NHL ROUNDUP : Sharks Finally Win on the Road

The Calgary Flames, one of the elite teams of the National Hockey League, might find it hard to believe San Jose is an expansion team.

While some of the other teams push the new team around, the Flames have their troubles.

After 14 winless games on the road, the Sharks beat the Flames, 2-1, Saturday night at Calgary behind the goaltending of Jeff Hackett.

The Sharks, who have a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1), had lost all 13 road games until they earned a tie at Edmonton Friday night.


In only their third game in the league, the Sharks upset the Flames at home for their first victory.

Hackett, who had played parts of two seasons with the New York Islanders before joining the Sharks, lost his first 10 games for the Sharks. He earned his first victory Tuesday night, when he stopped 42 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Hackett had stopped 23 shots and appeared on his way to a shutout, but Gary Suter scored with 89 seconds remaining to spoil his bid.

Earlier, Calgary had two goals disallowed because referee Dan Marouelli called interference penalties because Flames were illegally in the goal crease when the pucks went into the net.


The Sharks had 26 shots against Mike Vernon, getting goals from Steve Bozek in the first period and David Bruce in the second.

The victory gave the Sharks a 5-20-2 record, still the worst in the league.

St. Louis 7, Detroit 3--The one-two punch of Brett Hull and Adam Oates combined to end the Red Wings’ unbeaten string at 10.

Hull had his 12th hat trick at St. Louis and linemate Oates tied his own club record by setting up five goals.


The Red Wings started their string by beating the Blues, 10-3, Nov. 7.

Detroit, which moved to the top of the Norris Division, beat the Blues the first three times they met this season.

Hull has 22 goals to lead the NHL.

New York Islanders 8, Washington 1--Al Arbour, who directed the club in the glory years, has brought the Islanders back.


In a weekend series with the Capitals, New York reached its highest point in three seasons.

The Islanders shocked the Capitals Friday night at Washington, then humiliated them at Uniondale, N.Y.

Pierre Turgeon had a hat trick and Patrick Flatley had two goals as the Islanders broke it open with five goals in the second period.

The Capitals are 18-8. The Islanders improved to 9-12-3.


Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1--The Penguins also swept consecutive games from the slumping Flyers.

After Kevin Stevens led the Stanley Cup champions to a 9-3 victory at Philadelphia, goaltender Tom Barrasso took charge at Pittsburgh in the second game.

He stopped 33 shots and extended his unbeaten string to six games (5-0-1). The Flyers are winless in the last six (0-5-1).

Hartford 3, Montreal 2--Rob Brown scored his league-leading ninth power-play goal and assisted on another at Hartford.


The Canadiens, runaway leaders of the Adams Division, lost two in a row for the first time this season. They are 0-2-2 against the Whalers.

Quebec 4, Buffalo 3--Joe Sakic and Claude Lapointe scored in the final four minutes at Quebec to give the Nordiques their sixth victory in 25 games.

Minnesota 4, Toronto 3--Mike Craig, who scored the tying goal late in the second period, tallied the game-winner at Toronto near the middle of the final period.

The teams split back-to-back games, both winning on the road.