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Lemieux sizzles, New York fizzles

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

NEW YORK -- Mario Lemieux, the NHL's scoring leader, had a goal and two assists Thursday night to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

In two victories against New York this season, the Penguins have outscored the Rangers 12-1. Pittsburgh has won three straight following a 10-game losing streak. The Rangers fell to 1-7-1-1 in their last 10 games.

Jan Hrdina and Steve McKenna had power-play goals, and Michal Sivek, Michal Rozsival and Wayne Primeau also scored for the Penguins.

Rangers captain Mark Messier scored on the power play to make it 1-1 in the first period.

Senators 3, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Daniel Alfredsson scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and added two assists to lift Ottawa over Buffalo.

Magnus Arvedson and Todd White also scored for the Senators, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Ottawa won its second straight in Buffalo after going nearly four years without a victory there.

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 2

DETROIT -- Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals in Detroit's victory over Columbus.

The defending Stanley Cup champions have lost just once in the last 12 games (8-1-3) and are unbeaten in their last six (4-0-2).

Predators 3, Stars 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scott Walker had two assists, and the Nashville Predators had goals from three players.

Kings 4, Coyotes 3, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Brad Chartrand scored at 3:14 of overtime and rookie Michael Cammalleri had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles.

Bryan Smolinski got his seventh goal before leaving early in the second period with an eye injury.

Wild 2, Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO -- Theo Fleury stuffed in a rebound of Alex Zhamnov's shot from the slot after Dwayne Roloson made a pad save at 3:06 of the third period.

Canucks 4, Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist each as the Canucks beat the Oilers for the third time in less than two weeks.

Sharks 4, Mighty Ducks 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Owen Nolan scored two goals in less than nine minutes in the second period and Teemu Selanne scored for the sixth straight game.

Blues 3, Avalanche 2

ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra had two goals and an assist and Scott Mellanby scored the go-ahead goal when the puck popped up in the air and dropped over Patrick Roy's outstretched glove.



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