Hossa's phantom goal helps Ottawa

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2003

OTTAWA Marian Hossa managed to score despite failing to get a shot on an empty-net breakaway.

Hossa was awarded his second goal of the game with 43 seconds left in the third after Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk threw his stick, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Thrashers.

Hossa, who scored early in the third period, was awarded a power-play goal at the 19:17 mark when Kovalchuk flung his stick and knocked the puck off Hossa's stick into the left corner with Atlanta goalie Pasi Nurminen on the bench for an extra attacker.

''When I was going on the empty net, I was going to go all the way because there was nobody close,'' Hossa said. ''I was going to shoot and all of a sudden I saw a stick interfering with the puck, and I knew right away it was an automatic goal.''

The rare infraction was officially recorded as an unassisted goal.

''I just feel sorry for those two guys because they didn't get the helpers,'' Hossa said. ''That was a weird play.''

Defensemen Karel Rachunek and Chris Phillips also scored, and Peter Schaefer had two assists, helping the Senators extend their season-high unbeaten streak to six games.

Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 0

CHICAGO Michael Leighton stopped 20 shots for his second shutout in three games to lead Chicago to its third win in 23 games.

The shutout was Leighton's second this season and the third of his career.

Nathan Dempsey, Tuomo Ruutu and Deron Quint scored for the Blackhawks. Two of Chicago's victories during its current skid have come against Detroit.

The Red Wings lead the NHL with 126 goals, but have scored just four in their last four games. They're 1-2-1 during that span.

Flames 2, Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves as Calgary beat Edmonton.

Kiprusoff, who made 30 saves in a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Dec. 23, is now 11-3-1 with the league's best goals-against average and best save percentage.

Iginla set up Dean McAmmond's second-period goal and scored in the third for the Flames, who are 10-2-1-0 in their last 13.

Mike York scored late in the game for the Oilers, who have just one win in their last six game (1-4-1-0) and two wins in their last 10.

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