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6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2. 1997 s c Panthers Calendar Ul In the Crease Upcoming games NovemberDecember -6& I CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: im m m an .g 30 1 2 3 b MX) 6 sc J 1:30 a 9 10 730 11 12 7:00 13 7:00 sc sc sc sc Ul 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 ' . coach Daryl Sutter on his team's-; 6-1 loss to the Oilers on Sunday: ' f "I could have brought up six ! defensemen from my old-timer's - j team from last year and they ; would have played better than j ours." Nobody ever gets hurt. Well, not seriously." LARRY ROBINSON, Kings coach, on his opposition to the elimination of fighting in the NHL. REPORT TV: SC - Spor tsChannel. Shaded games at Miamj Arena; All times EDT Jagr Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Palm Beach Post Wire 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. In the third, Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois misplayed a puck at the point, allowing Alexei Morozov and Jagr to come in on Canadiens goalie Jocelyn Thibault. Dave Manson broke up a pass, but Morozov slipped the loose puck out to Jagr in front for his 11th goal. The Canadiens played their 5,000th regular-season game since the NHL began in 1917. The Toronto Maple Leafs, another original NHL club, play their 5,000th game Saturday. 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. Jarome Iginla and Jamie Allison also scored for the Flames, who are unbeaten in four games (2-0-2). 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 undefeat-1 ed in their past four games (2-0-2). The Sabres ! are undefeated in eight overtime games this ; season (2-0-6). Philadelphia picked up a penalty for too ! many men on the ice with 50 seconds left in the ', third period, but was able to kill it. Buffalo got the only shot in overtime. ' Holzinger tied the game with a goal 4:34 1 into the third period. ! B Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1: Defenseman , Glen Wesley scored two goals against his old i team to lead Carolina past Boston in Greens- ' boro, N.C. ; Wesley's goal at 2:09 of the second period j was his third this season and proved to be the game-winner against Boston, which traded him ! to the then-Hartford Whalers in 1994. ! Atlantic W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Philadelphia 15 8 5 35 80 63 9-5-2 6-3-3 5-2-2 New Jersey 17 8 0 34 73 46 10-3-0 7-5-0 9-2-0 Washington 13 10 4 30 80 71 5-3-2 8-7-2 4-2-1 N.Y. Islanders 11 11 4 26 70 70 5-6-1 6-5-3 3-6-3 N.Y. Rangers 8 11 9 25 71 76 4-5-5 4-6-4 2-4-3 Florida 8 14 S 21 63 80 3-10-3 5-4-2 4-5-3 Tampa Bay 4 17 4 12 50 86 3-5-3 1-12-1 1-8-1 Northeast W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Pittsburgh 15 9 5 35 83 71 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 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 I T Pts GF GA Home Away Div Dallas 18 7 4 40 95 65 8-3-2 10-4-2 5-4-0 Detroit 17 6 4 38 90 60 9-4-3 8-2-1 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 t 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 Anaheim 11 12 5 27 65 76 4-7-3 7-5-2 5-4-1 Edmonton 8 13 6 22 64 82 4-6-3 6-7-3 3-5-1 Vancouver 9 14 3 21 74 87 4-6-2 5-8-1 2-3-2 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 U.S. team j i strong on i 7 was trying to break free and he was holding me. The last thing I wanted to do was hit him in the head. ' KIRK MULLER Florida Panthers !' i!1 eL. HIGHLIGHTS Monday's results Phoenix 3, Florida 2 Carolina 3, Boston 1 Pittsburgh 1, Montreal 0 Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 1 (OT) Calgary 3, San Jose 2 (OT) Detroit at Vancouver, late 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. experience The Associated Press ' 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. ' The final pieces for a run at ; Winter Games glory were put into place Monday, when USA Hockey ! completed its 