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s c THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 9C Panthers Calendar In the Crease BABY STEPS: Bruins coach Pat . Burns won't press Joe : Thornton, the top pick in June's -draft who has seven points in 50 games. "People were saying, 'Joe this' and 'Joe that.' It was like the-Joe Thornton rock concert tour at the start of the year. There's such a big danger in putting on T that kind of pressure." Upcoming garnet MatchApril PUCKER UP: Singer Celine Dion kissed Montreal's Vincent Damphousse before dropping the puck on a ceremonial faceoff Saturday. "Celine's had so much luck lately, I kissed her and some of it rubbed off," said Damphousse, who had three goals in the 8-2 win. It's not mv fault teams usually KM. only get 25 chances against me." Martin Brodeur, Devils goalie. He has 10 shutouts this season, but has faced only 30 or more shots in six of the 60 games he's played. REPORT TV: SC - SportsChannel. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT 29 30 31 1 7:30 2 3 4 3:00 CMiM Flptn SC FOX 5 8:00 8 7 7:30 8 9 7:30 10 11 1:00 rumilii HapbLMfc Flpn PmcXai sc 50 sc FOX Jlhree and countin Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE i Atlantic W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Ply x-New Jersey 45 18 9 99 202 137 27-7-1 18-11-8 21-4-4 Philadelphia 37 24 11 85 213 171 21-9-6 16-15-5 14-8-4 Washington 33 28 11 77 190 184 18-12-5 15-16-6 13-10-4 N.Y. Rangers 22 33 18 62 181 206 13-15-9 9-18-9 6-14-7 N.Y. Islanders 24 37 10 58 185 204 13-19-4 11-18-6 7-12-4 Florida 21 39 12 54 174 225 9-20-6 12-19-6 10-13-4 ; Tampa Bay 16 46 9 41 139 228 1 1-18-6 5-28-3 6-16-3 Northeast W t T Pts GF GA Home Away Div .'Pittsburgh 36 20 17 89 202 168 19-8-9 17-12-8 13-5-7 Montreal 34 29 9 77 212 183 15-15-7 19-14-2 8-12-2 "Boston 32 26 13 77 186 167 16-14-6 16-12-7 10-7-5 Buffalo 31 26 15 77 183 165 15-11-8 16-15-7 9-7-5 .'Ottawa 28 31 13 69 168 179 17-14-5 11-17-8 5-11-6 Carolina 29 35 7 65 175 193 15-15-6 14-20-1 9-12-1 WESTERN CONFERENCE .Central W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div 'x-Dallas 42 18 11 95 211 142 20-8-7 22-10-4 10-9-4 -x-Detroit 39 20 15 93 225 179 21-8-8 18-12-7 10-6-6 ;St. Louis 38 26 8 84 211 172 23-9-5 15-17-3 13-8-1 Chicago 29 32 12 70 178 178 13-16-7 16-16-5 6-12-5 : Phoenix 28 32 12 68 193 202 16-15-6 12-17-6 10-8-4 Toronto 26 37 9 61 165 205 14-17-5 12-20-4 9-15-1 . Pacific W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div :x-Colorado 37 20 16 90 214 18019-9-10 18-11-6 15-9-4 Los Angeles 33 27 11 77 205 192 20-13-3 13-14-8 15-9-2 Edmonton 28 35 10 66 183 202 15-16-5 13-19-5 9-15-1 ;SanJose 29 36 7 65 177 191 14-19-4 15-17-3 12-12-2 Calgary 24 35 13 61 193 215 17-15-5 7-20-8 11-9-3 'lAnaheim 24 38 11 59 180 227 11-21-4 13-17-7 9-15-2 Vancouver 22 39 13 57 203 253 13-19-4 9-20-9 9-11-6 -. v ir Chicago's Alex Zhamnov lays crushing bodycheck during the HIGHLIGHTS Physical presence of Paul Laus and Peter Worrell is paying dividends. By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CHICAGO The Florida Panthers' reputation as one of the NHL's least intimidating teams may be changing. Coach Bryan Murray has teamed Paul Laus usually a defenseman and Peter Worrell on the same line the past three games, creating a physical presence the Panthers have not had for awhile if ever. Panthers notebook "When they're on the ice, I want them to make contact, to be a presence," Murray said. They were all that and more Sunday. Each engaged in a fight, and the two combined for five of the 14 hits credited to Florida. In the third period, Worrell and Ed Jovanovski laid out Blackhawks leading scorer Tony Amonte, who was crushed into the boards by both players. "Paul had two scoring chances (and three shots), and Peter has the (opponents') bench talking to him," Murray said. Murray said Worrell, who is scoreless in nine games this season, will remain with the team for the rest of the season. That comes as welcome news to Laus, until very recently the only enforcer the team has ever had. "We can figure out what we're out there to do," Laus said. Chelios peeved: Chicago ; captain