Rookie Scott Gomez made his parents proud with his first hat trick for New Jersey, and Theo Fleury had a goal and two assists for New York as the Rangers and Devils played to a 3-3 tie yesterday in New York.
Gomez, who has eight career goals, had the first multiple-goal game of his young career. The Alaska native, with his cheering parents in attendance, scored at 10 minutes 37 seconds and 13:33 of the first period to give the Devils a 2-0 advantage after the first 20 minutes.
Gomez leads the Devils with 34 points and is the only rookie to lead his team in scoring.
The Rangers tied it with three goals on 10 shots in the second.
MIGHTY DUCKS 1, SHARKS 0: Teemu Selanne scored with 5:58 remaining to lift Anaheim past host San Jose.
Dominic Roussel stopped 26 shots for his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career as Anaheim, winner of five of its last six, extended its road winning streak to five.
Steve Shields made 27 saves as the Sharks were shut out for the first time this season. San Jose has lost three of its last four.
HURRICANES 4, PANTHERS 3: Nolan Pratt's first goal of the season 27 seconds into overtime gave Carolina a victory over visiting Florida.
The Southeast Division-leading Panthers lost for the first time in 16 tries when leading after two periods, while the Hurricanes snapped their three-game losing streak.
Pratt scored from in close after taking a pass from Jeff O'Neill to give the Hurricanes their first overtime victory in 21 tries dating from Jan. 28.
THRASHERS 6, LIGHTNING 3: Shean Donovan and Steve Staois scored 30 seconds apart in the third period to break open a tie game as host Atlanta beat Tampa Bay.
The expansion Thrashers, who entered with an NHL-worst seven wins, took their third victory over the Lightning and won for the first time since Dec. 4.
FLAMES 2, CANUCKS 0: Fred Brathwaite stopped 27 shots for his third shutout in 10 games, leading Calgary in Vancouver. Derek Morris and Phil Housley, who sealed the victory with a power-play goal 47 seconds into third period, scored as the Flames remained unbeaten in their last four.
PENGUINS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2: Jaromir Jagr scored twice to take over the NHL lead as visiting Pittsburgh won its third straight.
Jagr, who also leads the league in points with 58, moved past San Jose's Owen Nolan, who has 26 goals. Ian Moran and Tyler Wright also scored for Pittsburgh, which improved to 7-2-0 under Coach Herb Brooks.
PREDATORS 3, BLUES 2: Tomas Vokoun ended a 10-game winless slump and Nashville beat host St. Louis for the first time in six games.
The Predators have a modest five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3), which is a record for the year-old franchise. The Blues' six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) came to an end.
COYOTES 3, KINGS 2: Jeremy Roenick scored 3:18 into overtime to lift Phoenix in Los Angeles. From behind the net, Roenick passed in front to defenseman Jyrki Lumme, whose shot hit the crossbar and flew over goaltender Stephane Fiset.