Devils tie Flyers for lead in Atlantic

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sami Kapanen had a goal and two assists and the Philadelphia Flyers beat New Jersey 4-2 on Monday night to move into a first-place tie with the Devils in the Atlantic Division.

Eric Desjardins, Tony Amonte and Eric Weinrich also scored and Roman Cechmanek made 27 saves as the Flyers won their third straight and beat New Jersey for the first time in five games (1-3-1) this season.

Jim McKenzie and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who have lost five of their last seven games.

Both teams have 11 games left in the regular season.

Wild 3, Lightning 3, OT

TAMPA, Fla. -- Andrew Brunette scored the tying goal with 4:25 left in regulation as the Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning tied.

The Wild tied it when Brunette redirected Cliff Ronning's shot during a power play.

Matt Johnson and Marian Gaborik had the other Minnesota goals. The Wild are tied with Anaheim for sixth in the Western Conference with 83 points.

The Southeast Division-leading Lightning, looking for their first divisional title, have a two-point lead over Washington. The Lightning's magic number to clinch their first playoff berth since 1996 is six points.

Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who have a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2).

Rangers 1, Islanders 0

NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal with 8:17 left, and Mike Dunham made 17 saves to lift the playoff-desperate New York Rangers to a win.

Garth Snow made 38 saves, but couldn't stop Leetch's backhanded shot after the Rangers pressured, and Islanders failed to clear the puck three times.

Dunham has four shutouts this season and 15 career.

The Rangers tied Montreal in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the Islanders in the race for the eighth playoff spot. The Rangers, who snapped an 0-2-0-1 skid, have only eight games left.

Thrashers 3, Blue Jackets 2

ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley stormed from the penalty box and scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 13 seconds remaining as the Atlanta Thrashers handed the Columbus Blue Jackets their seventh straight road loss.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Mark Hartigan also scored for Atlanta, which won its second straight after ending a three-game home losing streak Saturday against Buffalo.

Canucks 4, Stars 2

DALLAS -- Todd Bertuzzi scored two of his three goals on the power play, and Pat Kavanagh got the first of his NHL career as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars to tighten the race for the top seed in the Western Conference.

Oilers 5, Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist and Ryan Smyth had three assists as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators.

Blackhawks 3, Sharks 2, OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Theo Fleury scored a breakaway goal with 3:34 left in overtime. Fleury broke in alone on Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, beating him to the stick side.



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