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6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 c Panthers Calendar Upcoming games In the Crease NovemberDecember CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: Capitals coach Ron Wilson on the new MCI Center: "There's going to be a better perception of the Capitals. It's going to be a hip place and a better building to play in. It's bigger than the United Center but with the glitz." COULD BE WORSE: Sharks i coach Daryl Sutter on his team's , BuiL REPORT .gp Qg 03 MB 30 1 2 3 5 700 6 sc ) 130 I 9 10 7:30 11 12 7:00 13 7:00 Captaai Hanfcam liliaein sc sc sc sc Nobody ever gets hurt. Well, not seriously." LARRY ROBINSON, Kings coach, on his opposition to the elimination of fighting in the NHL. 6-1 loss to the Oilers on Sunday: "I could have brought up six defensemen from my old-timer's team from last year and they would have played better than ours." SC Shaoed at Miami Arena; All times EDT TV: - SportsChannel. games Jagr, Penguins extend streak to eight Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE season (2 - 0 - 6). Atlantic W L T Pts Philadelphia 15 8 5 35 lv New Jersey 17 8 0 34 Washington 13 10 4 30 N.Y. Islanders 11 11 4 26 i NY. Rangers 8 11 9 25 . Florida 8 14 5 21 , Tampa Bay 4 17 4 12 B Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1: Defenseman Glen Wesley scored two goals against his old team to lead Carolina past Boston in Greensy boro.N.C. Wesley's goal at 2:09 of the second perioc was his third this season and proved to be the game-winner against Boston, which traded hirr to the then-Hartford Whalers in 1994. Since then, Wesley has 15 points in 1' games against Boston. BAHL coach suspended after forfeit: Chris Nilan, a renowned fighter during his 131-year NHL career, was suspended indefinitely. Palm Beach Post Wirt Services MONTREAL Jaromir Jagr's goal at 4:02 of the third period sent Pittsburgh to a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, extending the Penguins' unbeaten streak to eight games. The win allowed Pittsburgh to move ahead of Montreal into first place in the Northeast Division. The Penguins, who beat Montreal 6-3 in Pittsburgh on Saturday, are 7-0-1 in their past eight games. The Canadiens have lost three straight for the first time this season and are 1-5-1 in their last seven. Pittsburgh goalie Tom Barrasso stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout this season. Barrasso stopped a 2-on-l break by Marc Bureau and Stephane Richer in the second period to keep the game scoreless. B Canucks 3, Red Wings 3: Detroit scored two goals in the third period in tying host Vancouver. Brendan Shanahan scored midway through the third to move the Red Wings within 3-2, and Martin Lapointe tied the game about six minutes later. B Flames 3, Sharks 2 (OT): German Titov scored 1:22 into overtime, giving host Calgary over San Jose. Michael Nylander intercepted a clearing attempt along the San Jose boards and found Titov uncovered in the slot, where he beat goaltender Mike Vernon between the pads. The loss spoiled the return to Calgary for Vernon, who made his first start in his hometown since being traded from the Flames to Detroit on June 29, 1994. Vernon, who played nine seasons for Calgary, finished with 25 saves. B Sabres 1, Flyers 1 (OT): Brian Hol-zinger scored a third-period goal and Dominik Hasek made 25 saves to give Buffalo its tie at Philadelphia. Eric Lindros scored for the Flyers, who got 16 saves