Chicago ties up Devils

Posted: Monday, December 22, 2003

CHICAGO Ville Niemenen scored with 3:49 remaining in the third period to rally Chicago to a tie with New Jersey.

Chicago ended a two-game losing streak but has only one win in its last 20 games (1-12-4-3). New Jersey finished its five-game road trip with three wins and a tie.

Scott Gomez and Scott Stevens scored and assisted on each other's goals for New Jersey. Burke Henry scored in the third period for Chicago.

Islanders 5, Capitals 4

WASHINGTON Alexei Yashin snapped a tie early in the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Capitals 5-4 Sunday night for their first victory in Washington since 1997.

The Islanders, who broke a two-game losing streak and a six-game road skid, had not won a road game against the Capitals since beating them 2-0 on March 2, 1997.

Justin Papineau, Mark Parrish, Kenny Jonsson and Czerkawski also scored for New York, which had been outscored 10-2 in two previous losses to the Capitals this season.

Robert Lang had two power-play goals, and Brian Willsie and Kip Miller also scored for Washington, which had a 1-0-2 unbeaten streak halted.

Thrashers 4, Flyers 1

ATLANTA Ronald Petrovicky scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 25 saves to help Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

Ilya Kovalchuk added his NHL-leading 21st goal and Slava Kozlov also scored for the Thrashers, who won their second straight after a three-game losing streak, during which they were shut out in each.

John LeClair had a power-play goal for the Flyers, who fell behind 1-0 for the 13th straight game. Philadelphia has won just once in seven games (1-2-2-2), but stayed tied with Toronto for the points lead in the NHL (47).

Sharks 2 Mighty Ducks 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Niko Dimitrakos set up goals by Patrick Marleau and Vincent Damphousse and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves as San Jose beat Anaheim.

Marleau opened the scoring at 11:40 of the first period with his 13th goal and fifth in seven games. He got a pass in the right circle from Dimitrakos and beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the stick side with a one-timer from 15 feet.

The Sharks received a two-man advantage less than four minutes into the second period after Michael Holmqvist and Keith Carney were sent off for high-sticking 29 seconds apart. Damphousse beat Giguere with a 20-foot backhander from the left circle for his third goal of the season, just as Holmqvist stepped out of the penalty box.

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