Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Blue Jackets finally win one on home ice

NHL Roundup

By The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since Ray Whitney has returned to the lineup, the Columbus Blue Jackets have won two in a row.

        The way they won Tuesday night might be more important.

        For the first time this season, the Blue Jackets won after their opponent scored first. Columbus came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to win 3-2 on Whitney's power-play goal with five seconds to play in overtime.

        Whitney also had an assist, giving him two goals and three assists in his first two games back from a chest injury that cost him 11 games.

        The Blue Jackets got a power play with 24 seconds to play when Scott Mellanby was called for holding. David Vyborny fed Whitney, who carried it over the blue line and beat Brent Johnson for the game-winner.

        “I think there was 23 seconds left when the play started,” Whitney said, “but the way we skate in the NHL it doesn't take us long to get down the ice.”

        The goal was a rarity for the Blue Jackets, who were a league-worst 1-for-54 on home power plays before Whitney's game-winner.

        “We've been 0-for ... we can't even count how many times,” Whitney said.

        Grant Marshall, who scored the Blue Jackets' first goal, said Whitney was the man the Blue Jackets wanted to have the puck in that situation.

        “We had enough time left and the right man was on the ice,” Marshall said. “It was a fabulous goal and he did what needed to be done.”

        The Blue Jackets sent the game to overtime when Vyborny took a pass from Whitney and bounced it off Johnson's back for his second goal of the season with 1:14 to play in the third.

        “To pull our goalie and get the tying goal and then win it in overtime in the last ten seconds was quite amazing,” Blue Jackets coach Dave King said.

        Keith Tkachuck opened the scoring with 7:15 to play in the first period when he scored on a rebound of Scott Young's shot. Marshall tied the game in the second when Rostislav Klesla's shot bounced off Johnson and Marshall beat Johnson low off the rebound.

        The Blues took the lead again with 7:15 to play in the third when Tkachuck's shot bounced off Denis and Pavol Demitra knocked in the rebound.

       Senators 11, Caps 5

        WASHINGTON — Marian Hossa had two goals and two assists during a five-goal first period as the Ottawa Senators routed Washington 11-5 Tuesday night, spoiling Jaromir Jagr's return to the Capitals.

        Daniel Alfredsson had three goals and Shawn McEachern a pair for the Senators, who recorded a franchise-record seventh consecutive victory.

        Jagr had missed four games with a strained right knee.

        The 11 goals were the most in the Senators' 10-year existence.

        The record for most goals scored by one team is 16 by Montreal in a 16-3 victory over Quebec in 1920.

        The most goals scored in a game by both teams is 21, last accomplished in Edmonton's 12-9 victory over Chicago in 1985.

        Radek Bonk, Todd White and Martin Havlat also tallied for Ottawa.

        Sergei Gonchar scored twice and Chris Simon and Matt Pettinger once for Washington.

       Bruins 5, Canadiens 3

        BOSTON — Brian Rolston scored to break a third-period tie, and Byron Dafoe maintained his mastery of Montreal on Tuesday night as Boston beat the Canadiens.

        Dafoe stopped 17 shots to improve to 14-3-3 against Montreal.

        Jose Theodore stopped 30 shots, and Andrei Markov, Oleg Petrov and Jan Bulis scored for the Canadiens, who have lost five consecutive road games.

        Sergei Samsonov, Glen Murray, Bill Guerin and Joe Thornton also scored for Boston.

       Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3

        DETROIT — Sergei Fedorov had a goal and two assists and Steve Yzerman had three assists as Detroit held on to beat Carolina.

        Detroit led 4-0 after scoring three goals over a five-minute stretch in the second period, but the Hurricanes scored three goals in the final period to keep it interesting.

        Brendan Shanahan, Matthieu Dandenault and Tomas Holmstrom scored for the Red Wings (15-3-0-1), who have the NHL's best record.

        Niclas Wallin, Martin Gelinas and Bates Battaglia scored for Carolina.

       Penguins 5, Devils 1

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Alexei Kovalev scored three goals to celebrate his return to the lineup as Pittsburgh ended a three-game winless streak with a victory over New Jersey.

        Aleksey Morozov scored twice and had assists on two of Kovalev's goals.

        Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 25 saves to record his first win of the season (1-3-1) and the first of his career over New Jersey.

        Kovalev had missed 13 games while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

        Jason Arnott scored for New Jersey which suffered only its second loss in the last 11 games (8-2-1).

       Predators 4, Sabres 1

        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Scott Hartnell scored a goal and had two assists to lead Nashville past Buffalo.

        David Legwand and Cliff Ronning each added a goal and an assist and Vitali Yachmenev also scored.

        The Predators lost Scott Walker 57 seconds into the second period when he left with a concussion after a hit against the boards by Buffalo's Miroslav Satan. Satan was given a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct.

        Maxim Afinogenov scored for Buffalo.

       Wild 4, Thrashers 2

        ST. PAUL, Minn. — Marian Gaborik had his first three-goal game in the NHL, leading Minnesota past Atlanta.

        The second-year player scored three goals off rebounds to record the second hat trick in the franchise's two-year history. Antti Laaksonen had one last season.

        Pascal Dupuis added an empty-net goal for Minnesota with three second left.

        Dany Heatley and Ray Ferraro scored for Atlanta.


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