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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

String of Losses Foils Whalers' Ambitions

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- Earlier in the week, Coach Pierre McGuire declared the Hartford Whalers would win a berth in the playoffs this season.


Maybe they should set their sights on a more immediate goal: winning a game.


You cannot do one without the other, and the Whalers have not beaten anybody since Jan. 8. The winless streak is 0-6-1 after a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in front of 8,911 at the Civic Center on Wednesday night.


The loss dropped the Whalers to 17-28-4, the first time they have fallen 11 games under .500 this season. They are nine points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.


Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 3. In Toronto, New York got off to a rocky start and never recovered as the Maple Leafs extended their unbeaten streak to nine games. The Isles, winless in 10 of their last 12 games, lost their best scorer before the opening face-off as Pierre Turgeon suffered a fractured right cheekbone when he was hit in the face by a puck during pre-game warmups.


Ducks 3, Jets 1. In Anaheim, Anatoli Semenov and Don McSween each scored in the first period and Guy Hebert made 19 saves as Anaheim broke a four-game winless streak. It was a costly loss for Winnipeg, as leading scorer and last season's rookie of the year, Teemu Selanne, suffered a reported severed right Achilles' tendon.


Oilers 3, Devils 3. In Edmonton, Stephane Richer scored the tying goal with 11:36 left in the third period and Chris Terreri made 39 saves as the New Jersey skated to a tie with the Oilers.


Panthers 1, Lightening 1. At Tampa Bay, John Vanbiesbrouck made 40 saves and Andrei Lomakin scored Florida's only goal as the Panthers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games by battling to a 1-1 tie with Tampa Bay.