Mon, Feb 26, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Ottawa beat Buffalo 6-5 in rematch of violent clash


Atlanta Thrashers' Vyacheslav Kozlov, center, flies over the Carolina Hurricanes' Tim Gleason, left, next to the Thrashers' Marian Hossa during the NHL game on Saturday in Atlanta.


At Ottawa, Jason Spezza scored his second goal of the night on a power play with 4:07 remaining and Ottawa beat Buffalo 6-5 in a rematch of their fight-filled game two days earlier.

Dany Heatley got his team-leading 36th goal and set up both of Spezza's goals for the Senators, who recovered after blowing a three-goal lead.

There were two fights in the middle period and Ottawa's Mike Comrie and Buffalo's Derek Roy were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for their shoving match following Heatley's power-play goal 6:12 into the second.

But this matchup hardly resembled the melee that ensued on Thursday night after Chris Neil's blind-side hit on Chris Drury left the Buffalo co-captain with a 20-stitch gash to his forehead and concussion symptoms. Drury is out indefinitely.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who put three enforcers on the ice after Neil's hit, was fined US$10,000 by the NHL on Saturday for his role in the brawl.

Henrik Tallinder drew Buffalo even at 5 with his second goal of the game 11:35 into the third.

Capitals 4, Devils 2

Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist and Brent Johnson made 29 saves on Saturday as the Washington Capitals ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Milan Jurcina, Matt Pettinger and Tomas Fleischmann also scored for the Capitals, who had dropped six straight to the Devils.

Cam Janssen and Jay Pandolfo scored for the Devils.

Islanders 3, Canadiens 2

In Uniondale, New York, Frans Nielsen's first NHL goal turned out to be a game-winner for the Islanders.

Jeff Tambellini and Jason Blake also scored for New York, which is unbeaten in five games during a seven-game home stand. Rick DiPietro, starting his 11th straight game, stopped 20 shots.

With the win, the Islanders moved into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race with the Canadiens at 70 points.

Predators 4, Red Wings 3, OT

At Nashville, Tennessee, Peter Forsberg scored his first goal for Nashville at 2:11 of overtime and the Predators moved past Detroit into first place in the Central Division with a victory over the Red Wings.

Tomas Holmstron had three power-play goals for the Red Wings, but Paul Kariya tied the score on his second goal of the game with 1:04 left in regulation. Forsberg, with an assist from Kariya, then showed why Nashville made a trade with Philadelphia to acquire the star forward less than two weeks ago.

David Legwand also scored for the Predators and Forsberg assisted on Kariya's first goal for his first point with the Predators.

Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 1

At Atlanta, Justin Williams scored twice and Rod Brind'Amour had two assists to help Carolina beat Atlanta.

Mike Commodore and Ray Whitney also scored for Carolina, which has won six of nine to move past Montreal into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. With 71 points, the defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes are just one point behind struggling Atlanta for second place in the Southeast Division.

Garnet Exelby scored his first career short-handed goal for the Thrashers, who have earned just four points out of a potential 14 in the last seven games at Philips Arena.

In other NHL action it was: Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 2; Blue Jackets 3, Rangers 2; Panthers 7, Bruins 2; Flames 7, Sharks 4; Kings 6, Avalanche 5 SO.

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