Chris Chelios was livid ' after referee Richard Trottier ! gave him and Florida's Bill Lind- ; say game misconduct penalties af- ' ter the two battled in the first period. Chelios was ejected for being the aggressor in a fight against an unwilling opponent. ; "I've been saying all year they make the rules up as they go i along," Chelios said. "He had his gloves off; am I supposed to let him hit me so it's a . ' fight?" ' x-clinched playoff berth . Sunday's results Florida 4, Chicago 0 Ottawa 1, Pittsburgh 1, OT Philadelphia 3, Carolina 1 Detroit 4, Buffalo 2 New Jersey at Dallas, late Monday's games Colorado at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Active shutout leaders 1 . Patrick Roy, Colorado ..41 2. Ed Belfour, Dallas 40 3. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo 32 (tie) Martin Brodeur, N.J. . . 32 5. Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh 30 6. J. Vanbiesbrouck, Fla. . 29 Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. ftait. im) , am w mF a r ibff ft v THE ASSOCIATED PRESS out Florida's Dave Gagner with a Panthers' 4-0 win. career win tying him with Panther assistant coach Billy Smith for 13th on the all-time list and 29th shutout, including four this season. Vanbiesbrouck, who may have hit a career low when he gave up six goals in the first period to the Blackhawks two weeks ago, admitted there was a measure of revenge in blanking them. Viktor Kozlov scored the last two goals of the game, his first multiple-goal game as a Panther. The first was a slap shot from about 30 feet into the upper right corner at 6:41 of the third period; the second an empty-netter from 180 feet while Florida was killing off a 6-on-3 power play with 41 seconds remaining. Kozlov has seven goals in his past 11 games, and 14 this season. Despite the absence of Lindsay, Chicago was 0-for-6 on the power play, the first time in 15 games a Panthers opponent didn't score at least once with the man advantage. Gagner said the familiarity of the Panthers lines which have been intact for three games is paying dividends. "The roles Bryan has installed has made us more confident as a group," he said. player in NHL history to reach 1,400 points when his long shot deflected off Buffalo defenseman Bob Boughner and past Hasek 3:40 into the third. Flyers 3, Hurricanes 1: John LeClair had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak by beating host Carolina. , Goaltender Sean Burke, acquired from Carolina this month, made 31 saves for the Flyers. Penguins 1, Senators 1: Magnus Arvedson scored in the 439-7551 I JJ? 2946 Forest Hill Blvd. Nr4 IOVE Just 3 tghfs W. Of I SS PRIVATE MODELING m mm jak m r N m 1 it ii j' a Trottier had at best an uneven night on the penalty front. When he whistled interference on the Blackhawks' Christian LaFlamme for a seemingly good check on Steve Washburn early in the second, Florida took advantage as Ed Jovanovski beat goaltender Jeff Hackett from the left point for his eighth goal at 3:24. Just over a minute later it was 2-0. Gagner cut inside Chad Kilger and, after Kilger dragged him down (without a whistle), swung his stick from a prone position and sent a shot that banged off the right post to Radek Dvorak, who fired in the rebound for his first goal in 11 games and 10th of the season. Meanwhile, Vanbiesbrouck was shutting the door for his 305th Florida shuts out Chicago 4-0 to win its third straight after 13-game losing streak. By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CHICAGO It comes too late to make any difference for this season anyway but the Florida Panthers probably played their most complete game of the season Sunday. John Vanbiesbrouck won for the first time in 11 starts and did it with a shutout. All four goals were scored by the Panthers' up-and-coming players. And Florida showed a physical side that more than stood up to one of the more intimidating teams in the league. Panthers It added up to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center that stretched Florida's win streak to three. "There have been a lot of changes, and it's been our fault we haven't played well," center Dave Gagner