23-member Olympic ; roster with the help of two veter- ? ans who had been key parts of past victories but had to prove they! were up to the task again. J Forwards Pat LaFontaine.i leading scorer for the New York ! Rangers after missing almost a' year with concussions and other; head injuries, and Bill Guerin, who returned to the New Jersey Devils' lineup after a quarter-season; contract holdout, were among six; players added to the U.S. team by; general manager Lou Lameriello. Also picked were forward! Summaries Coyotes 3, Panthers 2 Phoenix Florida 1 1 1-3 1 1 0-2 First Period-1, Phoenix, Tkachuk 14 (Janney, Maciver), 7:11. 2, Florida, Washburn 3 (Melianby, Whitney , 16:22 op . Penalties-Svehla, Fla hold ing), 9:33; Diduck, Pho (holding), 12:47; Maciver, Pho (holding stick), 14:55; Worrell, Fla (interfer ence), 18:02. Second Period 3, Phoenix, Tkachuk IS (Drake, Janney), 1:43. 4, Florida, Garpenlov 1 (Nemir- ovsky), 7:03. Penalties Phoenix bench, served by Tocchet too many men), 4:56; McKemie, Pho, ma- or (fighting), 11:12; Laus, Fla, maor (lighting), 11:11' Tkachuk, Pho (holding), 17:12; Garpenlov, Fla holding , 17: IZ. Third Perlod-5, Phoenix, Tkachuk 16 (Num-mlnen, Janney), 5:37 (pp). Ptnalties-Fitipatrick, Fla, served by Garpenlov (Interference), 3:41; Toc chet, Pho (nominal, 1 1:3. Shots on goal-Phoenix 9-6-318. Florida 12-10- 10-32. Power-piavs-Phoenix 1 of 3; Florida I ot 4. Goalies-Phoenix, Khabibulln 12-10-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Florida, Fltzpatrick 2-6-1 (18-15). A-14,703 (14,703). Referee Stephen waikom. Linesmen- Thor Nelson, Pierre Racicot. Sabres 1, Flyers 1 (OT) Buffalo Philadelphia 0 0 10-1 10 0 0-1 First Period-1, Philadelphia, Lindros 10 (Zu- brus, LeClair), 19:34. Penaltias-Audette, But (Charging), 3:28; Boughner, Buf (high-sticking), u:i3. Second Period-None. Penalties-Ward, Buf (interference), 5:08; Gratton, Phi (slashing), 7:35; Wil son, our tnoioingi, iu: ib; way, But (Charging), 10:18; Otto, Phi (boarding), 10:18; May, Buf (roughing), 13:25; Barnaby, Buf, misconduct. 13:25; Rich ardson, Phi (cross-checking), 13:25; Holzinger, But imierierencei, u.x. Third Period-2, Buffalo, Holzinger 4 (Audette, Satan), 4:34. Penalties-Otto, Phi (Interference). 4:50; Boughner, Buf (rouahina), 13:44; Zubrus. Phi (roughing), 13:44; Philadelphia bench, served by ranuun (ioo many men, IV. iu. Overtime-None. Penaltles-None. Shots en goal-Buffalo 6-5-5-1-17. Phlladelohia 7- 12-7-0-26. Power-plays-Buffalo 0 of 3; PhiladelDhla 0 of 5. Goalies-Buffalo, Hasek 6-10-4 (26 shots-25 saves). Philadelphia, Snow 7-5-2 (17-16). A-19, 360 uv.siij. Keteree-ierry Gregson. Linesmen-Jean worm, drepnane frovosr. Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1 Boston Carolina 1 0 0-1 1 1 1-3 First Period-1, Carolina, Wesley 2 (Roberts, Ka-panen), 12:40. 2, Boston, Bourque 7 (Donato, Alli son), i:23 (pp). Penaities-Lescnyshyn, car (high-sticking), 9:02; Emerson, Car (interference), 17:57. Second Period-3, Carolina, Wesley 3 (Rice, Kron), 2:09. penanies-Burt, car (holding), 3:13, Allison, Bos (high-sticking), 3:44; Ellett, Bos (hook ing), 4:34; Bourque, Bos (roughing), 6:35; Roberts, Car, double minor (roughing), 6:35; Sanderson, Car (cross-cneckingi, v:3ii. Third Period-4, Carolina, Roberts 7 (Kapanen, Chiasson), 3:45 (pp). Penalties McLaren, Bos (in terference), 2:59; Haller, Car holding), 6:59.. Shots an goal-Boston 6-11-11-28. Carolina 5-12-623. Power-plays Boston 1 of 6; Carolina 1 of 3. Goalies-Boston, Dafoe 8-10-4 (23 shot J 20 saves). Carolina, Burke 5-7-4 ( 28-27). A-5,865 (15,902). Ref ereeLance Roberts. Linesmen Greg Devorskl, scott Driscou. