Flyers' Dopita burns Atlanta

Philly forward first in NHL to score four this season

Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Jiri Dopita scored four goals -- a first this season in the NHL -- to tie a team record as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Atlanta Thrashers 7-4 Tuesday night to take over first place in the Atlantic Division.

Dopita, who also had an assist, is playing in his first NHL season after leading his team to five league championships in the Czech Republic. He had scored only two goals in his previous 25 games with the Flyers.

Bruins 3, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH -- Boston's top line of Sergei Samsonov, Joe Thornton and Glen Murray each scored a goal and the Bruins beat Pittsburgh for their eighth victory in 10 games.

Maple Leafs 4, Predators 3

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin scored twice as Toronto rallied past Nashville.

Sundin tied the game at 3 with his 24th goal of the season at 9:08 of the third, and gave Toronto the win with his 25th at 13:49.

Flames 5, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists and goalie Roman Turek stopped 35 shots as Calgary beat New York.

Sabres 3, Canucks 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Vaclav Varada scored twice as Buffalo won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month, beating Vancouver.

Stars 2, Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Marty Turco won his seventh straight decision, and Joe Nieuwendyk and Mike Modano scored 33 seconds apart early in the third period as Dallas beat Tampa Bay.

Wild 4, Canadiens 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wes Walz had two goals, one short-handed, as Minnesota beat Montreal in coach Jacques Lemaire's 600th game as an NHL coach.

Blues 6, Sharks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dallas Drake scored twice in the first period and St. Louis went on to trounce San Jose.

Keith Tkachuk, Scott Young, Pavol Demitra and Chris Pronger also scored for the Blues, who extended their winning streak to three games by dominating every phase of the contest.



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