Goal ties Francis with Dionne

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.