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8C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 .Panthers Calendar In the Crease BRAVE NEW WORLD: Former Kings goalie Robb Stauber on participating in last week's NIIL-proposed rules-testing matchups: "I have no idea who thinks of this stuff. We're not guinea pigs. We're not test tubes. This is a serious lack of respect for the players playing here." Upcoming game MarchApril Mil GREATEST TIME: ESPN's Barry Melrose on the Rangers' Wayne Gretzky, who is fourth in the NHL in scoring: "He may look back and say this was his best year ever. When he was with the Kings he had (Tomas) Sandstrom, (Jari) Kurrl. Look how he's playing, and he's got ' nothin' to work with." I've never seen as bad a string of bad luck as we've had." JEREMY ROENICK, Coyotes, on Phoenix losing a center to injury in each of its past five games. 22 23 24 2b 26 7:30 21 28 3:00 MS SC FOX 29 3:00 30 31 1 7:30 2 3 4 3:00 cUmtu rnimm Hun SC SC FOX REPORT TV: SC - SportsChannel. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EOT The new Panthers Conference standings KIRK McLEAN PERSONAL Born June 26, 1966, in Willowdale, Ont. 192 lbs Catches left. 6-0, CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Sixth-round pick of New Jersey Devils in 1 984 underage draft. . . . Traded to Vancouver in September 1987 . . . Played in 487 games with Vancouver from 1987-98, compiling record of 21 1-228-62 with a 3.28 goals-against average. . . . Starred in Canucks' run to 1994 Stanley Cup finals, when he compiled a 2.29 goals-against. . . . Traded to Carolina earlier this season for Sean Burke; had a 4-2 record with Hurricanes that included 3-0 shutout loss to Florida. CONTRACT STATUS: Has the rest of this season and next remaining on a contract that pays $2.45 million annually. As a franchise, the Panthers quickly setting GEORGE From 1C At least Murray has helped there. Florida's headed due south with him behind the bench, 11-27-8 and falling fast. Even John Van-biesbrouck, the franchise's sole guarantee, has been voided. Tuesday the NHL trading deadline passed with no news on the Beezer. He's an unrestricted free agent at season's end, which means the Panthers probably get nothing at all in return for their most prized possession. Can't blame the rest of the league for passing at this point on a goaltender who's temporarily lost his grit, but this original Cat has used up only four or five of his lives. The Beezer, No. 13 all-time in NHL victories, will be back in the playoffs soon enough, and he McKay's 3 lift Devils by Flyers Palm Beach Post Wire Services EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. - Randy McKay scored all three goals and the New Jersey Devils all but wrapped up a second straight Atlantic Division title with a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Bobby Holik assisted on all three goals as the Devils opened a 12-point lead over the second-place Flyers with a dozen games left in the regular season. Philadel- phia has 13. Alexandre Daigle scored both goals for the Flyers, who had a goal by Chris Gratton disallowed with 21.8 seconds left. Gratton appeared to kick the puck and John LeClair was in the crease. D Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 2: Teppo Numminen, Mike Sta- ; pleton and Shane Doan scored on consecutive shots 1:58 apart as EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div x-New Jersey 43 18 9 95 197 137 27-7-1 16-11-8 21-4-4 Philadelphia 36 22 11 83 206 162 21-8-6 15-14-5 14-8-4 Washington 32 26 11 75 183 175 18-12-5 14-14-6 13-10-4 N.Y. Rangers 22 31 17 61 176 197 13-14-9 9-17-8 6-14-7 N.Y. Islanders 23 35 10 56 175 193 12-19-4 11-16-6 7-12-4 Florida 18 39 12 48 162 219 8-20-6 10-19-6 10-13-4 Tampa Bay 16 43 9 41 134 215 11-17-6 5-26-3 6-16-3 Northeast W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Pittsburgh 