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Capitals parade past Thrashers

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr ended a scoring slump with two goals and the Washington Capitals beat struggling Atlanta 5-2 Saturday, extending the Thrashers' winless streak to seven games.

Patrik Stefan scored twice for Atlanta, on an 0-5-2 skid. The points were his first in five games since spending five games in the minors.

Peter Bondra tallied twice and Joe Reekie also scored for the Capitals, who reached .500 (14-14-5) for the first time since Oct. 26.

Flyers 5, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- Paul Ranheim, Ruslan Fedotenko and Jeremy Roenick scored second-period goals, lifting Philadelphia past Boston.

Mark Recchi and John LeClair also scored for the Flyers.

Brian Rolston scored a short-handed goal, and Don Sweeney had his first of the season for the Bruins.

Devils 2, Senators 0

OTTAWA -- Martin Brodeur recorded his first shutout of the season and earned his 300th career win as the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Saturday night.

Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott scored.

Named to Canada's Olympic team earlier in the day, Brodeur stopped 39 shots for his 52nd career shutout, and first since Apr. 7 against Montreal.

Rangers 4, Sabres 2

NEW YORK -- Mark Messier and Mike York each scored a goal and had an assist to lead New York past Buffalo and snap a five-game losing streak.

Messier gave New York a 3-0 lead at 17:08 of the second period when he took a cross-ice pass from Mikael Samuelsson and wristed a shot off the right post for his sixth of the season and 1800th NHL point.

Panthers 3, Islanders 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Roberto Luongo's 36 saves helped Florida beat slumping New York, giving the Panthers their third win in five games since Mike Keenan took over as coach.

Kristian Huselius, Niklas Hagman and Pavel Bure scored for Florida, which won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Maple Leafs 6, Canadiens 4

TORONTO -- Gary Roberts had two goals and an assist as Toronto beat Montreal. The Maple Leafs have won five straight.

Blues 4, Flames 0

ST. LOUIS -- Keith Tkachuk scored two goals and goaltender Brent Johnson faced just nine shots, leading St. Louis past Calgary.

Chris Pronger and Dallas Drake also scored for the Blues, who scored a pair of power-play goals. St. Louis had scored just three goals on its last 23 power plays entering the game. Calgary's nine shots were a season low.

Predators 5, Blackhawks 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Petr Tenkrat had his first career three-goal game -- including two in 27 seconds -- as Nashville beat Chicago.

Vitali Yachmenev and Greg Johnson had the other Predators goals.

Michael Nylander and Mark Bell scored for Chicago.

Stars 6, Coyotes 2

PHOENIX -- Valeri Kamensky scored his first two goals of the season and Mike Modano notched the 398th of his career as Dallas defeated Phoenix.

Jere Lehtinen, Sergei Zubov and Martin Rucinsky also scored for the Stars. Dallas, which has won seven of its last eight, snapped Phoenix's six-game home winning streak.

Canucks 3, Red Wings 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Todd Bertuzzi scored twice and Dan Cloutier made 16 saves as Vancouver ended four-and-a-half years of futility against Detroit.

It was Vancouver's first win against the Red Wings since Feb. 6, 1997 and their first home win over Detroit since Dec. 20, 1996.

Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2

LOS ANGELES -- Bryan Smolinski scored two goals, including Los Angeles' first short-handed goal of the season, leading the Kings past Columbus.

Smolinski and Adam Deadmarsh scored on power plays and goaltender Felix Potvin earned his sixth straight win against the second-year Blue Jackets, making 18 saves.

The Kings are unbeaten in four games (3-0-1),

Ray Whitney and rookie Jody Shelley scored for Columbus, which has lost seven of its last nine games.



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