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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000

Philadelphia puts a stop to San Jose's winning streak

PHILADELPHIA -- Rick Tocchet scored twice as the Flyers snapped San Jose's five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Thursday.

The Flyers moved into a first-place tie with New Jersey in the Atlantic Division and stayed unbeaten under coach Bill Barber, a member of the Flyers' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974-75.

"Tocchet's a warrior," Barber said after the Flyers improved to 3-0-3 since he replaced Craig Ramsay. "He's been around. He has won and he is hard-nosed. He is everything that the Flyers really stand for. That is our tradition, that is our pride."

Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists and Keith Primeau also scored for the Flyers, who chased the NHL's leading goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov, who leads the league with 19 victories, was replaced by Steve Shields 2:21 into the second period after allowing three goals on 10 shots.

CAPITALS 3, SABRES 1: Peter Bondra and Andrei Nikolishin scored third-period goals for Washington. Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, who had 19 saves, tied Don Beaupre for wins in Washington history with 128. It was the third home loss for the Sabres. Washington is 4-1 in its last five road games.

SENATORS 3, BLUE JACKETS 3: Serge Aubin scored the tying goal early in the third period for host Columbus. Ottawa, 15-0-4 when leading after two periods, took a 3-1 advantage into the third.

But for the second night in a row, the Senators watched an expansion team came back to forge a tie. Minnesota scored the final two goals for a 2-2 draw Wednesday.

Jamie Heward's score off a deep rebound brought the Blue Jackets to 3-2 with 16:10 left. Aubin jammed in a rebound on a two-man advantage less than two minutes later.

STARS 3, ISLANDERS 1: Richard Matvichuk scored his first two goals of the season as visiting Dallas won for the fourth time in six games. Marty Turco, who relieved Ed Belfour during Wednesday's loss at New Jersey, went the entire way and stopped 26 shots.

CANADIENS 4, PREDATORS 2: Trevor Linden scored twice as Montreal ended an eight-game winless streak. Montreal, 0-6-2 since Nov. 30, also ended a five-game home winless streak. The Canadiens won for just the sixth time in 19 home games. "It starts with one," Linden said. "When things are going poorly for you, you've got to start with the first brick of the foundation. Hopefully we got that tonight and we can get something going for ourselves."

BRUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 0: Byron Dafoe earned his first shutout of the season, and Eric Manlow picked up his first point for host Boston, which is 4-1-1-1 in its past seven but hasn't won consecutive games since Mike Keenan took over as coach eight games into the season.

AVALANCHE 5, KINGS 2: Joe Sakic collected his 10th hat trick for host Colorado, which ended a four-game winless streak. Colorado led 2-1 through the second period while killing two penalties, then Dan Hinote extended the lead to 3-1 at 7:04 into the third. "Every once in a while a new line combination generates something," Sakic said. "We made the change after my power-play goal and the tonight the change worked.

BLACKHAWKS 6, CANUCKS 4: Steve Sullivan had a hat trick and Alex Zhamnov snapped a tie with 4:56 left for host Chicago. Sullivan scored an empty-netter with 23.1 seconds left to cap a comeback from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits.

PENGUINS: Fans will have many opportunities to see Mario Lemieux's comeback, with ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasting the Hall of Famer's first five games after a 31/2-year retirement.

Lemieux is expected to return Wednesday at home against Toronto on ESPN, and ESPN2 will carry Pittsburgh's next three games, all at home, Dec. 30 against Ottawa, Jan. 3 against Washington and Jan. 5 against Montreal. Lemieux's first road game also will be televised by ESPN2, Jan. 8 at Washington.

ALL-STAR GAME: Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, the leading vote-getter among World team defensemen the past two years, is leading again. He received 124,639 votes in fan balloting for the Feb. 4 game at Denver. Pittsburgh wing Jaromir Jagr led all World team players with 152,350 votes.

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