36 19 15 87 196 161 19-8-7 17-11-8 13-5-6 Boston 31 25 13 75 180 162 15-13-6 16-12-7 10-7-5 Montreal 32 28 9 73 198 175 14-15-7 18-13-2 8-12-2 Buffalo 29 25 15 73 175 159 15-11-8 14-14-7 9-7-5 Ottawa 27 30 12 66 163 174 17-14-5 10-16-7 5-11-5 Carolina 27 34 7 61 166 187 14-14-6 13-20-1 9-12-1 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central W I T Pts GF GA Home Away Div x-Dallas 42 16 11 95 210 137 20-6-7 22-10-4 10-8-4 x-Detroit 38 19 14 90 216 171 20-8-7 18-11-7 10-5-6 St. Louis 36 26 8 80 205 168 21-9-5 15-17-3 12-8-1 Chicago 28 30 12 68 174 170 12-14-7 16-16-5 6-12-5 Phoenix 28 31 12 68 193 199 16-14-6 12-17-6 10-8-4 Toronto 24 37 9 57 160 202 13-17-5 11-20-4 8-15-1 Pacific W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div x-Colorado 36 19 16 88 209 17518-8-10 18-11-6 14-9-4 Los Angeles 32 25 11 75 197 179 20-12-3 12-13-8 14-7-2 Edmonton 27 34 10 64 179 199 14-15-5 13-19-5 9-15-1 San Jose 27 35 7 61 165 184 14-18-4 13-17-3 11-11-2 Calgary 22 35 13 57 185 211 15-15-5 7-20-8 10-9-3 Anaheim 23 37 10 56 171 217 11-21-4 12-16-6 9-14-2 Vancouver 21 37 13 55 195 242 12-17-4 9-20-9 9-11-6 MARK PERSONAL Born Feb. 2, 1977 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Played two college seasons with St. Cloud State (Minnesota) before leaving school this season to play Major Junior with Seattle of the Western League. . . . Scored 42 goals in 73 college games. . . . Finished fourth in WHL with 54 goals in 54 games this year and tied for team lead with 92 points despite missing four weeks with a broken wrist. . . . Led all WHL rookies in points and was third in the league with 20 power-play goals. . . . Was named Seattle's Player of the Year and also took awards as fan favorite, humanitarian, plus-minus winner and top scorer. CONTRACT STATUS: Unsigned. Fitzgerald just as surprised as his teammates by the trade HIGHLIGHTS host Phoenix beat Toronto. Rick Tocchet also scored and Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves to post consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 3. The . Coyotes, who have won eight of , the last 10 meetings between the I teams (8-1-1), pulled even with idle Chicago for sixth place in the Western Conference Tie Domi and Steve Sullivan scored for the Maple Leafs, who are winless in their last five (0-4-1). Trading frenzy: NIIL clubs made a total of 19 trades involving 38 players prior to Tuesday's 3 p.m. trading deadline. A partial list: . Dallas acquired C Brian Skrud-land and RW Mike Keane from N.Y. Rangers for injured RW Todd Harvey and LW Bob Errey. Detroit obtained D Dmitri Mir-onov from Anaheim for D Jamie Pushor and a 4th-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft. Philadelphia acquired D David Babych from Vancouver for the Flyers' 3rd-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft. The Flyers also traded D Janne Niinimaa to Edmonton for D Dan McGillis and the Oilers' 2nd-round pick in Entry Draft. Pittsburgh acquired C Sam Pronger from Anaheim in exchange for the rights to goaltender Patrick Lalime. PARRISH in Edina, Minn. 6-0, 185 lbs. Fitzgerald Sheppard 12 short-handed scores. Fitzgerald, who had matched last season's goal output with 10 this year, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Ray Sheppard, who was sent to Carolina earlier in the day for goaltender Kirk MacLean, was a Panther for just over two years. "This has been on my mind for awhile," Sheppard said. "You pick up the paper and see your name . . . what can you do?" Vanbiesbrouck said he hadn't expected to be traded Tuesday. "It wasn't a surprise to me I didn't move somewhere after seeing the situation play out the last few days," he said. A rumor out of New York indicated the Islanders came closest to dealing for the 34-year-old goaltender, but opted not to meet the Panthers' reported asking price of a first-round