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PAGE 4 SECTION 2 DAILY HERALD SUNDAY, MARCH 0, 2008 A* Hawks' 5-on-3 power-play flops proving costly BY TIM SASSONE tvusonf@ilailyhmM.rnm While the Blackhawks have done a lot of the little things well in their recent hot streak, they have failed in one big area. The Hawks haven't scored in their last seven 5-on-3 power- play opportunities and have mostly looked inept in the process. Games are often won and lost with a 5-on-3 chances, and Friday was no exception. The Hawks had a failed two- man advantage for 56 seconds Notes in the first period of their 3-2 loss to San Jose. "In a 5-on-3, the puck has to be moved quickly," Hawks coach Denis Savard said. "The defenders, if you massage it and you hold on to it, they have a chance to get back in position. The puck has to move quick and we have to attack whether it's from the top or the bottom depending on what they're showing." ' Savard and assistant John Torchetti, who runs the power play, repeated their message of better puck movement at practice Saturday. "We need better puck movement, but if it comes to the worst situation we've just got to pound the puck on net," Patrick Sharp said. "We've got to get the puck to the net as much as possible instead of looking for the perfect play all the time. "It's certainly something that can help you a lot. If you get a 5-on-3 opportunity, you've got to bank on getting a goal and swinging momen- tum. Every time they kill it off it's a big momentum swing for them. Those are turning points in games. You can't score every time, but we've got to get a few more goals there." MRI for Eager: The Hawks aren't calling Ben Eager's injured right shoulder dislocated or separated. They will know more after the left winger has an MRI on Monday. Eager was hurt late in the first period of Friday's loss to San Jose when he was hit by Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren. "He's got to get an MRI to see if there's damage in there or not," Denis Savard said. "He's real sore." Moving ahead: Denis Savard doesn't believe the Hawks lost any momentum in their playoff drive by losing to the Sharks on Friday. "I'd say it was a B-plus performance," Savard said. "We've been playing so well lately. There's lots of hockey to be played here. We still have a chance to go 3-1 for the week and that was our goal." The Hawks will take on an Edmonton team today at the United Center that has won five of its last six games. "They have a bunch of young kids like we do that play with a lot of energy, so we have to bring our A' game," Savard said. Tip-ins: Denis Savard's plan for his goalies is to start Patrick Lalime today and Tuesday in Detroit, and give Corey Crawford his second start Wednesday against Carolina. ... Nikolai Khabibulin might attempt to test his back by skating Monday. Rockets capture 18th straight win Associated Pirss Tracy McGrady scored 41 points Saturday, and die host Houston Rockets stretched their winning streak to 18 games with a 106-96 win over the New Orleans Hornets. The Rockets have won their last nine games by double digits and moved into a tie with the Hornets in the overall conference standings. Houston, 13-15 in mid-December, closed within 1 game of San Antonio in the Southwest Division. The Rockets have the NBA's longest victory streak since the Lakers won 19 in a row in the 1999-2000 season.. Chris Paul had 37 points and 11 assists for the Hornets. Hawks win twice: Host Atlanta won the NBA's first replay since 1983, holding off Miami 