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Islanders End Skid by Beating Stars

November 20, 2001|From Associated Press

Alexei Yashin scored two first-period power play goals as the New York Islanders ended a season-worst five-game winless stretch with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Monday night at Dallas.

Yashin scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season in the game's opening 14:25 to help the Islanders get back on track from an 0-4-1 slump.

Richard Matvichuk made it close with a power-play goal from the left circle with 1:57 remaining. Joe Nieuwendyk scored his ninth goal early in the second period for the Stars.

Toronto 5, Florida 1--Mats Sundin scored twice at Toronto as the Maple Leafs defeated the Panthers, who lost high-scoring forward Pavel Bure in the first period.

Bure left the game with broken teeth and a headache after being checked late in the period. He was checked sideways into the boards by Toronto's Darcy Tucker, whose clean hit was not penalized.

Carolina 5, Columbus 2--Jeff O'Neill and Glen Wesley scored in the opening 5:19, and the Hurricanes extended their home unbeaten streak to six games with a victory over the Blue Jackets.

Atlanta 3, Buffalo 2--Tony Hrkac scored for the Thrashers only 16 seconds after Buffalo's Tim Connolly converted a penalty shot as host Atlanta snapped a 10-game winless streak.

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