Rangers take overtime tilt

Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002

NEW YORK -- Mike Dunham made 25 saves in his Rangers debut, and Petr Nedved scored 2:25 into overtime as New York snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night over the San Jose Sharks.

Nedved, who earlier was stopped on a breakaway, took a pass in the slot from Radek Dvorak, spun and slid a shot past backup goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. Nedved threw his hands up, looking relieved. He missed an open net that would have tied a game last Wednesday in the closing seconds of a one-goal loss to Chicago.

Dunham didn't get off to a great start, with Patrick Marleau scoring on San Jose's first shot against him. Matthew Barnaby tied the game for the Rangers in the second period.

Canadiens 3, Senators 2

OTTAWA -- Yanic Perreault scored with 17.8 seconds left, and Montreal allowed two third-period power-play goals before beating Ottawa.

Trailing 2-0, Ottawa got a goal from Daniel Alfredsson with 6:21 left, and Shaun Van Allen tied it with 1:15 to go.

Perreault's 14th goal of the season ended Ottawa's eight-game home winning streak. Montreal, which won its fourth in five games, also got goals from Oleg Petrov and Doug Gilmour, who assisted on Perreault's winner.

Thrashers 1, Maple Leafs 0

ATLANTA -- Brad Tapper scored in his first NHL game this season, and Pasi Nurminen got his first career shutout as Atlanta snapped a six-game losing streak.

Tapper, recalled from AHL Chicago to replace the injured Dany Heatley, knocked in a feed from Ilya Kovalchuk with just 3:42 left.

Capitals 2, Avalanche 2

DENVER -- Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig came off the injured list earlier in the day, then made 35 saves for the Capitals. Patrick Roy stopped 30 shots for Colorado.

Jeff Halpern and Jaromir Jagr had goals for the Capitals. Steven Reinprecht and Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.

It was Colorado's 14th overtime game this season and NHL-leading ninth tie.

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