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Capitals shut out Panthers

By Associated Press
Published April 2, 2003

WASHINGTON - Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves as Washington beat Florida 3-0 Tuesday to move within a point of the Lightning.

With the victory and the Bruins' loss, the Capitals can finish no worse than sixth in the East. And if they catch the Lightning for the division title, they still likely will play the Lightning in the first round because the Lightning is five behind the Maple Leafs with three games left.

The Capitals gave up seven consecutive shots to start the game. Then Steve Konowalchuk fired a pass to a cutting Gonchar, who deflected it in with 8:15 left.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, DEVILS 2 (OT): Ed Belfour became the seventh goaltender to win 400 regular-season games and Tomas Kaberle scored the winner for visiting Toronto.

Jamie Langenbrunner tied it with a power-play goal with 7:01 left in the second. But a streaking Kaberle took a pass from Robert Reichel and beat Martin Brodeur from the left faceoff circle.

SENATORS 3, BRUINS 2: Marian Hossa scored his 44th and 45th goals to set a franchise record for host Ottawa. Hossa scored midway through the first to tie Alexei Yashin's 1998-99 team record. He broke the mark late in the first to make it 2-2.

Martin Havlat broke the tie in the second with a power-play goal three seconds after Boston killed a two-minute five-on-three.

RANGERS 2, ISLANDERS 2: The visiting Rangers kept alive their chances for ending their playoff drought at five seasons on Alex Kovalev's goal with 3:59 left.

A victory by the Islanders would have secured their second straight playoff berth after a seven-year absence and knocked the Rangers out.

After Brian Leetch made it 2-1 4:47 into the third, Kovalev slammed in a loose puck at the left post.

FLYERS 4, BLUE JACKETS 0: Roman Cechmanek stopped just 10 shots for his sixth shutout for host Philadelphia.

DUCKS 2, PREDATORS 1 (OT): Steve Thomas scored his second goal with 52.6 seconds left for visiting Anaheim, which extended Nashville's franchise-worst winless streak to 13.

Sabre skates after SARS scare

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo's Rhett Warrener skated with two teammates Tuesday after being isolated because of possible exposure to a mysterious illness.

Warrener's roommate, Brian Campbell, will be isolated for two more days, coach Lindy Ruff said. Neither player has shown symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Warrener could play today. Campbell's sister was exposed to SARS and hospitalized Friday. She visited her brother last week.

Meanwhile, B. Thomas Golisano received city council support to buy the bankrupt team. Under the motion approved, Golisano will pay $500,000 annual rent on the arena but can negotiate with the city to take control of parking lots near the arena.

THRASHERS: Defenseman Chris Tamer was suspended indefinitely for cross-checking Nashville's Vladimir Orszagh. A final ruling will be made today.

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