Streaking Capitals keep scoring points

Published: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:18 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Mike Grier and Kip Miller scored in the opening 9:31 as the Washington Capitals gained at least a point in their 11th straight game with a 4-1 win over the slumping Carolina Hurricanes.

The streaking Capitals improved to 6-0-3-2 during their recent hot stretch, while the Hurricanes have lost 11 of 17 and fell two games under .500 for the first time since Oct. 17 - a 2-1 home loss to Washington.

Jeff Halpern and Andreas Salomonsson had two assists each for Washington, which tied Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division.

Ron Francis' 15th goal early in the second pulled Carolina to 2-1, but Steve Konowalchuk gave Washington another two-goal lead seconds after getting out of the penalty box.

  • SABRES 4, BRUINS 2: Rookie Ales Kotalik scored two goals for the third straight game as Buffalo scored four times in the third period to rally for a victory over Boston.

    Tim Connolly and Miroslav Satan also scored for Buffalo, who trailed 2-1 midway through the final period.

    Rookie Ryan Miller, making his fifth straight start, stopped 21 shots for Buffalo.

    Brian Rolston and Jozef Stumpel scored for Boston, which has lost five straight.

  • DEVILS 2, PANTHERS 1: Christian Berglund and Scott Gomez scored second-period goals to lead New Jersey past Florida.

    Martin Brodeur, who had a 19-game unbeaten streak against Florida snapped in the teams' last meeting on Jan. 1, made 27 saves.

    Olli Jokinen scored a power-play goal in the third period and Roberto Luongo stopped 34 shots for Florida, which lost its fifth straight at home.

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