from Garth Snow to remain undefeated in their past four games (2-0-2). The Sabres are undefeated in eight overtime games this by the East Coast Hockey League for attempt ing to protect one of his players in Uppei Marlboro, Md. Nilan, head coach of the Chesapeake Ice breakers, refused to put his team back on th ice Saturday night after Raleigh's Darren Col bourne cross-checked, then began hitting Ice breaker forward Petri Gynther, who did no( Northeast W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div .. Pittsburgh Hi 9 5 35 83 7i 6-4-3 9- 5-2 7- 1.3 Montreal 15 10 3 33 85 68 6-6-3 9-4-0 4-3-2 Boston 11 12 5 27 67 78 3-6-3 8-6-2 2-3-2 Carolina 11 13 4 26 75 77 8-5-3 3-8-1 4-5-1 t Ottawa 10 13 4 24 68 68 6-8-1 4-5-3 1-5-2 Buffalo 7 12 6 20 64 74 3-6-2 4-6-4 2-3-3 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Dallas 18 7 4 40 95 65 8-3-2 10-4-2 fTTo .Detroit 17 6 5 39 93 63 9-4-3 8-2-2 3-2-2 , St. Louis 15 9 3 33 78 61 10-4-2 5-5-1 6-2-1 Phoenix 13 11 2 28 76 73 9-4-1 4-7-1 5-3-0 'Chicago 10 13 4 24 59 69 5-6-2 5-7-2 1-7-1 Toronto 8 13 3 19 47 67 4-8-1 4-5-2 3-5-0 Pacific W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Colorado 13 6 8 34 80 68 6-2-4 7-4-4 4-2-2 Los Angeles 12 9 5 29 85 71 8-5-0 4-4-5 3-1-0 r Anaheim 11 12 5 27 65 76 4-7-3 7-5-2 5-4-1 Vancouver 9 14 4 22 77 90 4-6-3 5-8-1 2-3-2 'Edmonton 8 13 6 22 64 82 4-6-3 6-7-3 3-5-1 San Jose 9 18 2 20 73 91 4-9-1 5-9-1 2-6-0 Calgary 6 15 7 19 70 87 5-7-2 1-8-5 3-2-2 t Monday's results retaliate. 7 was trying to break free and he was holding me. The last thing I wanted to do was hit him in the head.' Phoenix 3, Florida 2 Carolina 3, Boston 1 Pittsburgh 1, Montreal 0 .Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 1 (OT) Calgary 3, San Jose 2 (OT) Detroit 3, Vancouver 3 (OT) Today's games Muller suspended for high-sticking Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Colorado, 9 p.m. LEGEND: A (-2V4) next to one team means that team is the underdog. To wager on the favorite, a victory by three goals team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two goals. Away Div 80 63 9-5-2 6-3-3 5-2-2 73 46 10-3-0 7-5-0 9-2-0 80 71 5-3-2 8-7-2 4-2-1 70 70 5-6-1 6-5-3 3-6-3 71 76 4-5-5 4-6-4 2-4-3 63 80 3-10-3 5- 4-2 4- 5-3 50 86 3-5-3 1-12-1 1-8-1 HIGHLIGHTS Tkachuk: natural hat trick Wesley: 2 goals Jagr: 1 goal Hasek: 25 saves Titov: OT goal Mogilny: 2 goals LATEST LINE Islanders (-ViEven) Rangers (-ViEven) New Jersey (-1 V2) Toronto (-ViEven) Colorado favorite and the other team (2) Is the is needed. To win on the underdog, the Wednesday's games Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Calgary, 9 p.m. pro-am honors Local corner Jack and Marg MacDonald. SI: Jackie Gallagher-Smith with Hettie Herzog, Mareb Hoke, Frank Vo-gel and Art Moran. 5fc Betsy King with Dave Reynolds, Irene Goodkind, Virginia Bigelow and Dick Crawford. Low pros: 71: Parker. 71 McGann and King. 73: Alicia Dibos, 73. BSan Filippo shares lead: Mike San Filippo of Hobe Sound and Carl Alexander of Winter Park shot four-under-par 68s to share the first-round lead in a PGA Tournament Series event at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Hammock Creek in Palm City. M: Carl Alexander, Winter Park, 34-34, Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, 33-35. efc Frank Dobbs, Port St. Lucie, 36-33. Jack Fereni, Vero Beach, 35-34. Pat Frasca, Palm Beach Gardens, 36-33. Jerry Tucker, Stuart, 35-34. 