Originally created 01/02/00

Capitals tie Blues



WASHINGTON -- Ulf Dahlen's goal 7:27 into the second period lifted the Washington Capitals into a 1-1 tie with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Dahlen sneaked behind Blues goalie Roman Turek, who had knocked aside Jeff Toms' soft shot from the left side, and poked the puck in from the right post for his fourth goal of the season.

The tie gave Washington a two-game unbeaten streak (1-0-1) after an 0-3-1 skid. The Capitals improved to 11-4-1 in New Year's Day games.

Dahlen's goal came 51 seconds after Pierre Turgeon had given the Blues, who had won seven of 10 on the road, a 1-0 lead.

Chris Pronger sprung Turgeon on a breakaway, but his initial shot was blocked by goaltender Olaf Kolzig. Turgeon collected the rebound and tucked it under the crossbar at 6:36.

The goal, Turgeon's 16th of the season, extended his point-scoring streak to 14 games, second only this season to a 15-game streak by Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr from Oct. 1-Nov. 13.

However, Turgeon's streak of 12 consecutive games with an assist, the longest in the NHL this year, ended.

Kolzig withstood a five-shot barrage on a Blues' power play early in the third period. Washington didn't record its first shot of the period until Calle Johansson one-timed a faceoff feed from Adam Oates with 9:46 left in the game and totaled only three shots for the final 20 minutes of regulation.

Washington outshot the Blues 6-5 in the extra period, and Peter Bondra of the Capitals had the best chance in overtime, failing to convert at the right post with 24 seconds remaining.