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' w orr ? t f mi n n"i n n" IOC THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 c Panthers Calendar In the Crease IF Upcoming garnet MarchApril DIFFERENT TEAMS, SAME SONG: The Islanders' Gino Odjick and the Canucks' Jason Strudwick, traded for each other Monday, got into a first-period fight in the Canucks' 4-3 victory over the Islanders Tuesday night. DOMINATION: Sabres goalie : Dominik Hasek has not allowed i more than two goals in 15 of his J past 17 games, including a 2-0 victory at Calgary on Tuesday ; night. The shutout was Hasek's ; league-leading 1 1 th of the season. I don't know if he knows (what he's doing). There's a lot of chaos around here . . . I'm not a big Mike Milbury fan." PAUL KRUSE, traded from the Islanders to the Sabres M li it M ' 30 2? 28 3:00 C iMmi Bnilm SC FOX .'4 3 JO 30 11 130 2 3 4 3:00 actaaato filiim Flyem SC SC FOX REPORT TV: SC - Spot tsCtwmwi. St'Aied games at Miami Arena; All times EDT Conference standings Murphy re-signs for three years "It's a new chapter," Lindsay said. "Now I'll have to be a leader." Dino Ciccarelli said the trades probably took some pressure off other players and may even nelp the team relax and start winning again. "But you don't want to look for crutches or excuses. . . . The bottom line is we want to continue to work hard and get something out "That was one guy I thought would be here," Murphy said of Fitzgerald. "Everyone was a little bit shocked, but that's the business of hockey," Scott Mellanby said. Sheppard was sent to Carolina for goaltender Kirk McLean, who arrived at the Panthers' practice facility Wednesday in a black stretch limo. Fitzgerald went to Colorado for 21 -year-old prospect Mark Parrish and a third-round pick in the June draft. Bill Lindsay said he and Fitzgerald talked almost nightly about how to improve the team. He said Fitzgerald never mentioned his own trade as a solution. Panthers notebook has six goals and eight assists in 66 games. He said he reached the deal around 2 p.m. Tuesday as he and his teammates were playing in a golf tournament in Palm City that resembled anything but a golf course. "We all had cell phones, they were all going off. It was really crazy." The cell phones buzzed with news that Tom Fitzgerald, one of the original Panthers, and Ray Sheppard, Florida's leading scorer last year, had been traded just hours before the 3 p.m. trading deadline. Study on concussions 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 27 1 1 75 185 179 18-12-5 14-15-6 13-10-4 N.Y. Rangers 22 32 17 61 178 200 13-15-9 9-17-8 6-14-7 N.Y. Islanders 23 36 10 56 178 197 12-19-4 11-17-6 7-12-4 Florida 18 39 12 48 162 219 8-20-6 10-19-6 10-13-4 Tampa Bay 16 44 9 41 135 217 11-18-6 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 Montreal 33 28 9 75 200 176 14-15-7 19-13-2 8-12-2 Boston 31 25 13 75 180 162 15-13-6 16-12-7 10-7-5 Buffalo 29 25 15 73 175 159 15-11-8 14-14-7 9-7-5 Ottawa 28 30 12 68 166 176 17-14-5 11-16-7 5-11-5 Carolina 27 34 7 61 166 187 14-14-6 13-20-1 9-12-1 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central W L 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 31 12 68 176 173 12-15-7 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 33 25 11 77 201 182 20-12-3 13-13-8 15-7-2 Edmonton 28 34 10 66 183 201 15-15-5 13-19-5 9-15-1 San Jose 27 36 7 61 168 188 14-19-4 13-17-3 11-12-2 Anaheim 24 37 10 58 174 219 11-21-4 13-16-6 9-14-2 Calgary 22 35 13 57 185 211 15-15-5 7-20-8 10-9-3 Vancouver 22 37 13 57 199 245 13-17-4 9-20-9 9-11-6 x-clinched playoff berth . of this last stretch to take into next year." ! But Ciccarelli, who was ru- mored to be one of the likeliest to J be traded, hasn't