70: William Curtis, Fairfield, Conn., 35- 35. Scott Hayes, Apopka, 35-35. Rick Lewallen, Greensboro, N.C., 36-34. Hugo Mazzalupi, Consho-hocken, Pa., 38-32. Bill Van Orman, Carmel, N.Y., 36- 34. 71: Michael Anderson, Orlando, 34-37. Tim An-gis, Portland, Maine, 38-33. Rick Hartmann, Brid-gehampton, N.Y., 34-37. Craig Lindsey, Summit, N.J., 38-33. 71 John DiMarco, Burlington, N.J., 36-36. 73: Chris Anderson, Wilmington, Del., 39-34. Frank Bensel, Juno Beach, 37-36. Jim Booros, Al-lentown, Pa., 36-37. Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, 37-36 Brian Gaffney, Brielle, N.J., 36-37. Heath Wassem, West Palm Beach, 37-36. ways pay off could meet people," he said. The Sirotas are at Gulfstream Park for the 1998 season with six horses, most of them routed to Keith through contacts made on the Internet. His horses have won 10-of-66 races this year, Steve Richardson, the owner of a detective agency in Tampa, is another Internet prize. A $16,000 claimer picked out for Richardson by Sirota won a $24,000 race and paid $23 the first time she ran under the new management team. The unconventional has always appealed to Sirota. He went to college in Indiana, far from his New Jersey home, because he had a chance to be a varsity wrestler there. B He took a summer job at the track for $75 a week as a teen-age stablehand. He liked it so well that he moved in at Monmouth, sleeping in an empty stall. B He met his wife-to-be in the track kitchen at Hialeah Park. An exercise rider from Argentina, she spoke no English. His Spanish was just as limited. "Now we're a team," he said. "The computer gave me a life," said Sirota. "Without the computer I would have nothing. Tdbeoffthetrajk." GF GA Home Sunday's results Florida 1, N.Y. Rangers 1 Edmonton 6, San Jose 1 Tewell's 66 wins Special to The Palm Beach Post ' JUPITER Doug Tewell and 'Katie Peterson-Parker were the .leading players Monday in the ;13th annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes International Pro-Am at the Loxahatchee Club. : Tewell, 48, of Edmond, Okla., was the low pro at six-under-par 66 and his team was awarded first in the pro-amateur of the PGA TourSenior PGA Tour flight on a match of cards with David Toms' fivesome after they tied with a net best-ball 56. " Peterson-Parker, 30, of Plantation, swept honors in the LPGA division: low pro with 71 and the winning team at net 55. PGASenier PGA: H: Doug Tewell with Harold Pruner, Matt Luce, Steve Gross and Joe ByrKa. Da-ld Toms with Gordon Gray, Tim Kilmer, Tom Hoi-ton and Phillip Morse. Tewell's team won match of cards. 57: Gary Nicklaus with John Shea, Mark Shea, John Dewberry and Jerry Forrester. SI: Glen Day with Tom Maurer, John Dolaghan, Mark Peck and Greg Steinbach. Lew pros: M: Tewell. (7: Mike Brlsky. 41: Brad Bryant, David Toms. LPGA: 55: Katie Peterson-Parker with Dan Ho-negger, Joe Hickey, Wendell Beard and Nat Moore. 57: Michelle McGann with Ross and Susan Johnson, Trainers' unsual Summaries Coyotes 3, Panthers 2 Phoenix Florida 1 1 1-3 1 1 6-2 First Perlod-1, Phoenix, Tkachuk 14 (Janney, Maciver), 7: IB. 1 Florida, Washburn 3 (Mellanby, Whitney), 16:22 (pp). Penalties-Svehla, Fla (holding), 9:33; Diduck, Pho (holding), 12:47; Maciver, Pho (holding stick), 14:55; Worrell, Fl (Interference), 18:02. Second Ptriod-3, Phoenix, Tkachuk 15 (Drake, Janney), 1:43. 