Capitals move above .500 with Wild victory

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2000

WASHINGTON -- Sergei Gonchar and Peter Bondra scored second-period goals Thursday night as the Washington Capitals moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves to improve to 8-1 in his last nine starts. Adam Oates assisted on both Washington goals.

Oates has a team-high 16 assists, while Bondra has a team-high 11 goals.

Aaron Gavey scored the only Minnesota goal.

Senators 4, Flames 2

KANATA, Ontario -- Rookie Martin Havlat had his first career two-goal game as Ottawa snapped Calgary's three-game winning streak.

The Senators won their third straight and sixth in seven games to move into a tie with Toronto atop the Eastern Conference.

Havlat returned after missing eight games because of a separated shoulder. Radek Bonk and Andreas Dackell also scored for Ottawa.

Valeri Bure scored for the second straight game for Calgary.

Oilers 6, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Doug Weight had a goal and two assists and Tommy Salo made 36 saves as Edmonton snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory against Nashville.

Weight has points in nine of Edmonton's last 11 games. Ryan Smyth and Jason Smith each added a pair of assists.

Nashville is 1-5-1 in its last seven, and has been outscored 24-10 over that span.

Sharks 2, Blue Jackets 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Owen Nolan's second-period goal sparked San Jose to a victory over Columbus, which has won just two road games this season.

The expansion Blue Jackets have won just two of the previous 10 games.

Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 18 of 22 starts, faced 21 Columbus shots.

Ron Tugnutt, who had not played since Dec. 2, stopped 27 Sharks shots.

Stephane Matteau had the other San Jose goal. Geoff Sanderson scored for Columbus.

Rangers 5, Kings 5

LOS ANGELES -- Rob Blake ended a 13-game goal-scoring drought with a career-high three goals as Los Angeles tied the New York Rangers.

The defenseman scored once in each period and assisted on the tying goal by Luc Robitaille.

The Rangers went the first 31 games without a tie -- the longest stretch from the start of a season in their 75-year history. New York was the only NHL team without a tie this season.

Blake added two assists in his first career five-point game.

Jan Hlavac scored twice in the third period to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead.

Coyotes 3, Lightning 2

PHOENIX -- Claude Lemieux, scoreless in two games since he signed with Phoenix, had two goals and an assist against Tampa Bay.

The game was the first for Phoenix since the NHL board of governors approved the sale of the franchise to a group led by Wayne Gretzky.

Jeromy Roenick scored the other Coyotes goal.

Fredrik Modin and Mike Johnson scored for the Lightning, but Sean Burke stopped the other 20 Tampa Bay shots.

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