Islanders receive gift-wrapped goal and tie Devils, 1-1


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey defenseman Ken Daneyko knocked a loose puck into his net midway through the second period to account for the New York Islanders' only goal in a 1-1 tie with the Devils last night.

The goal cost the Devils a chance to move into a first-place tie with the New York Rangers in the Patrick Division after a tight-checking game that featured little offense.

Pat LaFontaine set up the Islanders' goal by sliding a pass to David Volek breaking in from the right wing. New Jersey goalie Chris Terreri stopped his shot, but Daneyko, who dived to cut off Volek's approach, tried to clear the puck while on his stomach and hooked it into the net.

Volek got credit for his 15th goal.

There were only a couple of other top scoring chances the rest of the game, as the Devils dominated most of the play but were unable to get the puck past goalie Glenn Healy.

The tie extended the Devils' unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) and their home unbeaten streak to eight (5-0-3). New Jersey is 13-3-4 at the Meadowlands Arena, the best home winning percentage in the National Hockey League.

Healy, who had 29 saves, made good stops on John MacLean and Kirk Muller while New York was short-handed shortly after Volek's goal. He also came up big on MacLean's power-play rebound attempt midway through the third period.

Terreri made two good stops on Bill Berg, the first on a bad-hop bouncer from center ice in the third period and the second on an overtime one-on-one break-in. He finished with 26 saves.

New Jersey's penalty-killers did an excellent job, killing off all seven of the Islanders' power plays, including three five-on-three chances.

MacLean gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 14 minutes, 10 seconds of the first period with his 26th goal of the season and 11th on the power play. Peter Stastny tipped a shot from the point by Bruce Driver into Healy's midsection and the puck dropped to the ice. Muller was stopped on the first rebound attempt before MacLean moved into second place among NHL goal-scorers by

lifting the second rebound over a prone Healy.

Islanders 0 1 0 0 -- 1

New Jersey 1 0 0 0 -- 1

First period--1, New Jersey, MacLean 26 (Muller, Stastny), 14:10 (pp).

Second period--2, New York, Volek 15, 12:23.

Third period--None.


Shots on goal--N.Y. Islanders 10-10-5-2--27. New Jersey 10-10-7-3--30. Power-play opportunities--N.Y. Islanders 0 of 7; New Jersey 1 of 5. Goalies--N.Y. Islanders, Healy, 8-7-5 (30 shots-29 saves). New Jersey, Terreri, 13-7-4 (27-26). A--15,376.

Maple Leafs 6, Blues 4

TORONTO -- Toronto moved out of last place in the overall NHL standings for the first time with a victory over St. Louis.

The Maple Leafs, 6-4-1 in December and 11-26-2 overall, moved one point ahead of Quebec in the overall standings.

Lucien DeBlois, Paul Fenton, Dan Marois, Mike Millar, Michel Petit and Doug Shedden scored for the Maple Leafs. Brett Hull, Rich Sutter, Rod Brind'Amour, Bob Bassen had goals for the Blues, who had a 6-0-3 unbeaten string broken.

The six goals, four in the first period, matched Toronto's biggest output. The Maple Leafs scored six on Oct. 20 against Chicago in their first victory of the season.

In the first period, Toronto outshot the Blues, 17-7, and scored four goals in 5:24 after Hull opened the scoring with his 38th goal in 37 games, a backhand shot past goalie Peter Ing at 11:04.

Toronto tied the score on DeBlois' 20-foot wrist shot between goalie Curtis Joseph's pads at 12:26. Fenton deflected in a long shot by Dave Ellett at 14:13 during a power play, Marois knocked in a loose puck from a scramble at 16:04 and Millar, alone at the side of the crease, swept a shot past Joseph at 17:50.

Sutter made it 4-2 at 6:36 of the second period, but Petit restored the Maple Leafs' three-goal lead when his shot hit Blues defenseman Harold Snepsts' foot and went past Joseph at 12:51.

Shedden slapped a shot from the left circle past Joseph for Toronto's third power-play goal at 13:18 of the third period before Brind'Amour and Bassen scored late goals to make it close.

St. Louis 1 1 2 -- 4

Toronto 4 1 1 -- 6

First period--1, St. Louis, Hull 38 (Brind'Amour, Oates), 11:04. 2, Toronto, DeBlois 6 (Broten, Richardson), 12:46. 3, Toronto, Fenton 9 (Ellett, Damphousse), 14:13 (pp). 4, Toronto, D. Marois 11 (DeBlois, Ramage), 16:04. 5, Toronto, Millar 2 (Fenton, Damphousse), 17:50.

Second period--6, St. Louis, Sutter 10 (Lavoie, Bassen), 6:36. 7, Toronto, Petit 6 (Shedden, Iafrate), 12:51 (pp).

Third period--8, Toronto, Shedden 6 (Petit), 13:18 (pp). 9, St. Louis, Brind'Amour 4 (Lavoie), 16:57. 10, St. Louis, Bassen 8 (Brown), 19:17.

Shots on goal--St. Louis 7-16-10--33. Toronto 17-8-5--30. Power-play opportunities--St. Louis 0 of 3; Toronto 3 of 5. Goalies--St. Louis, Joseph, 8-6-2 (30 shots-24 saves). Toronto, Ing, 9-15-1 (33-29). A--16,382.

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