114-111 in overtime in the completion of a protested game. The Hawks then won the regularly scheduled contest 97-94 as Joe Johnson matched a season high with 39 points. Ricky Davis led Miami with 27 points. The teams began by replaying the final 51.9 seconds of a Dec. 19 game, which was protested by the Heat after the Atlanta stat crew mistakenly ruled Shaquille O'Neal had fouled out in the extra period. NBA SCOREBOARD NBA roundup Mavericks 111, Nets 91: Dirk Nowit/ki scored 34 points and became the leading scorer in franchise history, helping host Dallas beat New Jersey in the first meeting between the teams since making an eight- player deal featuring Jason Kidd. Kidd had 13 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 points. Richard Jefferson scored 22 points for New Jersey. Celtics 119, Grizzlies 89: Ray Allen scored 23 points, and Paul Pierce added 19 to lead Boston past host Memphis, the Celtics' eighth straight win. Hakim Warrick led the Grizzlies with 15 points. Cavaliers 103, Pacers 95: LeBron James scored 38 points, and Anderson Varejao added 15 points and 16 rebounds as host Cleveland beat Indiana. Danny Granger had 19 for the Pacers. Bobcats 100, Wizards 97: Jason Richardson scored 34 points, and Charlotte stretched its winning streak to a franchise-record five consecutive games by beating host Washington. Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 10 NBA NUMBER 1983 The last NBA replay before Atlanta beat Miami 117-114 Saturday. The teams replayed the final 51.9 seconds of a Dec. 19 game, which the Heat had protested because the stat crew mistakenly ruled Shaquille O'Neal had fouled out. rebounds for the Wizards. Warriors 104, Magic 95: Baron Davis scored 33 points, and Stephen Jackson had 20 as Golden State beat host Orlando. Dwight Howard led Orlando with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Blazers 120, Knlcks 114 (OT): Brandon Roy scored 8 of his 27 points in overtime, and Portland overcame Nate Robinson's career-high 45 points to beat host New York in overtime. Jazz 132, Nuggets 105: Mehmet Okur made a career- high six 3-pointers, scoring 27 and adding 11 rebounds as host Utah beat Denver. Allen Iverson scored 28 to lead the Nuggets. T'wolves 99, Clippers 96: Al Jefferson had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Randy Foye tied a career-high with 26 points — and Minnesota beat the host Los Angeles Clippers. Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 29 points. NBA standings Eastern Conference w L PCT GB xd-Boston d-Detroit d-Orlando Cleveland Toronto Washington Philadelphia Atlanta New Jersey BULLS Charlotte Indiana Milwaukee New York Miami 49 12 45 17 40 24 36 27 33 28 30 32 29 33 26 36 26 37 25 37 24 39 24 39 23 39 18 45 11 50 .803 — .726 4Vi .625 10)4 .571 14 .541 16 .484 19)4 .468 2014 .419 23)4 .413 24 .403 24>4 .381 26 .381 26 .371 26)4 .286 32 .180 38 Western Conference d-L.A. Lakers d-San Antonio Houston New Orleans d-Utah Phoenix Dallas Golden State W L 44 18 43 18 42 20 42 20 42 22 40 22 40 23 39 23 PCT GB .710 — .705 Vi .677 2 .677 2 .656 .645 .635 4V4 .629 5 Denver 37 25 .597 7 Portland 33 30 .524 11)4 Sacramento 27 35 .435 17 LA. Clippers 20 41 .328 23)4 Seattle 16 46 .258 28 Memphis 15 47 .242 29 Minnesota 14 48 .226 30 x-clinched playoff spot d-dlvlslon leader NOTE: The top eight teams In each conference qualify for the playoffs. SATURDAY'S GAMES Cleveland 103, Indiana 95 Atlanta 114, Miami 111.OT, completion of suspended game Atlanta 97, Miami 94 Golden State 104, Orlando 95 Charlotte 100, Washington 97 Portland 120, New York 114, OT Boston 119, Memphis 89 Houston 106, New Orleans 96 Dallas 111, New Jersey 91 Utah 132, Denver 105 Minnesota 99. L.A. Clippers 96 SUNDAY'S GAMES BULLS at Detroit. 