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Capitals snap four-game skid

Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Ulf Dahlen had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

The win was Washington's first since a 3-0 shutout of Atlanta on Jan. 22. The Capitals also had lost four consecutive home games.

The loss was Minnesota's fourth straight and the Wild slipped to 1-7-3-2 in their last 13 games.

Goalie Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves, including a diving stop of Lubomir Sekeras with 2:07 left to help preserve the victory. The Capitals also killed all five Minnesota power-plays, including one over the game's final 1:26.

Peter Bondra also scored for the Capitals.

Richard Park scored a short-handed goal for the Wild.

Senators 6, Blue Jackets 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jody Hull scored on a tip-in while falling down with 2:40 remaining as Ottawa beat Columbus.

Mike Fisher, who later added an empty-net goal off an assist from Hull, dug the puck out the corner and fired at the net from close to the goal line. Hull was sliding to the ice but stuck out his stick and deflected the puck past Columbus goaltender Ron Tugnutt.

Patrick Lalime stopped 24 shots for the victory and passed Tugnutt for the most wins for the Senators. Lalime is now 73-48-14; Tugnutt was 72-51-25 in his four seasons in Ottawa.

Lightning 3, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kevin Weekes made 37 saves and Stan Neckar had two assists as Tampa Bay held off Florida.

Making a rare start in place of All-Star Nikolai Khabibulin, Weekes won just his third game in 10 starts as the Lightning won for the second time in seven games.

Nikita Alexeev scored his first NHL goal with 15:26 left in the third period, giving Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead.

Pavel Bure had a goal and an assist for Florida, which has not won in six games.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 1

DETROIT -- Sergei Fedorov, Kris Draper and Brent Gilchrist scored as Detroit extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a victory over New York.

The Rangers have lost 10 of their last 15 games. The Red Wings have lost the same number of games all season and have at least 10 more points than any other team in the league.

Eric Lindros returned to the lineup after missing a game with a sprained right knee.

Petr Nedved's power-play goal at 7:09 of the third period ended Dominik Hasek's hopes for his 60th shutout.

Fedorov scored in the final minute to seal the win.

Predators 2, Stars 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Denis Arkhipov scored and had an assist and goaltender Mike Dunham stopped 33 shots as Nashville beat Dallas.

The Predators split the season series with Dallas and won their second straight overall.

The Stars have lost five of their last seven and two of three since coach Ken Hitchcock was fired and replaced with Rick Wilson.

Vladimir Orszagh also scored for the Predators.

Brendan Morrow scored for Dallas.

Mighty Ducks 5, Flyers 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Paul Kariya punctuated his 500th NHL game with his seventh career three-goal game and Oleg Tverdovsky scored with 12.6 seconds left as Anaheim beat Philadelphia.

It was Anaheim's sixth straight victory.

The loss extended the Flyers' winless streak against Anaheim to five games (0-3-2).

The Ducks also got a goal from German Titov and three assists from rookie Andy McDonald -- tying the club rookie record.

It was the 50th career multi-goal game and second hat trick this season for Kariya.

Marty Murray had a goal and an assist and Kim Johnsson scored on a power play for Philadelphia.

Jeremy Roenick and Mark Recchi each had two assists and Ruslan Fedotenko scored his 14th goal for the Eastern Conference leaders, who are 11-4-1 in their last 16 games and 18-1-0 this season when they score more than three goals.

Sharks 2, Flames 0

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 27 shots he faced to record his sixth shutout of the season as San Jose defeated Calgary.

Matt Bradley and Adam Graves each had a goal and an assist as the Sharks won their second straight and moved five points ahead of Los Angeles in the Pacific Division with three games left before the Olympic break.

Calgary was shut out for the third time in five games and eighth time overall. The Flames, who had their two-game winning streak stopped, have dropped eight of their last 11.

Chicago 5, Phoenix 2

PHOENIX -- Tony Amonte scored twice as Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Phoenix.

Despite having the second worst penalty-killing unit in the NHL, the Blackhawks held the Coyotes scoreless on four power-play attempts.

Chicago remained unbeaten in games in which it has led after two periods (23-0-2-0).

With the game tied at 2 after the first period, Jaroslav Spacek put Chicago ahead to stay at 10:00 of the second after scoring on a screened Sean Burke.



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