Rangers forward now second on career points list behind Gretzky

Messier moves in front of Howe

Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2003

NEW YORK Mark Messier's two goals moved him past Gordie Howe for second place on the NHL career points list and led the New York Rangers to a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Messier tied Howe with a goal in the second period, and surpassed him by shooting into an empty net with 4.7 seconds left for his 1,851st point.

Messier gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 1:37 into the second period, earning his 1,850th point in his 1,691st game. Howe played 1,767 games over 26 NHL seasons. Wayne Gretzky is first with 2,857 points.

Messier's linemate Matthew Barnaby also scored in the second period for the Rangers, 4-1-2-1 at home. Jussi Markkanen made 34 saves for his first win of the season and sixth career shutout.

Capitals 5, Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. Dainius Zubrus scored twice, Robert Lang had a goal and two assists and Washington ended Tampa Bay's season-opening eight-game undefeated streak.

Washington's Olaf Kolzig made 41 saves in the first meeting between the teams since Tampa Bay beat the Capitals in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season. Jaromir Jagr and Jeff Halpern also scored for the Capitals, who stopped a six-game road losing skid.

Martin St. Louis scored for Tampa Bay (7-1-1), which entered as the NHL's only unbeaten team.

Oilers 4, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL Peter Sarno scored in his NHL debut a day after being recalled from the minors and Edmonton defeated Montreal.

Raffi Torres, Fernando Pisani and Cory Cross also scored and Marty Reasoner had two assists for Edmonton, which got its first win in four road games this season to begin a six-game trip.

Sheldon Souray scored twice for Montreal, which has lost four straight home games. The Canadiens have lost five of six overall while being outscored 22-4.

Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2

TORONTO Bryan McCabe had a goal and an assist in Toronto's victory over Pittsburgh.

Aki Berg, Darcy Tucker and Robert Reichel also scored as the Maple Leafs took advantage of the Penguins having to play without Mario Lemieux, who's sidelined with a strained left hip muscle.

Ryan Malone had a short-handed goal and Rico Fata also scored for the Penguins, whose three-game unbeaten streak ended.

Blues 2, Mighty Ducks 1, OT

ST. LOUIS Keith Tkachuk scored on a 3-on-1 break with 31 seconds left in overtime to give St. Louis a victory over Anaheim.

The Blues, frustrated most of the game by Jean-Sebastian Giguere, were shut out before Doug Weight scored on his own rebound with 5:19 to go in regulation.

Giguere, who led the Mighty Ducks to last season's Stanley Cup finals, had his best outing of a shaky start to the season with 30 saves. He entered with a 1-6 record and 3.02 goals-against average.

Sandis Ozolinsh scored his first goal of the season early in the second period for Anaheim. Giguere and the Mighty Ducks' defense almost made it stand up.

Red Wings 3, Flames 0

CALGARY, Alberta Brendan Shanahan scored twice, Curtis Joseph made 21 saves for his first win of the season and Detroit snapped a five-game winless skid.

Joseph returned from a groin injury that sidelined him for two games and earned his 42nd career shutout. Starter Dominik Hasek has a groin injury that's sidelined him for four games and could keep him out for another week.

Darren McCarty also scored and Steve Yzerman had two assists for Detroit (6-6-1-0), which finished 1-2-1 on a four-game road trip.

Wild 4, Avalanche 4

DENVER Steve Konowalchuk scored twice, including an unassisted goal midway through the third period, to lift Colorado into a tie with Minnesota.

Antti Laaksonen had two goals and an assist for Minnesota, and Manny Fernandez made 32 saves for the Wild.

Colorado rallied from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits, pulling even the final time on goals by Derek Morris and Konowalchuk in the third period.

Colorado's David Aebischer gave up four goals on 14 shots and was replaced at the start of the third period by Phil Sauve, who stopped all 10 shots he faced.

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