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Senators spoil Bure's return

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2003

OTTAWA -- Captain Daniel Alfredsson assisted on goals by Radek Bonk, Mike Fisher and Martin Havlat as the Senators beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Monday to ruin Pavel Bure's return.

Alfredsson, who leads Ottawa with 62 points, assisted on Bonk's goal in the first before setting up second-period goals by Fisher and Havlat. Ottawa, which scored on both power-play opportunities, is on a 5-1-1 streak.

With New York trailing 3-1, Bure assisted on Alexei Kovalev's 30th goal, a power-play score, with 12:32 left in the third. Eric Lindros also scored for the Rangers, who lost their second straight despite getting Bure back for the first time in more than two months. Bure had surgery on both knees Dec. 16.

New York, 11th in the Eastern Conference with 55 points, got defenseman Brian Leetch, who also assisted on Kovalev's goal, back Friday night after he missed 31 games because of a severely bruised ankle.

THRASHERS 4, SABRES 3 (OT): Patrik Stefan scored his first career overtime goal with two seconds left on the power play as host Atlanta ended a four-game winless streak. The Thrashers scored their last three with a one-man advantage. Buffalo defenseman Alexei Zhitnik was penalized for interference in overtime, and Adam Mair served a game misconduct for elbowing in the third. Curtis Brown's short-handed goal made it 3-all for Buffalo with 4:06 left in regulation. Atlanta's Frederic Cassivi started at goal for Byron Dafoe, who injured his left groin in pregame warmups.

PREDATORS 5, BRUINS 1: Rem Murray scored two unassisted goals to lead host Nashville. With the Predators up 2-0 at 5:12 of the second, Boston's Mike Knuble couldn't control a pass that looked more like a pop fly. Murray skated in and put the puck past goaltender Jeff Hackett. Murray scored his second goal at 13:47 of the third when he skated down the left side and fired a one-timer into an open net as Steve Shields, who replaced Hackett in the second, was caught out of position.

KINGS 3, SHARKS 2: Alexander Frolov scored with 6:19 left to lift host Los Angeles. Frolov took a feed from Eric Belanger and slapped the puck through Evgeni Nabokov's pads to give the Kings their sixth win in eight games.

AVALANCHE 5, BLACKHAWKS 4: Five players scored and Patrick Roy made 27 saves for visiting Colorado, 16-1-2-2 in the absence of center Joe Sakic. Sakic, sidelined since Jan. 20 with a broken ankle, could return next week.

BLUES 5, FLAMES 3: Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra each had two goals and an assist, helping host St. Louis rally from a two-goal deficit. The Blues won with backup goalie Fred Brathwaite, making his first start since Jan. 21.

PANTHERS: Right wing Pierre Dagenais and center/winger Jeff Toms were recalled from AHL San Antonio. Dagenais has 15 goals and 12 assists in 40 games with the Rampage. Toms leads the team in with 19 goals and 22 assists.

PREDATORS-STARS TRADE: Nashville acquired forward Jon Sim from Dallas for defenseman Bubba Berenzweig and a conditional draft pick in 2004. Sim had 16 goals and 31 assists for AHL Utah this season. Berenzweig had six goals and 11 assists in 48 games with AHL Milwaukee.

WILD: Goalie Frederic Cloutier was reassigned to AHL Houston. Cloutier was recalled Friday and was backup the past two games.

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