Washington topples Avalanche; Hull hat trick lifts Red Wings

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003

WASHINGTON Sergei Berezin had a goal and an assist in the first period, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Sergei Gonchar scored the other goal for Washington, which moved within a point of Tampa Bay in the Southeast Division. The Capitals surrendered the division lead with Friday night's loss to the Kings.

Joe Sakic scored for Colorado, which lost consecutive road games for the first time this season. The Avalanche remained four points behind Vancouver in the Northwest Division.

Berezin has scored in his first two games with the Capitals since being acquired from Chicago at the trade deadline.

Panthers 4, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH Niklas Hagman scored twice and Olli Jokinen had one goal and set up two others. Denis Shvidki added a goal for the Panthers, who had more than two goals for the first time in 12 games.

The Penguins have been held to two or fewer goals in a franchise-record 10 consecutive games. They are winless in 12 games (0-11-1), matching the second-longest streak in team history.

Pittsburgh's eight-game home winless streak (0-7-1) is the second longest in its history.

Jokinen, who had just one point in his previous 10 games, converted Viktor Kozlov's pass for his third short-handed goal of the season to break a 2-2 tie with 37 seconds remaining in the second period.

Red Wings 6, Senators 2

DETROIT Brett Hull's 32nd career hat trick lifted the Red Wings into first place in the Western Conference. The Red Wings won for the 15th time in their last 17 games.

Detroit, with 96 points, moved past the Dallas Stars and within two points of the Senators for first place overall in the NHL. The Senators lost their second straight game.

Curtis Joseph stopped 41 shots for the Red Wings, who only had 20 shots on goal.

But Hull, who also had an assist, put in three, and Henrik Zetterberg and Brendan Shanahan each had a goal and an assist. Nicklas Lidstrom got the other goal.

Marian Hossa and Mike Fisher scored for Ottawa.

Flames 2, Mighty Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Petr Sykora scored twice late in the third period, including the tying goal with 31 seconds remaining, as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks tied the Calgary Flames 2-2 Sunday night.

Calgary scored twice on power plays in the second period and appeared headed for the victory until Sykora's late goals. Sykora beat Jamie McLennan with 4:05 remaining, then tied it with goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere pulled for an extra attacker.

Earlier, McLennan stopped Paul Kariya on a penalty shot. But Kariya set up Sykora's first goal, sending a pass down low to his linemate. Sykora's first shot was saved, but he put in the rebound.

In the wild final minute, Sykora skated out from behind the goal and banked in a shot off McLennan.

Kariya was pulled down at 10:05 of the third period, but McLennan made a glove save to thwart the penalty shot.

After a scoreless first period, Jarome Iginla got his 33rd goal of the season to make it 1-0. And 4:34 later, Tony Lydman also connected on a power play.

The tie moved Anaheim one point ahead of Minnesota for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Giguere made 37 saves, six in overtime. McLennan had 27 saves.

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