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IOC THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 Panthers Calendar In the Crease n nn nn Upcoming garnet MarchApril TAKING NOTES: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur likes to sit rinkside before games to watch Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour and "everybody and nobody" work the nets. "I'm looking for tendencies," he said. "New wrinkles. Like with Patrick, Hike how and when he butterflies." PROVINCIAL RIVALRY: Calgary is prepared for a big showdown Monday in Edmonton. The Flames and Oilers are fighting for a playoff spot."You know it's going to be sold out, it's going to be loud, you couldn't ask for a better time to play them," Calgary's Ed Ward said. They are really tough to beat in their building." CHRIS OSGOOD, Detroit goalie, on playing in St. Louis. The Blues' 23 home wins are second-most in the NHL. 29 3:00 30 31 1 7:30 2 3 4 3:00 aucMuwfa r 1 1 sc sc ro 0 6:00 6 7 7:30 TTjo" 10 11 1.00 Pangatm MieiiLjaai nyn Pangaktt SC SC SC FOX REPORT Snaded at Miami Arena; All times EOT TV: SC - SportsChannel. games Conference standings ILmsCl wdn vMk $m1k They tie Bruins with 1 8 seconds left, then win in OT Panthers vs. Blackhawks WHO: Florida (20 (29-31-12). - 39 - 12) vs. Chicago WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: United Center, m' Chicago. TV: SportsChannel. RADIO: WJN0-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM, WJNA- 1230AM, WQAM-560AM. INJURIES: Florida C Rob Niedermayer (post-concussion syndrome), out; D Jeff Norton (bruised sternum), out; G Kevin Weekes (knee), out; C Chris Wells (groin), questionable. Chicago D Michal Sykora (collapsed lung), out; C Jeff Shantz (knee), out; LW Bob Probert (shoulder), out. SCOUTING REPORT: After ending their 13-game losing streak Thursday, the Panthers made it two wins in a row Saturday and can get some revenge for the 8-4 loss they suffered to Chicago two weeks ago. Chicago, 1-1-1 at home against Florida, is in a five-team scramble for the final four playoff spots in the West. LATEST LINE: Blackhawks -1 V2 1 . 'See NHL standings for explanation of line. Statistical leaders Dlv 199 137 27-7-1 210 170 21-9-6 187 182 18-12-5 181 206 13-15-9 185 204 13-19-4 170 225 9-20-6 139 228 11-18-6 17-11-8 15-15-5 14-16-6 9-18-9 11-18-6 11-19-6 5-28-3 21-4-4 14- 8-4 13-10-4 6- 14-7 7- 12-4 10-13-4 6-16-3 GF GA Home Away Dlv 201 167 19-8-8 212 183 15-15-7 186 167 16-14-6 17-12-8 19-14-2 16-12-7 16-14-7 11-17-7 14-20-1 13- 5-6 8- 12-2 10- 7-5 9- 7-5 5-11-5 9-12-1 181 167 161 15-11-8 178 17-14-5 174 190 15-14-6 GF GA Home Away Dlv 211 221 211 142 20-8-7 177 20-8-8 172 23-9-5 22-10-4 18-12-7 15- 17-3 16- 16-5 12-17-6 12-20-4 10- 9-4 10- 6-6 13- 8-1 6-12-5 10- 8-4 9-15-1 178 174 13-15-7 193 199 16-14-6 165 205 14-17-5 GF GA Home Away Div 214 18019-9-10 205 192 20-13-3 183 202 15-16-5 177 191 14-19-4 193 215 17-15-5 180 227 11-21-4 201 250 13-18-4 18-11-6 13-14-8 13-19-5 15-17-3 7-20-8 13-17-7 9-20-9 15- 9-4 15- 9-2 9-15-1 12-12-2 11-9-3 9-15-2 9-11-6 HIGHLIGHTS Lindsay: game-winning goal Kovalev: 2 goals Kidd: 22 saves Fuhr: 33 saves Hrudey: 36 saves Fitzgerald: 2 goals Weimer: game-winning goal Damphousse: hat trick Cote.