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Skudra Helps Extend Canucks' Win Streak

November 30, 2002|From Associated Press

Backup goalie Peter Skudra was the latest standout during the Vancouver Canucks' record-setting run.

Skudra made 32 saves to help the Canucks extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games with a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night at Tampa, Fla.

Daniel Sedin scored a tie-breaking power-play goal in the third period.

"A lot of guys have been contributing and you need that to happen," Vancouver Coach Marc Crawford said. "It's not going to happen if you rely on only two or three guys."

Markus Naslund, Murray Baron and Marek Malik also scored for the Canucks, who are 11-1 in November. It's the first 11-win month in team history.

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Carolina 6, Detroit 4 -- Jan Hlavac scored three goals and Jeff O'Neill got the game-winner with 8:48 left at Raleigh, N.C., in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals. Hlavac, who came to Carolina in a trade Nov. 1 from Vancouver, beat Curtis Joseph on a back-handed rebound for the third hat trick of his career with 15:34 left. Rod Brind'Amour had three assists for Carolina as the Red Wings gave up a season-high 41 shots.

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Toronto 3, Philadelphia 0 -- Ed Belfour took the lead in shutouts among active goaltenders with 62 as the Maple Leafs won at Philadelphia. Belfour made 21 saves as he passed Colorado's Patrick Roy for career shutouts and recorded his second shutout against the Flyers in six days.

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New Jersey 2, Nashville 1 -- Backup goaltender Corey Schwab turned back 28 shots to lead the Devils at Nashville.

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St. Louis 7, Calgary 2 -- Pavol Demitra scored three goals for his third career hat trick and had an assist in the victory at St. Louis.

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Dallas 3, New York Rangers 3 -- Brenden Morrow scored twice, including the tying goal in the second period, as the Stars remained unbeaten at home in regulation.

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Ottawa 6, Washington 2 -- Marian Hossa's goal extended his point-scoring streak to a franchise-record 12 games and the Senators remained unbeaten in nine games with a victory at Washington.

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Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 1 -- Alexei Kovalev scored twice and had an assist at Buffalo, N.Y., to lead the Penguins into first place in the Atlantic Division.

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Columbus 4, New York Islanders 2 -- Ray Whitney scored twice at Uniondale, N.Y., to help the Blue Jackets end a three-game losing streak.

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Boston 4, Montreal 2 -- Michal Grosek broke a tie at Boston with his first goal of the season in the first game between the teams since the Canadiens stunned top-seeded Boston in the first round of the playoffs last season.

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Colorado 2, Minnesota 2 -- Antti Laaksonen's third-period goal lifted the Wild into the tie at St. Paul, Minn.

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The Philadelphia Flyers will be without star forward John LeClair for as many as 12 weeks because of a dislocated shoulder. He will undergo surgery next week.

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