Originally created 04/03/00

Thrashers snap 17-game skid



ATLANTA -- Donald Audette scored on a third-period breakaway as the Atlanta Thrashers snapped a 17-game home-winless streak Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders.

Audette took a pass from Ray Ferraro at the New York blue line and skated uncontested before zipping a shot past Kevin Weekes. It was Audette's 17th goal and fifth since being acquired from Los Angeles on March 13.

Ferraro had a goal and two assists for the expansion Thrashers, who were 0-15-2 at Philips Arena since beating Philadelphia on Jan. 14.

Atlanta, the NHL's worst team with 39 points, had lost five straight and was 1-16-1 since winning at Colorado on Feb. 22.

The Islanders, who have the NHL's third-worst record, got two goals from Mike Watt, but it wasn't enough to keep New York from losing to the Thrashers for the third time in four games. Atlanta has only 14 wins this season.

CANUCKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2:

Denis Pederson had two goals and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks inched closer to a playoff spot by holding on for a win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ed Jovanovski also scored for the Canucks, who are one point behind eighth-place San Jose and the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Vancouver, with 80 points, has three games remaining. San Jose has 81 points and four games left.

Canucks goaltender Felix Potvin stopped 17 shots. He lost a bid for his second shutout this season with 5:54 left when Bryan McCabe beat him with a 30-foot shot. Steve Sullivan made it 3-2 with 1:10 left.

AVALANCHE 3, STARS 2, OT:

Shjon Podein stole the puck from goalie Ed Belfour behind the net and scored a short-handed goal with 47 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a win over the Dallas Stars.

Colorado, posting its fifth straight victory, extended its lead over Edmonton to six points in the Northwest Division, nearly securing the division title. Colorado has three games remaining and Edmonton four.

Dallas already clinched the Pacific Division.

Late in overtime, Belfour roamed far from the crease, controlling the puck from near the right corner to behind the net. Podein, approaching from the right side, stole the puck and tucked it between Belfour and defenseman Darryl Sydor just left of the goal.

Patrick Roy had 22 saves to record his 443rd regular-season victory, leaving him just four shy of NHL career leader Terry Sawchuk. Belfour had 25 saves.

The loss snapped the Stars' seven-game unbeaten streak on the road.

BLUES 4, SENATORS 1:

Backup goalie Jamie McLennan stopped 26 shots, and Scott Young scored twice, leading the St. Louis Blues to victory over the Ottawa Senators.

The Blues lead the league with a franchise-record 111 points with three games left in the regular season.

St. Louis has won 55 straight when they score three or more goals in a game.

The Blues, who last won a division title in 1987, are 7-1-2 in their last ten games. The Senators, who have also clinched a playoff spot, have lost six of nine. Both teams played for the third time in four days.

HURRICANES 1, FLYERS 0:

Arturs Irbe stopped 31 shots and Bates Battaglia scored the only goal as the Carolina Hurricanes moved back into playoff position with a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Hurricanes won their third straight and jumped over Buffalo into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Carolina, with 80 points, leads the race for the final playoff spot by one point over the Sabres and two over 10th place Montreal, which played later at Detroit.

Carolina got into eighth place Friday with a win over the Sabres, but Buffalo jumped back ahead by winning at Montreal on Saturday.

Irbe set a franchise record with his 32nd victory and recorded his fifth shutout this season, one shy of his career-high set last season.

Philadelphia, which remained two points behind New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic Division, held Carolina to 16 shots but could not get past Irbe.