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Ottawa wins in OT to keep league lead

©Associated Press
March 12, 2003

OTTAWA -- Radek Bonk scored 28 seconds into overtime as the Senators held onto their lead atop the league standings with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins Tuesday night.

Zdeno Chara scored with 7:47 left in the third period to tie the game before Bonk scored on a backhander through goalie Jeff Hackett's legs as Ottawa recovered from blowing a two-goal lead.

The Senators, who have 96 points, won their fourth straight to remain one point ahead of Dallas.

Karel Rachunek and Curtis Leschyshyn scored first-period goals as defensemen had all of Ottawa's goals in regulation.

Joe Thornton scored a pair of special-teams goals early in the second and P.J. Axelsson scored midway through the third as the Bruins scored three straight after falling behind 2-0 in the first.

Thornton scored with a short-handed effort on a breakaway 1:43 into the second before tying it at 4:27 with his 34th goal -- scored during a power play.

The Bruins, seventh in the East with 74 points, are 3-1-0-1 in their last five games after winning just one of 12 (1-7-3-1).

Leschyshyn ended a 65-game scoring drought that stretched to last season with a goal at 18:46. Leschyshyn, who had just five assists in his first 51 games, redirected Martin Havlat's shot past goalie Jeff Hackett to put the Senators up 2-0.

CANUCKS 4, ISLANDERS 3: The Islanders had a late third-period goal that would have tied the game taken away by a referee's whistle. Visiting New York appeared to tie it on Shawn Bates' breakaway goal 27 seconds after Sami Salo made it 4-3 with 5:58 to play.

But referee Don Koharski, trailing the play, blew his whistle while Bates was in the clear because New York forward Radek Martinek was on the ice bleeding at the other end.

OILERS 5, FLAMES 2: Georges Laraque scored the go-ahead goal midway through the final period as visiting Edmonton ended Calgary's four-game winning streak.

STARS 2, BLUE JACKETS 0: Ron Tugnutt stopped 25 shots to earn his second shutout in a row as visiting Dallas won its fourth game in the last five.

The shutout was the fourth of the season for Tugnutt, who had 23 saves in a 3-0 victory over San Jose on Sunday. He ran his scoreless streak to 122 minutes, 57 seconds with his 25th career shutout. Ulf Dahlen and Steve Ott scored for the Stars.

THRASHERS 3, DEVILS 2: Dan Snyder scored a pair of unassisted goals to lead visiting Atlanta. Lubos Bartecko also scored for the Thrashers, who snapped a three-game winless streak.

John Madden and Brian Gionta scored for New Jersey.

Jagr betting debt reported

NEW YORK -- Jaromir Jagr reportedly agreed to pay $450,000 several years ago to settle a debt with an Internet gambling site.

Jagr, now with the Capitals, owed more than $500,000, but William Caesar, the owner of Belize-based gambling Web site CaribSports, discounted the debt, Sports Illustrated reported.

Jagr agreed to make nine monthly payments of $37,500 and one payment of $112,500, but after his payments stopped, Caesar leaked the story to pressure Jagr to settle his debt, the magazine said.

Caesar accepted a little more than 20 percent of Jagr's outstanding balance as the final payment, Sports Illustrated said.

Caesar told the magazine he had technicians configure Jagr's betting page so the hockey star could not bet on NHL games.

"We did that for our own protection, not just his," Caesar said. "That would destroy us, if he destroyed the game."

Jagr declined to comment on the matter to the magazine.

COYOTES: Phoenix recalled center Jeff Taffe from its minor-league affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

PANTHERS: Florida signed defenseman Igor Kravchuk, a 36-year-old free agent who has not played this season, to a one-year contract.

WILD: Minnesota signed goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a three-year contract extension, preventing him from leaving as an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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