said. "Now we're reading off each other and making the game simple." "The guys are feeling confident now," coach Bryan Murray added. "We're getting the stops we need (in goal), and we don't give up many chances. We're playing very, very disciplined." The win streak matches the longest of the season, but don't bother checking those playoff standings. Florida (21-39-12) still trails eighth-place Ottawa by 15 points with only 10 games to play. After a relatively slow start, the game got interesting when Bill Lindsay ran into Chicago captain Chris Chelios behind the Chicago net in the final seconds of the first period. Lindsay got an elbow up, and Chelios responded with a couple of punches to the head. Referee Richard Trottier ruled that both Lindsay's hit, which drew blood, and Chelios' response starting a fight with an unwill ing combatant warranted game misconducts. "I thought it was a fair trade," said Murray, who then broke into a broad grin. Late Saturday Devils 3, Coyotes 0 Nw J titty Phoenix 9 1 2-3 0 - First Pariod None. Penalties Pederson, NJ, double minor (high-sticking, roughing), 1:23; Isbis-ter, Pho (roughing), 1:23; Gartner, Pho (charging), 3:53; Oliwa, NJ, major (fighting), 7:43; Cummins, Pho, major (fighting), 7:43; Baron, Pho (holding), 13:11. Second Period 1, New Jersey, Arnott 10 (Ellas, Holik), 1:39 (pp). Penalties Numminen, Pho (holding stick), 1:02; Daneyko, NJ (tripping), 13:49. Third Period 2, New Jersey, Pederson 13 (Rol-ston, Niedermayer), 3:57. 3, New Jersey, Odelein 4 (Roiston, Andreychuk), 19 49 (en). Penalties-Stevens, NJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:32; Ooan, Pno (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:32; Roiston, NJ (holding), 5:50; Niedermayer, NJ (tripping), 11:21; Pederson, NJ (roughing), 12:34; Tocchet, Pho (roughing), 12:34; Carpenter, NJ (hooking) 15:21. Shots on goal New Jersey 7-12-524. Phoenix 9-12-526. Power-plays New Jersey 1 of 3; Phoenix 0 of 5. Goalies-New Jersey, Brodeur 42-12-7 (26 shots-26 saves). Phoenix, Khaoibulin 24-27-10 ( 23-21). A-16,210 (16,210). Referee-Paul Stewart. Linesmen Shane Meyer, Wayne Bonney. Capitals 3, Canucks 2 Washington Vancouver J -l 1 t-2 First Period), Vancouver, Bure 45 (Messier, May), :17. 2, Washington, Bellows 1 (Brown, Johansson), 6:17 (pp). 3, Washington, Klee 4 (Juneau, Krygier), 17:36. 4, Washington, Bellows 2 (Oates, Brown), IS4I (pp). 5, Vancouver, Bertuzzi 12 (Bure, Messier), I9'5S (pp). Penalties Mogilny, Van (elbowing), 5:56; Witt, Was (roughing), 7:07; Brashear, Van (roughing), 7:07; McCabe, Van, major (fighting), 16:36; Konowalchuk, Was, major (fighting), 16 36; Messier, Van (hooking), 1121, Oates, Was (high-sticking), 19 13. Second Period None. Penalties Huscroft, Van (elbowing), 2:09, Vancouver bench, served by May (too many men), 5 27; Konowalchuk, Was (tripping), 7:31; Bertuzzi, Van (holding), 16:11. Third Period None. Penalties Bellows, Was (holding), 32; Huscroft, Van, major (fighting), 6 46; Berube, Was. major (fighting), 6:41; Witt, Was (holding), 12 H Shots an goal Washington 10-13-521. Vancouver 10-5-924. Power-pleys-Washlngton 2 of 5, Vancouver I of 4. Gealies-Washington, Kolzlg 26-16-9 (24 shots-27 saves). Vancouver, Snow 14-12-4 (21-25). A-17.47K 11.422). Referee Dennis LeRue. Linesmen Lonnie Cameron, Baron Parker. 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Second Period 1, Florida, Jovanovskl I (Clccar-elll, Whitney), 3:24 (pp). 2, Florida, Dvorak 10 (Gagner, Kozlov), 4:25. Penalties Lafiamme, Chi (interference), 3:19; Worrell, Fla, major (fighting), 10:11; Simpson, Chi, major (fighting), 10:10; Jovanovskl, Fla (tripping), 11:59. Third Perlod-3, Florida, Kozlov 13 (Dvorak), 6:41. 