draft pick. Now Vanbiesbrouck has 13 games remaining before possibly exploring the free-agent market this summer. Skin Sensations Private Suites 9 AM-1 AM ;Call For Details 963-8812 4457-C Purdy Lang Open 7 Days Karlee's7 UUDY HEAT mivtn wwrnxxx turret Major CrKt Car ATM accept 432-9252 3485 Lake rVortiHom lacross from dnvuni V- Jl 1 .V-, J: won t be dragging the Panthers behind him next time. "I don't think that's a lock right now," Murray said Tuesday to the suggestion that the Beezer's de parture has been sealed. "I think we'll work at signing him. From the beginning we've wanted that to happen. Maybe we're not quite as close to the numbers as where we want to be but I think on July 1 (when the Beezer becomes a free agent) they will check the market." And come running back to Mi ami.' Not with this man s well- earned pride. The Panthers don't really want the Beezer anymore. They've been $1 million apart in contract talks all season, but it might as well be a million miles. Good luck to Kirk McLean winning more games in goal than Vanbiesbrouck in what's left of this sickening season. Acquired from Carolina on Tuesday by Flor ida in a trade for Ray Sheppard, the former Vancouver Canucks star is more than likely just another warm, padded body to be offered up in the expansion draft to come. Flash back to Jan. 27, before the Panthers' skid began, for a look at what defines a hot goalie. The Beezer shut out Carolina that night while McLean, in net for the Hurricanes, allowed three goals. The difference, in addition to a couple of Carolina shots that banged off the post, was a commitment to team defense, the application of superior talent and three full periods of bug-eyed hustle. Murray hasn't been able to get anything like that out of Florida's veterans so he's shipping them off piecemeal, Tom Fitzgerald's Tuesday trade to Colorado included. Another original Panther stuffed into a bag and thrown into the river. The team release announcing the trade summed up Fitzgerald's Florida career in one sentence. A much harsher sentence is due the Panthers still in place. This team has nothing going for it but a new building, set to open next season in Sunrise even as the franchise is setting. American Lingerie 963-0070 42M lHi Xv. H., IH. 104 NOW . HIKING J N.E. 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"It's a tough thing to be stuck an hour-and-a-half from home, with your wife upset and your kids not knowing what's going on," Fitzgerald said. "I just want to get out of here." Fitzgerald was an alternate captain this season, possibly the team's top penalty-killer and an acknowledged team leader. His departure leaves the number of original Panthers at five. "I think everybody was surprised about him moving on," Vanbiesbrouck said. "He will be sorely missed. "We all felt he would be a lifer because of the tradition he upheld; the type of team we were is the type of player Tommy is. I under stand the opportunity, but with a young family, this is hard to do. Fitzgerald, 29, was the first forward taken in the 1993 expansion draft. The only NIIL player ever to score two short-handed goals on one two-minute penalty, he leaves with a franchise-record PRIVATE MODELING 478.1 Kariee s . . . r LiUUI HEAT aarvtri WCMbd aaimt t i 432-9252 33 u yt hct Horn m-i ffl RiVT MOPING f iaf ill I 17 x-clinched playoff berth Tuesday's results New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 2 - Phoenix 4, Toronto 2 Buffalo 2, Calgary 0 N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, late Los Angeles at San Jose, late Today's games " Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. .Washington at Edmonton, 9 p.m. LEGEND: A (-2i) next to one team means that team nderdog. To wager on the favonte, a victory Dy three team must either win. tie. or lose by less than two Monday's results Carolina 5, Florida 3 Chicago 5, Detroit 5 Thursday's games Montreal at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. , N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m. ' Anaheim at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. , Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. Summaries Devils 3, Flyers 2 Philadelphia Ntw Jarsay Pint Ptrid-I, New Jersey, McKay 21 (Holik, Ellas), 4:54 (pp). Penalties Kordic, Phi (tripping), 5 47, Zubrus, Phi (hooking), 11:35, Odelain, NJ (slashing), 15:14. Second Peried-2. New Jersey, McKay 17 (Nie-dermayer, Holik), 5:5a (pp). 