4, Florida, Garpenlov 1 (Nemir-ovsky), 7:03. Penalties-Phoenix bench, served by Tocchet (too many men), 4:56; McKenzle, Pho, ma-lor (fighting), 11:12; Laus, Fla, major (fighting), 11:11; Tkachuk, Pho (holding), 17:12; Garpenlov, Fla (holding), 17:12. Third Perlod-5, Phoenix, Tkachuk 16 (Num-mlnen, Janney), 5:37 (pp). Penalties-Fitzpatrlck, Fla, served by Garpenlov (Interference), 3:41; Tocchet, Pho (holding), 11:37. Shots on goal-Phoenix 9-6-3-18. Florida 12-10-10-32 Power-plays-Phoenix I of 3; Florida 1 of 4. Goalies-Phoenix, Khablbulin 12-10-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Florida, Fltipatrick 2-6-1 08-15). A-14,703 (14,703). Referee-Stephen Walkom. Linesmen-Thor Nelson, Pierre Racicot. Sabres 1, Flyers 1 (OT) Buffalo Philadelphia t 0 1 1-1 110 0-1 First Period-1, Philadelphia, Lindros 10 (Zu-brus, LeClair), 19:34. Penalties-Audette, Buf (charging), 3:28; Boughner, Buf (high-sticking), 13:15. Second Period-None. Penalties-Ward, Buf (Interference), 5:08; Grafton, Phi (slashing), 7:35; Wilson, Buf (holding), 10:18, May, Buf (charging), 10:18; Otto, Phi (boarding), 10:18; May, Buf (roughing), 13:25; Barnaby, Buf, misconduct, 13:25; Richardson, Phi (cross-checking), 13:25; Holzlnger, Buf (interference), 17:58. Third Period-2, Buffalo, Holzlnger 4 (Audette, Satan), 4:34. Penalties-Otto, Phi (Interference), 4:50; Boughner, Buf (roughing), 13:44; Zubrus, Phi (roughing), 13:44; Philadelphia bench, served by Falloon (too many men), 19:10. Overtime None. Penalties None. Shots on goal-Buffalo 6-5-5-1-17. Philadelphia 7-12-7-0-26. Power-plays-Buffalo 0 of 3; Philadelphia 0 of 5. Goalies-Buffalo, Hasek 6-10-4 (26 shots-25 saves). Philadelphia, Snow 7-5-2 (17-16). A 19,360 (19,511). Referee Terry Gregson. Linesmen-Jean Morin, Stephane Provost. Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1 Boston Carolina 1 I 0-1 1 1 1-3 First Period -I, Carolina, Wesley 2 (Roberts, Ka-panen), 12:40. 2, Boston, Bourque 7 (Donato, Allison), 18:23 (pp). Penalties-Leschyshyn, Car (high-sticking), 9:02; Emerson, Car (interference), 17:57. Second Period -3, Carolina, Wesley 3 (Rice, Kron), 2:09. Penalties-Burt, Car (holding), 3:13; Allison, Bos (high-sticking), 3:44; Ellett, Bos (hooking), 4:34, Bourque, Bos (roughing), 6:35; Roberts, Car, double minor (roughing), 6:35; Sanderson, Car (cross-checking), 9:30. Third Ptriod-4, Carolina, Roberts 7 (Kapanen, Chiasson), 3:45 (pp). Penalties-McLaren, Bos (interference), 2:59, Haller, Car (holding), 6:59.. Shots en goal-Boston 6-11-11-28. Carolina 5-12-6-23. Power-plays-Boston 1 of 6; Carolina I of 3. Goalies-Boston, Dafoe 8-10-4 (23 shots -20 saves). Carolina, Burke 5-7-4 ( 26-27). A-5,865 (15,902). Referee-Lance Roberts. Linesmen-Greg Devorski, Scott Drlscoll. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0 Pittsburgh Montreal 0 0 1-1 I 0-0 First Period-None. Penalties-Wright, Pit (holding), 4 05; Rivet, Mon, double minor (high-sticking), 11:57; Thornton, Mon (elbowing), 16:28. Second Period-None. Penalties-Olausson, Pit (interference), 5:37; Thornton, Mon (slashing), 10:42; Kasparaltis, Pit (Interference), 13:37. Third Period-1, Pittsburgh, Jagr 11 (Morozov, Francis), 4:02. Penalties-Barrasso, Pit, served by Morozov (delay of game), 1:48; Thornton, Mon (Interference), 4:41; Barnes, Pit (tripping), 12:49. Shots en goal-Pittsburgh 8-3-8-19. Montreal 12-10-3-25. Power-plays-Pittsburgh 0 of 5; Montreal 0 of 5. Goalies-Pittsburgh, Barrasso 144-3 (25 shots-25 saves). Montreal, Thibault 9-5-1 (19-18). A-19,341 (21,273). Referee-Don ven Massenhoven. Linesmen-Pierre Champoux, Gerard Gauthier. Flames 3, Sharks 2 (OT) San Jose Calgary 2 6 16-2 1 1 I 1 J First Period-1, Calgary, Allison 1 (Iglnla, Hog-lund), 10:45. 