- game-winning goal LATEST LINE Chicago (-iyal) Pittsburgh (-I-H2) Philadelphia (-'iEven) Detroit (-l'2) Dallas (-VVEven) GF GA Home Away FLORIDA PANTHERS left shoulder into the net. "I've gotten most of the goals in my career in close, but with Dino and Ray Sheppard here this year, it's taken away some of my scoring opportunities and ice time," said Mellanby, who has two goals in his past three games and 13 for the season. The rally marked the first time since Jan. 12, 1996, that Florida , has scored with a sixth attacker on the ice. In that game, Stu Barnes scored in the final seconds to bring the Panthers back from a 6-2 deficit to a 6-6 tie at Dallas. On Saturday, Mellanby assisted on Lindsay's winner, sending the puck ahead to the speedy winger. His quick shot found a tiny hole over Tallas' right shoulder. "I just whacked it, trying to hit the net," Lindsay said. "This eases some of the pain of all the losing." The newly constructed checking line of Mellanby, Muller and Lindsay has four goals and nine points in just two games together. "If a checking line plays its role, it's going to get scoring opportunities," Muller said. The Panthers played as sound a road game as they have all season, limiting a team that is six games over .500 to only a handful of solid scoring opportunities. "We talked about how disciplined Boston is, and we tried to match that discipline," Murray said. . With just 20 wins and 52 points, Florida remains 25th in the 26-team league. But Mellanby, the team captain, said the goal is to finish strong with an eye on next year. "The pressure's off," he said. "We played pretty loose today, and skated well. I don't know if there's a different sense in the locker room now, but there's a lot more emotion, and the Adrenaline gets flowing a lot more when you win." POS PLAYER NUMBERS LW Ray Whitney 26 goals, 27 assists, 53 points C Dave Gagner 18 goals, 20 assists, 38 points D I Robert Svehia 7 goals, 31 assists, 38 points CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS POS PLAYER NUMBERS RW Tony Amonte 27 goals, 39 assists, 66 points C Alexei Zhamnov 1 7 goals, 26 assists, 43 points LW Eric Daze 30 goals, 10 assists, 40 points team is the favorite and the other team (2) Is the three goals Is needed. To win on the underdog, the goals. By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOSTON For more than a month, the Florida Panthers couldn't get a puck to bounce the right way. But they got the perfect bounce Saturday from Kirk Muller's butt to Scott Mellanby's stick. Panthers After the puck bounced off Muller's backside, Mellanby batted it past Boston Bruins goaltend-er Rob Tallas for the tying goal with 17.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Bill Lindsay added the game-winner at 3:14 of overtime as Florida rallied for a 3-2 victory at the FleetCenter. "Kirk has a big butt, and that helped," Mellanby joked. "I'm just happy it bounced in the right direction," Muller added. The victory was the Panthers' second straight after a 13-game losing streak and ended a 16-game road winless streak (0-12-4) that stretched to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders on Dec. 27. Florida's 13-game losing streak ended Thursday against Montreal behind two goals from Lindsay, including the game-winner. Florida (20-39-12) finished with a 3-1 edge in its season series against Boston (32-25-13), the most improved team in the Eastern Conference this season. