Ottawa takes NHL points lead

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2003

OTTAWA -- Magnus Arvedson scored at 2:24 of overtime, and the Ottawa Senators took over the NHL points lead with a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the Dallas Stars.

Heading into the game, the teams were tied in the race for the Presidents' Trophy with 86 points. The team with the most points at the end of the season is guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Radek Bonk scored the other Ottawa goals. Bill Guerin and Jere Lehtinen countered for Dallas.

Rangers 4, Bruins 1

NEW YORK -- Ronald Petrovicky and Mark Messier had short-handed goals for New York.

Pavel Bure and Alexei Kovalev also scored for New York, which pulled within four points of Boston, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Bruins have a substantial games-in-hand edge, four, but are slumping.

P.J. Axelsson scored for the Bruins, winless in seven games (0-4-3).

Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ray Whitney broke out of a slump with three goals as the Blue Jackets ended a six-game losing streak.

Marc Denis finished with 33 saves, most coming after Steve Heinze scored just 1:42 in.

Lightning 3, Panthers 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 35 saves as Tampa Bay matched its point total (69) from all of last season.

Brad Richards and Vaclav Prospal -- who added an empty- net goal with 48.2 seconds left -- also scored for the Lightning.

Devils 3, Islanders 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jamie Langenbrunner was stopped by Rick DiPietro on a breakaway with 10 seconds left in overtime, then put a shot into the net right after time ran out as New Jersey settled for a 3-3 tie.

DiPietro, recalled from the minors earlier Thursday, made 30 saves.

Shawn Bates scored the tying goal with 8:46 left in regulation for the Islanders, who blew a two-goal lead.

Red Wings 7, Maple Leafs 2

DETROIT -- Brett Hull had two goals and an assist, and surpassed 1,300 career points as Detroit routed Toronto.

The Red Wings won their seventh game in the last eight (7-0-0-1), while the Maple Leafs lost for only the third time in 14 games (11-3-0-0). The defeat also ended Toronto's seven-game road winning streak snapped.

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice for Detroit. Darren McCarty and Kris Draper had a goal and an assist each, Dmitri Bykov got the other goal and Steve Yzerman added two assists, the first two points since his return from knee surgery.

Wild 6, Canadiens 3

MONTREAL -- Cliff Ronning scored twice as Minnesota won its third straight game.

Wes Walz, Richard Park, Sergei Zholtok and Marian Gaborik also had goals for the Wild, who won their third straight following a three-game losing streak.

Blues 4, Oilers 1

ST. LOUIS -- Dallas Drake snapped a third-period tie and Pavol Demitra had three assists as St. Louis beat slumping Edmonton.

The Blues won without leading goal scorer, Keith Tkachuk -- who served the first of a four-game suspension for cross-checking Wes Walz of the Wild in the throat -- and with rookie Curtis Sanford in goal.

Steve Staios scored for the Oilers, 0-6-1-1 in their last eight games.

Flyers 5, Blackhawks 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Todd Warriner had two goals and an assist, and Michal Handzus added a goal and three assists for Philadelphia.

Mark Bell scored twice for Chicago, which has lost five straight and eight of nine.

Predators 6, Penguins 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tomas Vokoun got his second straight shutout and third this season, stopping 22 shots for Nashville.

Greg Johnson scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Predators -- 7-1 in their last eight games -- tied the franchise record with their sixth straight home victory.

Thrashers 4, Avalanche 3, OT

DENVER -- Marc Savard scored 1:12 into overtime, and Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists as Atlanta beat coach Bob Hartley's beat team.

Hartley got a win in his first trip back to Denver since being fired by the Avalanche on Dec. 18. He led Colorado on four straight trips to the conference finals and the 2001 Stanley Cup title.

Savard scored the winner, his 10th goal of the season, on a shot from the top of the left circle that clanged in off the goalpost.

Sharks 3, Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Owen Nolan and Vincent Damphousse had a goal and an assist apiece as the San Jose Sharks snapped Vancouver's NHL-best 14-game unbeaten streak.

Patrick Marleau also scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for the Sharks, who have won three straight games for just the second time all season.

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