2, San Jose, Craven 4 (Nolan, Houlder), 1609. 3, San Jose, Craven 5 (Nolan, Bodger), 19 25 (pp). Penalties-Zalapskl, Cal (holding), 3:33, Skalde, SJ (roughing), 7:50, Simpson, Cal (hooking), 17:34. Second Period -4, Calgary, Iglnla 7 (Cassels), 3:11. Penalties-Bodger, SJ (interference), 8:58; San Jose bench, served by Lowry (too many men), 17:16. Third Period-None. Penalty-Bodger, SJ (hooking) 16:41. Overtlme-5, Calgary, Titov 4 (Nylander), 1:22. Penalties None. Shots on goal-San Jose 15-6-2-0-23. Calgary 9-8-9-2-26. Power-plays -San Jose 1 of 2; Calgary 0 of 4. Goalies-San Jose, Vernon 7-11-1 (28 shots-25 saves). Calgary, Tabaraccl 5-10-4 (23-21). A 15,268 (18,742). Referee-Mick McGeough. Linesmen-Mike Cvlk, Don Henderson. Red Wings 3, Canucks 3 (OT) Detroit Vancouver 1 8 2 0-3 2 10 0-3 First Perlod-1, Detroit, Kozlov 8 (Shanahan, Murphy), 6:51. 2, Vancouver, Bure 15 (Onlund, Le-dyard), 10:48. 3, Vancouver, Mogilny 5 (penalty shot), 15 37. Penalties-Hedican, Van (Interference), 6:48; Noonan, Van (cross-checking), 16.41; Sillinger, Van (Interference), 19:09, Second Period 4, Vancouver, Mogilny 6 (Messier), 2:17. Penalties-Detroit bench, served by Ko-cur (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:17; Bure, Van (goalie Interference), 4:27; Messier, Van (interference), 6:01; Ohlund, Van (crosshecking), 6:45; Gilchrist, Det (hooking), 11:17, Murzyn, Van (high-sticking), 19:51. Third Period-5, Detroit, Shanahan 13 (Lldstrom, Yzerman), 10 39 (pp). 6, Detroit, Lapointe 7 (Lar-lonov, Murphy), 16:22. Penatties-Shonahan, Det (cross-checking), 6:30; Mogilny, Van (high-sticking), 10 27; Lldstrom, Det (interference), 11:11; McCarty, Det (roughing), 16:35; Brashear, Van (roughing), 16:35. Overtime-None. Penalties-None. Shots en goal-Detroit 5-9-9-2-25 Vancouver 10-6-5-3-24. Power-plays-Detroit I of 8; Vencouver 0 of 4. Goalies-Detroit, Osgood 13-5-4 (24 shots-21 saves). Vancouver, McLean 6-12-4 ( 25-22). A-16,422 (18,422). Referee-Paul Devorski. Linesmen-Brad Lazarowlch, Baron Parker. NHL Today SCOREBOARD Today St. Louis at New Jersey (7:30 p.m ), Brett Hull and the Blues visit Martin Brodeur and the Devils, who have the league's best home record at 10-3-0. STREAKING New York Rangers forward Alexei Kovalev has six goals in the last 10 games after failing to score in the firsl 18. STRUGGLING The New York Rangers are 0-3-2 In their lest five games, including a l-l tie with Flood Sunday. The Rangers have an NHLhigh nine ties, i U.S. team strong on experience The Associated Press j Following the recipe that pro- duced unexpected success in hockey's World Cup, the United; States will go after a rare Olympic; medal at Nagano with a team that's fast, experienced and knows how to win together. J The final pieces for a run a Winter Games glory were put intcj place Monday, when USA Hockey completed its 23-member Olympid roster with the help of two veterj ans who had been key parts of past victories but had to prove they were up to the task again. Forwards Pat LaFontaine leading scorer for the New York Rangers after missing almost" i year with concussions and othei head injuries, and Bill Guerin, whe returned to the New Jersey Devils' lineup after a quarter-season contract holdout, were among si players added to the U.S. team b) general manager Lou Lameriello. Also picked were forwarc Shawn McEachern of the Ottawj Senators, defensemen Keith Car ney of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bryan Berard