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Hull ties Andreychuk as power-play king

By Wire services
Published February 19, 2004

DETROIT - Brett Hull let only his familiar grin show what his latest milestone meant to him.

Hull tied Lightning wing Dave Andreychuk's NHL record with his 263rd career power-play goal and Kris Draper scored twice to lead the Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Hull scored on a one-timer, the same way he has netted countless goals, to give Detroit a 2-0 lead in the second period.

He chose not to talk with reporters after the game, and he didn't say anything to Draper on the bench after scoring.

"I was sitting beside him when he came off and I said, "Did you realize that?' and he just kind of gave me the Brett Hull smile," Draper said. "It was in typical fashion, too, with his one-timer."

Hull, who has 737 goals in 18 seasons, moved past Marcel Dionne for third on the career list with his 732nd on Dec.8. He trails former Red Wings great Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894).

"Just think if Brett could really shoot," Howe joked.

Detroit's lineup of likely Hall of Famers seemingly reaches a milestone each week.

"I've spent so much money buying guys gifts for 500 goals, 600 goals, 700 goals or 1,000 points," said Mathieu Dandenault, who gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the first period. "But this one I'll just give him a pat on the back."

PANTHERS 1, SABRES 1: Roberto Luongo stopped 41 shots, allowing visiting Florida to rally.

Marcus Nilson scored during a scramble in front with 10:27 left in regulation to force the tie as the Panthers snapped a two-game losing streak. Florida also moved into 10th place in the East.

ISLANDERS 4, PENGUINS 3: Mariusz Czerkawski scored two power-play goals and Garth Snow stopped 18 shots as host New York held on to send Pittsburgh to its 16th straight loss. Because the Penguins lost in overtime Saturday to St. Louis, their official skid ended at 13.

PREDATORS 7, SHARKS 3: Steve Sullivan made the most of his debut for host Nashville with three power-play goals and an assist, and Marek Zidlicky set a Predators record with five assists.

STARS 4, KINGS 3: Mike Modano scored two goals as visiting Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak.

OILERS 5, AVALANCHE 1: Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists and Shawn Horcoff added a goal and assist for visiting Edmonton.

MIGHTY DUCKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1: Vaclav Prospal broke a tie with less than two minutes left to lift host Anaheim to its third straight win.

GOALIE'S RELATIVES HEAD TO COURT: Relatives of Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore face a preliminary hearing Jan. 17, 2006, after being charged with conspiracy in a loansharking ring.

Theodore's father and four half-brothers were among 14 people charged in June. Ted Nicholas Theodore, the goalie's father, faces 58 counts. Jose Theodore has not been charged.

BLACKHAWKS: Former first-round draft pick Adam Munro signed, and the goaltender is scheduled to join the team today.

MAPLE LEAFS: Goalie Ed Belfour did not travel with the team to Carolina and will miss another game with a back injury. Belfour went on the ice for a light skate, his first on-ice work since Friday, but he didn't face any shots.

[Last modified February 19, 2004, 02:00:25]


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