7pm. Seattle at Toronto, noon Philadelphia at Milwaukee, noon San Antonio at Phoenix. 2:30 p.m. Sacramento at LA. Lakers, 8:30 p.m. MONDAY'S GAMES Atlanta at Orlando. 6p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 6 p m Portland at Cleveland, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Miami, 6:30 p m New Jersey at Houston, 7:30 p m. Denver at San Antonio, 7:30 p m New York at Dallas, 7:30 pm, FRIDAY'S GAMES Boston 116, BULLS 93 Washington 110, Toronto 106. OT Charlotte 108, Atlanta 93 Philadelphia 117. Seattle 83 Detroit 101, New York 97 Golden State 134. Miami 99 New Orleans 107. Now Jersey 96 Portland 103, Milwaukee 101 Utah 126, Phoenix 118 Minnesota 111, Sacramento 103 Denver 109, San Antonio 96 LA Lakers 119,L.A.CIippers82 NBA summaries Completion ol suspended game HAWKS W, HEAT 111(01) MIAMI (111) Wright 3-5 2-2 8, Haslem 4-11 3-311, O'Neal 4-7 8-12 16, Oumn 3-6 5-5 12, Wade 8-17 20-22 36, Mourning 2-21-25. Davis 6-15 3-3 16, Cook 3-6 0-0 7, Blount 0-2 0-0 0, Marion 0-0 0-0 0, J.Williams 000-00. Totals 33-71 42-49111 ATLANTA (114) M.Williams 9-17 8-10 26. Smith 5-9 2-2 12, Horford 1-23-4 5, A Johnson 8-142- 2 19, J.Johnson 11-25 3-5 25, Pachulia 36 7-7 13, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, West 0-1 0-0 0, Law 0-0 4-4 4, S.WIIIIams 3-4 2-2 8, Blbby 0-0 0-0 0, Childress 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-79 31-36 114. Miami 22 25 30 27 7—111 Atlanta 25 26 31 22 10—114 3-Polnt Goals—Miami 3-9 (Qulnn 1-2. Cook 1-3, Davis 1-4), Atlanta 1-11 (A.Johnson 1-3, J.Johnson 0-8). Fouled Out—Smith. Rebounds—Miami 40 {Haslem 8), Atlanta 48 (M.Williams 9). Assists—Miami 24 (Wade 10), Atlanta 28 (J.Johnson, A.Johnson 9). Total Fouls- Miami 26, Atlanta 36. Technicals—Miami defensive three second, Atlanta defensive three second. A—17,069 (18,729). Regularly scheduled game HAWKS 97, HEAT 94 MIAMI (94) Davis 11-16 0-0 27, Marlon 6-14 2-2 14, Blount 4-9 5-6 13, Banks 1-3 0-0 2, Wade 11-20 2-4 24, Cook 1-9 0-0 2, A.Johnson 2-2 5-6 9, Oulnn 0-5 0-0 0, J.Willlams 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 37-81 14-18 94. ATLANTA (97) M.Williams 0-8 8-8 8. Smith 5-11 3-4 13, Horford 3-7 3-4 9, Bibby 3-12 2-4 8, J.Johnson 15-27 4-4 39, Childress 3-5 12 7, Pachulia 2-3 0-0 4, Stoudamlre 4-7 1-29, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 22-28 97. Miami 33 26 11 24—94 Atlanta 26 30 21 20—97 3-Point Goals—Miami 6-17 (Davis 5-7, J.Willlams 1-2, Marlon 0-1, Banks 0-1, Qulnn 0-1, Wade 0-2, Cook 0-3), Atlanta 5-18 (J.Johnson 5-10, Stoudamlre 0-1, M.Williams 0-1, Childress 0-1, Smith 0-1. Blbby 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Miami 50 (Marion 13), Atlanta 49 (Smith 8). Assists—Miami 22 (Wade 8), Atlanta 21 (J.Johnson 8). Total Fouls- Miami 18. Atlanta 17. Technicals—Miami defensive three second 2. A—17,022 (18,729). CAVALIERS 103, PACERS 95 INDIANA (95) Dunleavy 5-12 0-011, Murphy 6-14 3-4 17, Foster 3-4 0-0 6, Diener 2-10 0-0 6, Granger 8-12 0-0 19, Murray 6-13 0-1 13, Diogu 2-2 0-0 4, Daniels 7-11 1-1 17, Graham 1-30-02. Totals 40-81 4-695. CLEVELAND (103) L.James 11-24 11-12 38, Wallace 1-303 2, Varejao 5-12 5-6 15, West 5-8 3-4 14, Brown 4-10 0-0 8, Smith 6-13 0-1 12, Szczerblak4-l4 1-1 11, Da.Jones 1-7 0-0 3. Totals 37-91 20-27 103. Indiana 17 20 27 31— 99 Cleveland 34 17 26 26—103 3-Polnt Goals—Indiana 11 -24 (Granger 3-6, Daniels 2-3, Murphy 2-4, Oiener 2-6, Dunleavy 1-2, Murray 1-3), Cleveland 925 (James 5-8, Szczerbiak 2-5, West 1-2, Da.Jones 1-6, Smith 0-1, Brown 0-3). Fouled Out—Granger. Rebounds—Indiana 41 (Foster. Murphy 7). Cleveland 63 (Vare)ao 16). Assists—Indiana 23 (Diener 7), Cleveland 26 (West, Vareiao 6). Total Fouls—Indiana 24, Cleveland 12 Technical—Indiana defensive three second. A— 20,562 (20,562). B08CATS100, WIZARDS 97 CHARLOTTE (100) Richardson 13-20 3-4 34, Okafor 2-7 58 9, Mohammed 3-6 0-0 6. Felton 5-13 45 14, Carroll 6-13 5-6 23, Dudley 0-3 0-2 0. Harrington 0-0 0-0 0, Boykins 2-7 6-8 10, Davidson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 33-72 2333100. WASHINGTON (97) Jamison 9-18 8-12 30. Songaila 2-5 0-0 4. Haywood 3-6 1-2 7, Daniels 5-8 4-4 14, Stevenson 3-11 3-4 11. McGuire 2-2 1 -2 5, Young 4-91-211, Mason 4-11 4-4 15, Blatche 0-2 0-0 0, Pecherov 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 22-30 97. Charlotte 35 19 26 20—100 Washington 21 26 23 27— 97 3-Point Goals—Charlotte 11-23 (Carroll 6-9, Richardson 5-9, Boykins 0-1, Felton 0-4), Washington 11-32 (Jamison 4-8, Mason 3-7, Young 2-5. Stevenson 2-10, Pecderov 0-2) Fouled Out—Young. Rebounds—Charlotte 53 (Okafor 9), Washington 47 (Jamison 10). Assists— Charlotte 21 (Felton 12), Washington 23 (Stevenson 6). Total Fouls—Charlotte 25, Washington 27. A—20.1 ( 7,3 (20,173). WARRIORS 104, MAGIC 95 GOLDEN STATE (104) Pietrus4-11 1-2 9, Jackson 7-17 3-4 20, Biedrlns 2-2 0-0 4, Davis 13-27 6-8 33, Ellis 6-13 4-4 16, Azubulke 2-5 0-0 4, Harrington 4-13 4-4 14, Croshere 0-4 2-2 2, Barnes 0-1 2-2 2, Watson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-94 22-26 104. ORLANDO (95) Turkoglu 9-17 3-4 23, Lewis 9-18 0-0 21, Howard 8-14 10-14 26, Nelson 3-7 22 10, Evans 2-6 0-0 5, Bogans 1-41-3 4, Cooling 1-61-13, Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Arroyo 1-3 0-0 3, Foyle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-75 17-2495. Golden State 27203324—104 Orlando 36 19 16 24— 95 3-Polnt Goals—Golden State 6-24 (Jackson 3-6, Harrington 2-7, Davis 1-4, Pietrus 0-1, Barnes 0-1, Azubulke 0-2, Croshere 0-3), Orlando 10-21 (Lewis 3-7, Turkoglu 2-4, Nelson 2-4, Arroyo 1-1, Bogans 1-2, Evans 1-3). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—Golden State 57 (Pietrus 11), Orlando 51 (Howard 12). Assists—Golden State 16 (Harrington 4), Orlando 17 (Nelson 5). Total Fouls—Golden State 25, Orlando 18. Technicals- Golden State defensive three second. A— 17,519(17,519). TRAIL BLAZERS 120, KNICKS114, OT PORTLAND (120) Webster 4-9 4-4 15, Aldrldge 9-18 4-9 22, Przybilla 2-3 3-3 7, Blake 5-13 3-3 15, Roy 12-222-2 27, Frye 4-8 0-0 8, Jack 4-8 4-4 13, J.Jones 2-4 1-2 7, Outlaw 2-10 2-2 6. Totals 44-95 23-29 120. NEW YORK (114) Chandler 3-6 2-5 8, Lee 5-11 4-4 14, Rose 1-2 0-0 2, Robinson 16-28 11-13 45. Richardson 8-20 3-3 20, Jeffries 3-7 2-4 8, F.Jones 7-14 0-0 17, Balkman 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 43-89 22-31 114. Portland 36 20 32 20 12—120 New York 24 27 33 24 6—114 3-Polnt Goals—Portland 9-22 (Webster 3-6, J.Jones 2-4, Blake 2-8, Jack 1 -1, Roy 1-3), New York 6-15 (F.Jones 3-5, Robinson 2-6, Richardson 1-4). