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Edmonton Makes It Nine Wins in a Row, 4-3

March 14, 2001|From Associated Press

The Edmonton Oilers made team history Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.

Eric Brewer scored with 3:43 left in overtime as the Oilers won for a franchise-record ninth consecutive time with a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"That's the biggest [goal of my life]," Brewer said. "This is quite the ride we're on right now. We're nothing short of ecstatic about it, especially when each game presents new challenges. Results are what count, and we got them tonight."

Brewer lifted a shot over goalie Kevin Weekes from in-close after Mike Grier was stopped on a wrap-around attempt.

The Oilers had won eight in a row five other times--the last was Jan. 19-Feb. 3, 1985.

"To put nine games together, it's pretty amazing," Edmonton center Doug Weight said. "I think it's something that we'll all remember. The way we did it, the fashion that we've played hockey in the last nine games."

Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 2--The Blue had their winless streak stretched to seven games at Philadelphia.

Kent Manderville scored the go-ahead goal, only his second tally since joining the Flyers a year ago, on a short-handed breakaway with 35 seconds left in the second period. Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau each added a goal and an assist for the Flyers.

Dallas 3, Chicago 0--Ted Donato had a goal and an assist, and Marty Turco made 27 saves to lead the Stars at Chicago and extended their lead over the San Jose Sharks to three points in the race for the Pacific Division title.

New Jersey 6, Colorado 3--Six different New Jersey players scored as the Devils tied a franchise record at Denver with their eighth consecutive victory.

Scott Gomez had three assists for the Devils, who pulled even with the Ottawa Senators (89 points) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit 2, Vancouver 2--Red Wing Slava Kozlov scored a goal with 1.5 seconds left in regulation for a tie at Detroit.


Marty McSorley left the Grand Rapids Griffins, saying his brief time with the International Hockey League team convinced him that an NHL comeback was unlikely. McSorley, 37, signed with the Ottawa Senators' farm team on Feb. 10. He would have been eligible to rejoin the NHL on Feb. 21, one year after the then-Boston Bruin was suspended for clubbing Vancouver's Donald Brashear in the head with his stick. But there was no interest in McSorley as the NHL's trading deadline passed.

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