Tue, Nov 18, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Thrashers on fire to down Panthers

AP , ATLANTA

Francis Lessard and Tommi Santala scored their first NHL goals and the Atlanta Thrashers broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Shawn McEachern and Daniel Tjarnqvist added their first goals of the season for the Thrashers on Sunday. Vyacheslav Kozlov also scored for the Thrashers.

Pasi Nurminen stopped 26 shots as the Thrashers' defense finally tightened up after allowing 23 goals in the previous six games. It also was the first time in six games Atlanta allowed fewer than three goals.

The Panthers, who won Saturday night at Pittsburgh, finished their short road trip 1-2 and are 2-2 since general manager Rick Dudley took over coaching duties from Mike Keenan.

Blue Jackets 2, Coyotes 2

In Columbus, Ohio, Andrew Cassels scored with 41.9 seconds left in regulation to rally the Columbus Blue Jackets to a tie with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Coyotes went to overtime for the fifth consecutive game.

Daymond Langkow had a goal and an assist, and Ladislav Nagy added a goal for Phoenix, each stretching their points streaks to five games.

Rick Nash scored his 10th goal to end a Columbus scoring drought early in the second period.

Blackhawks 2, Rangers 2

In Chicago, Chris Simon scored midway through the third period to lift New York into a tie.

Simon beat goalie Michael Leighton with a quick shot from 25 feet at 10:18 of the third. He pounced on a loose puck after Chicago rookie Igor Radulov couldn't handle a pass.

Mighty Ducks 4, Blues 3

In Anaheim, California, Steve Rucchin scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the third period, as Anaheim ended St. Louis' five-game winning streak.

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