Amonte lifts Coyotes

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Tony Amonte scored with 3:40 left in overtime to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Amonte, playing in his 900th NHL game, beat goaltender Olaf Kolzig with a hard shot from the left circle to give the Coyotes their third straight victory. It also ended the Capitals' five-game home winning streak.

Washington controlled play for much of the game, finishing with a 32-14 advantage in shots, but Phoenix goalie Sean Burke made a number of tough stops to keep the Coyotes close.

Avalanche 7, Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Peter Forsberg had a goal and five assists, and Milan Hejduk added two goals and three assists to lead the Avalanche.

Forsberg set a new record for most points in a game against Nashville, beating the old mark set by Wayne Gretzky, who had five assists.

Steven Reinprecht, Mike Keane, Adam Foote and Rob Blake also scored for the Avalanche.

Panthers 2, Devils 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Branislav Mezei scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Roberto Luongo made 26 saves to lead the Panthers.

The win ended Florida's five-game winless streak (0-1-1-3) while also extending its team record to 13 straight road games in which it gained at least one point (5-0-4-4). The Panthers last lost a regulation game on the road Oct. 24.

Marcus Nilson also scored for Florida. Sergei Brylin had the Devils' goal.

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