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IOC THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 Panthers Calendar In the Crease Upcoming game 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 more than two goals in 15 of his past 17 games, including a 2-0 victory at Calgary on Tuesday ; night. The shutout was Hasek's league-leading 11th 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 REPORT TV: SC - SportsChannel. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT m m g m m. m sii 22 23 24 25 28 7:30 27 28 3:00 Ci.irth.i aVeku SC FOX 2S 3:00 30 31 1 7:30 2 3 4 3:00 Bbctknlu C Finn SC SC FOX .xw Murphy re-signs for three years Conference standings 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 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 "It's a new chapter," Lindsay said. "Now I'll have to be a lead-er. i Dino Ciccarelli said the trades probably took some pressure off other players and may even help 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 of this last stretch to take into next year." But Ciccarelli, who was rumored to be one of the likeliest to be traded, hasn't decided whether he will invoke his option to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. "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. Montreal wins 2-1 in OT Pittsburgh Boston Montreal Buffalo Ottawa Carolina 36 19 31 25 33 28 29 25 28 30 27 34 15 13 9 15 12 7 87 75 75 73 68 61 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central W L T Pts x-Dallas 42 16 11 95 x-Detroit 38 19 14 90 St. Louis 36 26 8 80 Chicago 28 31 12 68 Phoenix 28 31 12 68 Toronto 24 37 9 57 Pacific W L T Pts x-Colorado Los Angeles Edmonton San Jose Anaheim Calgary Vancouver 36 19 16 88 33 27 27 24 22 22 25 34 36 37 35 37 77 64 61 58 57 57 x-clinched playoff berth Wednesday's results Ottawa 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1 , OT Anaheim 3, Chicago 2 Washington at Edmonton, late 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 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. 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 GF 210 216 205 176 193 160 GF 209 201 179 168 174 185 199 p.m. is goals. 196 180 200 175 166 166 The Associated Press ' TAMPA BAY Patrice Brise-bois scored on a breakaway with 2:26 remaining in overtime as Montreal beat Tampa Bay 2-1 Wednesday night. Jocelyn Thibault stopped 20 shots and Saku Koivu also scored for Montreal as the Canadiens moved into a tie with Boston and Washington for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 75 points. Stephane Richer scored the i Lightning's only goal early in the ! first period, and Mark Fitzpatrick, ', starting his 23rd straight game, ! made 33 saves. J Senators 3, Rangers 2, ! OT: Alexei Yashin scored with 1:49 left in overtime as Ottawa i beat host New York and dealt a ! crushing blow to New York's playr ! off 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 I points over both the Rangers and I Carolina Hurricanes. " Noteworthy: Alan Eagle- ; son, once a powerful hockey i powerbroker now jailed for fraud, i resigned Wednesday from the J Hockey Hall of Fame. Eagleson made the move six days before the j hall's board was to vote on wheth- j er to expel him. The resignation is the first by any member of the 1 major professional sports halls of j fame in North America. ; All fogged up CONCUSSION: An alteration in mental status caused toy 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," Niedermayer 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 Uth of the season. GIRI S ' G1RI.S ' GIRI S GIRIS Canadiens vs. Panthers WHO: Montreal (32-28-9) vs. Florida (18-39-12). WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Miami Arena. TV: SportsChannel. RADIO: WJNO- 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 defenseman (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 Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 Montreal Tampa Bay 0 10 1-2 10 0 0-1 First Period 1, Tampa Bay, Richer 14 (McCarthy, Tucker), 5:15. Penalties Zamuner, TB (holding), 2:14; Cross, TB (hooking), 6:30; Culllmore, TB (roughing), 11:11; Corson, Mon (roughing), 11:11; Nazarov, TB (roughing), 13:19; Dykhuis, TB (roughing), 13:19; Zalapski, Mon (roughing), 13:19; Za-lapski, Mon (interference), 16:28. Second Period 2, Montreal, Kolvu 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 (un sportsmanlike conduct), 9: 17. Overtime 3, Montreal, Brisebois 5 (Hoglund, Brunei), 2:34. Penalties Cullimore, TB (slashing), :23; Malakhov, Mon (high-sticking), :23. Shots on aoal Montreal 12-11-10-2 35. Tampa Bay 6-6-6-321. Power-plays Montreal 0 of 5; Tampa Bay 0 of 1. Goalies Montreal, Thibault 16-13-5 (21 shots-20 saves). Tampa Bay, Fltzpatrick 9-22-3 (35-33). A 15,003 (19,758). Referee Dave Jackson. Linesmen Tim Nowak, Pierre Racicot. Mighty Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2 Anaheim Chicago 1 2 0-3 1 1 0-2 First Period 1. Chicaoo, Weinrich 2 (Johnson, Krivokrasov). 