Ottawa Takes 5th In Row In Battle Of The Capitals

Magnus Arvedson and Wade Redden scored 80 seconds apart in the first period as the Ottawa Senators snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Radek Bonk added an empty-net goal with 18 seconds left in the game for Ottawa, which was 0-8-1 in its previous nine games, including five straight losses at home.

The Senators have beaten the Capitals five straight times.

Redden broke an 0-for-16 slump for the Senators’ power play with his second goal of the season.

Washington’s Peter Bondra scored his 18th goal of the season, extending his point streak to 10 games.

Pavol Demitra had a goal and an assist, and Pierre Turgeon scored his first goal since missing 22 games with a broken arm, helping the host St. Louis Blues tie the Los Angeles Kings 2-2.

Luc Robataille and Jozef Stumpel scored for the Kings.

Leafs to move to East

The NHL board of governors is expected to approve a proposal next week that will allow the Toronto Maple Leafs to switch to the Eastern Conference next season.

The Leafs would move from the Western Conference and join historic archrival Montreal in the Northeast Division.

Nashville’s expansion team would replace Toronto in the Western Conference’s Central Division. The following season, Atlanta rejoins the NHL and also will be in the Eastern Conference.

Probert out for season

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bob Probert will miss the rest of the NHL season because of a torn right rotator cuff. Surgery will be scheduled next week.

In seven games this season, Probert has two goals and one assist for three points and has 27 penalty minutes.

Roy leads voting

In balloting for the NHL’s North American All-Stars to face Europe Jan. 18, the top vote getter is Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy with 57,918. Martin Brodeur of New Jersey is second among goalies with 49,512.

Less than 4,000 votes separate centers Eric Lindros of the Philadelphia Flyers, Wayne Gretzky of the New York Rangers and Joe Sakic of Colorado.

John LeClair of Philadelphia (54,560) and Brendan Shanahan of Detroit (49,578) top the voting for the other forward spots. On defense, Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers (49,347) and Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins (42,446) are the leaders.

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