NHL ROUNDUP : Noonan’s Four Goals Can’t Stop the Red Wings
Brian Noonan had four goals for the Chicago Blackhawks, but Jimmy Carson and linemate Ray Sheppard each scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-4 victory at Chicago Sunday night.
The Red Wings completed a trip during which they won five of six games. The Red Wings, who increased their lead in the Norris Division to nine points over St. Louis, are on a 17-2-3 streak.
Noonan, who had a hat trick to get the Blackhawks a tie with Winnipeg Friday night, scored his 11th goal at 6:34 of the first period. But Carson started a four-goal outburst by the Red Wings 23 seconds later.
The Red Wings acquired veteran goaltender Greg Millen to provide some relief for Tim Cheveldae, but the 23-year-old doesn’t want any. Cheveldae stopped 37 shots. The Red Wings’ record is 23-10-4 and Cheveldae’s record is 22-10-4.
“I’m not tired and I’m not hurt,” Cheveldae said. “Under the circumstances, I don’t want to come out. If I get tired, I’ll let everyone know.”
Cheveldae, in his second season as the No. 1 goalie for the Red Wings, stopped 15 of 16 shots during the first period and all nine during the second.
Pittsburgh 6, New York 3--The Penguins, held scoreless for nearly half the game at New York by Mike Richter, then surged to victory.
Ron Turcotte, with his 12th goal and an assist, had helped the Rangers to a 2-0 lead.
But Mark Recchi and Jaromir Jagr each scored twice and Mario Lemieux had two assists and his 27th goal for Pittsburgh.
It was the sixth victory in seven games for the Stanley Cup champions. In those seven games, they have scored 51 goals.
The Penguins felt the four-goal final period was a pay-back for Dec. 21’s game, when the Rangers scored four times during the last period at Pittsburgh to win, 7-6.
Washington 4, New Jersey 3--The Capitals fell behind, 3-1, at East Rutherford, N.J., on a second-period hat trick by Peter Stastny, but scored three goals during the last period and remained three points ahead of Pittsburgh in the Patrick Division.
Dale Hunter brought the Capitals even with 2:29 to play. There were only 62 seconds to play when Kelly Miller scored out of a scramble in front of the net to give the Capitals the victory.
Montreal 3, Edmonton 1--Rookie Gilbert Dionne, younger brother of Kings’ Marcel Dionne, scored his first NHL goal and it proved to be the difference at Edmonton.
Dionne, 21, scored at 8:10 of the third period, giving the Canadiens a 3-1 lead.
Marcel Dionne, who played most of his career for the Kings, scored 731 goals and is No. 3 on the all-time list.
Montreal improved its record, best in the league, to 26-13-2.
Hartford 6, New York Islanders 4--It has been mostly a dismal season for the Whalers. An exception has been the performance of Ron Brown on the power play.
Brown had two more power-play goals at Hartford, increasing his league-leading power-play goal total to 13.
Boston 6, Winnipeg 3--Bob Carpenter scored twice at Winnipeg and the Bruins ended their four-game winless streak.
The Bruins’ Reggie Lemelin, at 37 the oldest goaltender in the league, stopped 39 shots.
Steve Leach scored his 17th goal midway through the second period to give Boston the lead for good.