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Atlanta spoils debut by Bondra in Ottawa

By Wire services
Published February 20, 2004

OTTAWA - Shawn McEachern beat his old Ottawa teammates - and spoiled Peter Bondra's debut with the Senators.

McEachern scored a power-play goal at 1:12 of overtime to give the Thrashers a 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night.

"It was great to beat them. When you get traded, it's nice to come back and score," said McEachern, who was dealt to the Thrashers before the start of the 2002-03 season after spending six seasons with the Senators.

Atlanta overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period, with Ilya Kovalchuk scoring his NHL-leading 32nd goal with 10.1 seconds left and goalie Pasi Nurminen off for an extra attacker.

Bondra scored in his first game for Ottawa since joining the team in a trade with Washington on Wednesday.

Jeff Cowan also had a third-period goal for Atlanta.

In overtime, with Senators defenseman Zdeno Chara off for roughing, McEachern shoveled a rebound past Patrick Lalime to give Atlanta its third win in four games.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, HURRICANES 1 (OT): Darcy Tucker scored 2:18 into overtime for visiting Toronto.

Bryan McCabe scored a power-play goal in the first period for Toronto, and Mikael Tellqvist made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Sean Hill scored midway through the third period for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Weekes stopped 20 shots.

RANGERS 6, ISLANDERS 2: Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in his return from a groin injury, and Mike Dunham made 30 saves in a fight-filled game to lift host New York to its fifth straight victory over its rival.

CAPITALS 3, DEVILS 1: Host Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig continued his recent strong play with 43 saves, and Mike Grier, Matt Pettinger and Robert Lang each scored.

CANADIENS 4, FLAMES 1: Pierre Dagenais scored twice, and backup goalie Mathieu Garon made 19 saves for host Montreal, which ended a season-high four-game losing streak.

BRUINS 4, FLYERS 3: Rookie Patrice Bergeron scored unassisted late in the second period and had an assist for visiting Boston.

Also Thursday, the Flyers acquired center Alex Zhamnov from the Blackhawks in a deal that sent center Colin Fraser and defenseman Jim Vandermeer to Chicago. The Flyers also received a fourth-round pick in the June draft, and the Blackhawks got a second-round pick.

SHARKS 6, BLACKHAWKS 3: Marco Sturm had a goal and two assists for visiting San Jose.

WILD 6, CANUCKS 2: Marc Chouinard scored two for host Minnesota.

[Last modified February 20, 2004, 01:31:57]


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