Capitals send Buffalo to sixth straight defeat

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist in his return from the injured list as the Washington Capitals extended Buffalo's losing streak to six games with a 4-3 victory Monday night.

Jaromir Jagr broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period, and Mike Grier and Ivan Ciernik also scored for Washington -- 5-0-1-1 in its last seven games. The Capitals have won five straight at home.

Devils 1, Bruins 0

BOSTON -- Martin Brodeur made 33 saves in recording his fourth shutout of the season as New Jersey beat Boston. He is 17th on the NHL career list with 59 shutouts.

Islanders 2, Panthers 1, OT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Roman Hamrlik scored his second goal of the game with 56.9 seconds left in overtime to give New York a victory over Florida.

The Islanders have won three straight, all at home.

Thrashers 3, Penguins 2, OT

PITTSBURGH -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a breakaway with 20 seconds left in overtime, lifting Atlanta to its first victory over Pittsburgh.

Atlanta lost all 14 previous games against the Penguins since joining the NHL three seasons ago.

Predators 3, Senators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bill Houlder snapped a third-period tie with his first goal in 145 games and lifted Nashville over Ottawa.

Coyotes 4, Oilers 3, OT

PHOENIX -- Daymond Langkow scored late in regulation and again in overtime as Phoenix beat Edmonton.

Sean Burke made 31 saves to win for the second time in two games since his return from an ankle sprain. Burke, who missed 29 games, shut out Philadelphia on Saturday.

Blackhawks 2, Kings 0

LOS ANGELES -- Jocelyn Thibault made 33 saves in his 32nd career shutout as Chicago beat Los Angeles.

Thibault stopped all 18 shots he faced in the first period in helping the Blackhawks extend their unbeaten streak to six games.

Sharks 2, Flyers 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Rookie Jonathan Cheechoo scored the go-ahead goal from an improbable angle early in the third period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in San Jose's victory over Philadelphia.

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