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on a pretty passing play that ended in Dino Ciccarelli's first goal in 16 games just 2:15 into the game. Kirk McLean made 20 saves to help that stand up through two periods, but Boston turned the game around with two goals 3:30 apart in the third. With Terry Carkner off for roughing, an unmarked Darren Van Impe tied it by knocking his own rebound past McLean at 9:12. Summaries Avalanche 5, Mighty Ducks 3 Anhim Colorado a 3 1-1 1 4 l-S Firtt Poriod 1, Colorado, Krupp 9 (Ozoltnth, Deadmarth), 6:16 (pp). Panaltiot Stevenion, Ana (hooking), 4:41; Yello, Col (Hooking), 6:41; Lacroli, Col (tripping), 1:17; Trnka, Ana (holding), 12:47; Manhall, Ana (holding), 16:03. Sound Parlod-2, Colorado, Fitzgerald II (Ka-mensky, Lemieux), 5:26. 3, Colorado, Fitzgerald 12 (Deadmarth, Foote), 7:21 (sh). 4, Anaheim, Marha 4 (Saiei, Green), 8 29 (pp). 5, Colorado, Deadmarth 21 (Corbet, Lefeovre), 10 27 (pp). 6, Colorado, Deadmarth 22 (Jonet, Ozolinth), 12:41 (pp). 7, Anaheim, Banham 6 (Cullen), 13:21. Penalties Lefeb-vre, Col (high-iticking), 6:29. Yelie, Col (crott-Checking), 7:57, Jomphe, Ana (hooking), 1:47; Pulhor, Ana (roughing), 12:10. Third Period-!, Anaheim, Marthall 3, 4:44. Penalties Trnka, Ana (cross-checking), :45; Trnka, Ana (high-iticking), 4 44; Lefebvre, Col (Interference), 6 35, Selanne, Ana. double minor (high-sticking), 10 34, Marshall, Ana (cross-checking I, 11:21; Foote, Col (holding), 15:19; Green, Ana (holding ttick), 16 51. Colorado bench, served by Rychel (too many men), 19 52. Shots on goal-Anaheim 3-10-922. Colorado t-9-622 Pewer-playt-Anaheim 1 of 7; Colorado 3 of 11. Goalies-Anaheim, Shtalenkov 11-14-5 (15 thots-10 saves), Askey (13:21 second, 7-7). Colorado, Roy 30-14-12 ( 22-19) A-16 061 (16,061). Referee-Paul Devorski. Linesmen-Greg Devorskl, Scott Dris-coil. Late Friday Sabres 1, Oilers 0 Buffalo Edmonton 1 -l First Period-, Buffalo, Salan 22 (Zhitnik, Wool-ley), 15 06 (pp). Penalties-Zhitnik, Buf (hooking), :22; Primeau, Buf (tripping), 3 04; Salan, Buf, double minor (high-sticking), 6:54, Zelepukln, Edm (hooking), 6:54, Kovalenko, Edm (hooking), 13:13; Guerin, Edm (hooking), 15:48, Dollas, Edm, double minor (high-sticking), 18:19. Second Perlod-None Penaltlet-Kruse, Buf (Interference), 4:12; Hamrlik. Edm (interference), 6 10; Satan, But (hlgh-stlcklng), 8 01; Buchbarger, Edm (goalie Interference), 12 33, Zhltnlk, Buf (holding), 12 41; Holzinger, Buf (goalie Interference), 17 II, Primeau, But, maior (lighting), 19:53; Buchberger, Edm, maior (fighting), 19 53. Third Period-None. Penalties-Murray, Edm (high-stlcking), 2:24; Zhitnik, Buf (hooking), 3:14; Mckee, Buf (hooking), 12 II. Shots an goal-Buffalo 9-14-6-29 Edmonton 5-4-- Pewer-olayt-Butfalo I of 7, Edmonton Oof 9. Caaliet-Buttaio. Hatek 28-21-12 (20 shots-20 saves). EOmonlon, Joseph 23-29-9 (29-28) A-17,099 ( 17,099). Referea Lance Roberts. Linesman Don Henderson, Randy Mitton. NHL TV schedule Tedar Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks, SportsChannel, 3 p.m. Monday Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins., ESPN2, 7 JOpm. EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W LTPU x-New Jersey Philadelphia Washington N.Y. Rangers N.Y. Islanders Florida Tampa Bay 44 18 36 24 32 28 22 33 24 37 20 39 16 46 9 97 11 83 11 75 18 62 10 58 12 52 9 41 Northeast W L T Pts Pittsburgh Montreal Boston Buffalo Ottawa Carolina 36 20 34 29 32 26 31 25 28 31 29 34 16 88 9 77 13 77 15 77 12 68 7 65 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central W L T Pts x-Dallas x-Detroit St. Louis Chicago Phoenix Toronto 42 18 11 95 38 20 15 91 38 26 8 84 29 31 28 31 12 70 12 68 26 37 9 61 Pacific W L T Pts x-Colorado 37 20 16 90 Los Angeles 33 27 11 77 Edmonton 28 35 10 66 San Jose 29 36 7 65 Calgary 24 35 13 61 Anaheim 24 38 11 59 Vancouver 22 38 13 57 x-clinched playoff berth Saturday's results Florida 3, Boston 2, OT N.Y. Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 2 Carolina 4. Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 3, Detroit 2 San Jose 4, Dallas 1 Colorado 5, Anaheim 3 Calgary 5, Los Angeles 2 Montreal 8, Tampa Bay 2 Toronto 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, OT New Jersey at Phoenix, late Washington at Vancouver, late Today's games Florida at Chicago, 3 p.m. Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Dallas, 8 p.m. LEGEND: A (-2V4) next to one team means that underdog. To wager on the favorite, a victory by team must either win. tie, or lose by less than Friday's results Chicago 2, Ottawa 1 Summaries Panthers 3, Bruins 2, OT Florida Boston 16 11-1 0 0 2 1-2 First Poriod-1, Florida, Ciccarelli 15 (Koiiov, Dvorak), 2:15. Ptnaltits Eakins, Fia (Interference), 12:43; Worrell, Fia, major (fighting), 17:03; Matkoc, Bos, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting) 17:03. Second Period No scoring Penalties Khristlch, Bos (holding), 4:13; Warner, Fia, maior (fighting), 9:48; Baumgartner, Bos, maior (fighting), 9:41; Ea-kins. Fia (hooking), 10:34; Carter, Bos (playing with broken stick), 14:50. Third Period-2, Boston, Van Impe 2 (Dona to, Heinze), 9 12 (pp). 3, Boston, Allison 30 (Samsonov, Carter), 12 42. 4, Florida, MeHanby 13 (Jovan-avski), 19 42. Penatties-Laus, Fia, major (fighting), 3:24, Baumgartner, Bos, major (fighting), 3.24; Carkner, Fia, double minor (high-sticking, roughing), 7 54; Dimaio, Bos (roughing), 7 54; Carter, Bos (holding), 9:35; Murphy, FLa (holding), 14:42; Van Impe, Bos (slashing), 15:27. Overtime-5, Florida, Lindsay 10 (Mellanby, MuHer), 3 14. Penalties None. Shots goal Florida 7-14-16-1-38 Boston 9-11-10-434. Power-ptays-Fiorida 0 of 5; Boston 1 of 4. Goalies Florida, McLean 11-19-5 (34 shots-32 saves) Boston, Taiias 4-2-4 f 38-35) 4-16 372 (17,565). Refereo-Kerr y Fra-ser. Linesmen Brian Murphy, Ray Scapineilo. Canadiens 8, Lightning 2 Tampa Bay Montreal 0 1 1-2 1 3 4-8 First Period 1, Montreal, Briseoou 7 (Brunet, Dompnousse), 14 07. Penalties Nazarov, TB, major (fighting), 3:11; Vukota, Mon, ma, or (fighting), 3 D; Recchi, Mon (holding), 3 33; Racine, TB, double minor (high-sticking), 5:30; Kelly, TB (holding), 12:00; McCarthy, TB, maior (fighting), 15:54; Vukota, Mon, maior (fighting), 15:54; Malakhov, Mon (holding stick), 17 30 Second Period 2, Tampa Boy, Selivanov 16 (Bon-Signore), 2 09. 3, Montreal, Damphousse 16 (Hog-lund, Rucinsky), 3:51. 4, Montreal, Brunei 9 (Recchi, Quintal), 15 12 5, Montreal, Recchi 30 (Koivu), 1935 (sh). Penelfiet-Renberg, TB (holding), 4 08; Andersson, TB (hooking), 7 32, Borde-icau, Mon (hooking), 11:41; Brunet, Mon, double minor (high-sticking), 16:03. Third Period -6, Montreal, Damphousse 17 (Brl-sebots), 1:20 7, Montreal, Hoglund 12 (Rucinsky, Zaiapskl), 7:59 (pp). 8, Tampa Bay, Vsebaert 13 (McCarthy, Dykhuis), 1121. 9, Montreal, Dam-phoussa 18 (Rucinsky, Hoglund), 12 05. 