Late flurry gives Blues a tie in Chicago

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003

CHICAGO -- Dallas Drake scored St. Louis' third goal in a 16-minute span of the third period as the Blues rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the Chicago Blackhawks 3-3 Thursday night.

Eric Daze scored to give Chicago a three-goal cushion early in the final period, but the Blues are the NHL's most potent third-period team.

Chicago's Theo Fleury, who missed the first 25 games after violating the NHL substance abuse aftercare program, played even though Columbus, Ohio, police said he was intoxicated and involved in a fight at a strip club earlier this week.

Alexander Khavanov and Al MacInnis also scored for St. Louis.

Andrei Nikolishin and Sergei Berezin scored for the Blackhawks, who appeared on the way to ending a three-game losing streak with a win.

Senators 3, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA -- Brad Tapper scored with 3:49 left in regulation and Atlanta atoned for its worst loss of the season by tying Ottawa.

The Thrashers, who came in with the fewest points in the league, battled back from three one-goal deficits to tie the NHL's best team. Three weeks earlier, the Senators routed Atlanta 8-1 at the Corel Centre.

The Thrashers are 3-1-1 under new coach Bob Hartley.

Anton Volchenkov, Daniel Alfredsson and Todd White scored for the Senators.

Slava Kozlov and Tony Hrkac added Thrashers goals.

Rangers 4, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Dunham stopped 28 shots and New York scored three goals within 2 1/2 minutes at the end of the first period.

It was Dunham's first game against the team that swapped him for three players Dec. 12. Dunham improved to 9-6-2 with the Rangers, including his sixth victory in seven games.

New York beat the Predators for the first time since Jan. 31, 2000, despite being outshot 30-23. Tom Poti had a goal and an assist, and Petr Nedved had two assists as the Rangers won their second straight and for the fifth time in six games. They have also won four straight on the road.

Rem Murray, one of the players acquired for Dunham, had two assists for Nashville but he couldn't score on a penalty shot 4:35 in.

Bruins 4, Penguins 1

PITTSBURGH -- Glen Murray scored twice and set up another goal against his former team and Boston beat Pittsburgh.

Mike Knuble and Brian Rolston also scored for Boston, which ended a five-game road losing streak. Despite being only 5-14-2 in their last 21 games, they are 2-0-1 in their last three.

With Jeff Hackett on the way after being acquired from Montreal in a three-team trade, the Bruins got a solid game in net from Andrew Raycroft in only his third appearance this season.

Raycroft turned aside 35 of 36 shots for his fifth career victory and his first since Nov. 9, 2000, against Ottawa.

Milan Kraft scored the Pittsburgh goal, ending the Penguins' scoreless streak of 158 minutes, 42 seconds.

Coyotes 7, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta -- Rookie Ramzi Abid scored twice during Phoenix's four-goal first period that sent the Coyotes to a victory over Calgary.

Abid's second two-goal game of the season gave him six goals in 18 games since being recalled from the minors on Dec. 14.

Ossi Vaananen, Daymond Langkov, Daniel Briere, Shane Doan and Paul Mara also scored for the Coyotes, 8-0-2 in Calgary since Oct. 30, 1997. Since moving from Winnipeg, the Coyotes are 18-3-4 against the Flames.

Chris Drury scored the lone goal for Calgary, which had its three-game unbeaten string snapped.

Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 0

DENVER -- Derek Morris, Steven Reinprecht and Adam Foote scored power-play goals as Colorado snapped a five-game winless streak at home.

Patrick Roy, playing in his NHL-record 1,001st game, posted his 62nd career shutout and first of the season. He had 18 saves.

The Avalanche -- without captain Joe Sakic, who is sidelined from two-to-four weeks with a broken right foot -- peppered Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis, who was replaced by Jean-Francois Labbe midway through the third period.

Mike Keane and D.J. Smith also scored for Colorado, both in the third period. It was Smith's first career NHL goal.

Wild 2, Kings 1

LOS ANGELES -- Marian Gaborik and rookie Pierre-Marc Bouchard each had a goal and an assist and Dwayne Roloson made 31 saves Thursday night.

Roloson, a career backup who is getting a chance to play regularly because of Manny Fernandez's sprained knee, stopped the first 29 shots he faced before Ziggy Palffy spoiled his bid for his eighth career shutout with 24 seconds to play.

Palffy converted a blind backhanded pass from behind the net by Jason Allison for his 16th goal.

Roloson, whose 1.89 goals-against average is the second-best in the NHL, has started seven straight games, one fewer than his career high. He has allowed no more than two goals in any of them -- including 1-0 losses to Buffalo and Anaheim -- and has given up more than two goals in only six of 27 starts.

Minnesota extended its streak of successful penalty kills to 30, including five against the Kings. Two of their power plays were set up by penalties against former Kings forward Matt Johnson, who leads the NHL with 153 penalty minutes.

Bouchard opened the scoring at 10:34 of the second period on a power play.

He was left alone at the right of the crease and converted Gaborik's pass from the top of the left circle. It was Bouchard's fourth goal and second in seven games since returning from the World Junior Championships.

Gaborik, who had the first of his three hat tricks this season at Los Angeles on Nov. 4, added his 25th goal with 6:35 remaining. He walked right past defenseman Jaroslav Modry and beat Felix Potvin.

The injury-riddled Kings were shut out for the fourth time in 15 games. They have lost four straight, are 2-11 in their last 13 and 1-6 in their last seven at home. They are 2-8 in the second of back-to-back contests.

Los Angeles has five players in the injured list -- including Adam Deadmarsh, who is second on the team with 13 goals despite missing 17 straight games and 26 of 31 because of a concussion. In addition, top-scoring defenseman Mathieu Schneider sat out for the second straight game because of a groin strain.

Notes: The $3 million lawsuit former Kings D Mark Visheau filed in 1991 -- alleging that his career ended prematurely because of medical malpractice by Centinela Hospital Medical Center, team physician Michael Mellman and two other doctors -- was reinstated by a California state appeals court. It was dismissed in 2001, when a county superior court judge ruled the suit was filed after the statute of limitations expired. ... Minnesota has allowed more than three goals only twice in its last 25 games -- when they lost consecutive 4-2 decisions against the Islanders and Colorado on Dec. 19-21.

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