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In the Crease Panthers Calendar MarchApril LUCK OF THE RED: Dominik Hasek gave up more than two goals for only the third time in his past 19 games in a 4-2 loss to Detroit Sunday. "They got two lucky breaks. The first goal deflected from the pad, the second deflected from my own player," said Hasek. FULFILLING DREAMS: Steve Yzerman, on how it felt to score his 561st goal and pass Guy Lafleur on the career list Sunday' night against Buffalo. "When I : was growing up those were my heroes, so it's nice to have my name with them." Not unless I had insomnia." RON FRANCIS, Penguins center,' when asked if he would watch a tape of his team's 1-1 tie with Ottawa on Sunday. JjLnJLL REPORT 30 31 1 7:30 2 3 3:00 CaaariMMt Ryan sc rox 6 g:00 6 7 7:30 8 9 7:30 10 11 1:00 rug. Mwfclub rmum SC SC sc FOX I ' ' ' ' " " ' ' "" ' . ' . . , . rnT 29 ! n Summaries Lightning 3, Rangers 1 Conference standings 0 2 1-3 1 0 8-1 Tampa Bay N.Y. Rangan Muller-led line responds with Mellanby at wing EASTERN CONFERENCE Div L T Pts GF GA Home Away W Atlantic 21-4-4 14- 8-4 13-10-4 6- 15-7 7- 12-4 10-13-4 7-16-3 18-12-8 16-15-5 15-16-6 9-18-9 11- 18-6 12- 19-6 6-28-3 140 27-7-1 171 21-9-6 184 18-12-5 209 13-16-9 204 13-19-4 225 9-20-6 229 11-18-6 45 19 9 99 203 37 24 11 85 213 33 28 11 77 190 22 34 18 62 182 24 37 10 58 185 21 39 12 54 174 17 46 9 43 142 x-New Jersey Philadelphia Washington N.Y. Rangers N.Y. Islanders Florida Tampa Bay Panthers Div W l T Pts GF GA Home Away Northeast By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer It started with Kirk Muller. When the NHL trade deadline passed last week, Muller, a left winger for all but a few games this season, went to Florida Panthers coach Bryan Murray and asked to get a look dX center. "I just feel more confident there," Muller said. 17-12-8 16-12-7 19-14-2 13- 5-7 10- 7-5 8- 12-2 9- 7-5 5-11-6 9-12-1 168 19-8-9 168 17-14-6 183 15-15-7 165 15-11-8 179 17-14-5 193 15-15-6 17 89 202 13 79 190 9 77 212 15 77 183 13 69 168 7 65 175 36 20 33 26 34 29 31 26 28 31 29 35 x-Pittsburgh Boston ' Montreal Buffalo Ottawa Carolina 16-15-7 11-17-8 14-20-1 WESTERN CONFERENCE Div L T Pts GF GA Home Away First Ptriod 1, New York, Kovalev 20 (Sund-strom, Gretzky), 1:44. Panaltias Wilkie, TB (crosschecking), 5:10; Stock, NY (interference), 7:00; Langdon, NY (holding), 15:48. Second Period 2, Tampa Bay, Bonsignore 2 (Renberg, Andersson), 3:06. 3, Tampa Bay, Anders-son 5 (Renberg, Cross), 18:56. Penalties Kovalev, NY (cross-checking), 5:49; Cullimore, TB (holding), 7:24; Nazarov, TB, double minor (interference, roughing), 13:01; Slock, NY (roughing), 13:01; Dyk-huls, TB (hooking), 15:34; Driver, NY (Interference), 16:52. Third Period 4, Tampa Bay, Andersson 6 (Renberg, Bonsignore), :33. Penalties Tucker, TB, major (fighting), 4:19; Zamuner, TB (hooking), 4:19; McCarthy, TB (roughing), 4:19; Errey, NY, maior (fighting), 4:19; Stock, NY (roughing), 4:19; Smith, NY (high-sticking), 7:36; Cullimore, TB (Interference), 17:09; Goneau, NY (hooking), 19:11. Shots on goal Tampa Bay 4-10-620. Ne York 6-4-1424. Power-plays Tampa Bay 0 of 6; New York 0 of 6. Goalies-Tampa Bay, Bierk 1-2-0 (24 shots-23 saves). New York, Cloutler 3-3-1 (16-13), Richter (:33 third, 4-4). A-18,200 (18,200). Referee-Lance Roberts. Linesmen Pierre Champoux, Brian Murphy. Bruins 4, Avalanche 1 Colorado 0 10-1 Boston 3 1 First Period-!, Boston, Carter 11 (Heinze, Allison), 1:47. 2, Boston, Carter 12, 16:38. 3, Boston, Khristlch 27, 18:12 (pp). Penalties-Deadmarsh, Col (Interference), 3:55; Krupp, Col (cross-checking), 6:09; Samsonov, Bos (hooking), 11:10; Ledyard, Bos (holding stick), 13:06; Jones, Col (cross-checking), 17:04; Foote, Col (roughing), 18:01. Second Period -4, Boston, Taylor 18 (Bourque), 2:51 (sh). 