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(i 1; 6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 Panthers Calendar In the Crease, Upcoming games NovemberDecember Rum REPORT 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 -: coach Daryl Sutter on his team's 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." - Nobody ever gets hurt. Well, not seriously." LARRY ROBINSON, Kings coach, on his opposition to the elimination of fighting in the NHL. TV: SC - SportsChannel. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EOT i'i i m t si si .t. 30 12 3 4 5 MX) 6 sc 1:30 8 8 10 7:30 U 12 7 00 13 7 00 Caiftab Hantaan featm Waaafn c sc sc sc Jagr, Penguins extend streak to eight Conference standings 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 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 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 into the third period. Snow stopped a shot by Donald Audette, but the rebound went to Holzinger at the side of the net, and his backhander from a sharp angle just crossed the goal line. B Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1: Defenseman Glen Wesley scored two goals against his old team to lead Carolina past Boston in Greensboro, N.C. Wesley's goal at 2:09 of the second period was his third this season and proved to be the game-winner against Boston, which traded him to the then-Hartford Whalers in 1994. Gary Roberts assisted on Wesley's first goal and also scored on a third-period power play. Roberts took a pass from right wing Sami Kapanen and flicked it over goalie Bryon Da-foe's left shoulder from less than 10 feet at the 3:45 mark. B Brodeur, Belfour honored: New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur, who had a 10-2 record and a 1.50 goals against average, Monday was chosen as NHL player of the month for Novem-! ber, while Dallas Stars goalie Ed Belfour was ! chosen player of the week. 1 EASTERN CONFERENCE 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 5 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 I 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 L 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 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 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 17 2 20 71 88 4-9-1 5-8-1 2-5-0 Calgary 5 15 7 17 67 85 4-7-2 1-8-5 2-2-2 7 was trying to break free and he was holding me. The last thing I wanted HIGHLIGHTS Monday's results Phoenix 3, Florida 2 Carolina 3, Boston 1 Pittsburgh 1, Montreal 0 Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 1 (OT) San Jose at Calgary, late Detroit at Vancouver, late Today's games Muller suspended for high-sticking U.S. team strong on i experience i 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 j place Monday, when USA Hockey completed its 23-member Olympic J roster with the help of two veter-; ans who had been key parts of past j victories but had to prove they ' were up to the task again. i Forwards Pat LaFontaine, j leading scorer for the New York ; Rangers after missing almost a ' year with concussions and other j head injuries, and Bill Guerin, who J returned to the New Jersey Dev- j ils' lineup after a quarter-season contract holdout, were among six I players added to the U.S. team by 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 Summaries Coyotes 3, Panthers 2 Phoenix Florida 1 1 1-3 1 1 0-2 First Perlod-1, Phoenix, Tkachuk 14 (Janney, Maciver), 7:18. 2, Florida, Washburn 3 (Mellanby, Whitney), 16:22 (pp). penames-svenia, Ha (holding), 9:33; Diduck, Pho (holding), 12:47; Maciver, Pho molding suck), I4:; worreil, Ma (imerrer-ence), 18:02. Second Perlod-3, Phoenix, Tkachuk IS (Drake, Janney), 1:43. 4, Florida, Garpenlov 1 (Nemlr- ovsky), 7:03. Penalties Phoenix bench, served by Tocchet (too many men), 4:56; Mcnenzie, v no, ma-jor (fighting), 11:12; Laus, Fla, major (fighting), 11:12; Tkachuk, Pho (holding), 17:12; barpeniov, Fla (holding), 17:12. Third Period-5. Phoenix. Tkachuk 16 (Num- mlnen, Janney), 5:37 (pp). Penalties-Fltjpatrick, Fla, served by earpeniov (interference), J 4 1; ioc-chef. Pho (holding). 11:37. Shots on goal-Phoenix 9-6-3-18. Florida 12-10-1032. Power-plays Phoenix 1 of 3; Florida I of 4. Goalies-Phoenix, Khabibulln 12-10-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Florida, Fltipatrick 2-6-1 (18-15). A 14,703 (14,703). Referee-Stephen Walkom. Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Pierre Racicot. Sabres 1, Flyers 1 (OT) Buffalo Philadelphia 0 t 1 0-1 10 0 0-1 First Perlod-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; Gratton, Phi (slashlno). 7:35: Wil son, Buf (holding), 10:18; May, Buf (charging), iu:io; utto, rni iDoaroing), iu:ib; May, hut (rough-ing), 13:25; Barnaby, Buf, misconduct, 13:25; Rich ardson, Phi (cross-checking), 13:25; Holzinger, Buf (interference), i:w. Third Period-2, Buffalo, Holzinger 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 t-aiioon (too many men), IV: 10. Overtime-None. Penalties-None. Shots on goal-Buffalo 6-5-5-1-17. Philadelohla 7- 12-7-0-26. Powtr-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 (iv.sii). Heteree-Terry Gregson. Linesmen-Jean morin, Mepnane v rovost. Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1 Boston Carolina 1 0 0-1 1 1 1-3 First Period-I, Carolina, Wesley 2 (Roberts, Ka panen), 12:40. 2, Boston, Bourque 7 (Donato, Alli son), 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 Period-4, Carolina, Roberts 7 (Kapanen, Chiasson), 3:45 (pp). Penalties-McLaren, bos (interference), 2:59; Haller, Car (holding), 6:59.. Shots on 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 shots-20 saves). Carolina, Burke 5-7-4 ( 28-27). A-5,i65 (15,902). Ref ereeLance Roberts. Linesmen-Greg Devorski, Scott Drlscoll. