Tue, Nov 25, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Thrashers win as Coyotes miss out


Marc Savard scored in his return from a nine-game layoff and led the Atlanta Thrashers to a franchise-record four-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Pasi Nurminen made 21 saves on Sunday for his second shutout of the season, but his first shutout victory; his other one was a 0-0 tie at the New York Rangers on Oct. 16. It was his fourth career shutout.

"Sometimes a goaltender can steal a game," Phoenix coach Bobby Francis said. "Nurminen made some outstanding saves, particularly early. Sometimes the most important saves are the ones made early."

Phoenix tied its season low with 21 shots in being shut out for the second consecutive game.

"The team helped me out really well again," Nurminen said. "The last three games, and again tonight, they've been playing great. We didn't score many goals tonight, but I think we played a bit of a tired team."

The Thrashers got a big lift from Savard, who was back just 21 days after tearing ligaments in his left ankle.

Rangers 6, Senators 2

In New York, Martin Rucinsky had a goal and three assists, and Brian Leetch had a goal and assist for his first multipoint game this season, leading the New York Rangers over the Ottawa Senators to snap a four-game winless streak.

Leetch scored his second goal of the season in the second period and set up Rucinsky in the first for the Rangers.

Leetch was playing in just his 11th game this season after missing the first nine due to an ankle injury.

In other NHL games: Hurricanes 0, Lightning 0

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