Penguins Win Third in Row

From Associated Press

German Titov scored Pittsburgh’s first short-handed goal of the season and the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2, Tuesday night at Pittsburgh for their third consecutive victory under new Coach Herb Brooks.

Martin Straka and Matthew Barnaby also scored for the Penguins, who were six games under .500 before Brooks replaced Kevin Constantine on Thursday but have since sliced that margin in half.

The Bruins, coming off a 2-0 victory Monday over Phoenix that stopped a four-game winless streak, are 1-3-2 in their last six games.


Goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin played his fourth consecutive strong game by making 24 saves.

But Aubin may be sent down because he makes $300,000 in the NHL and only $45,000 in the AHL. Peter Skudra, a backup who hasn’t played nearly as well as Aubin, has stayed in Pittsburgh because he makes his $550,000 salary regardless of where he plays.

Chicago 5, San Jose 2--Bryan McCabe and Jean-Pierre Dumont scored 12 seconds apart late in the first period and Jocelyn Thibault made 35 saves as the Blackhawks beat the Sharks at San Jose.

The goals by McCabe and Dumont gave Chicago, which broke a three-game losing streak, a 3-0 lead after one period.

Tampa Bay 4, Nashville 4--The Lightning came back from a four-goal deficit to tie the Predators at Tampa, Fla. Steve Guolla lifted a backhander over Nashville’s Mike Dunham to complete the comeback and give the Lightning its first four-game unbeaten streak in two years.

Edmonton 4, New York Islanders 2--Bill Guerin had a goal and an assist for the Oilers at Uniondale, N.Y., to help Tommy Salo earn his first win against his former team.

Salo, in his first start against the Islanders since being traded last season, made 24 saves as the Oilers won for the third time on the road (3-11-3).


The loss, in front of a crowd of 6,526, was the Islanders’ team-record seventh straight at Nassau Coliseum.

Buffalo 3, Philadelphia 1--Center Eric Lindros and goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck of the Flyers took the night off and the Sabres took advantage at Buffalo.

Lindros injured his left hand at Toronto Saturday night, and Vanbiesbrouck was given a rest.

Calgary 1, St. Louis 1--Fred Brathwaite, who made 49 saves for the Flames at St. Louis, had a shutout until the final minute, when Chris Pronger rushed the net and batted home a rebound with 38.1 seconds remaining to forge the tie.


Philadelphia Flyer Coach Roger Neilson will begin chemotherapy for bone marrow cancer today. He is to undergo several months of chemotherapy, then get a bone marrow transplant in March. Neilson announced last week he has cancer. He does not plan to miss any games, though he has said his assistant coaches are ready to step in temporarily. . . . Vancouver defenseman Doug Bodger, 33, retired rather than accept a demotion. The Canucks wanted to send Bodger to Syracuse of the American Hockey League. . . . The injury-plagued Ottawa Senators will be without defenseman Chris Phillips for at least the next month. Phillips will have surgery on his right ankle today.