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—Portland 62 (Przybilla 11), New York 50 (Lee 14). Assists—Portland 21 (Blake 10), New York 15 (Robinson 6). Total Fouls—Portland 22, New York 20. Technicals—Portland defensive three second. Robinson. A—19,763 (19,763). CELTICS 119, GRIZZLIES 89 BOSTON (119) Pierce 6-12 3-3 19, Garnett 8-12 1-2 17. Perkins 6-7 1-213, Rondo 1-4 0-2 3, R.Allen 9-13 0-0 23, T.Allen 3-5 3-4 9, Davis 2-3 0-0 4, House 4-12 0-0 8, Powe 3-4 0-0 6, Posey 5-8 0-0 15, P.Brown 0-1 2-2 2, Scalabrlne 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-81 10-15119. MEMPHIS (89) Gay 4-15 5-6 13, Warrick 4-9 7-9 15, Miliclc 4-8 2-2 10, Conley 5-8 0-0 11. Miller 3-7 1-2 9, Lowry 1-3 3-5 5, Navarro 1-6 0-0 3, Collins 1-21-2 3, Crittenton 37 2-3 8, Cardinal 2-5 0-0 5, K.Brown 0-1 2-4 2, Jacobsen 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 29-73 25-35 89. Boston 37 14 40 28—119 Memphis 20 17 28 24— 89 3-Point Goals—Boston 15-30 (R.AIIen 58. Posey 5-8, Pierce 4-8, Rondo 1-1, House 0-5), Memphis 6-23 (Miller 2-4, Conley 1-1, Jacobsen 1-2. Cardinal 1-3, Navarro 1-5, Crittenton 0-1, Lowry 0-2, Gay 0-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds- Boston 55 (Perkins 11), Memphis 38 (Warrick 5). Assists—Boston 31 (Rondo 9), Memphis 14 (Lowry 4). Total Fouls- Boston 28, Memphis 17. Technicals- Perkins, Boston defensive three second, Memphis defensive three second. A— 18.119(18,400). ROCKETS 108. HORNETSM NEW ORLEANS (96) Stojakovic 5-14 0-0 13, Bowen 0-1 0-0 0, Chandler 7-15 1-6 15, Paul 15-26 4-4 37, Peterson 5-10 0-012, Pargo 3-13 0-0 7, Wright 4-8 0-0 9, Ely 0-0 0-2 0, James 1-40-03. Totals 40-91 5-12 96. HOUSTON (106) Battler 4-9 0-0 10, Scola 2-7 2-2 6, Mutombo 2-4 0-0 4, Alston 7-13 2-2 20, McGrady 17-27 4-4 41, Jackson 1-7 0-0 2, Hayes 3-3 0-0 6. Novak 3-5 0-0 8, Head 3-9 0-0 9. Totals 42-84 8-8106. New Orleans 23 23 26 24— 96 Houston 20 39 22 25—106 3-Point Goals—New Orleans 11-21 (Paul 3-5, Stojakovic 3-5. Peterson 2-3, Wright 1-2, James 1-2, Pargo 1-4), Hous- ton 14-34 (Alston 4-8, Head 3-7, McGrady 3-8, Novak 2-3, Battler 2-6, Jackson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—New Orleans 51 (Chandler 16), Houston 49 (Hayes 9). Assists—New Orleans 20 (Paul 11), Houston 27 (McGrady 9). Total Fouls—New Orleans 11, Houston 15. Technicals—MUtombo. A—18,279 (18,500). MAVERICKS 111, NETS 91 NEW JERSEY (91) Jefferson 7-17 8-10 22, Krstic 3-7 1-2 7, Boone 3-5 3-6 9, Harris 3-12 3-3 9, Carter 5-15 3-5 13, S.Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Nachbar 4-9 4-4 13, M.Williams 6-10 0-0 15, Dlop 0-2 1-41, Hassell 1-3 0-0 2, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-83 23-34 91. DALLAS (111) Jo.Howard 2-4 1-2 6, Nowitzkl 10-18 12-12 34, Dampler 2-3 0-2 4, Kidd 1-5 00 3, Stackhouse 5-11 7-7 20, Bass 8-13 3-3 19, George 0-5 0-0 0. Allen 2-2 2-2 6, Terry 2-5 1-3 5, Wright 2-4 2-2 7, Barea 2-5 0-0 5, Maglolre 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 377828-33111. New Jersey 15192928—91 Dallas 24 28 32 27—111 3-Point Goals—New Jersey 4-13 (M.Williams 3-4, Nachbar 1-3, Armstrong 0-1, Harris 0-5), Dallas 9-13 (Stackhouse 3-3, Nowitzkl 2-3, Kidd 1-1, Barea 1-1, Wright 1-1, Jo.Howard 1-1, Terry 0-1, George 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—New Jersey 47 (Nachbar 9), Dallas 61 (Allen. Nowitzkl 9). Assists— New Jersey 12 (Carter 3), Dallas 26 (Kidd 13). Total Fouls—New Jersey 27, Dallas 30. Technicals—New Jersey defensive three second. A—20,399 (20,468). JAZZ 132, NUGGETS 105 DENVER (105) Anthony 7-15 9-12 24, Martin 1-1 0-0 2, Camby 2-7 2-2 6, Carter 0-4 0-0 0, Iverson 10-17 7-10 28, Kleiza 5-9 3-4 14, Najera 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 7-12 1-3 16, Atkins 4-7 0-0 9, Diawara 0-2 2-2 2, Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 24-33 105. UTAH (132) Miles 5-10 1-1 13, Boozer 10-15 3-6 23, Okur 9-11 3-4 27, Williams 