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Caps knock out Lindros, Rangers

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004

NEW YORK Olaf Kolzig made 32 saves Wednesday night and the Washington Capitals held on for a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, who lost Eric Lindros to another concussion.

Jeff Halpern and Trent Whitfield scored as Washington ended a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in seven road games (1-4-1-1). Kolzig made 19 saves in the third period, shutting out star forward Jaromir Jagr only five days after the Capitals traded him to New York.

Lindros, plagued by seven previous concussions throughout his career, took a hard hit along the boards from Capitals defenseman Jason Doig in the second period and was knocked to the ice.

On his next shift, Lindros took the faceoff and immediately dropped his gloves and stick and went after Doig. After a brief scuffle, Lindros pinned Doig to the ice. Both received fighting majors at 10:53.

Lindros did not return for the third period, and the Rangers said he would be re-evaluated Thursday.

Thrashers 1, Blues 1

ATLANTA Jeff Cowan scored with 2:24 left in regulation and Atlanta, bolstered by the return of Dany Heatley, managed a tie with St. Louis.

Heatley was playing for the first time since a Sept. 29 car wreck killed teammate Dan Snyder.

Heatley, who was driving, needed knee surgery after the wreck and was expected to be out most of the season. But he made a remarkably quick recovery, returning one day shy of four months since the crash.

The Blues broke a scoreless tie at 5:17 of the third period when Scott Mellanby scored his 11th goal.

Heatley started the game and got extensive playing time. He fit right in, managing some of Atlanta's best scoring chances. But three of his shots were turned away by Blues goalie Reinhard Divis, and another good opportunity slipped away when Heatley shot over the net.

Flyers 3, Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. Kristian Huselius scored with 8:55 left in the third period, giving Florida a tie against Philadelphia.

Andreas Lilja and Juraj Kolnik also scored for the Panthers, who had lost seven consecutive home games against the Flyers. Roberto Luongo made 44 saves.

Rookie defenseman Joni Pitkanen had the first two-goal game of his NHL career, and Eric Weinrich also scored for the Flyers.

Stars 5, Senators 3

DALLAS Sergei Zubov scored the tiebreaking goal from center ice with 3:07 left and Dallas rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat Ottawa.

Zubov dumped the puck toward the Senators' net from just inside the red line, and goaltender Patrick Lalime fumbled the puck, which skittered over the goal line.

Sharks 4, Flames 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. Patrick Marleau scored two goals on assists by Marco Sturm to lead San Jose past Calgary for its sixth victory in seven games.

Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for the first-place Sharks, who got their 18th victory in 20 home games with their usual formula: a strong first period, a disciplined offensive attack and superb goaltending.

Kings 4, Mighty Ducks 3, OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. Joe Corvo scored 2:37 into overtime, giving Los Angeles a victory over Anaheim.

Corvo's 30-foot wrist shot sailed over goaltender Martin Gerber's left shoulder for his fifth goal of the season. Josef Stumpel had a goal and two assists for the Kings, who handed the Ducks their NHL-high sixth overtime loss.

Steve Rucchin ended his 10-game scoring drought with a pair of goals for Anaheim.



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