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Red Wings win matchup of elite teams

By Wire services
Published January 30, 2004

DETROIT - Steve Yzerman moved past Mario Lemieux for sixth on the league's scoring list with his 1,702nd point in the Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday.

Yzerman assisted on Tomas Holmstrom's goal, which made it 4-2 midway through the third.

The Red Wings, who extended their lead in the Central to nine over St. Louis and Nashville, returned home for their first game since going 1-2-2 on a road trip.

New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner played after missing 28 games with a bruised knee.

Detroit's Steve Thomas left the game in the second. He aggravated a rib injury sustained Jan. 22 while backhanding a puck.

OILERS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2: Shawn Horcoff scored twice for Edmonton, which extended Chicago's club-record road losing steak to 19. Horcoff made it 1-1 with a short-handed breakaway 7:33 into the second. And 1:06 after George Laraque gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead, Horcoff deflected Ryan Smyth's shot in.

BRUINS 2, ISLANDERS 1 (OT): Glen Murray scored his second goal of the game with 2:35 left for Boston, which is 6-2-1-0 in its past nine at home. New York tied it midway through the second on Oleg Kvasha's short-handed goal.

But in overtime, Murray stole the puck from Jason Blake at center ice and beat Rick DiPietro with a backhand flip on a breakaway.

CANUCKS 4, BLUES 2: Magnus Arvedson scored twice for the second straight game for visiting Vancouver, which won its fourth in a row with a four-goal third. Arvedson made it 3-1 with 9:08 left with a shot that deflected in off the shin pads of defenseman Chris Pronger. And after Keith Tkachuk made it 3-2 1:24 later, Daniel Sedin sealed it with a breakaway goal with 3:08 left.

CANADIENS 3, WILD 2 (OT): Richard Zednik scored with 27.9 seconds left for visiting Montreal. Minnesota's league record for consecutive overtime games without a decision ended at 15. Down 2-0, Montreal tied it on Mike Ribeiro's power-play goal 5:58 into the third. Then after breaking down the right side in overtime, Ribeiro skated behind the net and found Zednik in the left circle.

PREDATORS 6, BLUE JACKETS 4: Scott Walker tied Cliff Ronning for visiting Nashville's franchise record for goals with 81. It was the most goals scored this season by Nashville, which is 13-0-0-1 when scoring at least four goals.

SENATORS 4, COYOTES 1: Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist for visiting Ottawa. Shane Doan pulled Phoenix to 2-1 on a power play 26 seconds into the third. But Spezza, at the top of the crease, tipped Brian Smolinski's pass under Brian Boucher 1:59 later.

CAPITALS 5, HURRICANES 3: Bates Battaglia scored the winner for visiting Washington. He tapped in a cross-crease pass from Anson Carter with 6:13 left to make it 4-3.

Carolina's Kevyn Adams left in the first with an injured left knee after being hit by the Capitals' Jason Doig. His status was unknown.

Pens send top pick down

PITTSBURGH - Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in June, will return to his junior team in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The move came several days after the team signaled it didn't plan to send Fleury back to juniors. With Fleury, 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average, nearing the 25-game mark that would give him a chance for $3-million in bonuses, the Penguins made the move.

"Finances are in the back of our minds all the time," general manager Craig Patrick said. "We can't afford to lose a lot of money, but we just felt for a 19-year-old kid, it's best for him to get back into his own element with his peers."

"It's not the bonus," Fleury said. "I never really had much money."

RANGERS: Eric Lindros, out indefinitely, went to Montreal to be examined after his eighth concussion. The results were not available.

WORLD JUNIORS: Vancouver will host the 2006 event.

[Last modified January 30, 2004, 01:32:11]


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