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Canucks, Stars Are All Even

March 18, 2003|From Associated Press

Todd Bertuzzi scored two of his three goals on the power play, and Pat Kavanagh got the first of his NHL career as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars, 4-2, Monday night at Dallas to tighten the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Rookie goaltender Alexander Auld stopped 26 shots to give the Canucks 95 points. That tied them with the Stars for second in the conference. Detroit has 96 points.

Scott Young and Philippe Boucher scored for Dallas, which plays the Canucks on March 25 in Vancouver.

Edmonton 5, Nashville 3 -- Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist and Ryan Smyth had three assists for the Oilers at Nashville, Tenn. Edmonton moved 10 points ahead of Nashville for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 2 -- Sami Kapanen had a goal and two assists and the Flyers beat the Devils at East Rutherford, N.J., to move into a first-place tie with New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.

New York Rangers 1, New York Islanders 0 -- Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal with 8:17 left, and Mike Dunham made 17 saves to lift the playoff-desperate Rangers at New York.

Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 3 -- Andrew Brunette scored the tying goal on a redirection of a Cliff Ronning shot with 4:25 left in regulation and the Wild tied the Lightning at Tampa, Fla.

Atlanta 3, Columbus 2 -- Dany Heatley stormed from the penalty box and scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 13 seconds left and the Blue Jackets suffered their seventh road loss in a row.

Chicago 3, San Jose 2 -- Theo Fleury scored on a breakaway with 3:34 left in overtime to lift the Blackhawks at San Jose.

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