5, Colorado, Lemieux 22 (Messier, Kurri), 3 08 (pp). Penalties-Sullivan, Bos (hooking), 1:29; Ellett, Bos (roughing), 1:29; Ozollnsh, Col (hooking), 1:40; Corbet, Col, major (fighting), 8:57; Van Impe, Bos, major (fighting), 8:57; Gill, Bos (holding), 12:10; Donate Bos (holding stick), 16:03. Third Period None. Penalties Sullivan, Bos (Interference), 10:45; Kurri, Col (holding), 13:34, Donovan, Col (holding), 18:20. Shots on goal-Colorado 9-5- 20. Boston 16-9-4-29 Power-plays Colorado 1 of 7; Boston 1 of 7. Goalies-Colorado, Roy 30-15-12 ( 29 shots-25 saves). Boston, Dafoe 26-21-9 ( 20-19). A-15,319 (17,565). RefereeStephen Walkom. Linesmen Kevin Collins, Brad Kovachik. Kings 3, Maple Leafs 2 W Central 1CV9-4 10- 6-6 13- 8-1 6-12-5 10- 8-4 9-15-1 22-10-4 18-12-7 15- 17-3 16- 16-5 12-17-6 12-20-4 21-8-7 21-8-8 24- 9-5 13- 16-7 16-15-6 14- 18-5 143 179 174 178 202 208 11 97 214 15 93 225 8 86 217 12 70 178 12 68 193 9 61 167 43 18 39 20 39 26 29 32 28 32 26 38 x-Dallas x-Detroit St. Louis Chicago Phoenix Toronto "He said, OK, we re going to make a new checking line, and you'll center it.' " The left winger was a no-brainer: Bill Lindsay, the team's best defensive forward since the departure of Tom Fitzgerald. But Murray had a surprise at right wing, deciding on Scott Mellanby, the team's all-time leading scorer. "I just felt like he's been Div W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Pacific 16 90 215 11 79 208 10 Muller 66 183 65 179 15- 9-4 15- 9-2 9-15-1 12-12-2 11-9-3 9-15-2 9-11-6 18-12-6 14- 14-8 13-19-5 15- 18-3 7-20-8 13-17-7 9-20-9 Duttine pressure on himselt to 18419- 9-10 194 20-13-3 202 15-16-5 197 14-19-4 215 17-15-5 227 11-21-4 253 13-19-4 7 x-Colorado 37 21 Los Angeles 34 27 Edmonton 28 35 San Jose 29 37 Calgary 24 35 Anaheim 24 38 Vancouver 22 39 x-clinched playoff berth score all season, and hoped this would relieve it, 13 61 193 11 59 180 13 57 203 the game-winner by Lindsay with 5:27 remaining. Against Boston, it yielded nothing to the top line , of Dmitri Kristich, Sergei Samsonov and Steve Heinze while again scoring twice, including the tying goal by Mellanby with 17.7 seconds left and the winner by Lindsay in overtime. And against Chicago, it shut down the likes of , Tony Amonte and Alexei Zhamnov as Florida recorded its first shutout in almost two months. Boston coach Pat Burns even paid the trio the ultimate compliment. Allowed to make the last line change as the home coach, Burns repeatedly waited until the Muller line was on the ice before pulling his top line in an effort to avoid the matchup. And to think it all goes back to Muller's little talk with Murray. "I've spent most of my time at center the last couple of years," Muller said. "That's my game, and I feel it's the spot that fits me best." Widely regarded as a disappointment after scoring only five goals this season, Muller remains confident that he's nowhere near the end of his. career. If his recent run continues, the whispers that Murray might consider buying out the last two years , of his contract will disappear. -, "I'm confident the goals will come if I play well, he said. "That's the case for both me and the team. I believe in the system, and believe we can be a winning hockey team." Muller disagrees with call: Muller was stunned Sunday when a measurement of his stick, determined it was illegal, resulting in a two-minute penalty that gave Chicago a two- and even three-man, advantage in the final minutes. Blackhawks coach Craig Hartsburg called for the measurement after Mellanby was sent off