Leetch, Fleury set up Rangers for win over Caps

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000

NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch and Theo Fleury assisted on all three Rangers goals Wednesday night to lead New York to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Leetch moved into a second-place tie with Jean Ratelle on the Rangers' career points list with 817. The defenseman, who is the club leader with 626 assists, trails only Rod Gilbert's 1,021 points.

Blue Jackets 5, Mighty Ducks 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marc Denis stopped 36 shots and Steve Heinze scored two of Columbus' four power-play goals as the Blue Jackets beat Anaheim and snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Alex Selivanov and Jamie Heward also had power-play goals for Columbus, which had just one goal in 27 power-play opportunities during the losing streak. Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Blue Jackets.

Flyers 6, Lightning 3

PHILADELPHIA -- John LeClair scored three times -- including the go-ahead goal late in the third period -- as Philadelphia tallied three goals in 76 seconds to beat Tampa Bay.

LeClair, playing just his fifth game since returning from back surgery, got his first hat trick of the season. He gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead with 3:40 left, Paul Ranheim made it 5-3 just 17 seconds later, and LeClair got his third with 2:24 left.

Islanders 4, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Bill Muckalt and Roman Hamrlik scored within a 53-second span of the second period as the New York Islanders defeated Florida for their second win in 13 games.

Pavel Bure scored his 17th goal, including one in each of his last four games, for the Panthers.

Islanders goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, who stopped 71 of 72 New Jersey shots in consecutive ties last week, made 29 saves against the Panthers -- his former team.

Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA -- Sami Kapanen scored two goals and Carolina took over first place in the Southeast Division by beating Atlanta.

It was the fifth win in six road games for the Hurricanes, while the Thrashers had their franchise record three-game winning streak snapped.

Bruins 3, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH -- Bill Guerin scored twice in the third period as Boston ended a three-game losing streak and beat Pittsburgh.

The Penguins, who led 2-1 after 40 minutes, were 9-0 when leading after two periods and the Bruins were 0-12-1 when trailing after two.

Boston won for the first time in Pittsburgh since Dec. 17, 1996. The Bruins were streaks of 0-5-3 and 1-16-4.

Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 0

DETROIT -- Mats Sundin scored twice in the first period to lead Toronto past Detroit, which was shut out for the second straight game.

Toronto extended its road winning streak to four games.

Canucks 1, Coyotes 1

PHOENIX -- Sean Burke made 31 saves and Phoenix's top line remained punchless despite the Coyotes debut of Claude Lemieux in a tie with Vancouver.

Lemieux signed on Saturday -- an omen that the franchise's long-awaited sale to co-owners Steve Ellman and Wayne Gretzky, Lemieux's friend, will be completed next week after the NHL board of governors meeting.

Oilers 4, Predators 0

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ryan Smyth had two goals and an assist, and Tommy Salo stopped 18 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as Edmonton defeated Nashville.

Salo, who has 20 career shutouts, has all of his blankings this season in a 15-game span since Nov. 3.

Stars 2, Sharks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jere Lehtinen had a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars tied the division rival San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks, undefeated in five games (3-0-2), managed just eight shots on Dallas goalie Ed Belfour through the first two periods -- but two of them went into the net.

The Sharks cracked the Stars' defense with 12 shots in the third and six more in overtime, but they were unable to get around Belfour.



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