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DUCKS 'POST' VICTORY OVER ISLANDERS
GOALTENDER SHTALENKOV GETS PLENTY OF HELP FROM THE PIPES

While Mikhail Shtalenkov didn't get much support from his Anaheim teammates, he got plenty of help from the goal posts.

Shtalenkov made 37 saves and his right goalpost stopped two late shots as the Mighty Ducks beat the New York Islanders, 4-2, on Saturday.

"I like the posts," said Shtalenkov, who helped the Mighty Ducks even their record at 4-4-2. "I didn't practice well for the last three days, so I was kind of worried how I'd play today."

Anaheim scored on two of its first three shots on goal, with Tomas Sandstrom opening the scoring at 1:56 of the first period, and Dmitri Mironov making it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 3:28.

Mironov capitalized on Islanders defenseman Bryan McCabe's poor clearing attempt, picking up the puck at the right point and firing a slap shot past screened goalie Tommy Salo.

"I made a bad play," McCabe said. "The first period cost us the game."

Teemu Selanne put Anaheim ahead, 3-0, at 3:32 of the second period on the only shot Salo faced in a 17-minute span. Selanne beat Salo with a wrist shot on a breakaway set up by Steve Rucchin.

The game was delayed for five minutes at 12:58 when Anaheim's Ruslan Salei checked Mariusz Czerkawski behind the Anaheim goal, shattering a pane of glass. A photographer and a security guard were cut by the glass.

Panthers 5, Bruins 4

BOSTON -- Bill Lindsay broke a tie late in the third period to give Florida a victory over Boston, ending the Bruins' undefeated streak at six games.

"We didn't play that well. We gave them the opportunity to win the game on a silver platter," said Boston coach Pat Burns. "They didn't have to work very hard for their goals."

Ray Sheppard scored twice for the Panthers, his first two goals of the season, to run his career total to 306 in his 11th NHL season.

Boston's Sergei Samsonov, a first-round choice in this year's draft, scored his first NHL goal 46 seconds in the third period and Tim Taylor followed with a goal at 2:42 to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.

But Sheppard batted a knuckle ball between Boston goaltender Jim Carey's pads to tie the game at 5:50, and Lindsay got the game-winner at 14:04.

John Vanbiesbrouck had 27 saves for Florida and Carey turned back 24 shots.

Canadiens 4, Senators 2

KANATA, Ontario -- Martin Rucinsky scored two goals and Montreal defeated Ottawa, handing the Senators their first home defeat of the season and first in 10 games going back to last season.

Dave Manson and David Wilkie also scored for the Canadiens (5-3-2).

Alexei Yashin and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa (6-3-3), which attracted its second sellout crowd, 18,500, this season.

Sharks 4, Devils 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Todd Gill, Owen Nolan and Tony Granato scored in a span of 2:33 late in the first period to spark San Jose over New Jersey.

Jeff Friesen also scored for the Sharks, who ended a four-game losing streak.

Scott Neidermayer scored twice and Randy McKay added a goal as New Jersey scored all three times on the power play. The loss ended the Devils' two-game winning streak as New Jersey suffered its first home loss in five games at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Stars 3, Avalanche 1

DALLAS -- Pat Verbeek and Mike Modano scored third-period goals as Dallas beat Colorado and handed goaltender Patrick Roy his first loss of the season.

Verbeek got his goal early in the third period and Modano earned his ninth of the season, an empty-netter with 15.8 seconds left after he stole the puck near the blue line. Roy's record dropped to 5-1-4 as he was peppered with 28 shots.

Roman Turek turned back 25 shots for Dallas, earning his second win of the season against two losses.

Blues 5, Capitals 2

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Hull scored his eighth goal and Grant Fuhr stopped 16 shots to lead St. Louis by Washington.

The Blues were 0-5 in their last five games against the Capitals, and 1-9 in their last 10 games.

The Blues are 4-1-1 in their last six games while the Capitals are 3-2-1 in their last six.

The victory was a rare one for Fuhr against the Capitals. His career record is 7-18-3 against Washington.

Maple Leafs 4, Flames 3

TORONTO -- Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading Toronto to its first home win of the season, over Calgary.

Mike Johnson, Sergei Berezin and Derek King, with his first goal in a Toronto uniform, also scored for the Maple Leafs (3-6-1).

Joel Bouchard, Jonas Hoglund and Cory Stillman scored for Calgary (1-8-2).