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0 Pittsburgh Montreal 0 0 1-1 0 0 0-0 First Perlod-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, Kasparaitls, Pit (interference), 13:37. Third Period 1, Pittsburgh, Jagr 11 (Morozov, Francis), 4:02. Penalties Barrasso, Pit, served by Morozov (delay of game), 1:4a; Thornton, Mon (Interference), 4:41; Barnes, Pit (tripping), 12:49. Shots on goal-Pittsburgh 8-3-819. Montreal 12- 10-3-25. Power-plays-Pittsburgh 0 of 5; Montreal 0 of 5. eoaiies-pittsourgn, Barrasso I4-S-3 (25 snots-25 saves). Montreal, Thibault 9-5-1 (19-18). 19,341 (21,273). Referee-Don van Massenhoven. Lines men-Pierre Champoux, Gerard Gauthier. NHL Leaders Through Sunday's games 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. PGASenior PGA: M: Doug Tewell with Harold Pruner, Matt Luca, 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 Nicklaus with John Shea, Mark Shea, John Dewberry and Jerry Forrester. 58: Glen Day with Tom Maurer, John Dolaghan, Mark Peck and Greg Sleinbach. , Lew pros: M: Tewell. 67: Mike Brisk, it: 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, two to do was hit him in the head. ' KIRK MULLER Florida Panthers 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 ad mitted. "But I didn't even try to hit him. Muller had never been sus pended 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. BNHL meets in Palm Beach: The NHL Board of Governors will hold its annual meeting today and Wednesday at the Breakers m Palm Beach. Panthers owner Wayne Hui- zenga and President Bill Torrey win 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 Mellanby 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 by Jody 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. Tkachuk: natural hat trick Wesley: 2 goals Jagr: 1 goal Hasek: 25 saves LATEST LINE Islanders (-'iEven) Rangers (-ViEven) New Jersey Toronto (-'iEvenj Colorado (-l'2l) favorite and the other team (2) is the three goals goals. 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. 51: Jackie Gallagher-Smith with Hettie Herzog, Mareb Hoke, Frank Vo-gel and Art Moran. 59: Betsy King with Dave Reynolds, Irene Goodkind, Virginia Bigelow and Dick Crawford. Low pro: 7): Parker. Tb McGann and King. 73: Alicia Dibos, 73. BSan Filippo shares lead: Mike San Filippo of Ilobe 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. it: Carl Alexander, Winter Park, 34-34. Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, 33-35. il: Frank Dobbs, Port St. Lucie, 36-33. Jack Ferent, 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 Maizalupi, 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. 72: 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. 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 DreaK 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 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. 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, re spectively, 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 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 ngnt oi f uzpatnek. 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 promising 2-for-8 under Murray, got a pair Trainers's unsual ways pay off general manager Lou Lameriello. ; Also picked were forward Shawn McEachern of the Ottawa ! Senators, defensemen Keith Car-ney of the Chicago Blackhawks j and Bryan Berard of the New York 1 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. Ber ard 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 represent ed 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. 1 "You can never, ever de-em phasize 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 taij lored 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 1 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 Vanbiesbrouck, Florida. PLAYER, TEAM GP G A PTS PIM Modano, Dal 28 15 23 36 12 Forsberg, Col 24 7 28 35 34 Leclair, Phi 27 20 14 34 16 Lafontaine, NYR 28 15 16 33 16 Lindros, Phi 26 9 24 33 57 Corson, Mon 27 11 21 32 36 Selanne, Ana 28 23 8 31 12 Bondra, Was 26 19 12 31 18 Bure, Van 26 14 16 30 16 Sakic, Col 27 14 15 29 22 Reichel, NYI 26 12 17 29 10 Stumpel, LA 26 8 21 29 26 Recchi, 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 19 26 8 Koivu, Mon 27 - 7 19 26 20 Yashin, Ott 27 10 15 25 10 Fleury, Cal 27 S 17 25 80 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. Their filly, Turn Off The Light, has won three times, with earnings of nearly $70,000. - "We do everything through e-mail and regular mail. They even sent me the design they wanted on itheir silks and I had them made." 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, t As they watched television at .night, Keith and his wife, Blanca, Jcept 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 1O3-0. STARS Sunday Mike Richter, Rangers, and John Vanblesbrouck, Panthers, combined for 56 saves in New York's 1-1 tie with Florida. Jason Arnott, Oilers, broke out of a 25-game scoring slump with two goals and on assist In Edmonton's 6-1 victory over San Jose. STREAKING New York Rangers forward Alexei Kovalev has six goals in the last 10 games after failing to score in the first 18 STRUGGLING The New York Rangers are 0-3-2 In their last five games, including a 1-1 tie with Florida Sunday. The Rangers have an NHL-high nine ties. STRONG LINE The line of Doug Weight, Jason Arnott and Ryan Smyth combined for 10 points In Edmonton's 6-1 victory over San Jose Sunday night. SPEAKING "It was iust a matter of getting our feet going and having some confidence. In the last month or so, we've had a lot of jump and the puck was not going in. Today, the puck iust went in for us." Edmonton's Doug Weight, who broke out of a 25-game scoring slump with two goals and an assist In Edmonton's t-1 victory over San Jose Sunday night. b.-A A A A A -A tfti irt a s

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