for charg-. ing with 2:15 remaining. When goaltender Jeff Hack-ett left his net seconds later, Chicago had six skaters to Florida's three, but got off only one shot before Viktor Kozlov hit an empty net from 180 feet to end the scoring. "I still don't think it was illegal, but 111 take responsibility," said Muller. "Mine are always legal. I was a little shocked when it wasn't." Monday's results 1 0 2-3 0 1 1-2 Los Angeles Toronto HIGHLIGHTS Carter: 2 goals Andersson: 2 goals, 1 assist Murray: 1 goal, 1 assist Hull: 3 assists Mi Boston 4, Colorado 1 Tampa Bay 3, N.Y. Rangers 1 Los Angeles 3, Toronto 2 St. Louis 6, San Jose 2 Calgary at Edmonton, late Today's games Was he concerned about Mellanby s lack of speed? "He's smart enough, and knows how to play the angles, and win the battles on the wall," Murray said. "Trading Tommy and Ray (Sheppard) maybe wasn't the worst thing for him. It gives him an opportunity to try different things." Mellanby's down-to-earth self-image was a key to the switch. He's been the first to admit he's not a natural goal-scorer or go-to guy, but rather an opportunist whose goals usually come from being in the right place at the right time., "I really didn't have to change my game much, he said. "I was given a bit of a role, and told that I'd get a lot of ice time. It's nice to have the responsibility. . . , "Maybe this is a transition for me in my career. The power-play time is going to the younger guys now. But I feel capable of handling it emotionally and doing the job." . , The line has been outstanding in the Panthers three-game win streak that has followed its 13 straight losses. Against Montreal, it gave up a first-period goal to Shayne Corson, but later got two of its own, including First Period 1, Los Angeles, Murray 25 (O'Don-nell), 1:59. Penalties Berg LA (tripping) :25; Markov, Tor (hooking), 3:15; O'Donnell, LA (interference), 15:14; Doml, Tor (Interference), 19:33. Second Period 2, Toronto, Cote 3 (Sundin, M.Johnson), 3:03. Penalties Ferraro, LA (holding stick), 1:29; M.Johnson, Tor (tripping), 4:00; Galley, LA (holding), 8:45; Zettler, Tor (cross-checking), 11:47; Zmolek, LA, major (fighting), 18:10; Doml, Tor, double minor-major (slashing, hooking, fighting), 18:10. Third Period-3, Los Angeles, Galley 7 (Murray, Stumpel), 16:41 (pp). 4, Los Angeles, Courtnall 10 (Zmolek), 18:21 (sh). 5, Toronto, Clark 10 (Korolev, M.Johnson), 19:45. Penalties Norstrom, LA (holding), 7:30; Sullivan, Tor (goaltender Interference), 13:42; Yushkevich, Tor (holding), 16:29; Murray, LA (tripping), 17:26. Shots on goal Los Angeles 7-5-1224. Toronto 11-10-1940 Power-plays Los Angeles 1 of 8; Toronto 1 of 6. Goalies Los Angeles, Storr 7-4-1 (40 shots-38 saves). Toronto, Potvin 23-30-7 ( 24-21). A 15,726 (15,726). Referee Dave Jackson. Linesmen-Gerard Gauthier, Ray Scapinello. LATEST LINE . N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 7 p.m. Washington (- IV2) Montreal at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Montreal (-V2E) Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia (- IV2) LEGEND: A (-2Vi) next to one team means that team is the favorite and the other team (2) Is the underdog. To wager on the favorite, a victory by three goals is needed. To win on the underdog, the team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two goals. Blues 6, Sharks 2 1 0 1-2 0 4 2-6 San Jose St. Louis Detroit 4, Buffalo 2 Dallas 3, New Jersey 1 Sunday's results Florida 4, Chicago 0 Ottawa 1, Pittsburgh 1 Philadelphia 3, Carolina 1 Wednesday's games Andersson leads Lightning in N.Y. St. Louis at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m. Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Mil! L ' NHL Leaders Late Sunday Stars 3, Devils 1 Through Sunday First Perlod-1, San Jose, Zyuzln 5 (Houlder, Riccl), 8:09 (pp). Penalties-Morchment, SJ (high-sticking), 1:05; Courtnall, StL (slashing), 1:35; Rag-narsson, SJ (high-sticking), 3:38; Pronger, StL (hooking), 6:32; Chase, StL (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8 42; MacLean, SJ (tripping), 13:43; Zyuzin, SJ (Interference), 16:29; Nicholls, SJ (charging), 20:00. Second Period 2, St. Louis, Courtnall 28 (Duchesne, Maclnnis), :55 (pp). 3, St. Louis, Turgeon 17 (Hull, Bergevin), 9:52. 4, St. Louis, Campbell 20 (Yoke), 11:59 5, St. Louis, Yake 9 (Pronger), 14:18. Penaltles-Pronger, StL (elbowing), 1:30; Burr, SJ (roughing), 6:13, Plcard, StL (roughing), 6:13; Low-ry, SJ (roughing), 8:31; Rheaume, StL (roughing), 8:31; Lowry, SJ (slashing), 10:55; Maclnnis, StL (sloshing), 10:55; McAlpine, StL (hooking), 14:42; Chase, StL, minor-misconduct (interference), 17:33. Third Period 6, St. Louis, Rheaume 4 (Maclnnis, Hull), 1:06. 7, San Jose, Matteau 13 (Marchment), 6:36. 8. St. Louis, McAlpine 2 (Turgeon, Hull), 12:16. Penaltles-McAlpine, StL (holding), 2:16; lafrate, SJ (cross-checking), 8:49; Pellerin, StL (tripping), 18 29. Shots on goal San Jose 4-6-11-21. St. Louis 6-11-12-29 Power-plays San Jose 1 of 7, St. Louis 1 of 5. Goalies-San Jose, Hrudey 4-15-2 (12 shots-10 saves), Muzzattl (10:08 second, 04); Hrudey (9:05 second, 4-2); Muzzattl (5:42 second, 13-11). SI Louis, Fuhr 26-20-6 ( 21-19). A-20,157 (19,260). Referee-Mark Faucette. Linesmen Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll. Blues 6, Sharks 2: Terry Yake scored a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period, and Brett Hull picked up three assists to lead St. Louis past visiting San Jose. Geoff Courtnall, Pierre Turgeon, Jim Campbell, Pascal Rheaume and Chris McAlpine also scored for the Blues. St. Louis has won three straight after suffering through a season-high, four-game losing streak. A PTS PIM PLAYER, TEAM 0 1 0-1 1 2 0-3 New Jersey Dallas 91 85 83 81 81 79 75 74 72 72 71 70 67 67 58 92 30 46 28 16 28 44 167 42 30 32 50 111 43 64 40 43 36 20 26 92 59 42 21 59 63 33 36 61 58 31 44 46 52 34 54 35 39 36 39 22 35 39 31 32 32 36 39 36 32 22 50 45 20 21 44 30 26 20 37 16 32 28 30 27 43 29 23 30 29 29 25 22 23 69 68 68 74 73 73 72 71 72 66 71 72 72 59 72 73 68 72 67 72 70 73 70 70 71 Jagr, Pit Forsberg, Col Setanne, Ana Bure, Van Gretzky, NYR Francis, Pit Leclair, Phi Alltson, Bos Fleury, Cai Stumpel. LA Palffy, NYI Oales, Was Brind'amour, Phi Lindros, Phi Recchi, Mon Amonte, Chi Bondra, Was Sundin, Tor Lafontaine, NYR Yashin, Oft Barnes, Pit Holik, NJ Weight, Edm Yzerman, Det Reichel, NYI First Period 1, Dallas, Carbonneau 7 (Keane, Matvlchuk), 13:31. Penalties-Oliwa, NJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:52; Ludwig, Dal (holding), 17-30 Second Perlod-2, Dallas, Adams 9 (Hatcher), 1 02 3, New Jersey, Bodger 8 (Andreychuk, Elias), 12 45 (pp) 4, Dallas, Adams 10 (Carbonneau, Keane), 13:57. Penalties-Holik, NJ (tripping), 5:48, Andreychuk, NJ (elbowing), 8:26; Ludwig, Dal (holding), 11:47; Pederson, NJ (sloshing), 18:41; Stevens, NJ (interference), 19:28 Third Period None. Penalties Marshall, Dal, double minor (elbowing, roughing), 13:03; Elias, NJ (roughing), 13:03, Andreychuk, NJ (tripping 1,14: 13, Stevens, NJ, misconduct, 14:13; Ollwo, NJ, minor-misconduct (roughing), 18:00; Langenbrunner, Dal (roughing), 18:00; Hatcher, Dal (holding), 18:43. Shots en goal-New Jersey 9-9-15-33. Dallas 8-14-7-29 Power-plays-New Jersey 1 of 4, Dallas 0 of 6. Goalies-New Jersey, Brodeur 42-13-7 (29 shots-26 saves) Dallas, Belfour 31-12-10 ( 33-32). A-16,928 (16,9281. Referee-Mark Faucette. Linesmen-Andy McElman, Jay Sharrers. