Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers skate to 4-4 tie


Mike Knuble scored midway through the third period and Byron Dafoe made 20 saves in his second game back from an injury layoff Tuesday night, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 4-4 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers. Rick Tocchet gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead with 1107 remaining in regulation. The Flyers remained undefeated under coach Bill Barber (2-0-3), who took over for Craig Ramsay after he was fired on Dec. 10. Dafoe (2-4-3) was out for three weeks, missing 11 contests, with a knee injury. The Bruins haven’t put together consecutive victories since Mike Keenan took over on Oct. 25. Islanders 2, Hurricanes 1 In Uniondale, New York, Taylor Pyatt’s early third-period goal helped the New York Islanders to a victory over Carolina. The winning goal came at 201 as Garry Galley’s right-point slap shot was stopped by goalie Arturs Irbe. The rebound came to Bill Muckalt, who muffed the shot, but Pyatt moved in and sent a wrist shot past Irbe. Mark Lawrence also scored for the Islanders, who snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Hurricanes — dating to Jan. 30, 1998.

John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 20 shots for the victory. Sami Kapanen had the only goal for Carolina. Irbe made 27 saves. Thrashers 7, Kings 6, OT In Los Angeles, Donald Audette had two goals and two assists, one on Frantisek Kaberle’s goal at 100 of overtime, as Atlanta beat the Kings. Brad Tapper scored his first NHL goal and Andrew Brunette had a club-record four assists, helping the Thrashers beat the Kings for the first time (1-3). Atlanta has won seven of 10 after losing six of seven. Steve Reinprecht forced overtime, salvaging a point for the Kings, with his ninth goal — scored with only 14 seconds left in regulation. Los Angeles goalie Stephane Fiset allowed five goals on 11 shots. Backup Jamie Storr surrendered the last two goals and took the loss. Flames 3, Avalanche 0 In Denver, Mike Vernon stopped 34 shots for his 26th career shutout and Marc Savard had a goal and an assist as Calgary beat Colorado for the first time in nine games. Cory Stillman added a goal and an assist and Dave Lowry also scored for Calgary, 0-4-1 in its previous five visits to Denver. David Aebischer made 18 stops for Colorado, winless in its last four games (0-2-2). Colorado, which lost only its third home game, is on its longest losing streak this season.