Yzerman back in Wings lineup

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2003

DETROIT -- Steve Yzerman's season debut was a success as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 Monday night.

The Red Wings captain missed the first 61 games this season because of surgery on his right knee on Aug. 2. He last played in Game 5 of last June's Stanley Cup Finals when the Red Wings won the title.

Yzerman did not figure into any of the Detroit goals. He played 18 shifts, totaling 13:17 of ice time, but didn't record a shot. He won nine of 15 faceoffs.

Brett Hull and Igor Larionov each had a goal and an assist, and Kirk Maltby, Tomas Holmstrom and Sergei Fedorov also scored for Detroit.

Mathieu Schneider, Ian Laperriere, Eric Belanger and Derek Armstrong had the Los Angeles goals.

Capitals 4, Canadiens 1

WASHINGTON -- Peter Bondra and Ivan Ciernik each had a goal and an assist as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Montreal.

Jaromir Jagr and Steve Konowalchuk also scored for the Capitals, who had lost four of five. Jan Bulis had the goal for Montreal, which has dropped four straight -- matching a season-high -- and five of six.

Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig, who allowed 11 goals in two games, was rarely challenged despite Montreal's 26-18 edge in shots.

Sabres 2, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jaroslav Bednar scored with just over two minutes left as Florida tied Buffalo.

Olli Jokinen also scored for Florida.

Maxim Afinogenov and Miroslav Satan each scored for the second time in two games for Buffalo.

Martin Biron had 29 saves for the Sabres, including five in overtime.

Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the Panthers, who missed a chance for their first four-game winning streak since February 2001.

Sharks 5, Flames 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 32 shots as the Sharks ruined coach Darryl Sutter's return to San Jose.

Vincent Damphousse, captain Owen Nolan and Matt Bradley also scored, while Nabokov had a chance for the first consecutive shutouts of his career until allowing two goals in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

Sutter coached the Sharks to five consecutive seasons of improved point totals. He was fired Dec. 1.

Roman Turek made 25 saves for the Flames, who have won just two of 14 games.

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