Predators beat Caps; Lemieux hospitalized


Defenseman Marek Zidlicky had two power-play goals in the first period, and Scott Sullivan added one in the third to lift the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center last night.

Washington (9-15-2), which has lost six of seven, scored on one of 10 power-play chances. They entered the game ranked 29th in power plays.

"When you have a 12.3 percent power play, there's going to be some times out there where it just looks disjointed and dysfunctional and that's just where we're at," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said.

Rookie Alex Ovechkin and Ben Clymer scored for the Caps. Olie Kolzig had 29 saves for the Caps, including a penalty shot.

Flames 4, Devils 1 -- Jarome Iginla scored two goals and had an assist to lead visiting Calgary over New Jersey. Phillipe Sauve made 31 saves for the Flames, who had three power-play goals.

Blackhawks 2, Rangers 1 -- Tyler Arnason scored a power-play goal 1:20 into overtime to give host the victory over New York. Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 30 shots.

Stars 4, Panthers 3 -- Jere Lehtinen scored twice, including the tiebreaker with 15.8 seconds left, and host Dallas handed Florida its 10th straight road loss. The Stars have won four straight and 12 of 14.

Avalanche 4, Bruins 1 -- Vitaly Kolesnik stopped 20 shots in his NHL debut, and Alex Tanguay had a goal and two assists to lift host Colorado over struggling Boston, which lost for the 11th time in 14 games.

Off the ice -- Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux was hospitalized in Pittsburgh for observation of an irregular heartbeat, general manager Craig Patrick said. Lemieux will be monitored overnight in the undisclosed hospital and won't play tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

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