was held out as a precaution and is day to day.

OILERS 3, FLYERS 0: Tommy Salo stopped 26 shots for his 35th shutout and 200th victory for visiting Edmonton. Philadelphia is 0-3-1 in its past four and has been held to one goal or less in three of those.

Raffi Torres made it 1-0 with 5:00 left in the first by finishing a three-on-two break. Shawn Horcoff picked up a loose puck and flipped it past Robert Esche with 8:24 left, and Mike York scored on a deflection 4:03 later.

BRUINS 2, RED WINGS 1 (OT): Joe Thornton scored with 2:30 left for host Boston. It was the Bruins' second victory against the West leaders in four days, including 3-0 in Detroit on Wednesday. Martin Lapointe tied it for Boston 4:46 into the third. In overtime, Dan McGillis charged the net and dropped the puck to a trailing Thornton, who beat Curtis Joseph.

PREDATORS 3, BLUES 1: Jordin Tootoo had a power-play goal and an assist for his first multipoint game for Nashville, which is 5-0-2-1 in its past eight home games. St. Louis is winless and has scored three goals in its past four.

With 2:44 left in the first, Dan Hamhuis fired a shot from the blue line that was deflected in by Tootoo. After David Legwand put the Predators up 2-1 6:18 into the third, Tootoo assisted on Jeremy Stevenson's goal on a shot from the slot with 7:03 left.

DEVILS 1, LEAFS 0: Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season for visiting New Jersey. The win was the defending Cup champion's first in regulation since it beat Pittsburgh 2-0 on Dec. 27, a span of seven games. With 57 seconds left in the first, Jay Pandolfo left a drop pass for Scott Niedermayer, who took a backhander. Brian Gionta got the rebound and scored.

RANGERS 3, ISLANDERS 2: Eric Lindros' goal and assist sparked a three-goal spurt within 1:38 for the visitors. He made it 1-0 6:03 in when he deflected Petr Nedved's shot, with his back to the goal, past Garth Snow. Lindros then made a cross-ice pass to Matthew Barnaby, who hit Chris Simon in front for a redirection goal at 7:24. Then 17 seconds later, Martin Rucinsky ripped a wrist shot that chased Snow.

SHARKS 5, THRASHERS 2: Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves for his 100th win for host San Jose. Nabokov is 8-3-2 with three shutouts since returning from a strained groin Dec. 11.

San Jose scored three goals in the first. Alexander Korolyuk caught Pasi Nurminen leaning the wrong way 2:08 in, which ended a 1-for-18 power-play stretch. Nils Ekman scored 2:25 later on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. And Niko Dimitrakos stole the puck at center ice and flipped a backhander in with 6:40 left.

BLUE JACKETS: Center Andrew Cassels was placed on injured reserve and is out indefinitely with a broken foot. It isn't known when the injury occurred.

PENGUINS: Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will rejoin the team today after missing just more than month while playing in the world junior championships.

[Last modified January 11, 2004, 01:33:09]

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