November 6, 2007


Goalie Lundqvist sharp as Rangers blank Flyers


AssociatedPress/Seth Wenig
Philadelphia Flyers’ goalie Martin Biron gets set to block a shot by New York Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky during Monday’s NHL game at Madison Square Garden.Rangers won, 2-0.

By The Associated Press
It was a stellar night for goalies, as five netminders earned shutouts.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots for his fourth shutout of the season in the New York Rangers’ 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
“I don’t know what to say,” the 25-year-old Swede said. “Going into the season everybody was talking about our offensive game. But we’ve been playing a really strict game, defensive hockey, smart hockey. The good part is it starts to pay off.”
Not only has Lundqvist looked incredibly sharp, he has shown no signs of fatigue despite playing all 14 games for the Rangers (7-6-1). New York, which struggled during a 2-5-1 start, won its fourth straight to finish a 5-1 homestand.
The Rangers have scored an NHL-low 25 goals this season and are tied with Columbus for best in the league with just 23 allowed.
“The guys really worked in the third period and didn’t allow Philly to create much,” Lundqvist said. “We’ve played like a team that’s ahead 10-0 in the third period.”
Pittsburgh’s Dany Sabourin, Carolina’s Cam Ward, Dallas’ Marty Turco and Montreal’s Cristobal Huet had their first shutouts of the season. Montreal beat Buffalo 2-0, and the other three shutouts were 5-0: the Penguins at New Jersey, Dallas at Anaheim, and Carolina against Washington.
Turco had 19 saves in his 31st career shutout to help the Stars snap a three-game losing streak.
“We’ve been playing like dog meat, so it was important for us to execute and be aggressive and play hard for an entire game regardless of the score and who it was against,” Turco said after his 31st career shutout. “We’re a defensive team, so that’s a shutout that everybody feels good about.”
Jere Lehtinen had a goal and two assists, and Mike Ribeiro, Jussi Jokinen, Brenden Morrow and Chris Conner also scored for Dallas. The Stars were 2-for-3 on the power play against a Ducks team that came in having allowed just two goals in 37 short-handed situations at home this season.
Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan accounted for the Rangers’ offense at Madison Square Garden in support of Lundqvist’s 11th career shutout.
Jagr, limited by a groin injury Saturday against New Jersey that still required treatment between periods Monday, got the Rangers on the board late in the first on New York’s final shot of the period. It was Jagr’s third of the season — and this time it stuck. Jagr thought he scored No. 3 last Monday, but three days later the goal was credited to Shanahan.
“He played great right from his first shift,” Shanahan said of Jagr. “The goal he scored is the kind of goal you get confidence from.”
Shanahan’s power-play goal made it 2-0 with 3:21 left. He slapped in a feed from Jagr above the right circle.
Martin Biron made 43 saves for the Flyers, who have lost eight of 11 to the Rangers.
At Raleigh, N.C., Cory Stillman completed a hat trick just 11:28 into the game, Eric Staal added two goals and Ward made 35 saves as the Hurricanes improved to 5-1-1 at home.
“We had lots of shots on net and a few good chances but we ran into a very good goaltender again tonight in Ward,” Washington’s Matt Pettinger said.
The Capitals are 2-9-0 in their last 11 games.
At Newark, N.J., Sidney Crosby scored twice for Pittsburgh and Sabourin made 20 saves. Adam Hall, Petr Sykora and Erik Christensen also scored for Penguins.
“I’m pretty happy to get the shutout, but it was a big night for the team,” Sabourin said. “They played well in front of me all night.”
Crosby has nine goals this season, and leads the NHL with 12 points on the power play, including his first-period goal.
At Montreal, Huet made 29 saves for his first shutout in nearly a year and Tomas Plekanec scored in the second period.
Huet stopped 16 shots in the first period on his way to his 14th career shutout — first since Nov. 28 when he beat Florida 1-0 in a shootout.
“They tried to shoot a lot in the first and create some rebounds and second chances off my pads and it gave me a little bit of confidence after that,” Huet said.
Plekanec scored his fourth goal of the season on a 2-on-1 at 13:04 of the second, and Bryan Smolinski added an empty-netter with 21.8 seconds left. The Canadiens have won six of eight (6-1-1).
Ryan Miller stopped 17 shots for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row (0-2-1).
Avalanche 4, Flames 1: Paul Stastny scored two goals and Wojtek Wolski added a goal and two assists for host Colorado. Milan Hejduk had three assists for the Avalanche, who have beaten the Flames seven straight games dating back to the 2006-07 season.
Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots for the victory.
Jarome Iginla scored his 10th goal of the season for Calgary.
Wild 5, Oilers 2: Niklas Backstrom kept up his mastery of visiting Edmonton, and Mark Parrish scored twice to lead Minnesota. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kurtis Foster and Stephane Veilleux also scored and Mikko Koivu had three assists for the Wild.
Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff scored for the Oilers.
Panthers 4, Lightning 3: David Booth scored with 1:19 left in the third period and Florida kept Tampa Bay winless on the road.
Olli Jokinen had a goal and two assists, and Ville Peltonen and Steve Montador also scored for the Panthers.
Martin St. Louis, Brad Lukowich and Michel Ouellet scored for the Lightning. Vincent Lecavalier had two assists. Tampa Bay has lost six straight overall and is off to a franchise-worst 0-7 start away from home.




