Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Columbus Blue Jackets

COMEBACK
Dallas earned its NHL-best ninth win when trailing after 40 minutes as Mike Modano scored two third-period goals to give the Stars a 2-1 victory at Vancouver on Saturday night.
STREAK ENDED
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur had won six in a row in Pittsburgh since Nov. 27, 2001, only to be pulled in the second period Saturday after allowing six goals on 16 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Penguins. It was Brodeur's 26th consecutive start.
SHUT DOWN
Mathieu Garon made 31 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout to lift Los Angeles to a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Saturday night. Garon earned his sixth win in seven decisions and 27th of the season - the most for a Kings goalie since Felix Potvin posted 31 in the 2001-02 season.
STEVE OF OLD
Steve Yzerman turned back the clock Saturday for his first two-goal game since Feb. 11, 2004 as Detroit defeated Chicago 6-4. The 40-year-old Red Wings captain is in his 23rd NHL season.
MOVING UP
Rob Niedermayer scored his first two goals since Dec. 18 and Teemu Selanne added his team-leading 28th goal as Anaheim pulled within two points of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the West with a 5-3 win over Phoenix on Saturday.
SPEAKING
"Today is a very sad day across the hockey world and here in Atlanta. Boom Boom was an incredible man who meant a great deal to me, and I'm fortunate to have called him a friend and a mentor.'' - Thrashers coach Bob Hartley following the death of Montreal Canadiens great Bernie "Boom Boom'' Geoffrion on Saturday.
FAREWELL
Bernie "Boom Boom'' Geoffrion, the hockey Hall of Famer credited with inventing the slap shot, died Saturday before his No. 5 jersey was retired by the Montreal Canadians in a pre-game ceremony. Geoffrion, who helped lead Montreal to six Stanley Cups in the 1950s and early '60s, died after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He was 75. The Canadians went on to beat the New York Rangers, 1-0.
STREAKING
Mike Grier's goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation lifted Buffalo to a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday - the Sabres' fifth straight win and 12th in 15 games. Buffalo, which also had a 15-1-1 stretch earlier in the season, has climbed within two points of Northeast Division-leading Ottawa.
SCARY
San Jose enforcer Scott Parker and Phoenix's Brendan Witt attempted to scale the barrier dividing the benches during the second period of the Sharks' 3-2 overtime win over the Coyotes on Saturday. Neither Parker nor Witt, making his Nashville debut after a trade with Washington, managed to land any big punches. Both were ejected.
STRONG AFTER THREE
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who have only 26 wins, improved to 12-0-2 in overtime - the best record in the NHL - with a 4-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday.

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