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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 18, 2000


Stars extend Motown mojo

DETROIT -- Brenden Morrow scored with 3:57 left and Ed Belfour turned away 33 shots for his fourth shutout as the Dallas Stars beat the Red Wings 1-0 Friday night.

The win extended the Stars' unbeaten streak at Joe Louis Arena to six games over the past three seasons, including winning the past five.

Morrow's fifth goal was set up by a pass from Jamie Langenbrunner, who was to the left of Detroit goalie Manny Legace. Morrow fired a 35-foot shot that beat Legace on his right side.

Belfour, who has 53 career shutouts, also shut out Washington on Oct. 14, Columbus on Nov. 1 and Montreal on Nov. 11.

Detroit and Dallas played conservatively throughout most of the third period. Pat Verbeek almost broke the scoreless tie with 6:23 remaining when he tried poking in a rebound off Vyacheslav Kozlov's 30-foot blast. Belfour blocked it away with his leg.

Strong defense and goaltending by both teams highlighted the first two periods.

After Legace stopped Morrow's 8-foot shot on a two-on-one advantage early in the second period, Belfour was forced to make acrobatic saves of Kozlov's and Sergei Fedorov's close-range shots. Doug Brown came close to beating the Stars goalie at 9:28 of the period, but his 25-foot slap shot bounced off the right goal post.

PANTHERS 3, BLUE JACKETS 0: Trevor Kidd made 30 saves and Pavel Bure, Len Barrie and Ivan Novoseltsev scored as visiting Florida snapped Columbus' winning streak at four.

Columbus tied an NHL expansion record of four straight wins with a 5-1 victory Thursday night over Nashville. The 1994 first-year Panthers were the last of eight other teams to accomplish the feat.

"Obviously everyone wanted to extend the winning streak, but the situation is we want to continue to play very well," Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean said. "We are going to continue to improve."

Bure scored his team-leading 10th goal with 6:49 left to put the Panthers up 3-0. Florida, which only has three wins this season, won its second straight.

BLACKHAWKS 3, OILERS 3: Todd Marchant's second goal, a short-handed score in the third, lifted host Edmonton. After Valeri Zelepukin put Chicago up 3-2 at 2:45 of the third, Marchant sent a shot past Chicago goalie Jocelyn Thibault -- with Domenic Pittis in the penalty box. Marchant's second short-handed goal of the season, and Edmonton's league-leading fifth, came at 6:16.

FLYERS 3, THRASHERS 2 (OT): Dan McGillis scored the winner with 3:59 remaining as visiting Philadelphia won its fourth straight. The Thrashers' Donald Audette scored with one minute remaining in regulation.

CAPITALS 4, CANADIENS 3: Peter Bondra had a goal and two assists to help host Washington extend its winning streak against Montreal to four.

Bondra has 13 goals in 33 career games against Montreal.

The Capitals took advantage of their first power play when Chris Simon set up behind the net and sent a pass to the front toward a cutting Bondra. Washington center Jeff Halpern stepped in front to deflect home his fourth goal at 10:20 of the first.

The Capitals, who hadn't won since Nov. 4, have power-play goals in six straight games.

Montreal, which broke a 165-minute scoreless streak against Washington when Craig Darby scored 33 seconds into the second, scored twice in 17 seconds of the third but could not get the equalizer.

SABRES 3, WILD 1: Denis Hamel and Richard Smehlik scored five minutes apart in the third, rallying host Buffalo.

Dominik Hasek, 8-1-1 in his past 10 starts, stopped 22 shots as the Sabres improved to 8-0-2 at HSBC Arena, their best home start since 1989's 13-0-1. Maxim Afinogenov sealed the win, scoring into an empty net with 1.7 seconds left.

BLUES: Defenseman Marc Bergevin (broken thumb) has rejoined the club after recovering his training camp injury.

CAPITALS: Forward Joe Sacco (hip-flexor injury) left at the end of the first period and did not return.

WILD: Banged-up Minnesota made five roster moves, including activating forwards Jeff Nielsen and Matt Johnson off the injured reserved list.

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