© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2003
WASHINGTON -- The Red Wings put it all together against the overmatched Capitals.
Mathieu Dandenault and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit beat the Capitals 5-1 Saturday night. Detroit has scored 29 in its past six games, but it was a dominating defense that flustered Washington.
"Our defensemen played really well down low, especially on the penalty killing," said Detroit's Luc Robitaille, who had his eighth goal. "I think it surprised them."
Tomas Holmstrom and Kris Draper also scored to help the Red Wings move into a first-place tie with St. Louis in the Central Division. The Lightning remains one point behind Washington in the Southeast.
Sergei Gonchar scored for Washington, which has dropped three straight and five of seven. The Capitals were limited to 18 shots, six in each period.
PENGUINS 2, BLUES 1 (OT): Mario Lemieux set up Shawn Heins' first goal in nearly 2 1/2 years, giving host Pittsburgh its second overtime victory in three games. Heins was scoreless in 25 games this season, 20 with San Jose. His last goal was Nov. 18, 2000, against the Islanders. Saturday's goal was his fourth in 87 career games. Pittsburgh rookie goalie Sebastien Caron stopped 24 shots for his second straight win. Rico Fata, traded by the Rangers on Feb. 10, got his first goal with the Penguins. St. Louis' Pavol Demitra scored his 24th goal in the second period, forcing OT.
PANTHERS 4, FLYERS 2: Roberto Luongo made 44 saves and Marcus Nilson, Matt Cullen and Kristian Huselius scored third-period goals as visiting Florida snapped the Flyers' four-game unbeaten streak. Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight and extended their unbeaten string on the road to five games at 3-0-2.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 3: Tie Domi, Nik Antropov and Gary Roberts scored late in the third period as Toronto extended its winning streak to five games. Domi tied it at 3 with 5:27 left, and Antropov put the Maple Leafs ahead with 2:22 to go. Roberts scored into an empty net with 23.2 left as Toronto won its seventh straight road game. Mats Sundin and Alexander Mogilny also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won 10 of 11 overall. SENATORS 4, PREDATORS 0: Patrick Lalime made 18 saves for his NHL-leading eighth shutout of the season and Magnus Arvedson scored two goals for host Ottawa. Lalime has 28 career shutouts. Daniel Alfredsson and Brian Pothier had goals to help the Senators push their league-leading points total to 86, three more than Dallas.
MIGHTY DUCKS: If the NHL wants to increase scoring, it should expand the neutral zone, Paul Kariya says. The Anaheim star says he would like to see the league go back to having 10 feet -- not 13 -- behind the goal line. That would make the neutral zone 6 feet longer. "Whoever decided to move the nets up and make more room where you can't score goals has to be brain-dead," Kariya said of the change.
PANTHERS: How much is leadership worth? Florida decided it wasn't worth what remained of fourth-line center Ryan Johnson's $750,000 salary this season, nor worth the rights-retaining offer of $825,000 for next season. So Johnson was waived, and St. Louis snagged him.
PENGUINS: Pittsburgh placed defenseman Joel Bouchard on the injured list with a broken jaw. He was hit by the puck on a clearing pass from teammate Ville Nieminen in Thusday's loss to Colorado.
SABRES: Goaltender Ryan Miller was assigned to AHL Rochester and Mika Noronen recalled.