Legwand, Johansson each notch two goals for awakening Nashville

Predators blow past Blue Jackets

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- David Legwand and Andreas Johansson each had two goals and an assist as the Nashville Predators inched closer to moving out of the cellar in the Western Conference with a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun, starting a franchise record 16th consecutive game, made 21 saves. Scott Hartnell had Nashville's other goal.

The Predators, 9-8-3-0 in their last 20 games after starting the season 2-10-4-4, are only one point behind Columbus. Nashville has lost 11 one-goal games.

The Blue Jackets entered unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1) after a season-high five-game losing streak.

Mike Sillinger scored for Columbus.

Senators 5, Rangers 2

NEW YORK -- Marian Hossa scored twice, and Magnus Arvedson snapped a third-period tie for Ottawa.

Hossa, with 27 goals, brought the NHL's top team into a 1-1 tie in the first period and then stretched Ottawa's lead to 4-2 at 5:25 of the third. Hossa is just one goal behind Vancouver's Markus Naslund for the league lead.

Again the Senators looked every bit like a focused team despite waiting for pay checks that weren't delivered on Jan. 1. A finance plan is expected to be in place this week that will help the club meet its obligations, commissioner Gary Bettman said last week.

Kings 3, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Rookie Joe Corvo scored his first career goal, and injury-ravaged Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak.

Felix Potvin made 26 saves and Steve Kelly and Brad Chartrand scored for Los Angeles, which was missing six of its top forwards and has seven skaters on injured reserve. The Kings dressed six rookies.

Potvin bounced back from a rough stretch in which he lost three of four starts and allowed 14 goals.

Backup Jamie Storr started the last two games.

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