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Devils rally to defeat Caps

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 2, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner tied it with 32.6 seconds left in regulation and set up Scott Stevens' overtime goal that gave New Jersey a 2-1 victory Saturday against Washington.

Stevens' first goal of the season, with 2:06 left, in overtime, dropped the Capitals into a first-place tie with the Lightning in the Southeast, though they hold the tiebreaker with more wins.

Martin Brodeur had 28 saves as the Devils extended their unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2) and moved within two of Ottawa for the best record in the East.

Jeff Halpern scored for the Capitals, who were inches from giving Olaf Kolzig his third shutout of the season. With 40.6 seconds left, Steve Konowalchuk was on the verge of pushing the puck out of the Capitals zone with a backhander when Jeff Friesen stopped it right on the blue line.

Friesen nudged it ahead to Langenbrunner, whose 35-footer hit a Capitals defender and beat Kolzig.

Langenbrunner decided the game by outhustling two Capitals behind the net. He turned toward the corner and found Stevens, whose shot also deflected off a Washington stick and in.

RANGERS 5, PANTHERS 2: Mike Dunham had 32 saves and host New York scored three in the first to move within three of the East's final playoff spot.

Florida took a 1-0 lead, but Brian Leetch tied it 53 seconds later by shaking Ivan Novoseltsev at the blue line and shooting past Roberto Luongo. Radek Dvorak grabbed an errant pass and scored 9:44 in, and Mark Messier added a power-play goal with 1:25 left.

ISLANDERS 2, SABRES 1 (OT): Jason Blake's goal with 2:18 left lifted host New York. Blake, on a two-on-one with Dave Scatchard, beat Mika Noronen with a wrist shot to the left side. Blake had a chance to win it with 20 seconds left in regulation, but Noronen made a pad save. Miroslav Satan tied it with 4:53 left in regulation, beating Garth Snow from the right circle after a faceoff.

FLYERS 3, BRUINS 2 (OT): Jeremy Roenick got his second goal a minute into overtime for the visiting Flyers, who are 5-1-2 in their past eight. Boston, 0-4-3-1 in its past eight, is enduring its worst stretch since opening 1999-2000 0-5-4.

The Bruins' Brian Rolston tied it with 7:46 left, taking a pass from Jonathan Girard and slipping a wrist shot from the slot past Roman Cechmanek. But Roenick, on a two-on-one break, sent a rising slap shot from the left circle that beat Jeff Hackett inside the far top corner.

CANUCKS 1, CANADIENS 1: Donald Audette's goal in the third enabled host Montreal to end a five-game skid. Montreal had a four-on-three advantage during the final 1:59 of overtime.

Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi played without a visor after leaving Thursday's game because of a scratched left cornea sustained when he was clipped by Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov's stick.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, HURRICANES 1: Alex Mogilny's highlight-reel goal during the second was the winner for host Toronto. Mogilny gave Toronto a 2-1 lead 10:08 into the second, bursting into the zone, deking Ryan Bayda and slipping a backhander between Arturs Irbe's legs.

PREDATORS 5, BLACKHAWKS 4 (OT): Scott Walker scored from in close with 2:11 left for host Nashville, which moved within three of the West's final playoff spot. The Predators tied it with one second left in the second when David Legwand's shot on the power play bounced off Jocelyn Thibault's blocker and Rem Murray put in the rebound.

However, Legwand, the team's leader in points with 47, will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right collarbone sustained in the third.

BLUE JACKETS 3, OILERS 3: Ray Whitney's third-period goal capped host Columbus' three-goal rally. Rostislav Klesla's shot was tipped by David Ling and the rebound bounced to the slot to Whitney, who extended Edmonton's winless streak to eight (0-5-2-2).

BLUES 2, WILD 0: Rookie Curtis Sanford made 27 saves for his first shutout and Pavol Demitra scored twice for host St. Louis. Sanford, in his second stint with the Blues this season after being recalled on Feb. 25, extended his shutout streak to 116:31 and improved to 5-0 for his career.

AVALANCHE 4, PENGUINS 1: Steven Reinprecht and Rob Blake scored 1:41 apart in the third for host Colorado, which tied it 1:37 in when Reinprecht took Joe Sakic's pass from behind the net and lifted his rebound over Johan Hedberg. Then Blake scored short-handed. Thirty-one seconds after Shean Donovan went off for slashing, Peter Forsberg made it 3-1 at 6:42.

KINGS 4, THRASHERS 1: Bryan Smolinski had two goals, including his eighth winner of the season, for host Los Angeles. The Kings took a 2-1 lead with 8:24 left in the second during a four-minute power play. Smolinski converted a rebound of Lubomir Visnovski's one-timer from above the right circle.

CANADIENS: Defenseman Sheldon Souray might need a second bone graft on his broken left wrist and will not play this season.

TRADE: The Kings sent defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich to the Flyers for a fourth-round pick this year and a seventh-rounder in 2004. Yushkevich has one goal, nine assists and 38 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.

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