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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 28, 2000


Bondra's 4 goals pace Caps over Senators

KANATA, Ontario -- Peter Bondra scored four goals, three in the second period, as the Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 Wednesday night.

Bondra registered his first hat trick in more than 14 months -- and 15th career -- when he scored three of Washington's four second-period goals. His 18th goal 5:30 into the third gave him his sixth career four-goal game.

Dmitri Khristich also scored in the second as the Capitals turned around a 1-0 deficit and chased goalie Patrick Lalime. Adam Oates had three assists in the period.

Washington remained undefeated in its past four games (3-0-1) and the Capitals have nine wins in 12 games, including a 7-1-1 mark in their past nine.

DEVILS 2, BLUE JACKETS 2: Jason Arnott scored on a power play with 69 seconds left in the third period for Stanley Cup champion New Jersey.

Randy McKay also scored for the host Devils, who hit three goal posts in the third period before Arnott tallied into an open net on a great setup by Patrik Elias.

Columbus goalie Mark Denis, who stopped the first 17 shots of the game and finished with 42 saves, prevented New Jersey from extending its winning streak to four games by stopping six shots in the overtime, including a chance by Alexander Mogilny in close.

BLACKHAWKS 1, COYOTES 1: Phoenix's Sean Burke stopped 24 shots and Chicago's Jocelyn Thibault made 18 saves. Chicago's Eric Daze and Phoenix's Shane Doan exchanged goals in the first period, and the tie enabled the host Blackhawks to extend their unbeaten streak to a season-high four games (3-0-1). The Coyotes are 2-0-1 in their past three, and are 3-0-3-1 in their past seven.

Daze opened the scoring at 9:56 of the first, converting a goalmouth deflection to cap a give-and-go with Chris Herperger. Doan tied it with 2:29 left in the first when he slipped to the net unchecked and converted Keith Tkachuk's pass.

AVALANCHE 3, OILERS 2: Milan Hejduk and Adam Foote scored third-period goals and Ray Bourque had two assists as host Colorado won for the third time in four games. Chris Drury got his first goal in seven games and Patrick Roy stopped 18 shots for the Avalanche.

BRUINS 5, ISLANDERS 2: Bill Guerin scored two goals to increase his league-lead goal total to 23 and Jason Allison added three assists for visiting Boston.

HURRICANES 4, RANGERS 3: Martin Gelinas scored two power-play goals and assisted on Rob DiMaio's winner. Carolina was playing for the first time since losing all four games on a road trip, which ended Tuesday night with a 3-2 loss to the Lightning.

WILD 5, RED WINGS 3: Scott Pellerin and Sean O'Donnell scored second-period goals for visiting Minnesota. An apparent tying goal by Kirk Maltby with nearly three minutes left to play was reviewed and then disallowed. Officials ruled that Maltby raised his stick higher than the crossbar to deflect a Nicklas Lidstrom shot past Manny Fernandez.

FLYERS 5, PANTHERS 2: Five players scored for visiting Philadelphia. It was Florida's third straight loss. Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek made 31 saves and posted his third straight win. He's 5-0-1 in his past six games.

STARS 3, MIGHTY DUCKS 1: Shaun Van Allen scored two goals as host Dallas extended its winning streak to three games. Dallas was without leading scorer Brett Hull, who is day to day because of bruised ribs.

BLUE JACKETS: The team placed defensemen Mattias Timander and Frantisek Kucera on the injured list. Kucera aggravated a pectoral strain and Timander was bothered by neck spasms.

KINGS: Left wing Craig Johnson is out for the rest of the season after severing a tendon in his right foot with his own skate.

SABRES: Michael Peca, who's missed the first three months of the NHL season because of stalled contract talks with Buffalo, strained his groin during his first shift with Canada in the Spengler Cup.

STARS: Right wing Jamie Langenbrunner is scheduled for surgery today to repair a lower abdominal strain.

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