4, Florida, Kozlov 14 (Carkner), 19:19 (in, en). Penalties Jovanovskl, Fla (tripping), :10; Simpson, Chi (interference), 1:19; Suter, Chi (kneeing), 9:21; Simpson, Chi, major (fighting), 13:20; Laus, Fla, major (fighting), 13:20; Mellanby, Fla (charging), 17:45; Muller, Fla (Illegal stick), 17:45. Shots en goal-Florida 12-6-7-25. Chicago 11-8 8 27. Power-plays Florida 1 of 6; Chicago 0 of 6. Goaltendert Florida, Vanbiesbrouck 17-27-9 (27 shots-27 saves). Chicago, Hackett 20-19-11 (24-21). A-I7.M0 ( 20,500). Referee-Richard Trottier. Linesmen Dan McCourt, Mark Pare. Flyers 3, Hurricanes 1 Philadelphia Carolina 0 2 1-1 1-1 First Period None. Penalties Kordic, Phi, major (fighting), 2:15; Grimson, Car, major (fighting), 2:15, LeClair, Phi (Interference), 2:45, Halko, Car (cross-checking), 5:45; McGillis, Phi (hooking), 6:16; Podein, Phi (tripping), 10 12, Pratt, Car (roughing), 13:24; Desjardins, Phi (Interference), 19 09. Second Period -1, Philadelphia, LeClair 44 (Brln-d'Amour, McGillis), 4:12 (pp). t Philadelphia, Zu-brus 7 (Desjardins, Podein), 4:46. Penalties Burt, Car (interference), 3:50; Babych, Phi (hooking), 5:34. Third Per led -3, Carolina, Sheppard IS (Prl-meau, Emerson), 6:34 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Podein 10 (LeClair), 16:14. Penalties-Babych, Phi (holding), 4:47; Primeau, Car (interference), 9:33; Sheppard, Car (interference), 19:12. Shots an goal Philadelphia 10-3-5 9. Carolina 10-11-11-32. Pewer-plays-Philadelphla 1 of 5, Carolina I of 6. Goalies Philadelphia, Burke 11-21-9 (32 shots-31 saves). Carolina, Kidd 17-19-2 (11-15). A 13,216 (15,902). Referee-Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen Gord Broseker, Brad Kovachik. NHL TV Today Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins., ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers. PRIVATE MOMENTS 637-4299 5165 W AHjntic Av (Mf ABSOLUTELY EDEN 963-6161 St teraet at Misii ken at MH Tr. tlS, Lake Wert :24. Buf 2:55; Beezer: 27 saves, shutout Rhodes: 16 saves LeClair: goal, assist Yzerman: two goals LATEST LINE Boston by (-'iEven) New York by (-1&) Los Angeles by (-!6Even) St. Louis by (-l'2) Edmonton by (-'2Even) tavonte and the other team (2) is the is the goals is needed. To win on the underdog, the goals. Calgary 5, Los Angeles 2 Montreal 8, Tampa Bay 2 Toronto 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, OT New Jersey 3, Phoenix 0 Washington 3, Vancouver 2 Chicago at Philadelphia. 7:30 p.m. Penguins 1, Senators 1 Ottawa Pittsburgh 0 0 10-1 0 10 0-1 First Period No scoring. Penalties Brown, Pit (hooking), 2:56; Yashin, Ott (hooking), 4 02: Arved-son, Ott (holding), 11:51; York, Ott (tripping), 19:13. Second Period 1, Pittsburgh, Barnes 29 (Francis, Olausson), 10:14 (pp). Penalties-Bonk, Ott (holding), 6:51; Olczyk, Pit (goalie interference), 9:19; Phillips, Ott (Interference), 9:45; Tamer, Pit (interference), 14:59, York, Ott (slashing), 17:00. Third Period 2, Ottawa, Arvedson 7 (Gardiner, Van Allen), 5:22. Penalties Tamer, Pit (roughing), 2:09. Overtime No scoring. Penalties None. Shots on goal-Ottawa 5-12-10-3-30. Pittsburgh 9-2-5-1-17. Power-plays Ottawa 0 of 4; Pittsburgh I of 6. Goalies-Ottawa, Rhodes 14-10-4 (17 shots-16 saves). Pittsburgh, Skudra 6-4-3 (4-4), Wregget ( 19: 13 1st, 1-1), Skudra (0:00 2nd, 25-24) A-14,322 (16,951). RefereeTerry Gregson. Linesmen Jean Morin, Stephana Provost. Red Wings 4, Sabres 2 Buffalo Detroit 0 2-2 1 1-4 First Period None. Penalties Smehlik, Buf (holding), 7:21; Kocur, Det (roughing), 10:56, Hol-zinger, Buf (hoooking), 17:03; Mironov, Det (tripping), 17:15; Sanderson, Buf, double minor (high-sticking), 20:00. Second Period 1, Detroit, Holmstrom 5 (Mironov, Kozlov), 3:37 (pp). Penalties Shannon, Buf (roughing), 1:06; McCorty, Det (interference), 5:45; Ward, Det (tripping), 1:31; Audette, Buf (goalie interference), 10:11; Lidstrom, Det (hooking), 11:41; McCarty, Det (roughing), 15:36. Third Period-2, Buffalo, Audette 20 (Hjlzlnger), 3, Detroit, Yzerman 21 (McCarty), 3:40 (pp). 4, Detroit, Draper 12 (Brown, Lapointe), 5:11. 5, Detroit, Yzerman 22 (Murphy), 11:03 (sh). 6, Buffalo, Kruse 7 (Ray, Zhitnik), 17:23. Penalties-Zhiinik, (hooking), 2:17; Smehlik, Buf (interference), Shanahan, Det (holding), I 26; McCarty, Del, double minor-misconduct (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 40. Shots en goal-Buffalo 3-14-9-26. Detroit 12-14-1238 Power-plays-Buffalo 0 of ; Detroit 2 of I. Goalies-Buffalo, Hasek 21 22-12 (31 snots 34 saves). Detroit, Osgood 21 It-1 1 (26-74) A-19,983 ( 19,903). Referee Kerry Fraser. 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