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS San Jose goalie Kelly Hrudey dives to stop a shot by St. Louis's Pierre Turgeon during Monday's game. Palm Beach Post Wire Services NEW YORK Goaltender Zac Bierk stopped 23 shots for his first NHL victory and Mikael Andersson scored two goals and assisted on another Monday night, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning over the host New York Rangers 3-1. Mikael Renberg assisted on all three Lightning goals. Andersson's fifth goal of the season gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead at 18:56 of the second period. His wrist shot trickled off the stick of goalie Dan Cloutier. Andersson added an insurance goal 33 seconds into the third period, scoring on a rebound of Renberg's shot. Alexei Kovalev put the Rangers ahead 1-0 1:44 just into the game with a wrist shot. Bruins 4, Avalanche 1: Host Boston got two goals from Anson Carter and two fluke goals off Colorado players to beat Colorado. Since the Olympic break, the Bruins are 6-0-2 against winning teams and 4-4 against sub-.500 clubs. Boston broke a four-way tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Montreal, Washington and Buffalo. All four teams have 10 regular-season games left in the battle for the last playoff spot with home-ice advantage in the first round. Kings 3, Maple Leafs 2: Russ Courtnall scored a short- FSU defense limits QBs in scrimmage Dr. James Kelly of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago said LaFontaine had sustained a "Grade II concussion" in a game against Ottawa March 16, and could not be cleared to play until reevaluation in a month. Noteworthy: Sharks right wing Joe Murphy was suspended by the NHL for slashing the Stars' Richard Matvichuk during Saturday's game. handed goal at 18:21 of the third period as Los Angeles dampened host Toronto's playoff hopes. Courtnall's goal made it 3-1 and came after Maple Leafs de-fenseman Sylvain Cote failed to keep the puck in the Los Angeles zone. LaFontaine won't return this year: Rangers center Pat LaFontaine, still feeling the after-affects of a concussion, said his season was over but hopefully not his career. "I'm disappointed about not being able to finish the season," he said, "but I am hopeful of being able to come back." Colleges accommodate television. The season opener against The Citadel on Sept. 5 and the Sept 12 game against Northeast Louisiana will start at 6 p.m., with SEC games against Kentucky (Sept 26), LSU (Oct 10), Auburn (Oct. 17) and South Carolina (Nov. 14) sched- uled to start at 1 p.m. SOFTBALL ROPY WORKS PRIVATE SUITES 5 863-7337 3 727 Northlakc Blvd. 1 block east of Prosperity Farms Rd., NPB NOW HIRING Special to The Palm Beach Post TALLAHASSEE The Florida State football team held its second scrimmage of spring practice Monday, with the defense dominating. The Seminoles offense didn't make a first down until its seventh possession of the scrimmage. Quarterback Dan Kendra, who has a broken little toe on his left foot, completed 9-of-19 for 68 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Chris Weinke completed 6-of-21 passes for 83 yards. "You'd like to see someone pull away," coach Bobby Bowden said of the quarterback situation. Defensive end David Warren had 3V2 sacks and one tipped pass. Auburn coach Terry Bowden attended the scrimmage, and Bobby Bowden will visit Auburn's camp April 13. This is the last season that father and son can exchange information before the season, because they will play each other in 1999. 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