3, Philadelphia, Daigle 14 (Sillinger, Therien), 14:00. Penalties-Coffey. Phi (holding), 5:34; Souray, NJ (cross-checking), 9 53. Third Peried-4, New Jersey, McKay 23 (Elias, Holik), 15:12. S, Philadelphia, Oaigla 15 (Sillinger, Cotfey), 17:42 (pp). Penalties Brind'Amour, Phi Man-sticking 4:41; Coffey, Phi (holding), 10:43; Bodger, NJ (holding stick), 16 2? Shots en goal-Philadelphia 7-11-725. New Jersey 4-H3-25. Pewer-olays-Philadelphia 1 of 3, New Jersey 2 of 5. Goalies-Philadelphia, Hextall 21 13-7 (25 shots-22 saves) New Jersey, Brodeor 40-IM (25-23). A 19,040 (19,040). Referee-Rob Snick. Sabres 2, Flames 0 eMale Calgary 0 I 2-2 First Period None. Penalties Barnaby, But (roughing), 3:59; Ward, Cal (roughing), 3:59; Au-detle, Buf (hooking), 15 05. Second Periad-None. Penalty Cassels, Cal (holding), 5:13. Third Period-I, Buffalo, Audette 19, II 2, Buffalo, Brown 7 (Ward), 19:15 (en) Penalties Smehlik, Buf (holding), 4 03; Smehlik, Buf (holding), 15 54 Hietl art geal-Buffalo 7-5-921. Calgary 5-11-13-29 Pewer-playi-Buffalo 0 of I; Calgary 0 of 3 Oealiei-Butfalo. Hasek 27 21-12 (29 shots-29 saves). Calgary, Tabarecci 1 1-20-6 (21-19). 1. INTIMACIES J Private M 22 BodySh, I 684-S xJeling Shampoos 9343 2424YCan(miAt. ABSOLUTELY EDEN 963-6161 PRIVATE MOMENTS 637-4299 FICRJDA'S CSTC'JTIUCEOliS Dane Specials Every Hour in . : : ki. i 4 k. .. 1 L4lJW mMm 1 - i 3 6, I McKay: hat trick Tverdovsky: 2 assists LATEST LINE N.Y. Rangers (-VzE) Montreal (-1 -Hi) Chicago (-V2I) Edmonton (-'iE) is the favorite and the other team (2) is the goals is needed. To win on the underdog, the goals. Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. New Jersey at Colorado, 9 p.m. Washington at Calgary, 9 p.m. Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 2 Toronto Pheanix 0 0 0 0 2-2 4-4 First Peried None. Penalties Zettler, Tor, major (fighting), 1:55; Tocchet, Pho, major (fighting), 1:55; Maciver, Pho (hooking), 3:25; Hendrickson, Tor (holding stick), 16:15. Second Periad None. Penalties Modin, Tor (hooking), 4:13; Carney, Pho (holding), 15:00. Third Period 1, Phoenix, Numminen 9 (Ron-ning, Tverdovsky), 1:11 (pp). 2, Phoenix, Stapleton (Janssens, Oiduck), 2:24 1 Phoenix, Ooon 4 (Tverdovsky), 3:13. 4, Toronto, Doml 4 (Sundin, Smith), 14:55. 5, Toronto, Sullivan 9 (Modin), 17 00. Phoenix, Tocchet 23 (Roenick, Shannon), 19:44 (en). Penalties Doml, Tor (slashing), :43; Domi, Tor, double minor (slashing, high-sticking), 6:57; Maciver, Pho (holding stick), 10:06; Carney, Pho (hiding), 11:21; Cummins, Pho (cross-checking), 14:55; Domi, Tor, maior-misconduct (elbowing), 19:53: McKemie, Pho, match penalty, 20 00. Shots an goal-Toronto 3-11-11-25 Phoenix 1-9-926 Power -plays Toronto 0 of 5; Phoenix 1 of 6. Goalies Toronto, Potvin 21-29-7 ( 26 shots-22 saves). Phoenix, Khabibulin 24-26-10 ( 25-23). A-15,724 (16,210). Referee-Richard Trottier. Linesmen-Jay Sharrers, Wayne Bonney. NHL TV schedule Tonight Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Chicago Black-hawks, ESPN2, 1:30 p.m. Thursday Wontreal Canadieni at Florida Panthers, SportsChannet, 7:30 p.m. 7 DAYS 9AM-2AM id ANN 439-7551 2946 Forest Hill Blvd. 3 lights W of I-95 r20DErinrjin 7 mr r . ..... m-iM 9hq roresi mil Diva. uTvt Juni 3 Ughtt W. 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