NHL goalies weren't in a giving mood, and four of them gave up absolutely nothing.
Dominik Hasek and Roman Cechmanek, also the goalies for the Czech national team, were spotless Monday night. Buffalo's Hasek blanked Ottawa 2-0, while Philadelphia's Cechmanek stopped Carolina 4-0.
Not do be outdone, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur stopped Toronto 2-0. And Florida's Roberto Luongo shut out St. Louis 3-0.
Things didn't go so well for Mike Richter of the Rangers, who tore a ligament in his right knee in a 4-2 victory over Chicago and will be out for the rest of the season.
In other games, Patrick Roy allowed just one goal to potent Pittsburgh in Colorado's 5-1 victory, and Anaheim defeated Calgary 6-2.
Sabres 2, Senators 0
Hasek was inspired to get his 30 saves and seventh shutout this season and the 52nd of his career, one in front of Roy and four behind Dallas' Ed Belfour.
It was son Michael's 11th birthday, and the youngster was on hand in Buffalo.
"Even though he goes to school tomorrow, I let him come to see the game. It's a good feeling," Hasek said of his son. "He's a big Buffalo Sabres fan. I'm sure he's happy."
Added coach Lindy Ruff, "I thought he was rock solid. You would want to give your son a shutout, wouldn't you?"
Flyers 4, Hurricanes 0
Cechmanek, who is Hasek's backup in the Czech Republic, had 21 saves for his sixth shutout. Playing in his first NHL season, Cechmanek has won five straight starts and 10 of his last 11 decisions.
"It was a very easy game," Cechmanek said. "I think there wasn't that many shots."
Keith Primeau scored twice for host Philadelphia.
Devils 2, Maple Leafs 0
Martin Brodeur made 29 saves for his sixth shutout and 48th of his career. Youngsters Pierre Dagenais and Jiri Bicek, both up from the AHL due to a spate of injuries, scored the goals.
"Marty was solid, very solid," coach Larry Robinson said. "But he needs help, too. We can't do like we've done the last couple of games and send him to the wolves and say, 'OK Marty save this game for us."'
The host Leafs, reportedly on the verge of acquiring Philadelphia's Eric Lindros, have fallen from first place to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Panthers 3, Blues 0
Luongo is beginning to show why he was the fourth overall pick in the 1997 draft. It was his fourth shutout of the season and tied him with John Vanbiesbrouck for the team record. Vanbiesbrouck accomplished the feat twice.
Luongo has a .951 save percentage in the past eight games.
"Roberto has been excellent of late, everyone knows that," Panthers coach Duane Sutter said. "In the second period, they came at us pretty good and he stood tall."
Florida's win also spoiled the return of former captain Scott Mellanby, who was traded from the Panthers to St. Louis.
Rangers 4, Blackhawks 2
Richter tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee, an injury that will require surgery. He had surgery on the left knee last year.
"I haven't had a problem with my knee my whole life, and then basically almost in a calendar year both knees obviously have severe problems to overcome," the 34-year-old Richter said. "The upside is I know the routine and I'll get this one back and be ready for camp next year.
Avalanche 5, Penguins 1
Roy made 31 saves, while Peter Forsberg had two goals and two assists for Colorado at Pittsburgh.
Mighty Ducks 6, Flames 2
Paul Kariya got his fourth career hat trick and Teemu Selanne had two goals and three assists as Anaheim snapped a club-record 11-game home winless streak.
Selanne's five-point game tied a career best as well as a club record. Kariya also had an assist for the Ducks, who were 0-8-3 at the Pond since beating Florida 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 3.
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