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NHL ROUNDUP | Monday's games



Published: Fri, March 21, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Thrashers 3, Blue Jackets 2

ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley stormed from the penalty box and scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 13 seconds remaining as Atlanta handed Columbus its seventh straight road loss. Ilya Kovalchuk and Mark Hartigan also scored for Atlanta, which won its second straight after ending a three-game home losing streak Saturday against Buffalo. Geoff Sanderson scored his team-high 27th goal and Lasse Pirjeta added his ninth for Columbus, which has dropped 12 of 13 on the road.

Flyers 4, Devils 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sami Kapanen had a goal and two assists as Philadelphia moved into a first-place tie with New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. Eric Desjardins, Tony Amonte and Eric Weinrich also scored and Roman Cechmanek made 27 saves as the Flyers won their third straight and beat New Jersey for the first time in five games (1-3-1) this season. Jim McKenzie and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who have lost five of their last seven games. Both teams have 11 games remaining in the season.

Wild 3, Lightning 3, OT

TAMPA, Fla. -- Andrew Brunette scored the tying goal with 4:25 remaining in regulation for Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning tied. Matt Johnson and Marian Gaborik had the other Minnesota goals. The Wild are tied with Anaheim for sixth in the Western Conference with 83 points. The Southeast Division-leading Lightning, looking for their first divisional title, have a two-point lead over Washington. The Lightning's magic number to clinch their first playoff berth since 1996 is six points. Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who have a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2).

Rangers 1, Islanders 0

NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal with 8:17 remaining, and Mike Dunham made 17 saves to lift for New York. Garth Snow made 38 saves, but couldn't stop Leetch's backhanded shot after the Rangers pressured, and Islanders failed to clear the puck three times. Dunham has four shutouts this season and 15 career.

Canucks 4, Stars 2

DALLAS -- Todd Bertuzzi scored two of his three goals on the power play, and Pat Kavanagh got the first of his NHL career as Vancouver beat Dallas. Rookie goaltender Alexander Auld stopped 26 shots to give the Canucks 95 points, tying them with the Stars for second in the conference. Scott Young and Philippe Boucher scored for Dallas, which plays the Canucks on March 25 in Vancouver.

Oilers 5, Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist and Ryan Smyth had three assists for Edmonton. The Oilers opened up a two-goal lead in the first period then scored the final two goals of the games in the last five minutes. Nashville's Denis Arkhipov scored his second goal of the game to tie the score at 3 just under six minutes into the third period. Jason Chimera then scored the decisive goal for Edmonton when he took a pass from the left circle by Shawn Horcoff, drove into the slot and put the puck past Tomas Vokoun's outstretched leg with 4:53 left.

Blackhawks 3, Sharks 2, OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Theo Fleury scored a breakaway goal with 3:34 remaining in overtime. Fleury, who also had an assist in the first period, broke in alone on Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, beating him to the stick side for the 11th goal of the diminutive forward's disappointing season. Chris Simon and Mark Bell also scored for the Blackhawks, who won for just the third time in 13 games. Jocelyn Thibault made 35 saves, including a handful of impressive stops against Teemu Selanne.




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