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Hockey Today

January 2, 2002

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N.Y. Rangers at Colorado (10 p.m. EST). Rob Blake and the Avalanche are 12-4-2-0 at home this season.



_ Sergei Gonchar, Capitals, scored his 14th goal _ tops among NHL defensemen _ in Washington’s 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

_ Patrik Elias, Devils, scored the game-winning goal as New Jersey beat St. Louis 2-1.


After its 3-2 victory Tuesday, Washington is undefeated in its last 21 games (18-0-3) against the New York Islanders. The Islanders’ last win against the Capitals was a 2-0 victory in March, 1997.


Cliff Ronning scored twice in a 1:21 span of the third period in Nashville’s 4-4 tie with Colorado on Tuesday. It was the second straight game in which the Predators rallied late to force overtime. On Saturday, they tied Detroit in the final five minutes of regulation and won 3-2 in overtime.


With their 2-1 loss at New Jersey on Tuesday night, St. Louis is 2-7-3-2 on the road since the start of November.


In their 3-2 loss to Washington Tuesday, the New York Islanders played without defensemen Radek Martinek and Roman Hamrlik, both scheduled for knee surgery Wednesday. Martinek is out the remainder of the season, and Hamrlik is expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks. ... Nashville was without Andy Delmore, the NHL’s No. 2 scorer among defensemen with 12 goals, in its 4-4 tie with Colorado on Tuesday. Delmore has missed four straight games with a pulled hamstring.


``People don’t look at our lineup and become nervous. We’re not an overbearing physical team. When we don’t hit as a team, it’s noticeable.″ _ New York Islanders coach Peter Laviolette after his team’s 3-2 loss to Washington on Tuesday.

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