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Senators rebound to beat Devils after blowing a three-goal lead

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© St. Petersburg Times
published February 20, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Squandering a three-goal third-period lead seemed to make the Senators work harder.

It paid off as Radek Bonk scored on a rebound with 1:15 to play, and the Senators came back to beat the Devils 5-3 on Wednesday night.

The win gave the Senators a six-point lead over the Devils in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"We needed it," Bonk said. "They got a couple of goals on the power play and they got back in the game. It's a credit to us that we never stopped working and got back at them."

That's been the norm for the Senators, who have beaten New Jersey in three of four games this season.

Martin Havlat and Marian Hossa each added two goals for Ottawa, which has won five of six.

"There was a little drama, definitely," said Hossa, who iced the game with an empty-net goal with 38 seconds left. "We took some penalties in the third and I spent most of that time sitting on the bench. That was tough but we found a way to win."

Scott Niedermayer, Jeff Friesen and Joe Nieuwendyk scored as the Devils took advantage of two four-minute, high-sticking penalties to tie the score.

"It's very deflating," Devils captain Scott Stevens said. "The only thing we can take out of it is we showed some character coming back against the best hockey club in the league right now."

Niedermayer got New Jersey on the board with a wraparound goal at 4:22. Friesen beat Patrick Lalime from in front at 8:22 after Karal Rachunek was sent off for cutting John Madden with his stick.

Nieuwendyk tied it with 7:44 to play with Magnus Arvedson off for high-sticking Jiri Bicek. The goal came after Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson was called for diving when it appeared he was taken down in center ice. That kept New Jersey on the power play.

The game appeared headed for overtime when Rachunek stopped a Stevens' pass around the boards in the Devils zone and fired a shot at Martin Brodeur. Mike Fisher was stopped on the rebound of that shot, but Bonk had an open net to shoot at when the puck went to the other side.

Hossa added his 38th goal after Brodeur left for a sixth skater.

New Jersey defenseman Colin White hurt his right knee in a mid-ice collision with Fisher in the second period.

STARS 1, FLAMES 1: Scott Young's goal with 4:10 left lifted host Dallas to a tie.

Calgary's Roman Turek stopped 38 shots and was closing in on his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his career when Young connected from the slot on a one-timer off a pass from Mike Modano. It was Young's 13th goal this season.

Oleg Saprykin scored a power-play goal in the first for the Flames, who are 1-6-3-1 in their past 11.

Jere Lehtinen nearly won the game for the Stars a minute into overtime but his blast from the high slot hit the right post.

Dallas, the top team in the West, held a 39-27 shots advantage over Calgary, the last-place team.

RANGERS 4, WILD 2: Mark Messier scored a breakaway goal in the second period to help visiting New York to the victory. Minnesota got power-play goals from Andrew Brunette and Sergei Zholtok, and outshot the Rangers 12-2 in the third period. New York also had goals from Sandy McCarthy, Brian Leetch and Bobby Holik to snap a two-game losing streak and improve its record against the Wild to 4-0. Minnesota is on a three-game losing streak, its longest this season. Mike Dunham made 27 saves for the Rangers.

SABRES 2, CANADIENS 1 (OT): Miroslav Satan scored 3:49 into overtime, lifting host Buffalo. Vaclav Varada, back after missing 17 games because of a sprained right knee, also scored as the Sabres overcame a 1-0 deficit and won for only the second time in 11 games (2-6-0-3). Buffalo's Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots, enjoying his best game after allowing 17 goals in his previous five starts. Jan Bulis scored for the Canadiens, who have scored 11 goals in seven games.

HURRICANES 1, BRUINS 1: Brian Rolston scored a power-play goal late in the third period, lifting visiting Boston into a tie. Jeff O'Neill scored a first-period goal for the Hurricanes, who controlled much of the game behind the steady goaltending of Kevin Weekes only to see the Bruins salvage a point with Rolston's goal at 13:49. Ron Francis and Jan Hlavac assisted on O'Neill's goal for Carolina, which has four points in four games after dropping 15 of 16. Weekes, who had faced 91 shots in his last two starts, had 26 saves. Boston's Steve Shields made 27 saves. The Bruins, who came into the game in sixth place in the East, had lost two straight and four of five. They are 1-3-1 on their seven-game road trip.

ISLANDERS 3, SHARKS 0: Michael Peca had two goals and Garth Snow had 29 saves for visiting New York. Kenny Jonsson also scored for the Islanders, who remain seventh in the East playoff race. It was Snow's first shutout of the season.

DUCKS 2, JACKETS 0: Paul Kariya scored for host Anaheim, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 26 saves for his seventh shutout of the season. Steve Rucchin added an empty-net goal.

BLUES: Center Ryan Johnson was claimed off waivers from the Panthers. He has two goals and five assists in 57 games this season. His best season was 2000-01, when he had career highs with seven goals and 14 assists for the Lightning.

CANUCKS: Defenseman Mikko Jokela was sent back to Manitoba of the AHL less than 12 hours after his NHL debut. Jokela arrived an hour before Tuesday night's 4-3 victory at Detroit with no equipment. He made it to the bench midway through the first period with equipment borrowed from teammates. He played a little more than five minutes and had three shots on goal.

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