Heatley burns Rangers

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:24 a.m.

NEW YORK - Dany Heatley scored three goals to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Heatley, who won the Calder Trophy last season as the NHL's rookie of the year, scored twice in the second period and had an empty-net goal with 37 seconds left to complete his second career hat trick.

Pasi Nurminen made 23 saves and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored as the Thrashers beat the Rangers for the third straight time, including twice this season. Atlanta also improved to 4-1-1-0 under new coach Bob Hartley.

Petr Nedved scored for the Rangers, who lost for just the second time in their last seven games (5-2-0-0). It was also New York's second straight loss at home.

  • PANTHERS 3, HURRICANES 2, OT: Stephen Weiss scored 3:40 into overtime to give Florida a win over Carolina.

    Weiss took a cross-ice pass from Brad Ference just inside the blue line and shot the puck between goalie Arturs Irbe's legs. It was Weiss's first goal since Dec. 21 and his first in overtime.

    Viktor Kozlov and Olli Jokinen also scored for Florida, and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves. Jeff Hareema and Russ Francis scored for Carolina, and Irbe stopped 19 shots.

  • PENGUINS 5, BLACKHAWKS 3: Alexei Kovalev scored three goals and rarely used Randy Robitaille added a goal and three assists as Pittsburgh broke out of a scoring slump.

    Robitaille moved from the Penguins' scratched list onto their first line after playing only infrequently since late November and responded by matching his career high with four points.

  • CAPITALS 1, CANADIENS 1: Andreas Salomonsson scored his first goal of the season to lift Washington to a tie with Montreal.

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