2:29. 2, Anaheim, Marha 6 (Jomphe, Selanne), 4:07. Penalties-Marshall, Ana, major (fiohtlna). :09: Simpson, Chi, minor-moior-miscon- duct (Instigator, fighting), :09; Rucchin, Ana (interference). :58; Amonte, Chi (Interference), 1:54; Cullen. Ana (slashlna). 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 Perlod-3. Anaheim. Young 13 (Marha), 3:47. 4, Chicago, Amonte 27 (Suter, Chelios), 8:13 (pp). 5, Anaheim, Selanne 50 (Green), 19:45. Penal-ties-Zhamnov, Chi (roughing), 2:22; Karpa, Ana (roughing), 2:22; Salel, Ana (high-sticking), 7:15; Stevenson, Ana (roughing), 11:20; Russell, Chi (roughing), 11:20; Marshall, Ana (holding), 15:09. Third Perlod-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, mis conduct, 6:34; Trnka, Ana (roughing), 11:13. Shots on goal-Anaheim 7-10-4 Zl. Lnicago -o-1073 Power-olavs Anaheim 0 of 6: Chicago 1 of 5. Goalies-Anaheim, Shtalenkov 11-13-4 (23 shots-21 saves). Chicago, Hackett 19-18-11 (21-18). A-18,438 (20,500). Reteree-Mick Mclieougn. unesmen noy McElman, Thor Nelson. Senators 3, Rangers 2 Ottawa N.Y. Rangers 2 0 0 13 0 110-2 First Period 1, Ottawa, Gardiner 6 (Cun- neyworth, J.York), 8:36. 2, Ottawa, Dackell 14 (Cun-neyworth, Gardiner), 17:29. Penalties Leetch, NY (hookmg), 1:12; Mcbacnern, uir inoiotng suck, 19:14. Second Period -3, New York, Kovalev 16 (Gretzkv. Sundstrom), 11:18. Penalties Neckar, Ott (elbowing), 5:17; Pltlick, 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 8-8-7-225. New York 11-10-1-0-29 Power-plays Ottawa 0 ol 2; New York 0 of 2. Goalies-Ottawa, Rhodes 14-17-5 129 shots-27 saves). New York, Rlchter 19-27-15 ( 25-22). A 18 200 (18,200). Reteree-Rob Snick. Linesmen-Kevin Collins, Pat Oapuzzo. NHL Leaders Through Monday PLAYER, TEAM GP C A PTS PIM Jagr, Pit Forsberg, Col Selanne, Ana Gretzky, NYR Bure, Van Francis, Pit Allison, Bos Leclair, Phi Stumpel, LA Palffy, NYI Fieury, Cal Lindros, Phi Oates, Was Bondra, Was Brind'amour, Phi Recchi, Won Amonte, Chi 66 t 65 70 72 70 69 69 64 W 70 69 63 69 69 70 32 22 49 20 43 21 29 42 19 37 24 21 14 43 31 29 26 57 63 31 58 14 56 43 29 51 32 45 39 52 22 33 35 37 89 85 80 78 77 77 72 71 70 69 69 67 66 65 64 64 63 54 92 24 14 44 16 44 24 38 28 I. Ill 30 40 50 41 58 7 DAYS 9AM-2AM ANN 439-7551 LOVE 2946 Forest Hill Blvd. 3 lights W. of 1-95 t . 9 bodi shampoos privatc modeling I'. ' . 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TICKETS: Sold out except for 797 Panther Pack tickets available for $ 1 2 apiece at 1 0 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets. 161 19-8-7 162 15-13-6 176 14-15-7 159 15-11-8 176 17-14-5 187 14-14-6 17-11-8 16-12-7 19-13-2 14-14-7 11-16-7 13-20-1 13- 5-6 10- 7-5 8-12-2 9- 7-5 5-11-5 9-12-1 GA Home Away Div 137 20-6-7 22-10-4 10-8-4 171 20-8-7 18-11-7 10-5-6 168 21-9-5 15-17-3 12-8-1 173 12-15-7 16-16-5 6-12-5 199 16-14-6 12-17-6 10-8-4 202 13-17-5 11-20-4 8-15-1 GA Home Away Div 17518-8-10 18-11-6 14-9-4 182 20-12-3 199 14-15-5 188 14-19-4 219 11-21-4 211 15-15-5 245 13-17-4 13-13-8 13-19-5 13-17-3 13-16-6 7-20-8 9-20-9 15- 7-2 9-15-1 11-12-2 9- 14-2 10- 9-3 9-11-6 HIGHLIGHTS Gretzky: 2 assists Brisebois: overtime goal Selanne: 50th season goal LATEST LINE Montreal (-1V2) Boston (-!VEven) Carolina (-'2Evenj Pittsburgh (-IV2) Detroit (-V2I) St. Louis (-V2I) Dallas (-l'Vl) Colorado (-'2Evenj Washington (-'zEven) Buffalo (-VzEven) Los Angeles (-l'2) favorite and the other team (2) is the the goals Is needed. 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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). A matchup between two of the league's top goalies the Devils' Martin Brodeur and the Avalanche's Patrick Roy. New Jersey is the top team in the Eastern Conference, while Colorado leads the Pacific Division. SCORING BARRAGE Teppo Numminen, Mike Stapleton and Shane Doan scored on consecutive shots 1:58 apart in the third period of Phoenix's 4-2 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. 3 ,ry PRIVATE MODELING I 478-1595 PRIVATE MOMENTS 637-4299 5M W Attantk Ave Delin ABSOLUTELY EDEN 963-6161 SC Cener el tyfk at Nil Ir. elS. Lake ( rHVRS-SiT NIGHTS XXX 1 ' V 1 J7 i , H '72 'if Q I; - -v W I 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. 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