10. Montreal, Brunet 10 (Bureau, Manson), 14 30. Penalties Vukota, Mon (hooking), 2:58; Cullimore, TB (hook-ipgi. 6 50 Shots on tool Tampa Bay 7-2-918 Montreal 4-12-112 Power-plays Tampa BayOof 4, Montreal 1 of 4 Gealiot-Tampa Bay, Fzpetrick 7-17-1 (23 shots-17 saves), Berk (7 59 third, 6-4), Montreal, Thibault 17-13-5 08-16). A-21.773 ( 21,273). Refor-e Stephen Weikom. Linesmen -Pierre Cham-poux, Gerard Gauthier. Blues 3T Red Wings 2 Detroit S. Lewis 8 1 1-2 I J 6-3 First Period -I, St lous, Vacmn.s l (Duchesne, Rheeume). 6 09 (pp). Penalties Fettsov, Det (elbowing). 5 04; P'Cerd. StL (tripping), 4 42, Gill, StL hooino;, 12 37, Ho'mstrom, Det (holding), 14 21; Yoke. S'L (boarding), 14 02 iecend Ported -2, St Louts, Turgeon U (Hud), :42 3, St. Louis, G'li 9 (Yaet, 5 24 (pp). 4. Detroit, LaPointe It (L'dstrom, Koziov), 17 09 (pp) Ponal-ttes Shenehen, Det (roughing), 3 51; Eastwood. StL (tripping, 5 33; Maitby, Det (e'DOwing), 8 56, Duchesne, S'L (ho'dmgj, 13 14, Mac inn ts, StL (Staining). 17 00 Third Ported 1 Detroit. Brown 15 (Holmjtrom, Laoomte), 6 37 (pp). Penalties Rouse. Det (interference), 43, Pica'd STL hOidmg. 5 02, MeCerty, Det (roughing), 14 31; Penenn, StL (roughing), 14 31 Sheft en 9at-Oe-oit 5-17 13-35 St Louis 17-2-J8 Pewer-iay-Detroit 2 of 7 St Lou 2 o 5 GeaJtet-Detroit, Osgood 27 18-11 (28 short 75 saesi S Lou'S. Funr 2$-?C-4 ' 35-33i A-20 434 (W,20 Roteroe Rtcnard Trotiier. Linesmen -Tnor Netson, Don Schechte Hurricanes 4, Flyers 2 Cerettna rtiiiedetehia 1 3 8-4 1 1 8-2 Frst Ported I, Carolina Emerson ) (Cft-aison, Stvopad). 4 48 (pp). I Phiiade'on'O Katt U (te-C air, Deverdins), 14 02 toot Penattes The-'en, Phi (hootngi. 5 42; Lescnysnyn, Car tic-9r-tnee), 8 21. O'Neni. Car ;hoorg), 13 48 pratt, Ca. maior-9a"e misconduct (checi"g from o hN3), U48 Podem, Phi (siesn.ngj, U 48 Zutru. P' (rooghmgi, U 48, S'H'nger, Phi (hodng. Second Per.ad-3 ptiiajeiphia LeC'afr 43 'Oa-ge, s,ij.nQej, ? M 4, Carona P'.nrau 24 Ba-tag-a. Lescyshv), 2 57 5, Caroi-na. &et'nas 13 e.meau. C'Soni 4 73 4, Caroima Robe'rt 5 &urtf. '3 12 Peattes 'Cnaroson Phi irug- 4 37 LeOair. Pm (etbow-ng : )4 74 THird Pered-No'e Pefiattiei- Babvrh Phi (tf a&iigi, '? J5. Wesiev Car -rogmg) 15 ?4 ihets en fei-CaGie 11 ie-9-34 Phnoetpi M0-7 24 Pewer-fAars-Co'-oia 1 o 4 Pnm9,. pe 1 9 5 Goies-Ca'-o'na 1Q 17 8 3 ? s"ort-22 saves Ph.teio''e hi-i.i jut? it-? a- 9o8 ii9 511 1 n-ee-Trr Gregson ffiet Kevfl Co'tn, Tim foH two Brian Biggane Mellanby, Muller and Whitney on the attack. "I figured they would have a chance to create something around the net," Murray said. Ed Jovanovski started the play, but his long shot from the left point was headed left of the net when it hit Muller who was being hauled down by defenseman Ray Bourque in the backside. The puck caromed to Mellanby, stationed at the right side of the net, and he swung at it. He got just enough that it bounced in front of Tallas and then over his good bet Brian Biggane Panthers helps Colorado get as far as it can, then returns to Florida next fall. It will be a shock if it doesn't happen. Now for the rest of the deal. Florida has watched Parrish, 21, for two months, ever since it became evident the Avalanche with four first-round picks this year wouldn't be able to sign him. Parrish scored 54 goals in 54 games this season in the Western League. While it's a big jump from there to the NHL, Panthers Director of Player Development Paul Henry has only the highest praise for his potential. "There is no doubt in my mind he will be a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2002," Henry said. "He's that good right now, and he just keeps getting better." Two