of the New York; Islanders, and goalie Guy Hebert of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Those selections meant that all but three members of the Olympic roster were holdovers from the U.S. team that upset Canada to win the World Cup last year. Berard and Carney are new, as is goalie John Vanbiesbrouck of the Florida Panthers, who was chosen in the initial phase last month. All 23 players have represented the United States in international competition, and LaFontaine, a member of the 1984 Olympic team, was the fifth U.S. player with Olympic experience chosen to the Nagano roster. "You can never, ever de-emphasize the importance of experience," Lamoriello said. "It's not only talent. There's a certain chemistry, too." There's plenty of talent, though. The U.S. squad, led by Brett Hull of St. Louis and Tony Amonte of Chicago, is full of speed, scoring and size, and tailored for the bigger ice sheets of international play. U.S. Olympic hockey team FORWARDS: Tony Amonte, Chicago; Adam Deadmarsh, Colorado; Bill Guerin, New Jersey; Brett Hull, St. Louis; Pat LaFontaine, N.Y. Rangers; John LeClair, Philadelphia; Shawn McEachern, Ottawa; Mike Modano, Dallas; Joel Otto, Philadelphia; Jeremy Roenick, Phoenix; Keith Tkachuk, Phoenix; Doug Weight, Edmonton. DEFENSEMEN: Bryan Berard, N.Y. Islanders; Keith Carney, Chicago; Chris Chelios, Chicago; Derian Hatcher, Dallas; Kevin Hatcher, Pittsburgh; Brian Leetch, N.Y. Rangers; Mathieu Schneider, Toronto; Gary Suter, Chicago. G0ALTENDERS: Guy Hebert, Anaheim; Mike Richter, N.Y. Rangers; John VanbtesbttMick, Florida. , KIRK MULLER Florida Panthers Panthers notebook Muller had never been suspended in a 14-year NHL career that has comprised 988 games and five different teams. He's struggled through a difficult season so far, totaling no goals and seven assists. The last Panthers player to be suspended was Ed Jovan-ovski, who got three games early last season for leaving the penalty box. Worrell back in lineup: Muller's suspension gave Peter Worrell his first game action in more than a week. Murray put Worrell on a line with Chris Wells and Tom Fitzgerald, and Bill Lindsay took Muller's spot alongside Dave Gagner and Jody Hull. BNHL meets in Palm Beach: The NHL Board of Governors will hold its annual meeting today and Wednesday at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Panthers owner Wayne Hui-zenga and President Bill Torrey will represent the team. The possible move of Toronto to the Eastern Conference next season instead of the 2003-04 season as now scheduled tops the agenda. After the league's general managers met in Dallas in October, it was believed the governors would take a hard look at the in-the-crease rule. But referees have been more lenient with the rule recently, quieting the controversy. in Panthers making the Panthers a respectable 3-of-12 in that area under Murray. "The power play is moving the puck well and starting to get goals," Fitzgerald said. "Killing penalties is all about reacting instead of thinking. Maybe we're giving teams too much respect. What we need to do is just go like a bat out of hell out there; we can't do any worse." "Something has got to be done," Lindsay added. "Special teams are huge, and if you don't kill penalties, it's going to hurt you." Murray said the most important killer of penalties is the goaltender, and Florida hasn't had the stops it's needed from that position. "Teams just maintain and control the puck too easily against