NEW YORK -- Mark Messier scored a short-handed goal to move into third place on the NHL career points list as the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 6-3 Monday night.
Messier's 23rd goal of the season, scored 5:45 in, pushed him past Marcel Dionne with 1,772 points. He added an assist on Radek Dvorak's short-handed goal in the second period. The Rangers captain, who has 650 goals and 1,123 assists, trails only Wayne Gretzky (2,857) and Gordie Howe (1,850).
Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson and Brian Leetch also scored in the opening period as the Rangers raced to a 4-1 lead and chased Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig. Petr Nedved completed the scoring with a goal late in the third period.
Calle Johansson, Jeff Halpern and Sergei Gonchar scored for the Southeast Division-leading Capitals lost their fourth straight. Washington had not lost four in a row since dropping six straight to close out the 1998-99 season. The Capitals, however, had not lost on the road since Jan. 27 (7-0-1).
Predators 2, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cliff Ronning scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period and Tomas Vokoun lost his shutout bid with 1:59 remaining as Nashville snapped a two-game road losing streak.
Scott Walker also scored for the Predators, who are 2-5-0-1 in their last eight road games.
Vokoun, who finished with 18 saves, lost his shutout when David Vyborny converted a penalty shot.
Columbus, which was unbeaten in its last three games, lost for just the third time in 10 games (6-3-1).
Stars 4, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mike Modano scored two first-period goals as Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to four games.
After Minnesota closed within a goal, John MacLean and Shaun Van Allen added third-period goals for the Stars. Goalie Marty Turco finished with 22 saves.
Antti Laaksonen scored a short-handed goal for the Wild, who are winless in five games.
Devils 4, Flames 2
CALGARY, Alberta -- Scott Gomez scored two goals and New Jersey extended its franchise-record winning streak to 11 games.
The victory clinched a playoff berth for New Jersey, which also recorded its fifth consecutive 40-win season.
Sergei Brylin, Petr Sykora also score for the Devils, who tied a team record with their sixth straight road victory and moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the idle Ottawa Senators.
Chris Clark and Jarome Iginla scored for Calgary, which is winless in eight games (0-5-3).
Flyers 4, Oilers 2
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Philadelphia Flyers played a waiting game against the Edmonton Oilers, and their plan worked.
Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Eric Desjardins scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period as the Flyers beat the Oilers 4-2 Monday night, extending their winning streak to four games.
Keith Primeau and Andy Delmore also scored for the Flyers, who are 6-1-0 in their last seven games.
''Coming in here, knowing how well their hockey team has been playing, our intention was to bottle up the neutral zone and wait for our chances,'' Primeau said. ''We did that. We've become accustomed to a certain style of play.''
Philadelphia is three points behind New Jersey, a 4-2 winner over Calgary on Monday, in the race for first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
''It was a big win for our hockey team,'' Flyers coach Bill Barber said. ''It keeps us in the mix, and a little closer to setting up that playoff spot.''
Kings 6, Coyotes 2
LOS ANGELES -- Bryan Smolinski had two goals and an assist as Los Angeles extended its unbeaten streak to six games and snapped an eight-game home winless streak against Phoenix. Luc Robitaille scored his 35th goal and had two assists to increase his point total to 1,071 and move into second place on Los Angeles' career point list.
Ziggy Palffy, Jaroslav Modry and Kelly Buchberger also scored for the Kings, who had two short-handed goals in a 15-second span in the second period and stretched their home unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1).
Travis Green and Jeremy Roenick, playing in his 900th NHL game, scored for Phoenix, which is winless in its last six road games.
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