Hall of Famer Bowman Wins His 900th Game

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Scotty Bowman smiled -- but not all that much -- after his 900th regular-season coaching victory in the National Hockey League.

The milestone, said the NHL's leader in wins, "is something that I'll probably enjoy later on."

Bowman has a coaching record, which includes 416 losses and 236 ties, dating back to 1967.

He has guided five teams -- St. Louis, Montreal, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit -- and won six Stanley Cups, most recently with the Penguins in 1992.

Five championships came with the Canadiens' dynasty in the 1970s. Only Toe Blake, with eight, has more championships. Al Arbour is second in games won with 781, all but 42 with the New York Islanders.

On Saturday, Bowman was more interested in praising players past and present after his Detroit Red Wings beat the Canucks 2-1 in Vancouver.

"A lot of players I've been with are actually in the Hall of Fame," said Bowman, who was inducted in 1991. "And they didn't get in there because of my coaching. They got in there because they're great players."

The Red Wings appear poised to make a serious run for Bowman's seventh Stanley Cup. They have 20 wins, seven losses and two ties in this abbreviated season, while most of the attention has gone to the battle between Quebec and Pittsburgh for first overall.

Kings 7, Sharks 3. In San Jose, California, John Druce's second goal of the game keyed a decisive four-goal second period as the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 7-3.

The win gave the Kings 26 points, tying them for eighth place with Vancouver in the Western Conference standings. The top eight teams make the playoffs, which start in just over a month.

Flames 2, Canucks 0. In Calgary, Alberta, Theoren Fleury scored his 20th goal of the season and Trevor Kidd stopped 20 shots to earn his third shutout of the year as the Calgary Flames beat the struggling Vancouver Canucks 2-0.

The Canucks, last season's Stanley Cup finalists, have scored just two goals in losing their last three games.

Whalers 4, Capitals 3, OT. In Landover, Maryland, Geoff Sanderson scored on a breakaway with 2:44 left in overtime, lifting Hartford to its third straight victory, 4-3 over the Washington Capitals.

Sanderson scored the game-winner after gaining control of the puck during a pileup in front of the Hartford net. He then went the length of the ice to score.

Panthers 2, Pittsburgh 0. In Miami, Pittsburgh was held scoreless in a regular-season game for the first time in two years as Florida, led by goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, beat the Penguins 2-0.

The Penguins, the NHL's top scoring team, had managed at least one goal since losing to Boston 7-0 Jan. 14, 1993.

Elsewhere, it was St. Louis over Edmonton 5-1, Quebec humiliated Ottawa 11-4, Philadelphia beat Buffalo 3-1, New Jersey and the Islanders tied 5-5 and Chicago beat Anaheim 5-2.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)