examples of Parrish's charisma: When he decided to attend SL Cloud State three years ago, Matt Cullen, now Anaheim's top-scoring rookie, made the same choice just so he could play with him. He was named captain at Seattle this year one day after I Maole Leafs 4. Islanders 3 (OT): Defenseman Sylvain Cote scored with four seconds left in overtime, giving host Toronto a victory against New York. Rangers 2, Penguins 2: Martin Straka's goal late in the third period salvaged a tie for host Pittsburgh and extended the fading Rangers' winless streak to five games. Carolina 4, Philadelphia 2: Keith Primeau had a goal and an assist and Trevor Kidd made 22 saves as visiting Carolina took advantage of Ihiladelphia's sloppy defense. Noteworthy: Detroit's Sergei Fedorov was suspended for at Then, after three Panthers were unable to control a bouncing puck, Jason Allison whipped it home to make it 2-1 with his team-leading 30th goal of the season. Florida had a couple of good chances on a power play after Van Impe was sent off for slashing Steve Washburn on a near-breakaway with 4:33 left, but Tallas gloved hard shots by Ray Whitney and Mellanby. Then, with 46 seconds left in regulation, McLean headed for the bench and coach Bryan Murray sent out Viktor Koziov to join Fitzgerald The trade that left so many Florida Panthers fans stunned last week could turn out to be one of the best deals in franchise history. General Manager Bryan Murray knew how popular Tom Fitzgerald was with fans. To many, sending Fitzgerald to Colorado for prospect Mark Parrish was a farewell kick in the teeth before his dismissal. But it could very well be Murray is just lending Fitzgerald to the Avalanche for a few And the months, in return, Panthers get player who could be a star in the NHL for years to come, plus a top-70 pick in the June draft. According to a league Parrish source, the Panthers were close to signing a deal with Fitzgerald that would pay him an average of $1.5 million per season a huge bump over the $520,000 he earned this year. The deal would make him one of the highest-paid checking forwards in the NHL. Fitzgerald becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season, meaning he can sign with anyone without compensation. There's no way, the source said, that Colorado with Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy can pay that kind of money. So the scene is set: Fitzgerald Canadiens 8, Lightning 2: Vincent Damphousse scored one of his three goals in a game-breaking second period as Montreal beat visiting Tampa Bay. Sharks 4, Stars 1: Kelly Hrudey maintained his mastery over the Stars with a 36-save performance as visiting San Jose moved closer to a playoff berth. Hrudey's record is 5-2-0 vs. the Stars while a member of the Sharks. Blues 3, Red Wings 2: Both playing in their 800th NHL career games, Grant Fuhr made 33 saves and Pierre Turgeon scored a goal as host SL Louis ended Detroit's five-game unbeaten streak. Buffalo 1. Edmonton 0 Sharks 4. Stars 1 San Jose Dallas 1 1 2-4 0 0 1-1 First Period 1, San Jose, Friesen 27 (Marieau, Ragnarsson), 18:40 (pp). Penalties Sutter, SJ (slashing), 2:34; Ragnarssson, SJ (interference), 5 29; Langenbrunner, Dal (roughing), 11:05; Murphy, SJ, misconduct-match penalty, 12:25; Kezmer, Dal (Interference), 12:51; Hatcher, Dal (interference), 17:59; Verbeek, Dal, double minor tripping, roughing), 18 53; Matteau, SJ (roughing), 18:53. Second Period 2, San Jose, Granato 15 (lafratt, Marieau), 17:19. Penalties-latrate, SJ (roughing), l:U; Ragnarsson, SJ (interference), 4 49; Granato, SJ (hooking), 9 20; Ragnarsson, SJ (high-sticking), 10 04, Langenbrunner, Dal (tripping), 13:51. Third Period 3, San Jose, Burr 5 (Sturm, la-frate), 6.09 4, Dallas, Cerbonneau6 (Keane, Matvi-chuk), 11:43. 