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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 29, 2001

Red Wings extend lead with 5-2 win over Blues

DETROIT -- Brendan Shanahan broke a tie with 24.4 seconds left in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings went on to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Shanahan's 30th goal of the season came on a wrist shot from the high slot and trickled through St. Louis goaltender Roman Turek's pads. It is the ninth time Shanahan has scored 30 or more goals in his 14-season NHL career.

The victory gives the Red Wings, first in the Central Division, a seven-point lead over the second-place Blues with five games remaining in the regular season for each team.

Igor Larionov and Martin Lapointe added third-period goals for Detroit.

The score was tied 2-2 after the first period.

The Blues opened the scoring with a power play goal at 6:38, when Daniel Corso's slap shot from the top of the right circle went off the stick of Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy and beat Chris Osgood.

Detroit tied it with 3:50 left in the period when Boyd Devereaux banged in a rebound off a Lapointe shot. The Red Wings went ahead with 1:35 left in the period on Kirk Maltby's short-handed goal. He put a cross-crease pass over Turek.

But the Blues tied it with 11 seconds left when Cory Stillman tipped Alexander Khavanov's slap shot from the high slot passed Osgood high on the glove side for another power play goal.

CAPITALS 7, HURRICANES 0: Trevor Linden finally scored for his new team, and his new team finally broke out of its scoring funk.

Linden had a goal and an assist, his first points since he was acquired from Montreal at the trade deadline March 13, and host Washington all but wrapped up its second consecutive Southeast Division title.

Olaf Kolzig made 18 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and 20th of his career for the Capitals, who moved 11 points ahead of the Hurricanes with six games remaining. The teams meet again in Raleigh on Friday, and Washington will need a tie to clinch the division. Carolina has lost three straight.

The Capitals had lost five of six with newcomers Dainius Zubrus and Linden, and Linden celebrated his second-period goal with a huge smile as teammates mobbed him in the corner of the rink.

"You always want to get the first one with the new team," Linden said. "It kind of weighs on you a little bit. You get the first one, and you can kind of put that aside and move on."

BRUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS, 0: Visiting Boston moved back into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Byron Dafoe made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist for the Bruins.

Boston tied the Hurricanes. Both teams have 79 points and six regular-season games remaining.

DEVILS 4, THRASHERS 2: Alexander Mogilny scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with about 61/2 minutes remaining, as New Jersey won its eighth straight road game.

The defending Stanley Cup champions, leading the Eastern Conference, are 15-1 in their past 16 games and extended the team record for consecutive victories away from home.

Sergei Brylin and Brian Rafalski also scored for the Devils.

Hnat Domenichelli and Andrew Brunette scored for Atlanta, which has gone two seasons without beating New Jersey (0-7-1).

SENATORS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2: Shawn McEachern and Mike Sillinger each had a goal and an assist as visiting Ottawa extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Alexei Yashin's goal midway through the second period broke a 2-2 tie and stood up as the winner. Marian Hossa and Mike Fisher also connected for Ottawa, 4-0-1 in its past five contests and 6-1-1 in its past eight.

The victory enabled the Senators to remain one point behind New Jersey in the race for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Tony Amonte and Alex Zhamnov scored for the Blackhawks, who lost their fifth straight and were eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

COYOTES 2, WILD 0: Shane Doan had two goals and Sean Burke made 29 saves to lead visiting Phoenix and move the Coyotes ahead of Los Angeles for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

PANTHERS 2, CANADIENS 2: Oleg Petrov scored with 12.6 seconds left in regulation to lift Montreal in Sunrise.

RANGERS 4, ISLANDERS 2: Jan Hlavac had a goal and two assists, and Guy Hebert made 33 saves as the Rangers won at home.

Petr Nedved, Michal Grosek and Manny Malhotra also scored for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Nedved reached 30 goals for the fourth time in his career.

The Islanders will miss the post-season for the seventh straight season. It is the Rangers' fourth year in a row out of the playoffs.

"Right now there's no points on the line for playoffs. It's just kind of bragging rights," said Hebert, who joined the Rangers and this rivalry March 7. "When you face your archrivals, you kind of put everything you can on the table and try and get the win."

LINDROS DECLINES INVITATION: Eric Lindros won't play at the world championships. The forward, who has been sidelined the entire season, turned down an invitation Wednesday to play for Canada in next month's tournament in Germany.

"We all agreed today that the world championship would not be an appropriate place for Eric to enter back into the game due to his concussion history and the lack of preparation that would allow him to play at such a high level of competition," said Wayne Gretzky, executive director of Canada's world championship and Olympic teams.

Said Lindros: "I look forward to earning a position to represent Canada at the next opportunity, and I believe this decision enhances the likelihood of that."

Lindros has represented Canada eight times. He would like to play for Canada again in the future, possibly at the Salt Lake City Olympics next year.

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