Ilya's still the man

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2004

ATLANTA Ilya Kovalchuk bounced back from a one-game benching to score his NHL-leading 34th and 35th goals, and the Atlanta Thrashers held off the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday.

Patrik Stefan added a short-handed goal, and Daniel Tjarnqvist had two assists for the Thrashers, who won for the fifth time in eight games. Pasi Nurminen made 28 saves.

Brian Leetch and Chris Simon had goals for the Rangers, and Mark Messier had two assists. But New York finished 0-for-7 on the power play and fell to 5-16 in one-goal games. The Rangers have lost seven of nine games.

Blackhawks 2, Panthers 2

CHICAGO Valeri Bure's power-play goal with 7:16 left in the third period lifted Florida into a tie with Chicago.

Niklas Hagman also scored from the Panthers, who have lost only once in seven games (3-1-3).

Tuomo Ruutu scored and assisted on Kyle Calder's goal for the Blackhawks. Calder, playing in his third full NHL season, reached 20 goals for the first time.

Florida's Roberto Luongo made 43 saves. Michael Leighton made 30 for Chicago.

Stars 5, Oilers 4, OT

DALLAS Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game 55 seconds into overtime and Dallas rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Edmonton.

The Stars extended their home-unbeaten streak to 11 games (7-0-4) by storming back from a 4-1 hole. The Oilers are 1-17-2-1 in Dallas since the Stars moved from Minnesota and haven't won a regular-season game in Texas since Jan. 17, 1996 (0-15-1).

Edmonton got second-period goals from Raffi Torres, Fernando Pisani and Ryan Smyth to build its three-goal advantage. But Brenden Morrow, Philippe Boucher and Teppo Numminen brought the Stars back.

Penguins 3, Islanders 2, OT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Ryan Malone scored 2:45 into overtime to lift Pittsburgh over the New York Islanders.

The Penguins earned their second overtime victory in three games after losing a team-record 18 straight (0-17-0-1). Pittsburgh ended its road trip 2-1 and will try to snap their NHL-record, 14-game losing streak at home when they play the Islanders again on Tuesday.

Tomas Surovy and Ric Jackman also scored for the Penguins, who got 38 saves from Andy Chiodo.

Janne Niinimaa and Oleg Kvasha scored and Garth Snow made 20 saves for the Islanders.

Mighty Ducks 6, Kings 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Sergei Fedorov, Vaclav Prospal and Steve Rucchin each scored third-period goals to lead Anaheim past Los Angeles.

Fedorov scored his second goal of the game 2:43 into the third period, Prospal scored just 1:35 later and Rucchin finished the scoring at 10:12 of the third to give the Ducks (1-3-1) their first win over Los Angeles this season.

Red Wings 4, Flyers 2

DETROIT Robert Lang had three assists in his Detroit debut, leading the Red Wings over Philadelphia.

Lang, acquired Friday from Washington, moved past Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis into the lead in the NHL scoring race with 77 points.

Sharks 1, Blues 0

SAN JOSE, Calif. Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in his eighth shutout of the season, and Jonathan Cheechoo scored early in the third period of San Jose's victory over St. Louis.

Nabokov earned the 25th shutout of his career and San Jose won for the fifth time in six games, staying six points ahead of Dallas in the Pacific Division with impressive defense. The Sharks are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games.

Chris Osgood stopped 17 shots for the Blues.

Hurricanes 3, Wild 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. Ron Francis scored with 4:15 left in regulation, and Carolina tied Minnesota.

Marian Gaborik gave the Wild a 3-2 lead at 12:09 of the third, and Andrei Zyuzin scored twice for Minnesota, as two of the NHL's three lowest-scoring teams combined for four third-period goals.

Flames 4, Coyotes 2

CALGARY, Alberta Jordan Leopold had a goal and an assist, leading Calgary over Phoenix.



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