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Jagr breaks from slump, Capitals draw with Thrashers

Posted: Friday, March 07, 2003

WASHINGTON Jaromir Jagr broke out of a slump with two goals and an assist and Ivan Ciernik scored with 2:57 left in regulation to lift the Washington Capitals into a 4-4 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

Washington, which led 3-1 in the second period, extended its Southeast Division lead to three points over Tampa Bay. The Capitals recorded at least one point in six straight games.

Vancouver, which had leads of 2-0 and 3-2, was 5-0-10 in overtime before Nash scored with 2:02 into the extra period.

The Hurricanes came into the game with an NHL-low 51 points.

Taylor Pyatt had the other goal for Buffalo, which handed Toronto its third straight loss. Shayne Corson and Robert Svehla scored for the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins moved into a tie with the Islanders for the Eastern Conferences seventh playoff spot.

The Predators have not lost at home since Feb. 11. But the Wild have been playing well lately, too, winning four of five and trying to keep adding to their best season yet.

Edmonton has won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 16, following a nine-game winless streak (0-7-2). The Oilers had lost seven straight on the road.

Tommy Salo made 21 saves and has won back-to-back starts for only the second time since Dec. 13.

Los Angeles Lubomir Visnovsky scored the tying goal in the second period.



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