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Aubin, Blue Jackets best Buffalo

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Serge Aubin scored twice as the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Tuesday night in the first meeting between the teams.

The Blue Jackets have won two straight and have earned at least one point in four consecutive games, tying a season-high.

Aubin scored both of his goals in the second period, after the Blue Jackets fell behind 1-0. Erik Rasmussen had the lone goal for Buffalo, which has dropped two straight games.

Columbus goalie Ron Tugnutt made 22 saves.

Senators 3, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Martin Havlat scored with 3.9 seconds left in the second period, lifting Ottawa over the New York Islanders and into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Alexei Yashin and Shawn McEachern also scored for the Senators, unbeaten in 10 visits to Nassau Coliseum (8-0-2) since Jan. 6, 1996. Patrick Lalime turned aside 22 shots for his 20th win.

The Senators have taken points in nine of 10 contests (8-1-0-1).

Claude Lapointe and Mark Parrish scored for New York, winless in four games (0-3-1-0) and 1-9-1 in the last 11.

Capitals 5, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Peter Bondra snapped a tie with the first of Washington's three third-period goals as the Capitals beat Tampa Bay, sending the Lightning to their seventh straight defeat.

Bondra gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead with 6:06 remaining, Chris Simon made it 4-2 with 3:30 left, and Jeff Halpern added an empty-net goal two minutes later.

Bondra has 34 goals in 36 career games against Tampa Bay, which has lost 11 of 12.

Washington, three points ahead of Carolina atop the Southeast Division, came in with five losses in its last six road games and had lost four of five overall.

Blues 5, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL -- Alexander Khavanov stepped in for injured Chris Pronger and scored his fourth goal as St. Louis beat Montreal.

Khavanov, who saw increased playing time on special teams because of the All-Star defenseman's absence, scored an unassisted goal 18:28 into the second period to put St. Louis ahead 4-2.

Jochen Hecht, Ladislav Nagy and Daniel Corso scored first-period goals and Scott Young added his 23rd just 1:15 into the third as the Blues won their third in four games.

Coyotes 4, Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta -- Landon Wilson had two goals as Phoenix scored four times in the first 15 minutes then hung on to beat Calgary for its fifth straight victory.

After a 13 game goal-less drought, Wilson scored for the second time in as many games when he gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead two minutes in.

Teppo Numminen also scored for Phoenix and Jeremy Roenick had two assists to give him nine points in four games. The Coyotes are unbeaten in 14 games (10-0-4) against the Flames, dating to Oct. 20, 1997.

Predators 4, Thrashers 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville rookie Marian Cisar had a goal and an assist during a three-goal first period in a victory over skidding Atlanta.

The Predators survived a video reversal of the apparent tying goal with 2.1 seconds left to move within five points of eighth-place Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Atlanta's winless streak grew to 12 games (0-9-3), though the Thrashers battled back from a 4-1 deficit to make it close.

All-Star right wing Donald Audette returned for Atlanta after serving a four-game suspension. He cut the lead to 3-1 at 1:49 of the second period on a power play.



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