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4 NHL Teams Score Overtime Victories - 2004-02-29


Four National Hockey League games went into overtime Saturday, and Columbus, Nashville, Montreal and Boston came out winners.

David Vyborny of Columbus had a career-high five points to lead the Blue Jackets past the visiting Colorado Avalanche, 5-4. Vyborny had a goal and four assists, including a helper on the winning goal by Jaroslav Spacek.

In Nashville, Andrew Hutchinson's power-play goal late in overtime gave the Predators a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers.

Montreal shut out the Carolina Hurricanes, 1-0, on an overtime goal by Mike Ribeiro. Goalie Jose Theodore made 18 saves for his sixth shutout and the Canadiens won their fourth straight, a season high.

Boston beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, with veteran Glen Murray scoring the OT goal. Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft stopped 26 shots to earn his 22nd win, the most by a Boston rookie in 22 years.

Other NHL winners Saturday were the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks.

The Kings topped their California rivals, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 2-1. The Maple Leafs blanked the defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-0; Toronto goalie Ed Belfour, who has been out with a back problem, returned to the net for the first time in 12 games. In Ottawa, the Senators shellacked the Buffalo Sabres, 7-1, and moved into a tie for the most points in the league. The Tampa Bay Lightning cruised past the Washington Capitals, 4-2, in Florida, and the Vancouver Canucks shut out the St. Louis Blues, 2-0.

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