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0 Pittsburgh Montreal 0 0 1-1 0 0 0-0 First Pariod-None. Penalties-Wright, Pit (hold ing), 4:05; kivot, wton, double minor (nign-siick-Ing), 11:57; Thornton, Mon (elbowing), 16:28. Second Period-None. Penalties-Olausson, Pit (Interference), 5:37; Thornton, Mon (slashing), 10:42; Kasparaitis, 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 (in terference), 4:41; Barnes, Pit (tripping), 12:49. Shots on goal Pittsburgh 1-3-819. Montreal 12- 10-3-25. Power-plays-Pittsburgh 0 of 5; Montreal 0 of 5. Goalies Pittsburgh, Barrasso 14-6-3 (25 shots- 25 saves). Montreal, Thibault 9-5-1 (19-18). A 19.341 (21,273). Referee Don van Massenhoven. Lines menPierre Champoux, Gerard Gauthier. Flames 3, Sharks 2 (OT) San Jos Calgary 1(10-1 110 1-3 First Perlod-1, Calgary, Allison 1 (Iginla, Hog-lund), 10:45. 2, San Jose, Craven 4 (Nolan, Houlder), 16:09. 3, San Jose, Craven 5 (Nolan, Bodger), 19:25 (pp). Penalties-Zalapski, Cal (holding), 3:33; Skalde, SJ (roughing), 7:50; Simpson, Cal (hooking), 17:34. Second Period 4, Calgary, Iginla 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 9-8-9-2-28. 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. NHL Leaders LEGEND: A (-214) 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 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. PCASmior PGA: M: Doug Tewell with Harold Pruner, Watt Luc, Steve Gross and Joe Byrka. David Toms with Gordon Gray, Tim Kilmer, Tom Hoi-ton and Phillip Morse. Tewell's team won match of cards. 57: Gary Nlcklaus with John Shea, Mark Shea, John Dewberry and Jerry Forrester. 51: Glen Day with Tom Maurer, John Dolaghan, Mark Peck and Greg Steinbach. Lew pros: M: Tewell. 7: Mike Brlsky. M: Brad Bryant, David Toms. LPGA: 55: Katie Peterson-Parker with Dan Ho-negger, Joe Hlckey, Wendell Beard and Nat Moore. 57: Michelle McGann with Ross and Susan Johnson, Trainers' unsual two Tkachuk: natural hat trick Wesley: 2 goals Jagr: 1 goal Hasek: 25 saves Titov: OT goal LATEST LINE Islanders (-ViEven) Rangers (-'iEven) New Jersey (-IV2) Toronto (-ViEven) Colorado (-V2I) team Is the favorite and the other team (2) Is the is needed. To win on the underdog, the three goals goals. 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. Sr. Betsy King with Dave Reynolds, Irene Goodkind, Virginia Bigelow and Dick Crawford. Law pros: 71: Parker. 72: McGann and King. 73: Alicia Dlbos, 73. O San 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. 41: Carl Alexander, Winter Park, 34-34. Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, 33-35. : Frank Dobbs, Port St. Lucie, 36-33. Jack Ferem, Vero Beach, 33-34. 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 Llndsey, 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 Gaflney, 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. B 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. Td be off the track." 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 thing I wanted to do was hit him in the head." Referee Kerry Fraser gave Muller only a two-minute mi nor, but Rangers coach Colin Campbell said he would submit tape of the incident to the league. The NHL issued an indefinite suspension; Vice Presi dent of Operations Brian Burke will conduct a hearing today. It does look like a big-time hit on the tape," Murray said. Tkachuk does PANTHERS From 1C have chances, but we don't have anyone scoring on a .regular basis like that. That's why they pay those guys a lot of money." Ihe guys a superstar, added Fitzpatrick, who had no chance on the game-winner when Tkachuk deflected Teppo Numminen's long shot from the blueline past him. 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 11W advantage in shots m the third, however, the Panthers were unable to do it a third time. The loss leaves the Pan thers winless in three straight and 1-2-1 in four games under Murray. Of the Coyotes eight shots in the first period, Tkachuk had half of them, including the one that gave Phoenix a short-lived 1-0 lead at 7:18. Craig Janney, the Coyotes' assist leader with 17, set up a la Wayne Gretzky behind the net and, given room to operate by Murphy, patiently waited for Tkachuk to get into position to ine ngni oi r itzpatnck. lie then flipped a pass over Ed Jovanovs-ki's stick that Tkachuk shot home to the far side. Florida, whose power play came into the game a promisine 2-for-8 under Murray, got a pair Panthers notebook "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." 