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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001

OTTAWA -- Alexei Yashin scored two of Ottawa's three power-play goals Monday night as the Senators beat the New York Islanders 3-1 to end a five-game winless streak.

Ottawa moved into a tie for first place overall in the Eastern Conference with idle New Jersey at 70 points.

The Senators converted three of seven power-play opportunities against goalie Rick DiPietro, the first overall pick in last year's draft. DiPietro fell to 0-5.

RANGERS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3: Visiting New York's "Czech Line" of Jan Hlavac, Petr Nedved and Radek Dvorak continued their hot play by producing two goals, including Hlavac's winner with 6:49 left. Rangers goalie Mike Richter made 20 of his 37 saves in the third period.

BLUES: Forward Tyson Nash will miss 4-6 weeks with a torn right knee ligament.

BRUINS: Goaltender Byron Dafoe is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks with a right hamstring strain, general manager Mike O'Connell said. He was injured in Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Lightning. Backup Peter Skudra will replace Dafoe.

COYOTES: The sale of the team to a group headed by Phoenix developer Steve Ellman and Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky will close Wednesday, one day before the deadline, said Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer.

PENGUINS: Mario Lemieux skipped a voluntary practice but showed up at the rink and told teammates his back was feeling better.

RED WINGS: Suspended defenseman Uwe Krupp sued the team, seeking personnel records he believes are related to his suspension. The Red Wings said they have provided Krupp with all the documents he is legally entitled to receive. The sides are scheduled to begin arbitration about the suspension March 22.

Krupp, a former All-Star, agreed to a four-year contract worth $16-million before the 1998-99 season. He played 22 games before being injured in a game.

Eight months later, the Wings suspended Krupp, saying he endangered his recovery by competing in a dog sled race two weeks after he was injured.

Krupp argues he is owed $12.3-million left in his contract because he was injured in a game.

ULF SAMUELSSON RETIRES: Samuelsson, once feared as one of hockey's hardest-hitting defensemen, retired after 16 seasons. Samuelsson, 37, was unable to catch on with a team this season. He had 57 goals, 275 assists and 2,453 penalty minutes in 1,080 games with five teams. He won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991 and '92.

- SportsTicker contributed to this report.

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