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MAPLE LEAFS CAPTURE FIFTH STRAIGHT

Nik Antropov had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fifth straight with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Igor Korolev, Jonas Hoglund and Dmitri Khristich also scored for Toronto, which tied Detroit for the most points in the NHL with 50.

Danny Markov set up Antropov to the left of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur for the go-ahead goal at 12:49 of the second period. Antropov, who had only one goal in his first 22 NHL games, has four in his last two.

Claude Lemieux gave New Jersey an early 1-0 lead before the Maple Leafs stormed back.

Lemieux got his stick on Lyle Odelein's point shot to put the Devils up, 1-0, at 8:23. Korolev tied it, 1-1, with a breakaway goal at 16:05 while killing a cross-checking penalty against teammate Kevyn Adams.

Hoglund's power-play goal at 14:57 of the second period gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead. Khristich added a goal off a pass from Steve Thomas at 15:03 of the third to make it 4-1.

"We can't expect Marty (goaltender Brodeur) to stop breakaway after breakaway," Devils defenseman Lyle Odelein said. "We just can't. We had a good first period then we took some bad penalties, they capitalized, and here we go again."

New Jersey outshot Toronto, 32-20, but Curtis Joseph made a number of outstanding saves.

Habs, Bruins play to tie

BOSTON -- Patrice Brisebois scored his first goal of the season late in the second period to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins.

Boston, which has won just one of its last nine home games, outshot Montreal, 40-27, including 5-4 in overtime. The Bruins improved to 1-0-9 in overtime this season.

"If we keep playing this way, it'll turn around and we'll win some games," said Boston coach Pat Burns, who coached his 800th NHL game.

Brisebois' shot found the net off the skate of Boston defenseman Don Sweeney with 31 seconds left in the second to make it 3-3.

The Bruins took their first lead, 3-2, when Joe Thornton broke a five-game scoreless streak at 8:46 of the second period.

Joe Murphy earned his 500th point in the NHL with an assist.

Weekes wins Islanders debut

UNIONDALE, L.I. -- Claude Lapointe scored two second-period goals and goaltender Kevin Weekes, in his New York Islanders debut, beat the New York Rangers for the third time this season, 4-2.

It was Lapointe's second two-goal game of the season and seventh of his career. Lapointe, who has six goals, also scored twice at Colorado on Nov. 19.

Rookie Jan Hlavac scored both Rangers goals for his first two-goal game. The loss snapped the Rangers' eight-game (7-0-1) unbeaten streak against the Islanders, who beat their rivals for the first time since April 4, 1998.

Weekes, who beat the Rangers twice with Vancouver before being dealt to the Islanders last week, made 36 saves.

"I'm fortunate that way," said Weekes, who had his first NHL win and first shutout in separate contests against New York. "The Rangers, as far as pure talent goes, are one of the more talented teams in the league."

Around the rinks

Tony Amonte had a goal and three assists as the Blackhawks beat the Stars, 5-2, snapping Dallas' four-game unbeaten streak. . . . Joe Juneau scored the go-ahead goal in the Senators' come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes. Janne Laukkanen, Magnus Arvedson and Vaclav Prospal also scored for the Senators, who are 3-1-3 in their last seven games. Patrick Traverse had two assists. Ron Tugnutt made 25 saves for his 10th win of the season, while Eric Fichaud made 31 saves for Carolina. . . . Jaromir Jagr scored his 26th goal and ended Pittsburgh's 0-for-26 power-play slump as the Penguins beat the Lightning, 4-3. The Penguins, 6-2 since Herb Brooks replaced Kevin Constantine as coach on Dec. 9, took a 3-1 lead into the third period but Tampa Bay rallied to tie before losing its fourth straight. . . . Scott Young scored a short-handed goal with 4:15 left in the third period, and the Blues extended their unbeaten streak to six with a 2-2 tie against Predators. . . . Scott Fankhouser replaced Norm Maracle early in the first period and made 36 saves in his NHL debut to help the Thrashers earn a 4-4 tie with the Flyers. Nelson Emerson scored the equalizer with 13:06 left in the third period for Atlanta, which fell behind, 3-0, and is 0-7-2 in its last nine games. . . . Valeri Bure had a goal and an assist as the Flames beat the Oilers, 2-1. Calgary extended its home unbeaten streak to seven games -- 6-0-1 -- while Edmonton lost for the first time in four games.
CORRECTION
Eric Lindros played with the Philadelphia Flyers when they were swept in the 1997 Stanley Cup finals by the Detroit Red Wings. It was reported in some editions Thursday that the Flyers never reached the finals with Lindros.

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