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Jagr scores 11th, Rangers win 5-2

By wire services
Published October 30, 2005


MONTREAL - Dominic Moore scored twice and Jaromir Jagr notched his NHL-leading 11th goal in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Martin Rucinsky had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who scored three goals on their first 10 shots against Jose Theodore, who left after the first period.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots as New York won its second in a row following a three-game winless streak.

Jagr extended his points streak to nine games when he beat Theodore midway through the first period after Moore opened the scoring 2:46 in.

Canadiens rookie Yann Danis, who had a shutout in his NHL debut Oct. 12 in Atlanta, made his first Bell Centre appearance to begin the second.

Montreal, which lost its second in a row, got goals from Alex Kovalev and Richard Zednik early in the third to draw within 3-2.

The Canadiens ended a three-game home winning streak, falling to 7-3-1 overall.

Jagr, the league's scoring leader, made it 2-0 at 10:37 when his flubbed shot floated in and struck Theodore's glove before popping out behind the Canadiens goalie and into the net.

Red Wings maintain franchise-record start

CHICAGO - Robert Lang scored a goal in the third period and Chris Osgood had 23 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Blackhawks.

Kirk Maltby and Mikael Samuelsson also scored goals for the Red Wings, who are off to their best start in franchise history at 11-1.

Detroit is off to the best start in the league since the Penguins started the 1994-95 season at 11-0-1.The Red Wings remained undefeated in six road games.

After becoming the first NHL goalie to win 10 games in October on Thursday night, Manny Legace got his first night off of the season. Osgood was tested early when Curtis Brown passed through the Detroit defense for a shot on goal that Osgood saved.

DEVILS 5, BRUINS 4 (SO): Viktor Kozlov had two goals in regulation and scored in the shootout, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots - plus two of three penalty shots - to lead visiting New Jersey.

Kozlov opened the scoring in the first period and netted the first goal in the tiebreaker, heading straight in on Hannu Toivonen and putting the puck through his legs. Clemmensen stopped Sergei Samsonov, but Alexander Mogilny missed for New Jersey. Joe Thornton scored to make it 1-1.

Brian Gionta put the Devils up 2-1 in the shootout, then Clemmensen blocked Glen Murray's shot for the victory. Kozlov also assisted on Mogilny's goal with 2:32 left in regulation that tied it 4-4 and sent the game into overtime.

SABRES 6, ISLANDERS 4: Third-period, power-play goals by Daniel Briere, Tim Connolly and Ales Kotalik lifted visiting Buffalo to a come-from-behind win. Briere scored off a wrist shot from the left circle with 8:29 left, and Connolly, a former Islanders first-round draft pick, netted the winner with 5:06 remaining on a wrist shot that crossed the goal line just before the net was knocked off its moorings.

SENATORS 8, MAPLE LEAFS 0: Dany Heatley scored four consecutive goals for visiting Ottawa.

He netted his first on a rebound when goalie Ed Belfour failed to catch a puck after initially making a glove save. Heatley made it 4-0 at 1:16 of the second period after Toronto's defense failed to check him in front of the net.

The next goal came after he fell down and scored on a one-timer from the circle at 4:19 of the second.

Heatley recorded his career-high fourth goal on a breakaway at 5:33 of the third. He is the first NHL player with four goals in a game since Vancouver's Daniel Sedin did it Feb. 24, 2004, versus Detroit.

HURRICANES 5, PENGUINS 3: Rod Brind'Amour, Eric Staal and Glen Wesley scored within a 41/2-minute span of the third period, rallying visiting Carolina over Pittsburgh. The Hurricanes have won five in a row, including four straight in which they came back from two-goal deficits.

WILD 3, BLUE JACKETS 1: Todd White scored twice as host Minnesota snapped a three-game winless streak.

OILERS 5, PREDATORS 1: Ales Hemsky scored a power-play goal and added three assists, and goaltender Jussi Markkanen made 23 saves for visiting Edmonton, which handed Nashville to its first regulation loss of the season.

CLOUTIER HURT: Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier left the game against the Avalanche after getting slammed into the post while allowing a goal in the first period. Canucks officials had no details on the injury other than to say the ex-Lightning player was being evaluated by doctors.