us," he added. "I don't remember that being the case in the past." Steve Washburn got his third goal for Florida and Johan Garpenlov his first for the Panthers. Craig Janney, who leads the Coyotes in assists with 20, assisted on all three goals as Phoenix improved to 13-11-2. By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI Florida Panthers left winger Kirk Muller received an indefinite suspension which both he and coach Bryan Murray hope will amount to one game Monday for high-sticking in Sunday's game at New York. Muller got tangled up with New York forward Niklas Sund-strom in front of the Rangers' net late in the first period. Muller then responded to an apparent Sundstrom hook by wildly swinging his stick, connecting with Sundstrom's head. "The only thing I can say is we were battling for the 20 seconds before that," Muller said as he sat out Monday's game. "I was trying to break free and he was holding me. The last tiling I wanted to do was hit him in the head." Referee Kerry Fraser gave Muller only a two-minute minor, but Rangers coach Colin Campbell said he would submit tape of the incident to the league. The NHL issued an indefinite suspension; Vice President of Operations Brian Burke will conduct a hearing today. "It does look like a big-time hit on the tape," Murray said. "But I didn't think from watching that it was what it appears to be." "I know you've got to be in control of your stick, and of that I was in violation," Muller admitted. "But I didn't even try to hit him." Tkachuk does PANTHERS From 1C money." "The guy's a superstar," said Fitzpatrick, who had no chance on the game-winner when Tkachuk deflected Teppo Numminen's long shot from the blueline past him. "The defenseman (Gord Murphy) had him in front of the net, but he somehow managed to get a stick on it." Tkachuk gave Phoenix leads of 1-0 and 2-1 early in the first and second periods, respectively, but Florida came back to tie both times. Despite a 10-3 advantage in shots in the third, however, the Panthers were unable to do it a third time. The loss leaves the Panthers (8-14-5) winless in three straight and 1-2-1 in four games under Murray. Florida's 3-10-3 home record is the league's worst. "We're getting to a situation where we're going to have to string some wins together," Murray said. Florida did convert one of its four power-play chances, t HORSE RACING From 1C they negotiated through an interpeter. "At the beginning," said the trainer, "they were paying me with Japanese postal money orders." ; As a tribute to the Internet, the owners call their business Cy-! berbreeder Stable. I Their filly, Turn Off The Light, ) has won three times, with earn-. ings of nearly $70,000. - - "We do everything through e-' mail and regular mail. They even L3sent me the design they wanted on titheir silks and I had them made." Until he found the Internet - two years ago, Sirota, now 39, was n the verge of becoming a racers track dropout. 3 Newly wed, the overseer for I trainer Alan Goldberg's winter ; Florida operation was infected 5 with a rush of ambition. With a degree in education X from Indiana State University, Sirs' ota might have found a teaching t Job in New Jersey. Thirty years at t $ desk was not his idea of a future. As they watched television at night, Keith and his wife, Blanca, ?kept seeing Internet-related ad-w vertjsing. "I didn't know if I could STget business that vfy, but I knew I

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