decided whether j he will invoke his option to be- i come an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. ; Rangers lose J late in OT j i The Associated Press J NEW YORK Alexei Yashin j scored with 1:49 left in overtime ; as Ottawa beat the Rangers 3-2 J Wednesday night, dealing a crush- ,' ing blow to New York's playoff j hopes. I The Senators solidified their ! hold on the eighth and final playoff j spot in the Eastern Conference as they improved their lead to seven ! points over both the Rangers and ! Carolina Hurricanes. j Ottawa has 12 games left, , while the Rangers have 11 and the ! HIGHLIGHTS Wednesday's results Ottawa 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1 , OT Anaheim 3, Chicago 2 Edmonton 4, Washington 2 Today'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. 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. By Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer POMPANO BEACH The signing of defenseman Gord Murphy to a three-year contract did little to shift the Florida Panthers' clubhouse chatter Wednesday from the reverberating shock of Tuesday's trades. Murphy, the team's all-time leader in games played by a de fenseman (344), signed a three-year deal. Murphy, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, did not offer any details, and his agent could not be reached. "It was my intention that I remain here," said Murphy, who Summaries Tuesday's late boxes, 13C Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 Montreal 0 10 1-2 Tampa Bay 1 0 0 01 First Pariod 1, Tampa Bay, Richer 14 (McCarthy, Tucker), 5:15. Penalties Zamuner, TB (holding), 2:14; Cross, TB (hooking), 6:30; Cullimore, TB (roughing), 11:11; Corson, Mon (roughing), 11:11; Nazarov, TB (roughing), 13:19; Dykhuis, TB (rough- ing), 13:19; Zalapski, Mon (roughing), 13:19; Za-lapskl, Mon (Interference), 18:28. Second Period 2, Montreal, Koivu 14 (Corson, Zalapski), 6:01. Penalties Nazarov, TB (holding), 7:26; Ysebaert, TB (interference), 13:34. Third Period-None. Penalties-DeBrusk, TB (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:17; Corson, Mon (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:17. Overtime 3, Montreal, Brisebois 5 (Hoglund, Brunet), 2:34. Penalties Cullimore, TB (slashing), :23; Malakhov, Mon (high-sticking), :23. Shots on goal-Montreal I21I-I0-2 35. Tampa Bay 6-6-6-321. Power-plays Montreal 0 of 5; Tampa Bay 0 of I. Goalies Montreal, Thibault 16-13-5 (21 shots-20 saves). Tampa Bay, Fltzpatrick 9-22-3 (35-33). A-15,003 (19,758). Mighty Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2 Anaheim Chicago 0-3 0-2 First Period-1, Chicago, Welnrlch 2 (Johnson, Krlvokrasov), 2:29. 2, Anaheim, Marha 6 (Jomphe, Selanne), 4:07. Penalties-Marshall, Ana, maior (fighting), :09; Simpson, Chi, minor-meior-mlscon-duct (instigator, fighting), :09; Rucchin, Ana (interference), :58; Amonte, Chi (Interference), 1:54; Cullen, Ana (slashing), 5:43; Chelios, Chi (slashing), 8:12; Stevenson, Ana (slashing), 8:12; Russell, Chi, double minor (roughing), 15:58; Karpa, Ana (roughing), 15:58, Weinrich, Chi (closing hand on puck), 17:18. Second Period 3, Anaheim, Young 13 (Marha), 3:47. 4, Chicago, Amonte 27 (Suter, Chelios), 8:13 (pp). 5, Anaheim, Selanne 50 (Green), 19:45. Penalties Zhamnov, Chi (roughing), 2:22; Karpa, Ana (roughing), 2:22; Salei, Ana (high-sticking), 7:15; Stevenson, Ana (roughing), 11:20; Russell, Chi (roughing), 11:20; Marshall, Ana (holding), 15:09. Third Period None. Penalties Amonte, Chi, double minor (high-sticking), 3:13; Marshall, Ana (interference), 3:45; Marshall, Ana (holding), 5:58; Weinrich, Chi, misconduct, 6:34; Houda, Ana, misconduct, 6:34; Trnko, Ana (roughing), 11:13. Shots on goal-Anaheim 7-10-4-21. Chicago 7-6-1023. Power-plays Anaheim 0 of 6; Chicago I of 5. Goalies-Anaheim, Shtalenkov 11-13-4 (23 shots-21 saves). Chicago, Hackett 19-18-11 (21-18). A-18,438 (20,500). Senators 3, Rangers 2 Ottawa N.Y. Rangers 2 0 0 0 t 1 1-3 0-2 First Period 1, Ottawa, Gardiner 6 (Cun-neyworth, J.York), 8:36. 