Originally created 01/25/00

NHL Capsules

ATLANTA -- Rookie Johan Witehall, called up to replace troubled Kevin Stevens, scored his first NHL goal and Petr Nedved scored three times to lead the New York Rangers over the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 Monday night.

New York won its sixth straight and reached the .500 mark (20-20-7) for the first time since Oct. 19.

The Rangers, who have won eight of nine, took an early 3-0 lead as Witehall scored at 3:05, Nedved at 5:52 and Michael York at 6:42.

Witehall was promoted from the minors after Stevens, a three-time All-Star, was charged Monday with carrying several grams of crack and released on bail.

Capitals 8, Lightning 2

WASHINGTON -- Adam Oates had three assists in a four-minute span of the second period as Washington stretched its unbeaten streak to eight games by defeating Tampa Bay.

Chris Simon and Peter Bondra both had two goals for the Capitals, whose 7-0-1 stretch is their longest unbeaten streak since an eight-game run in March 1989. Olie Kolzig stopped 24 shots for Washington, 9-1-3 since Dec. 22.

Darcy Tucker and Fredrik Modin scored for the Lightning, who have lost five straight.

Hurricanes 3, Canadiens 2, OT

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Marek Malik scored 55 seconds into overtime as Carolina snapped Montreal's season-best five-game unbeaten streak.

The Hurricanes won their second in a row following a season-worst five-game losing streak. Montreal lost its NHL-high 17th one-goal game.

Malik scored his third goal of the season after a wild scramble in front of the Montreal net in which Gary Roberts hit the post and Jeff O'Neill banged at the puck in the crease. It then bounced right out to Malik, a defenseman, and he beat a scrambling Jose Theodore with a high slap shot.

Montreal's Sergei Zholtok scored with 5:26 left in regulation to tie it.

Senators 3, Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO -- Igor Korolev scored twice as Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Ottawa.

Korolev, who scored the tying goal early in the third period, has six goals in his last six games. Mike Johnson also scored for Toronto.

Daniel Alfredsson, Wade Redden and Marian Hossa scored for Ottawa, which outshot Toronto 41-28, including 27-10 during the second and third periods.


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