5-13 3-4 14, Brewer 3-5 2-2 8. Millsap 6-9 4-5 16. Harpring 5-8 0-0 10, Price 2-4 3-4 7, Korver 4-5 2-2 12, Hart 0-2 0-2 0, Collins 1-10-02. Totals 50-83 21 -30132. Denver 26 28 21 30—105 Utah 34 43 31 24—132 3-Point Goals—Denver 5-21 (Anthony 1 2, Atkins 1-2, Kleiza 1-3, Iverson 1-3, Smith 1-4, Green 0-1, Carter 0-2, Najera 0-2, Diawara 0-2), Utah 11-15 (Okur 6-7, Miles 2-3, Korver 2-3, Williams 1-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Denver 40 (Camby 9), Utah 53 (Boozer, Okur 11). Assists—Denver 17 (Carter, Iverson 4), Utah 36 (Williams 16). Total Fouls—Denver 23, Utah 27. Technicals—Anthony, Kleiza. Flagrant Fouls—Carter. A—19,911 (19,911). TIMBERWOLVES 99, CUPPERS 96 MINNESOTA (99) Snyder 1-6 0-0 2, Gomes 7-13 2-4 17, Jefferson 13-22 4-4 30, Jaric 1-4 0-0 2, Foye 8-12 10-12 26, McCants 3-11 0-0 7, Brewer 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 3-5 5-611, Richard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 21-26 99. LA. CLIPPERS (96) Maggette 8-1610-10 29. Thornton 6-16 6-7 18, Kaman 7-12 2-2 16, Dickau 2-6 0-0 5, Mobley 5-12 2-2 13, fhomas 1-7 4-4 7, Barrett 1-20-0 3, Powell 0-01-21, ROSS 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 32-73 25-27 96. Minnesota 25 14 34 26-99 LA Clippers 23 24 31 18-96 3-Point Goals—Minnesota 2-12 (Gomes 1-3. McCants 1-4, Jaric 0-1, Foye 0-1, Snyder 0-3), LA Clippers 7-21 (Maggette 3-6, Barrett 1-2, Dickau 1-3. Thomas 1-4. Mobley 1-5. Thornton 0-1). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—Minnesota 45 (Jefferson 12), L.A. Clippers 44 (Kaman 13). Assists—Minnesota 18 (Foye 6). L.A. Clippers 21 (Mobley. Oickau 5) Total Fouls-Minnesota 22, LA. Clipped 19. Techni- cals— A^-17,807 (19,443) Hawks lose ground on Canucks, not Coyotes NHL NUMBER 2 Assists by Peter Forsberg, his first points since he recently joined the Avs. Associated Pirss Brad Isbister scored with 4:12 left in the third period to lift host Vancouver to a come- from-behind 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. The Canucks have 78 points and are tied with Nashville for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 6 points behind those teams. NHL SCOREBOARD NHL roundup Senators 4, Coyotes 2: Mike Fisher scored 2 goals, his first in 19 games, and the Senators snapped a three-game winless streak and added to Phoenix's home woes. The Coyotes blew a 2-1 second-period lead, dropped their third straight at home and remained 5 points behind Colorado and Nashville for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference with 13 games left.The Blackhawks are just 1 point behind the Coyotes. Phoenix is an NHL-worst 14-17-3 at home this season but 20-13-2 on the road. The Senators' Dany Heatley scored the go-ahead goal, his 32nd of the season, on a power play 1:33 into the third period. NHL standings Eastern Conference W LOTPTS GF 6A d-New Jersey 40 d-Montreal 36 d-Carolina 37 Pittsburgh 3B Ottawa 38 Boston N.Y. Rangers 35 Philadelphia 35 23 6 86 180 159 22 9 85 222 194 29 5 79 216 221 24 7 83 202 190 25 7 83 223 209 79 183 190 24 9 79 182 169 26 8 78 212 197 Buffalo 32 2710 74 209 201 Washington 32 29 8 72 201 205 Florida' 32 31 8 72 190 200 N.Y. Islanders 32 31 7 71 170 204 Toronto 30 3010 70 196 216 Atlanta 30 32 8 68 186 230 Tampa Bay 26 34 8 60 186 220 Western Conference ence). 1:15; Wlllsle, LA {slashing), 6:49; Ryder, Won (holding), 9:40; Hamrllk, Won (high-sticking), 16:22. Third Period—5, Montreal, A.Kostitsyn 21 (Plekanec, Hamrlik), 3:49. 6, Los Angeles, Kopitar 29 (O'Sullivan), 6:29.7, Montreal, Kostopoulos 5 (Latendresse, Hamrllk). 