2, Ottawa, Dackell 14 (Cun-neyworth, Gardiner), 17:29. Penalties-Leetch, NY (hooking), 1:12, McEachern, Ott (holding stick), 19:14. Second Period-3, New York, Kovolev 1 (Gretzky, Sundstrom), 11:18. Penalties-Neckar, Ott (elbowing), 5:17, Pitllck, Ott (interference), 7:17; Graves, NY (roughing), 7:17; Neckar, Ott (roughing), 12:10; Stevens, NY (roughing), 12:10; Finley, NY (cross-checking), 14:58. Third Period -4, New York, Langdon 3 (Gretzky, Berg), 8:57. Penalties None. Overtime-5, Ottawa, Yashin 30 (Alfredsson, Redden), 3:11. Penalties None. Shots on goal-Ottawa 8-8-7-2-25. New York 11-10-8-0-29. Power-plays-Ottawa 0 of 2; New York 0 of Goalies-Ottawa, Rhodes 14-17-5 (29 shots-27 saves). New York, Rlchter 19-27-15 ( 25-22). Oilers 4, Capitals 2 Washington Edmonton 0- 2 1- 4 First Period-1, Washington, Oates 15 (Hunter), 4:19 (sh). 2, Washington, Johansson IS (Oates, Tik-kanen), 7:05 (pp). X Edmonton, Dollas 1 (Fraser, McAmmond), 8:43. 4, Edmonton, Guerin 17 (Kovalenko, Mironov), 18:28 (pp). Penalties Johansson, Was (interfernce), 3:07; Dollas, Edm (hooking), 5:33; Edmonton bench, served by McAmmond (too many men), 11:31; Krygier, Was (high-sticking), 13 25; Klee, Was (hooking), 17:51, Lindgren, Edm (holding), 19-39. Second Peried 5, Edmonton, Kovalenko 6 (Weight), 7:53. Penalties-Klee, Was (hooking), 2:42; McAmmond, Edm (cross-checking), 9:14; Ber-ehowsky, Edm (holding stick), 13:03; Gonchar, Was (roughing), 15:16; Marchant, Edm (roughing), 15:16; Berube, Was (roughing), 18:04. Third Period-6, Edmonton, Weight 25 (McAmmond, Musil), 19:59 (en). Penalties-Reekie, Was (interference), 8:14, Hamrlik, Edm (holding), 12:13, Guerin, Edm (high-sticking), 15:02. Shots on goal Washington 5-8-1225. Edmonton 12-12-10-34. Power-plays-Washington I ot 7; Edmonton I of 6. 7 DAYS 9AM-2AM ANN 439-7551 2946 Forest Hill Blvd. 3 lights W of I-95 rniro on LEGEND: A (-2W) next to one team means that team underdog. To wager on the favorite, a victory by three team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two Canadiens vs. Panthers All fogged up CONCUSSION: An alteration in mental status caused by the brain which has the consistency of gelatin or custard shaking inside its protective skull. POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME: Factors or traits because of bruising or tearing of the brain. These traits include the processing of information, memory, personality, mood and libido. Found in the frontal or temporal lobes. Source: Dr. Chip Burke, Dr. Joe Maroon Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. last week, Murray said he thought he had the flu. But Murray said he got an update this week from team doctors who told him "he's never been able to come back and play (to his potential since Oct. 1). "They said there's no sense now, (with) the way the team sits, of putting him back in and jeopardizing anything. We want Robbie to take the summer and come back fresh (next season) and hopefully he'll be ready to go." Niedermayer, who said he planned to see a doctor Wednesday, said the headaches never bothered him during play. But at the same time he'd never had headaches like that before. "Just another chapter," Nie-, dermayer said, trying to joke about the Panthers' 13-game losing streak. "I thought I'd add another one." Murray said, "I played football in college, and I think I had a concussion every week. Back then, nobody cared. Eventually when you get