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Predators 3, Capitals 3

February 9, 2002

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Cliff Ronning scored with 2:26 left in regulation to give the Nashville Predators a 3-3 tie with the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Jaromir Jagr and Adam Oates each had a goal and two assists for Washington.

The Capitals took a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game when Ulf Dahlen scored from in front of the crease, beating Nashville goaltender Mike Dunham to his right side.

The Predators took the lead with a pair of second-period goals. Reid Simpson scored from the top of the left circle on a slap shot at 9:31 and Andy Delmore made it 2-1 on a power play at 15:17.

Oates tied the game at 2 at 7:51 and Jagr put Washington up 3-2 just 1:37 later.

The Predators have tied or won 19 of their last 22 games at home.

Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig did not return for the third period because of a groin strain. He was replaced by Craig Billington.

Notes: Delmore’s goal, his first in 15 games, was his 13th of the season, setting a new franchise record for goals scored by a defenseman. ... Oates leads the NHL in assists with 44 and leads the Capitals in points with 53. ... Nashville’s David Legwand (back) has not played or skated since the All-Star break and will be sidelined until after the Olympic break. ... Steve Dubinsky made his debut for the Predators. ... Simpson’s goal was his first as a Predator and his second of the season.

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