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Super Mario notches assist in Penguins draw

Lemieux nets 1,700th point

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003

PITTSBURGH Mario Lemieux became the sixth player in NHL history with 1,700 points with an assist that started a four-goal run by Pittsburgh, but the New York Islanders scored twice in the third period for a 4-4 tie Wednesday night.

With the Islanders up 2-0 late in the first, Lemieux took Konstantin Koltsov's pass along the right wing boards, slipped the puck between the legs of defenseman Janne Niinimaa, then made a backhanded pass to the slot to Dick Tarnstrom for his second goal of the season.

Lemieux joins Wayne Gretzky (2,857), Gordie Howe (1,850), Mark Messier (1,847), Marcel Dionne (1,771) and Carolina Hurricanes captain Ron Francis (1,760s) on the 1,700-point list. Only Gretzky reached the mark faster than Lemieux.

Trailing 4-2 in the third, the Islanders scored twice in a span of 2:48 to tie it as Jason Blake got his third of the season and Mariusz Czerkawski evened it with his eighth at 11:13 of the period.

Blues 6, Red Wings 5

DETROIT Doug Weight had the second three-goal game of his career and Dallas Drake collected five assists as St. Louis ended Detroit's club record 15-game home winning streak

Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek allowed four goals on St. Louis' first 13 shots and was pulled early in the second period.

Peter Sejna added two power-play goals for St. Louis, Keith Tkachuk had a power-play goal and Mike Danton had two assists.

For the Red Wings, Brett Hull scored the 718th goal of his career breaking a tie with Phil Esposito for fourth place on the NHL's all-time scoring list.

Hasek was replaced by Manny Legace after Sejna's first power-play goal 4:46 into the second period. That goal made it 4-2.

Flyers 5, Panthers 1

PHILADELPHIA Michal Handzus and Joni Pitkanen each had a goal and assist and Robert Esche stopped 21 shots for Philadelphia.

Justin Williams, Jeremy Roenick and John LeClair also had goals for Philadelphia, off to a 4-1-3 start. Mark Recchi, Tony Amonte and Simon Gagne added two assists apiece. Viktor Kozlov scored for the Panthers, who have lost two of three.

Roenick and Handzus scored 59 seconds apart in the second period to break open a one-goal game.

Mighty Ducks 4, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON Sergei Fedorov scored two goals and Martin Gerber made 23 saves for Anaheim.

The Capitals lost their sixth straight and are winless in eight game since an opening-day victory. The losing streak is their longest since they dropped the final six games of the 1998-99 season.

Gerber has allowed four goals in three games in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who struggled in Anaheim's early losses. Jason Krog and Steve Rucchin also scored for the Ducks.

Stars 4, Flames 3, OT

DALLAS Jason Arnott scored 17 seconds into overtime and Bill Guerin had three goals as Dallas rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit.

Calgary led 3-1 when Guerin notched his second of the night on a power-play rebound with 10:32 left in regulation.

Guerin tied it with 8:35 remaining in regulation. It was his sixth goal of the season and completed his first hat trick for the Stars and the fourth of his career.

Jarome Iginla scored in the first period, and Oleg Saprykin and Chuck Kobasew scored for in a span of 4:44 in the second for the Flames.



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