Richter backstops comeback

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mike Richter, playing with a touch of the flu, picked up his rookie backup with 35 saves in relief Tuesday night as the New York Rangers stormed back from a three-goal deficit to beat the New York Islanders 5-4.

Theo Fleury scored the game-winner at 8:02 of the third period when he snared the puck from defenseman Marko Kiprusoff and raced three-quarters the length of the ice to score his second goal of the game.

Dan Blackburn, 18, has played well in Richter's stead, but had the worst night of his young NHL career, allowing four goals in just over five minutes as the Islanders built a 4-1 lead midway through the first period.

Richter stoned the Islanders the rest of the way, and the Rangers also got goals from Mikael Samuelsson, Manny Malhotra and Steve McKenna to break a nine-game winless streak and avoid the team's worst stretch in 12 seasons.

Senators 1, Flyers 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Martin Havlat scored a fluke unassisted goal at 7:12 of the third period to lift Ottawa to a tie with Philadelphia, snapping the Flyers' seven-game home winning streak.

Havlat's shot from inside the right circle trickled off Philadelphia goaltender Roman Cechmanek, but Flyers defenseman Kim Johnsson tipped the puck back into the net with the blade of his stick in a clearing attempt.

Jeremy Roenick scored for the Flyers, who had their eight-game winning streak stopped with a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Ottawa's Patrick Lalime made 42 saves, including a spectacular glove-hand save on a wrist shot by Roenick with 21.3 seconds left in overtime to preserve the tie.

Capitals 3, Thrashers 0

ATLANTA -- Olaf Kolzig made 27 saves for his 25th career shutout, and second this season against Atlanta, as Washington beat the Thrashers.

Ulf Dahlen, Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Witt scored goals to back Kolzig's fourth shutout of the season.

The Thrashers outshot the Capitals 27-23, but could not get anything past Kolzig.

Dahlen opened the scoring at 16:30 of the first period with his 15th goal, and that's all the Capitals needed. Peter Bondra unloaded a slap shot from just below the blue line that ricocheted off the skate of Dahlen in front of the net and past Milan Hnilicka.

Maple Leafs 6, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta -- Alexander Mogilny scored twice and had an assist as Toronto ended a five-game winless streak with a victory over Calgary.

Mogilny, sidelined the previous three games with back spasms, broke a 1-1 tie at 1:43 of the second and added his 17th of the season in the third.

Jonas Hoglund, Bryan McCabe, Darcy Tucker and Robert Reichel also scored for Toronto, which moved to within one point of the idle Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division lead. Curtis Joseph made 28 saves to win for the first time in six starts.

Dave Lowry scored for Calgary.

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