Devils' Gomez breaks out

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

NEW YORK Scott Gomez scored two goals and added three assists for the second time in three games, and Patrick Elias had four points to lead New Jersey past the New York Rangers, 7-3 on Saturday.

Gomez had his first multigoal game of the season and tied his career-high with five points.

Elias scored twice and added two assists. Turner Stevenson and Grant Marshall also had first-period goals, and Gomez set up Elias and Brian Gionta in the second.

Martin Rucinsky, Jaromir Jagr and Bobby Holik scored for the Rangers, 4-12-2 in their last 18 games.

Flyers 5, Thrashers 4

PHILADELPHIA Simon Gagne scored on a penalty shot with 1:01 left, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a victory Saturday that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Serge Aubin, Andy Sutton, Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for Atlanta, which had won three of four after a 10-game winless streak.

Joni Pitkanen scored two power-play goals around one by Michal Handzus in a span of 2:42 in the first period, but Philadelphia couldn't hold leads of 3-0 and 4-3. Marcus Ragnarsson also scored for the Flyers.

Sean Burke made 32 saves for his third win since coming to Philadelphia.

Senators 2, Flames 1

OTTAWA Martin Havlat scored 2:26 into the third period, lifting Ottawa over Calgary.

Bryan Smolinski scored a power-play goal in the first and Patrick Lalime made 18 saves for Ottawa, undefeated in regulation in its last eight games (5-0-1-2).

Defenseman Jordan Leopold scored on a power play midway through the first for Calgary, which has lost two in a row on the heels of its third four-game winning streak of the season.

Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 4

TORONTO Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist remained undefeated, and Matt Stajan and Tom Fitzgerald scored and had an assist in Toronto's victory over Montreal.

Tellqvist made 27 saves to improve to 5-0-2 this season.

Nik Antropov, Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin also scored for the Maple Leafs. Pierre Dagenais, Steve Begin, Francis Bouillon and Michael Ryder scored for the Canadiens, who have lost five of six.

Bruins 3, Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. Brian Rolston scored with 7:19 left in the third period to give Boston a tie with Carolina.

Glen Murray scored twice off assists from Joe Thornton to help the Bruins complete a seven-game road trip at 4-0-1-2 and earn at least a point in their 12th straight game.

Carolina's Ron Francis scored his 544th goal in the first period, tying Maurice Richard for 20th place on the NHL's career list. Josef Vasicek added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, and Erik Cole had a third-period goal.

Islanders 4, Sabres 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Shawn Bates and Adrian Aucoin each had a goal and assist to help the Islanders beat Buffalo.

The Islanders moved two points ahead of Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, and increased their cushion over Buffalo to five points. Arron Asham and Cliff Ronning also scored for the Islanders, 6-0-2-0 in their last eight home games.

Rick DiPietro made 24 saves for his 15th victory, allowing only Dmitri Kalinin's goal.

Capitals 2, Panthers 2

WASHINGTON Robert Lang scored his 28th goal and assisted on Sergei Gonchar's goal to help Washington rally to tie Florida.

Gonchar tied it at 7:10 of the third, just seconds after a Washington power-play expired, one-timing a shot by Roberto Luongo's glove to extend Washington's unbeaten streak to four.

Mike Van Ryn and Kristian Huselius scored for the Panthers, 1-2-2 with a game left on a six-game road trip.

Predators 8, Coyotes 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. Steve Sullivan had a goal and three assists, and Nashville strengthened its playoff position with its highest-scoring game of the season.

Greg Johnson, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Erat, Kimmo Timonen, Jim McKenzie, Denis Arkhipov and Vladimir Orszagh also scored for the Predators, who have jumped from eighth to fifth in the Western Conference in the last two days.

Fredrik Sjostrom and Jeff Taffe scored for Phoenix.

Kings 4, Blue Jackets 3

LOS ANGELES Ian Laperriere had two goals and an assist to help the Los Angeles Kings end an eight-game winless streak against Columbus with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

Luc Robitaille scored on a power play, Sean Avery had a goal and an assist and Eric Belanger added two assists for the Kings.

Los Angeles also ended a five-game winless streak and passed idle St. Louis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot just two points behind fifth-place Nashville.

Los Angeles has 31 standings points in its last 30 games despite only seven victories (7-6-13-4).

Rick Nash scored twice for the Blue Jackets. Columbus is winless in its last 10 road games (0-7-3) including five straight losses and is next to last in the Western Conference. But the Blue Jackets had seven victories and a tie against the Kings since their previous loss to them on Feb. 26, 2002.

Jody Shelley ended a personal 44-game goal-scoring drought for Columbus, and Nash snapped a season-worst eight-game dry spell with fifth two-goal game and second against the Kings.

The 19-year-old left wing scored from in front of the crease after Alexander Svitov knocked the puck off defenseman Jason Holland's stick with 6:11 remaining then converted a rebound of Anders Eriksson's long slap shot for his 33rd goal, tying Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk for the league lead.

One night after goalie Pascal Leclaire blew a two-goal lead in his NHL debut at Phoenix and gave up the winning goal with 19 seconds left in the third period, workhorse Marc Denis was back in the net and stopped 14 of 16 shots in the first period to help the Blue Jackets stay close.

Oilers 4, Canucks 3, OT

EDMONTON, Alberta Defenseman Eric Brewer scored at 3:56 of overtime to lift Edmonton past slumping Vancouver.

Adam Oates scored his first goal in 39 games this season for the Oilers, and set up Ales Hemsky's goal that tied it at 3 at 4:21 of the third period. Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers.

Artem Chubarov, Marek Malik and Daniel Sedin scored for Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi had two assists. Vancouver has lost two straight and five of its last six games.

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