NHL roundup: Hasek blanks Columbus
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Dominik Hasek made 35 saves in his 76th career shutout and eighth of the season to lift the host Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.
Hasek tied Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for eighth on the career shutout list.
Kyle Calder, Todd Bertuzzi, and Kris Draper scored for Detroit. Fredrik Norrena made 21 saves for Columbus.
Calder got the game's first goal 16 seconds into the third period. He stole the puck from Ron Hainsey in the left corner of the Blue Jackets' end, knocking Hainsey to the ice in the process.
Calder took the puck to the net and beat Norrena with a backhand shot as he was being tripped down by Sergei Fedorov, who was sliding across the crease.
Bertuzzi put in a rebound off a goal-mouth scramble with 2:24 left, and Draper added an empty-met goal with 46 seconds remaining.
Saku Koivu scored twice, including his career-high 22nd goal in the third period, and Jaroslav Halak got his second shutout as the host Montreal Canadiens grabbed a 2-0 victory against the Boston Bruins before the Bell Centre's 100th straight sellout crowd. Koivu scored his 21st goal on a power play at 16:46 to reach 70 points for only the second time in his career. The Finnish center danced off the right corner and jumped against the boards, driving his left shoulder into the glass in celebration of tying his career high for points and Montreal went on to record its 90th point in the tight battle for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. It is the second consecutive season the Canadiens have sold out every regular-season home game. The total attendance of 872,193 tied the league record Montreal set last season. ... Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Boyle scored just under two-minutes apart early in the third period to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2. Lecavalier tied it at 2-all on his 52nd goal at 1:20 of the third. He scored from the low slot off Vinny Prospal's deflected pass. Boyle gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead when skated into the Carolina zone and scored from the right circle at 3:13. Ray Whitney and Rod Brind'Amour had the Carolina goals. The Hurricanes are poised to become the first defending Stanley Cup champion to miss the playoffs the next season since New Jersey in 1996.
First Published April 4, 2007 12:00 am