Flames trip Binghamton

Danny Turk scored both goals Sunday as the Cortland Flames Pee Wee Travel youth hockey team beat visiting Binghamton 2-0.
Goalies Zack Randall and Jared Levine totaled 13 combined saves in recording the shutout.
Cortland fell to host Binghamton A Sunday. Mike Turk had two goals and an assist and Matt Pelowski a goal and an assist for Cortland, while no goalie statistics were reported.
The Ithaca Shooting Stars squad lost four timers in the Fire on Ice Tournament in Rochester, 7-2 to the Princeton Tiger Lillies 14-Unders, 3-1 to the New York Storm, 4-0 to the Perinton Edge 14-Unders and 3-0 to the Oakville Hornets.
The Stars went 3-3 in October. Cortland’s Ali Pace had the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Syracuse Stars 12-Under Tier I team, assisted by Dryden’s Marissa Ramos. The Syracuse squad won another game between the two by the same 1-0 score. In a split with the Webster Cyclones 14-Under Tier 2 team (3-1 win and 2-1 loss), Ramos picked up an assist.
The Stars lost 6-2 to the Rome Grizzlies 14-Unders, and in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Regals 14-Under Ramos had a goal and an assist and Pace one goal.
The Storm squad also lost all four of its games in the Fire On Ice event, as injuries forced Homer’s Annabelle Jones from Homer and Sarah Eisenhut to split their time between goaltending and defense.
The Storm was shut out 5-0 by the Whitby Midgets. Cortland’s Janesa Cornish had an assist in a 2-1 loss to the Durham West Midgets, while Samantha Craig of Cortland had an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Oakville Hornets Midgets. Cornish scored twice in a 3-2 loss to the Suffolk County PAL 16-Unders.
No stats were reported for local players as the Storm squad opened its season with a pair of 6-0 losses to the Camillus Cougars 12-Under squad.



Masters tourney field ready to go

The field is set for the second round of the 2007 Seven Valley USBA Association Masters Tournament, which will crown a champion in Scratch and Handicap Divisions this Sunday.
The top 48 qualifiers in the Scratch Division will get going at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cort-Lanes, where three games will be bowled across six lanes. The field then moves to Marathon Lanes and repeat the process at 3 p.m.
The Handicap Division qualifying field will do the same thing only in reverse. Those bowlers get started at Marathon Lanes at 1 p.m. before moving on to Cort-Lanes at 3 p.m.
The top eight scorers in each division will advance into Sunday’s final round, which will be held on the Groton Corona Club lanes starting at noon. Bowlers will be seeded one through eight after the second round. In case of a tie for the eighth spot, a one-game match will take place prior to Sunday’s final round to determine who advances.
The final round will consist of eight matches, the first seven rolled in a round robin format. After the seventh match, bowlers will be reseeded based on the total pin count from the second round matches and the round robin competition, with bonus points added on from the finals. Bonus points in the final round will be 30 pins to the winner of each match and 15 pins for each bowler in case of a tie.