Capitals can't survive Sharks' attack

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2000

WASHINGTON -- Todd Harvey had his first hat trick in more than five years as the San Jose Sharks beat Washington 5-3 on Monday night and ended the Capitals' nine-game home unbeaten streak.

Harvey scored the game-winner with 14:54 left in the game and added an empty-net goal to complete his first hat trick since April 22, 1995, while playing for Dallas.

Scott Thornton and Gary Suter also scored for the Sharks, who won their fourth straight.

Sergei Gonchar had two goals and an assist for the Capitals, who had won four straight and seven of their last eight. Washington entered the game 7-0-2 in its last nine home games. The Capitals' last home loss came against the New York Rangers on Nov. 9.

Adam Oates also scored for Washington.

Rangers 6, Panthers 3

NEW YORK -- Jan Hlavac had a goal and two assists and Petr Nedved returned from a suspension and had three assists as the Rangers ended a four-game winless streak.

Brian Leetch, Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Radek Dvorak and Sandy McCarthy also scored for the Rangers, who have scored a league-high 119 goals but allowed an NHL-worst 123.

Theo Fleury added two assists to extend his point-scoring streak to nine games for the Rangers.

Robert Svehla, Serge Payer and Scott Mellanby score for the Panthers, who fell to 0-15-5-5 when allowing more than one goal. Florida has won just once in 11 games (1-6-2-2).

Blue Jackets 2, Canadiens 0

MONTREAL -- Ron Tugnutt recorded the first shutout in Columbus history, and Chris Nielsen and Kevyn Adams scored as the Blue Jackets prevailed in a matchup of the NHL's worst teams.

Tugnutt, who played just over one full season with Montreal from 1994 to 1995, stopped 27 shots for his 16th career shutout.

After opening the season with four consecutive home wins, Montreal has won once in its last 14 home games (1-11-2). The Canadiens are winless their last five home games and their last eight overall (0-6-2).

The Blue Jackets, who entered the game tied with Montreal for the least points in the league at 22, won for the third time in 16 road games.

Red Wings 4, Oilers 3

DETROIT -- Larry Murphy scored with 1:55 left in overtime as Detroit extended its unbeaten streak to four games.

Murphy's game-winner came on a rebound of a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom.

Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom scored with 33.4 seconds left to force overtime. Lidstrom and Pat Verbeek also scored for the Red Wings. Steve Yzerman had three assists.

Janne Niinimaa, Shawn Horcoff and Georges Laraque scored for the Oilers, who lost their second straight and fourth in five games.

Detroit goalie Manny Legace made 25 saves. Edmonton's Tommy Salo stopped 34 shots.

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