5, San Jose, Granato 16 (Friesen), 16 39 Penalty-Dallas bench, served by Wright (too many men), 19 05. Short on goal-Sen Jose 4-4-412. Dallas 9-13-15-37 Power-plays Sen Jose 1 of 5, Dallas 0 of 7. Goal-it -San Jose, Hrudey 4-14-2 (37 short -36 saves). Dalles, Belfour 30-12-10 (12-8). A-16,928 (16,928). Referee Don Koharski. Linesmen-Andy McEi-man, Jay Sharrers. Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 3 N.Y. Islanders Toronto 2 8 10-3 8 12 1-4 First Ported 1, New York, Sacco 10 (Lapomte, Daigneauit), 4:08 2, New York, Czerkawskl 6 (Palfty, Berard), 6:05. Panattles-Chara, NY, maior (fighting), 6:37; K King, Tor, major (fighting), 6 37; Reichel, NY (holding), 8:38; Markov, Tor (interference), 17:16 Second Period 3, Toronto, Sundln 29, 11 50 (sh). Penalties Jonsson, NY (interference), 1:42; Yush-kevlch, Tor, double minor (high-sticking), 10 00, Chorske, NY (boarding), 14:34. Third Period 4, Toronto, Schneider 10 (Korotev, Markov), 8 57 (pp). 5, New York, Czerkawskl 7 (Daigneauit), 15:32 Toronto, D King 16 (Sundln, Cote), 19 09. Penalties-Daigneault, NY (Interference), 7 03; Modin, Tor (high-sticking), 9:15. Overtime 7, Toronto, Cote 2 (Schneider, Modin), 4:56 Penetties Sullivan, Tor (roughing), 4 07; Piton, NY (roughing), 4 07. Shots on goal-New York 4-4-15-5-28 Toronto 5-13-9-5-32. Power-plays New York 0 of 4; Toronto 1 of 4. Goalies-New York, Saio 20-26-5 ( 32 shots-28 saves). Toronto, Potvln 23-29-7 ( 28-25). A-15.726 (15,726). Referee-Bill McCreary. Linesmen Brad Lazarowich, Derek Ameil. Rangers 2, Penguins 2 N Y. Rangers Pittsburgh 118 8-2 8 118-2 First Period-I, New Yom, Kovaev 18 (Leetch), 16 10 (pp). Penalties Sundstrom, NY (hooking), 4:53; Jagr, Pit (holding stick), 7 49; Stock, NY (roughing), 1212; Hie, Pit (roughing), 12 12; Graves, NY, double minor (roughing), 13 19; Ka-spereitis, Pit (roughing), 13 19, Gronman, Pit (interference), 15 26, Samueisson. NY (holding), 16 38 Second Period 2, Pittsburgh, Brown 12 (S-egr, Oiczyk), 8 27. 3, New Yor, K ovate v 19 (Gretzxy, Sundstrom), II 45 Penalties Errey, NY (nooning), 6 24; Siegr, Pit (interference), 17 35; Leetch, NY (cross-checking), 19 03 Thtrd Porled-4, Pittsburgh, Strena 15 (Stegr, Jagr), 15 02 Penalty Bam es. Pit (hooking), 18 50 Overtime None Penalties None Shots en teal-New Vorit 5-11-4-3-25 Pittsburgh 11-13-8 2-34 Pewer-eiays-New York 1 of A Pittsburgh 0 of 5 Geales-New York, Cioutier 3-2-1 (34 short-32 saves). Pittsburgh, Skudra 4-4-2 (75-73). A-17 053 ()4 958). Referee Don van Massenhoven. LinesmenJean Morin, Stephane Provost. Flames 5, Kings 2 Los Angetes Cetgery 2 8 8-2 J-S Ftrst Period 1. Los Angeies, Tsypaov i jonn-Son), .27. 2. Calgary, Feury 26 (Morns, SMlman), 8 01 (pp). 3. Ca ga-v. Tito 18 .'SMiman, Aibe'm), 15 42 A Los Angles. B ake 22 (Perreautt. Nor-strom), 17 06. Penalties Mckenna, LA double rri. nor (roughing:, 5 57. Dmgman, Cat, doube minor (roughmgi, 5 57; O'Donfieil, LA (hcd'ng). 