Sun, Dec 14, 2003 - Page 24 News List

Kapanen gives Flyers a bit of lift

AP , EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Devils winger Jeff Friesen, left, and defenseman David Hale, right, tie up Philadelphia Flyers center Keith Primeau as Devils goalie Martin Brodeur covers the puck in the first period of their game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Friday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Sami Kapanen scored a goal and set up two others Friday to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils.

Keith Primeau got the game-tying goal with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation and Donald Brashear also scored for the Flyers, who took 40 shots at Martin Brodeur in extending their current streak to 13-1-5.

"It was actually a nice reprieve to have back-to-back games with this kind of intensity during a monotonous 82-game schedule," said Primeau.

The Flyers' only loss in their streak was to New Jersey.

Jay Pandolfo, Scott Niedermayer and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who managed 21 shots against a shaky Jeff Hackett in improving to 13-2-5.

"It was pretty exciting to play and to watch,'' said Elias. ``It had everything."

Philadelphia leads the Devils by six points in the Atlantic Division.

Thrashers 6, Penguins 3

In Atlanta, Slava Kozlov scored for the fifth straight game, tying a franchise record as Atlanta beat Pittsburgh for its fourth successive win.

Marc Savard added a goal and two assists, and Shawn McEachern also scored for Atlanta. Serge Aubin scored an empty-net goal with 2:24 left to seal it.

Thrashers goaltender Byron Dafoe started for the second consecutive game, the first time that's happened this season, as he won his third straight.

Dick Tarnstrom had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Blues 3, Blue Jackets 2, OT

In Columbus, Ohio, Doug Weight scored with 8.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift St. Louis over Columbus.

Weight rammed in a pass from Pavol Demitra seconds after Keith Tkachuk leveled Columbus defenseman Darryl Sydor in open ice. When officials did not signal an obstruction call on Tkachuk, a crowd of 17,892 booed and threw cups on the ice.

Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 19th goal midway through the third period as the Blue Jackets came back from a two-goal deficit. Andrew Cassels added his fourth goal.

Jamal Mayers and Tkachuk scored for the Blues, who ran their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1).

Panthers 4, Canadiens 2

In Sunrise, Florida, Viktor Kozlov, Matt Cullen and Juraj Kolnik scored third-period goals to help Florida beat Vancouver and snap its six-game winless streak.

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