hit 10 times in a season, you pretty well finish your career, and we certainly don't want that to happen to Robbie." STUBBORN Buffalo's Dominik Hasek has not allowed more than two goals in 15 of his last 17 games, including a 2-0 victory at Calgary on Tuesday night. The shutout was Hasek's league-leading nth of the season. GIR1 S GIRLS C1RI S GIRLS ' GIRLS GIRLS ' GIRLS GIRLS ' WHO: Montreal (33-28-9) vs. Florida (18-39-12). WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE Miami Arena. TV: SportsChannel. RADIO: WJNO- EE ... .V 1230AM, WJNX-1330AM, WJNA- Hurricanes, whom the Rangers j meet tonight, have 14 left. i ' Canadiens 2, Lightning i 1: Patrice Brisebois scored on a ! breakaway with 2:26 remaining in ! overtime. ; Mighty Ducks 3, Black- ,' hawks 2: Teemu Selanne's 50th j goal of the season late in the j second period snapped a tie. . Oilers 4, Capitals 2: An- ; drei Kovalenko emerged from a slump with a goal and an assist in I host Edmonton's victory. J Noteworthy: Alan Eagle- son, once a powerful hockey I powerbroker now jailed for fraud, J resigned Wednesday from the J riockey Hall ot rame. Eagleson ; made the move six days before the ! hall's board was to vote on wheth- ' er to expel him. The resignation is ; the first by any member of the ; major professional sports halls of ! fame in North America. Scotty Morrison, chairman of the Hock- ey Hall of Fame, said he received a ' letter of resignation from Eagle- .' son, once considered the most ! powerful man in pro hockey. ' RELAX WITH US! (561) 835 0399 Now Hiring 3222 S Dixie Hwy , Suite C, WPB GIRLS GIRLS GIRT S ' GIRLS JiUtU ivy GIRLS ' GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS 1040AM, WQAM-560AM. TICKETS: Sold out except for 797 Panther Pack tickets available for $12 apiece at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets. SCOUTING REPORT: The Panthers, losers of 13 straight, can take heart in the fact that Montreal has lost its past three, all on the road. But the Canadiens are a good team in the hunt for a playoff spot, and the lackluster Panthers look like easy bait. DIRECTIONS: Take 1-95 or Florida's Turnpike south to Northwest 8th Street in downtown Miami. Turn left and arena is three blocks on the right. LATEST LINE: Canadiens -1 'a . See NHL standings for explanation of tine. Statistical leaders is gray area PANTHERS From 1C If the brain is bruised or torn, then such functions as memory, information-processing and even personality can be affected. "All of these things are consistent with what is called post-concussion syndrome. Even though nothing is seen on the MRI of CAT-Scan, the patient may have significant disruption of brain function," Maroon said. In order to return, players must be free of headaches and other symptoms and must pass an exertion test of "vigorous physical activity without a recurrence of symptoms," Burke said. Panthers officials say they are not alarmed about Niedermayer. Murray said he thinks his center probably can periodically spell his teammates. But Murray doesn't want to take any chances, especially with Niedermayer's penchant for injuries this season. Niedermayer said he'd been having headaches since the Vancouver game March 17 but thought they were the result of lingering flu symptoms and a hit he had taken earlier in the season against the Edmonton Oilers that aggravated the season-opening shot. The morning after the Flyers game, Niedermayer woke up with memory loss, headaches and nausea. A week later, his speech was slurred and he couldn't recall the incident. When Niedermayer started complaining about the headaches NHL TODAY SCOREBOARD Today New Jersey at Colorado (9 p m. EST). 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