WASHINGTON, 2 November 2003 — Alexander Semin scored his first NHL goal and Olaf Kolzig made 19 saves as the Washington Capitals downed the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 in one of just two games in the National Hockey League on Friday.
The Capitals ended an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1) with the victory, their first in a month.
Washington is just 2-7-1 to start the season after starting the year with a 6-1 home ice win over the New York Islanders on Oct. 9.
Matt Pettinger scored the other goal for the Capitals, who out-shot the Thrashers 38-20.
Atlanta slipped to 5-3-2-1 despite a 36-save performance from Pasi Nurminen, who made 28 stops in the first two periods alone.
Slava Kozlov’s first period power-play goal put the Thrashers ahead just 5:30 into the game, but the Capitals got goals from Pettinger and Semin before the first period ended to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Washington is now 9-1-2 against the Thrashers in their home arena.
Canucks 4 Coyotes 1
In Phoenix, Dan Cloutier made 23 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Coyotes 4-1.
Trevor Linden, Jiri Slegr, Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund scored the goals for the Canucks. Todd Bertuzzi, Marek Malik and Magnus Arvedson all had two assists for the Canucks. The Canucks are unbeaten in seven games (5-0-2).
Ladislav Nagy scored the lone goal for Phoenix.
Gaborik Goes Wild, Resigns With Minnesota
In St. Paul, Minnesota, All-Star right wing Marian Gaborik ended his holdout with the Minnesota Wild on Friday, signing a multiyear deal.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed but it was being reported Gaborik had agreed to a three-year deal worth $10 million plus bonuses.
Gaborik, who led the Wild in goals (30), assists (35) and points (65) last season, had rejected all previous offers in what developed into bitter and tense negotiations.
Hopes of a deal had appeared over on Monday with Gaborik threatening to return home to his native Slovakia after talks broke off.
Considered one of the NHL’s brightest young talents, the 21 year-old forward helped the Wild reach the Western Conference finals last season scoring nine goals and 17 points in 18 postseason games.
The first player ever selected by the Wild when they took him third overall in the 2000 entry draft, Gaborik has counted 78 goals and 90 assists in three seasons in Minnesota.
Berard Signs With Blackhawks, Senators’ Fisher Has Elbow Surgery
In Chicago, free agent Bryan Berard signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, the sixth NHL team of his career.
Terms of the contract weren’t announced by the club for a defenseman who was the first overall selection of the Ottawa Senators in 1995. He suffered a serious eye injury while playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but recovered to go on to play with the Boston Bruins, the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers.
Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators announced center Mike Fisher underwent surgery on his right elbow and will be out of action for up to six weeks.
Fisher has not played this season and was hoping that the pain in his shoulder would ease enough to render surgery unnecessary.
However, team doctors made the decision that surgery was required.
He played in all 18 postseason games with Ottawa last year and has 90 points in 224 career games the past four seasons, all with the Senators.
Also on Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning negotiated the buyout of defenseman Janne Laukkanen’s contract, making him a free agent once again.