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. DNHL 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. in Panthers of power-play opportunities eight seconds apart and converted the second. The Panthers worked the puck around the offensive zone until it wound up on the stick of Ray Whitney, who let go a hard shot from the high slot that goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin stopped but couldn't cover. Scott Melianby slipped the rebound through Khabibulin's pads, and Washburn whipped it the final 18 inches into the net at 16:22. Tkachuk put Phoenix back on top at 1:43 of the second, slipping the rebound of a Dallas Drake shot into a small hole between Fitzpatrick's skates and the left post. But rather than discouraging the Panthers, that goal seemed to energize them. Robert Svehla and Johan Garpenlov both had good chances around the four-minute mark, but Svehla put the rebound of a Fitzgerald shot over the net and Garpenlov was stopped by Khabibulin off a nice pass byjody Hull. But Hull set up Garpenlov again moments later, and this time he scored. Hull pulled a puck off the boards and got it to David Ne-mirovsky at the right faceoff circle. Nemirovsky got it to Garpenlov, and his quick shot went through both defenseman Gerald Diduck and the legs of Khabibulin, trickling across the line just inside the far post. Shawn McEachern of the Ottawa; 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 LaFon-taine, 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. t Anaheim; Mike Richter. N.Y. Rangers; John Vanbiesbrouck, Florida. Through Sunday's games PLAYER, TEAM GP G A PTS PIM Modano, Dal 28 15 23 38 12 Forsberg, Col 24 7 28 35 34 Leclalr, Phi 27 20 14 34 16 Lafontalne, NYR 28 15 18 33 16 Lindros, Phi 26 9 24 33 57 Corson, Mon 27 11 21 32 38 Selanne, Ana 28 23 I 31 12 Bondra, Was 26 19 12 31 18 Bure, Van 26 14 16 30 16 Saklc, Col 27 14 15 29 22 Reichel, NYI 26 12 17 29 10 Slumpel, LA 26 8 21 29 26 Recchl, Mon 27 12 16 28 12 Francis, Pit 28 8 20 28 4 Palffy, NYI 26 13 14 27 8 Hull, StL 27 13 14 27 18 Nieuwendyk, Dal 29 14 12 26 8 Tkachuk, Pho 25 13 13 26 43 Jagr, Pit 24 10 16 26 20 Weight, Edm 27 9 17 26 14 Gretzky, NYR 28 8 18 26 6 Oates, Was 27 7 If 26 8 Koivu, Mon 27 7 19 26 ' 20 Yashin, Ott 27 10 15 25 10 Fleury.Cal 27 I 17 25 (0 HORSE RACING From 1C They negotiated through an interpeter. "At the beginning," said the trainer, "they were paying me rwith Japanese postal money orders." As a tribute to the Internet, ! the owners call their business Cy-berbreeder Stable. Their filly, Turn Off The Light, . has won three times, with earn- ings of nearly $70,000. "We do everything through e-i mail and regular mail. They even sent me the design they wanted on I their silks and I had them made." ft Until he found the Internet two years ago, Sirota, now 39, was on the verge of becoming a race-; track dropout. ' Newly wed, the overseer for trainer Alan Goldberg's winter Florida operation was infected with a rush of ambition. With a degree in education from Indiana State University, Sir-,ota might have found a teaching job in New Jersey. Thirty years at a desk was not his idea of a future. ; As they watched television at night, Keith and his wife, Blanca, kept seeing Internet-related advertising. "I didn't know if I could get business that way, but I knew I 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 10-34. STREAKING New York Rangers forward Alexel Kovalev has six goals in the last 10 games after failing to score in the first 18. STRUGGLING The New York Rangers are 0-3-Mn their last five games. Including a 1-1 tie with Florida Sunday. The Rangers have an NHL-hlgh nine ties. IA44M4A4AMAAaVUUlAM4iMl

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