Atlanta mauls Florida

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003

ATLANTA Francis Lessard and Tommi Santala scored their first NHL goals and Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak.

Shawn McEachern and Daniel Tjarnqvist added their first goals of the season for the Thrashers. Pasi Nurminen stopped 26 shots.

Trailing 2-0 after two periods, Florida tied the game on goals by Niklas Hagman and Vaclav Nedorost in the first 1:45 of the third.

But Santala netted the game-winner at 6:15, streaking into the slot and sweeping in a pass from behind the net.

McEachern scored his first goal at 15:40, and Tjarnqvist added a goal 39 seconds later for the final margin.

Blue Jackets 2, Coyotes 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio Andrew Cassels scored with 41.9 seconds left in regulation to rally the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-2 tie with the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night.

The Coyotes went to overtime for the fifth consecutive game (2-0-2-1).

Daymond Langkow had a goal and an assist, and Ladislav Nagy added a goal for Phoenix, each stretching their points streaks to five games.

Blackhawks 2, Rangers 2

CHICAGO Chris Simon scored midway through the third period to lift New York into a tie.

Simon beat goalie Michael Leighton with a quick shot from 25 feet at 10:18 of the third.

He pounced on a loose puck after Chicago rookie Igor Radulov couldn't handle a pass.

Mighty Ducks 4, Blues 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Steve Rucchin scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the third period, as Anaheim ended St. Louis' five-game winning streak.

Anaheim got off to a quick start when Jason Krog and Vitaly Vishnevski scored 69 seconds apart in the first period for a 2-0 lead. Vishnevski also had two assists.

Peter Cajanek, Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored for the Central Division-leading Blues.

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