1/24/97 -- 11:00 PM

NHL Capsules


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Derek King notched his sixth career hat trick and Zigmund Palffy had two goals as the New York Islanders defeated the Hartford Whalers 5-2 Friday night in Rick Bowness' first game as head coach.

Bowness took over the bench duties earlier in the day when the Islanders announced a managerial shuffle. Mike Milbury, upon the urging of new owner John Spano, decided it would be best for the franchise if he concentrated on general manager duties and relinquish the bench job.

The Islanders, who are last in the Atlantic Division with a 15-23-9 record, won back-to-back games for the first time in a month. ^Stars 5, Capitals 2

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Arturs Irbe had 36 saves and the Dallas Stars enjoyed another road win against the Washington Capitals, scoring three goals in the decisive second period en route to a 5-2 victory.

Mike Modano, Darryl Sydor and Dave Reid each had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who registered their NHL-best 15th road victory. Dallas has 32 points on the road compared to 29 all last season.

The Stars have won five of their last six away games against Washington. Dallas, which beat the Capitals at home in October, swept the season series for the first time since 1993-94. ^Oilers 3, Sabres 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Dan McGillis scored one goal and set up another in the third period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

McGillis helped snap a 1-1 tie when he assisted on Ryan Smyth's goal with 8:31 left. McGillis' slapshot less than two minutes later put the game away and ended Buffalo's four-game winning streak and handed the Sabres their first loss at home in nine games.

Andre Kovalenko had the other goal and added an assist on McGillis' goal for the Oilers, who earned their first victory on a four-game road trip. Edmonton, which outshot Buffalo 35-23, improved to 19-4-2 all-time against the Sabres. Rob Ray scored for Buffalo. ^Flames 2, Ottawa 2

KANATA, Ontario (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson scored with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to spoil a strong effort by Calgary goaltender Trevor Kidd and earn the Ottawa Senators a 2-2 tie with the Flames.

The Senators had pulled goalie Damian Rhodes for an extra skater when Alfredsson deflected Wade Redden's wrist shot from the point past Kidd.

Calgary, outshot 33-25, got a pair of goals from Corey Millen, but relied on Kidd for the latter half of the game. Alexei Yashin, with his 20th goal of the season and 200th NHL career point, also scored for the Senators.

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