18:07 (en). Penalty—S.Kostitsyn, Won (high-sticking), 10:18. Shots on Goal—Montreal 10-7-6—23. Los Angeles 10-17-10—37. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 2; Los Angeles 1 of 5. Goalies—Montreal, Halak 1-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves). Los Angeles, Ersberg 1 -22(22-18). Attendance—18,118 (18,118). T—2:23. Referees—Kelly Sutherland, Ian Walsh. Linesmen—Pierre Racicot, Lyle Seitz. AVALANCHE 3, STARS 1 W LOTPTS GF GA d-Detroit d-Dallas d-Colorado d-Mlnnesota San Jose Anaheim Calgary Nashville 18 6 94 213 151 25 5 87 209 176 26 6 80 189 182 26 6 80 185 187 8 86 182 163 83 173 169 188 187 21 25 7 2310 26 8 78 202 Vancouver . 34 24 10 78 183 173 Phoenix 34 30 5 73 182 185 BLACKHAWKS 33 29 6 72 196 193 Columbus 30 2811 71 165 179 Edmonton 32 31 5 69 185 206 St. Louis 29 '2910 68 167 190 Los Angeles 27 38 5 59 199 232 NOTE: 2 points for a win, 1 point for overtime loss or Shootout loss. The top eight teams In each conference qualify for the playoffs, d-division leader SATURDAY'S GAMES Boston 2, Washington 1 Colorado 3, Dallas 1 Montreal 5, Los Angeles 2 Ottawa 4, Phoenix 2 Carolina 4, Buffalo 3, OT Florida 3, Atlanta 2, OT New Jersey 2, Toronto 1 Philadelphia 4, N.Y. Islanders 1 Vancouver 4, St. Louis 2 SUNDAY'S GAMES Edmonton at BLACKHAWKS, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Washington, 11:30 a.m. Nashville at Detroit, 2p.m. Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 2 p.m. Tampa Bay at Columbus. 2 p.m. San Jose at Minnesota, 3 p.m. Montreal at Anaheim, 7 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 7p.m. MONDAY'S GAMES N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Calgary. 8:30 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles. 9:30 p.m. FRIDAY'S GAMES San Jose 3, BLACKHAWKS 2 Edmonton 2, Columbus 1, OT New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1, OT Atlanta 3. Minnesota 2, SO Nashville 2, Calgary l,OT NHL summaries CANADIENS5.KINGS2 Montreal 0 3 2—5 Los Angeles 0 1 1—2 First Period—None. Penalties—Komisarek, Mon (roughing). 9:26; Calder, LA (roughing), 12:51: Koivu, Mon (roughing), 12:51; Kopitar, LA (Interference), 15:40. Second Period—1, Montreal, Brisebols 3, 5:09. 2, Montreal, Koivu 14 (Streit, Markov), 7:40 (pp). 3, Montreal, Latendresse 15 (S.Kostitsyn, Gorges). 12:43. 4, Los Angeles, Blake 7 (Cammalleri, Kopitar). 16.53 (pp). Penalties—Koivu. Mon (interfer- 1 0 0—1 Colorado 0 0 3—3 First Period—1, Dallas, Miettlnen 14 (Robidas, Richards), 8:56 (pp). Penalties— McCormick, Col (hooking), 8:26; Norstrom, Dal (interference). 12:30; Llles, Col (holding), 12:55; Fistric, Dal (hooking), 18:20. Second Period—None. Penalties— Sauer, Col (hooking), 5:47; Hagman, Dal (hooking), 15:03. Third Period—2, Colorado, Hannan 2 (Brunette, Forsberg), 7:30. 3, Colorado, Brunette 15 (Forsberg, Stastny), 10:12 (pp). 4, Colorado, Stastny 21 (Gulte, Laperriere), 19:57 (en). Penalties—Rnger, Col (interference), 5:06; Miettlnen, Dal (hooking), 8:32; Ribelro, Dal (slashing), 11:56. Shots on Goal—Dallas 10-6-10—26. Colorado 9-6-13—28. Power-play opportunities—Dallas 1 of 4; Colorado 1 of 5. Goalies—Dallas, Turco 29-16-4 (27 shots-25 saves). Colorado, Theodore 2217-2(26-25). Attendance—18,007 (18,007). T—2:16. Referees—Tom Kowal. Mike Leggo. Linesmen—Ryan Galloway, Shane Heyer. BRUINS 2, CAPITALS 1 Washington 1 0 0—1 Boston 0 0 2—2 First Period—1, Washington, Lalch 16 (Ovechkin, Poti), 6:17 (pp). Penalties- Bradley, Was, major (fighting), :05; Lucic, Bos. major (fighting). :05; Brashear, Was. major (fighting), :14; Thornton, Bos, major (fighting), :14; Chara. Bos (interference), 1:27; Schaefer, Bos (hooking), 4:52; Poti, Was (delay of game), 9:11; Allen. Bos (high- sticking), 13:07; Cooke, Was (Interference), 16:50. Second Period—None. Penalties— Cooke, Was, major-game misconduct (kneeing), 4:06. Third Period—2, Boston, Chara 16 (Krejci, Savard), 14:59 (pp). 