Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 12:00 a.m.
SENATORS 5, RANGERS 2: In New York, Marian Hossa scored twice, and Magnus Arvedson snapped a third-period tie as Ottawa beat New York.
Hossa, with 27 goals, brought the NHL's top team into a 1-1 tie in the first period and then stretched Ottawa's lead to 4-2 at 5:25 of the third. Hossa is just one goal behind Vancouver's Markus Naslund for the league lead.
Arvedson's goal came just 2:37 into the final period to help the Senators jump over Dallas atop the league standings with 56 points.
Todd White and Petr Schastlivy also scored for Ottawa, 12-2-1-1 in its last 16 games.
Again the Senators looked every bit like a focused team despite waiting for pay checks that weren't delivered on Jan. 1. A finance plan is expected to be in place this week that will help the club meet its obligations, commissioner Gary Bettman said last week.
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun, starting a franchise record 16th consecutive game, made 21 saves.
The Predators, 9-8-3-0 in their last 20 games after starting the season 2-10-4-4, are only one point behind Columbus. Nashville has lost 11 one-goal games.
The Blue Jackets entered unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1) after a season-high five-game losing streak.
Nashville struck first on a power play at 6:15 of the first period. Adam Hall's blast from the right point caromed off the end boards to Johansson, who snapped a shot from the left circle past Marc Denis.
Felix Potvin made 26 saves and Steve Kelly and Brad Chartrand scored for Los Angeles, which was missing six of its top forwards and has seven skaters on injured reserve. The Kings dressed six rookies.
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