4 57, O Don neti , LA. (rougn.ngt, 8 55; Bouchard Col (roughing), I . Stympei, LA, doub'0 minor (rougnmg), 10 13. Fteury, Ca (roughing), 10 13, Al- lison, Cat (roughing), 10 13. Murray LA (tnpptn 13 38 R Vooat. LA (roughing), 17 42. Aiemer, Cat (roughing , 17 42 Second Period No Korina Penatttes-Zmpiek. LA maor jtgnttng J )S, AM. son. Cat. ma or (fightmg,, 2 15. inerd Ca, dOuO'e mmor iho'dng. unsoortsman!ie conduct t, 7 48. A'&etin, Cat itr p-p )) S4 B ae LA Mo.'g ) M Third Perted-5. Cagai-y. yv-eer 10 (Myis), 2 38 4 Ca gary. wei-d 4 iMcmn.s ptrjCi, ( u ?4 j Calgary Bo" '2 )9 20n Peiattei Mckenna. LA meor ftigrttrng,, 4 38 R vooat, LA maor (fighting.', i Hu'se, f M'ght.ng,, 4 38 Dg-man Cal ma'Or 1 f'ghtmg 4 38 Aoehn Cal 'tr.p. ping,. 4 38 Jon "son LA 1 stashing i, 7 30 Mcms, Ca ;slshmg., 7 30 McKenna. LA nashmg ;, It H, Pfeaut LA roughing;, it 11 Hu'se, Cat, doub'e minor slashing, rougr-ig; 18 11 Shots en oeet tos Arjees 11 7 10-38 Ca'gary ie-4- ?e Pewer-ptays-Los Afgies 0 of 4 Ca gary 1 o 3 Geehes-Los Agr es F 24 7C 8 78 snort-24 saves; Ca'ga'-v Tata'ec 130-4 '78 2- A m Me '4,': pewee-Lan waroue'tt men Me C'k. Vr Aieer to return joining the team. "He's got God-given hands, tremendous one-on-one skills, and he's dangerous from the blue line on in," said Seattle coach Don Nachbauer. "He had 92 points in 54 games, and he really did it by himself." When Henry first saw Parrish two years ago, he wrote in his notebook that he was "the exact same player as Tom Fitzgerald at the same age." Since then he's retained the grit but added a scoring touch, and Henry said he now reminds him of Adam Deadmarsh, who has scored 20 goals for Colorado this season. "Usually when I make a trade, at least a few scouts will be lukewarm on it," Murray said. "When I made this one, every one of our scouts got real excited." So why did Colorado which made Parrish a third-round pick in 1996 do the deal? Henry's theory is that after Dallas acquired ex-Panthers captain Brian Skrud-land and Mike Keane from the Rangers, the Avalanche needed to add a defensive forward. When Seattle is done with the playoffs, Murray wants to get Parrish signed and sent to New Haven for the end of the season and the AHL playoffs. He expects him to play with the Panthers this fall. "We don't have a first-round pick in the draft this year," he said, "but with Viktor Koziov and this kid, we feel like we're getting two first-round players in the same year." least two games by the NHL for checking Anaheim s Jason Marshall from behind. . . . Three days before an NHL deadline, the Nashville Predators sold their 12,000th season ticket That should ensure the team begins play in October. . . . Wayne Gretzky will return to the Rangers next season, although he said the team would need to make personnel changes to improve on a disappointing season. LATE FRIDAY Sabres 1, Oilers: Dominik Hasek stopped 20 shots to earn his 12th shutout of the season and Buffalo won its third straight on the road. Ex-Panther Fitzgerald generates offense for Avalanche Tht Associated Press DENVER Former Panther Tom Fitzgerald scored two goals and Adam Deadmarsh had two goals and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 5-3 Saturday. Fitzgerald scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season, including one short-handed. Patrick Roy made 19 saves to improve to 30-14-12, an NHL-record eighth 30-win season for him. Flames 5, Kings 2: Jason Wiemer scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game, leading host CaSgary over Los Angelef . s4w,eml.eaiglMOielKl,aaM

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