Rangers extend streak to 3

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:38 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Joel Bouchard scored on a rebound 1:58 into overtime, and the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Wednesday for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

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New York Rangers center Mark Messier, front, celebrates the team's game-winning overtime goal in front of Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig of South Africa, on Wednesday, in Washington. Rangers' Joel Bouchard scored the game-winner on a rebound 1:58 into overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Mike Dunham stopped 24 shots for the Rangers and kept the Capitals scoreless for the final 61 minutes. Dunham is 4-0 in his last four starts, allowing only four goals during that span.

In overtime, Dave Karpa took a long slap shot that hit the left post. Mark Messier got his stick on the puck before Bouchard gained control and flipped the puck past Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig.

Kip Miller scored the lone goal for Washington at 1:40 of the first period, but that was the extent of the offense from a team that scored 16 goals in its previous two games.

  • THRASHERS 1, CANADIENS 0: Bob Hartley won his first game as coach of woeful Atlanta.

    Marc Savard scored a power-play goal with 4:29 left and Pasi Nurminen recorded his second career shutout as the Thrashers beat Montreal.

    Hartley was hired by the Thrashers on Tuesday, taking over the NHL's worst team after coaching one of the best for four-plus seasons.

  • PANTHERS 3, BRUINS 0: Olli Jokinen scored two goals to push his season total to 21 and Roberto Luongo made 27 saves as Florida blanked Boston.

  • PENGUINS 2, HURRICANES 0: Martin Straka scored in the first period and Sebastien Caron recorded his first shutout in his third NHL game as Pittsburgh defeated Carolina.

  • DEVILS 5, ISLANDERS 0: Jeff Friesen and Jamie Langenbrunner each had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 27 saves for his 60th career shutout as New Jersey defeated New York.

  • MIGHTY DUCKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3: Jason Krog assisted on two goals as Anaheim defeated Columbus.

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