For the second straight game, the Ottawa Senators couldn't score a goal. But at least this time, they didn't lose. With Damian Rhodes making 24 saves, the Senators played the first scoreless tie in their six-year history Thursday night, matching zeroes with the Boston Bruins.
"We had some good chances tonight, and I missed a few," said Ottawa's leading scorer, Alexei Yashin. "But the final was 0-0 - not a good hockey score. A lot of fans are disappointed, but we'll take the road tie."The Senators, who were shut out 3-0 by Buffalo's Dominik Hasek in their previous game Wednesday night, have now gone 147 minutes without a goal.
Meanwhile, Boston's Byron Dafoe made 27 saves as the Bruins played their first scoreless tie since 1970 and their first at home since 1955.
Neither team in the Boston-Ottawa game had many good scoring chances in the first two periods, but the Bruins had a pair in the overtime period.
PANTHERS 2, DEVILS 1: Rob Niedermayer scored two goals, including the game-winner on a power play 1:53 into overtime, to lift Florida over New Jersey.
The win was only the fifth in 22 games at home for the Panthers. They wore their red road uniforms for the first time at home this season while trying to turn things around. Niedermayer's second goal came after a shot by Ray Whitney was stopped by Richard Shulmistra, who was making his NHL debut.
CAPITALS 3, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: Adam Oates scored on a breakaway with 31.4 seconds left to lead Washington over visiting Anaheim.
Oates, who also had an assist, stole the puck from Warren Rychel near center ice, broke in alone and fired a shot past goaltender Guy Hebert.
The Capitals appeared to have broken the tie with 2:54 left, but Peter Bondra's goal was disallowed as Steve Konowalchuk had his foot in the crease.
BLACKHAWKS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Alex Zhamnov and James Black scored on rebounds in a 45-second span late in the third period, rallying Chicago to a tie with visiting Toronto.
Toronto had taken a 3-1 lead with 10:54 left in regulation on Mats Sundin's goal - the Maple Leafs' first power-play score in 15 games and 59 attempts. Toronto had gone 0-for-51 with the man advantage in December, last scoring on the power play Nov. 29.
But Chicago, which had been 0-12-0 when trailing after two periods this season, came back by putting heavy pressure on Toronto goaltender Felix Potvin.
COYOTES 4, KINGS 0: At Phoenix, Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Coyotes beat the Kings.
Deron Quint, Craig Janney, Rick Tocchet and Cliff Ronning scored for the Coyotes, who extended their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) and snapped a six-game winless streak at home. Phoenix had not won at home since a 3-2 victory over St. Louis on Nov. 25. Khabibulin notched his second shutout in a week and the 13th of his career. Khabibulin stopped 30 shots in Phoenix's 4-0 victory over San Jose on Dec. 26.