Goal ties Francis with Dionne

Updated: December 30, 2003, 4:48 AM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina captain Ron Francis tied Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the NHL career points list with a goal in the second period against Buffalo on Monday night.

Francis' sixth goal of the season gave him 1,771 points in his 23rd season. The center chipped in a loose puck in traffic after a shot from Jeff O'Neill bounced high in the air in front of the Sabres net.

The 'Canes went on to win 2-1.

Francis' 1,229 assists are second only to Wayne Gretzky's 1,963 and his 542nd career goal passed Stan Mikita for 21st place on the NHL list.

Francis, 40, has played 16 seasons with the Hurricanes organization and seven with Pittsburgh, winning two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in the early 1990s.

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