3, Boston, Sturm 24 (Krecjl, Savard), 17:44 (pp). Penalties— Brashear, Was, triple minor (double high- sticking, roughing), 13:19; Erskine, Was (hooking), 14:32; Poti, Was (slashing), 17:04; Wideman, Bos (delay of game), 19:51; Backstrom, Was (charging), 20:00; Chara, Bos (cross-checking), 20:00. Shots on Goal—Washington 11 -9-4— 24. Boston 5-10-13—28. Power-play opportunities—Washington lo(4; Boston 2 of 8. Goalies—Washington, Hue! 23-13-6 (28 shots-26 saves). Boston, Auld 12-12-2 (2423). Attendance—17,565 (17,565). T—2:28. Referees—iRob Martell, Chris Rooney. Linesmen—Scott Cherrey, Tim Nowak. DEVILS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 New Jersey 101—2 Toronto 001—1 First Period—1, New Jersey, Parise 29 (Langenbrunner, Rachunek), 11:19 (pp). Penalties—Salvador, NJ (tripping), 8:27; Kublna, Tor (holding), 10:55; Ellas, NJ (roughing), 13:30. Second Period—None. Penalties— McCabe, Tor (interference), 4:57; Steen, Tor (tripping), 8:15. Third Period—2, Toronto, Sundin 31 (Kaberle, Steen), 13:44 (pp). 3, New Jersey, Parise 30 (Langenbrunner, Ellas), 19:11. Penalties—Oduya, NJ (hooking), 4:47; Pandolfo, NJ (holding), 6:33; Sundin. Tor (hook- Ing), 7:28; Madden, NJ (tripping), 13:23. Shots on Goal—New Jersey 10-1010—30. Toronto 15-12-16—43. Power-play opportunities—New Jersey 1 of 4; Toronto 1 of 5. Goalies—New Jersey, Brodeur 38-21-5 (43 shots-42 saves). Toronto, Toskala 2721-6(30-28). Attendance—19,469 (18,819). T—2:18. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Steve Kozari. Linesmen—David Brisebois, Michel Cormier. FLYERS 4, ISLANDERS 1 N.Y. Islanders 001—1 Philadelphia 0 2 2—4 First Period—None. Penalties—Upshall, Phi (hooking), 7:13; Comrle, NYI (roughing), 10:22; Tlmonen, Phi (roughing), 10:22; Parent, Phi (hooking), 11:23; Berard, NYI (hooking), 12:34. Second Period—1. Philadelphia, Brlere 24 (Tlmonen, Coburn), 2:48 (pp). 2. Philadelphia, Carter 26 (Upshall, Timonen), 12:06 (pp). Penalties—Hunter, NYI (slash- Ing), 2:04; DiPietro, NYI, served by Hilbert (tripping), 2:33; Hatcher, Phi (high-sticking), 4:40; Bergenhelm, NYI (interference), 11:38; Comrie, NYI (high-sticking), 16:14; Guerin, NYI (roughing). 19:49; Smith. Phi, double minor (roughing), 19:49. Third Period—3, Philadelphia, Harwell 21 (Coburn, Timonen). 7:22 (pp). 4, N.Y. Islanders, Meyer 3 (Comeau), 7:45. 5, Philadelphia, Hartnell 22 (Prospal. Cobum). 13:18 (pp). Penalties—Bergenheim, NYI (roughing), 6:36; Upshall, Phi (unsports- manlike conduct), 7:45; Johnson, NYI (slashing), 12:34. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Islanders 10-914—33. Philadelphia 6-10-11—27. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Islanders 0 of 5; Philadelphia 4 of 7. Goalies—N.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 26-257 (27 shots-23 saves). Philadelphia, Biron 25-17-6(33-32). Attendance—19,748 (19,519). T—2:29. Referees—Bill McCreary, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen—Darren Gibbs, Mark Shewchyk. PANTHERS 3, THRASHERS 2, OT Atlanta 2000—2 Florida 1 1 0 1—3 First Period—1, Atlanta, Little 4 (Recchl, Chrlstensen), 2:12 (pp). 2, Atlanta, Kovalchuk 45 (Recchi, Enstrom), 16:53 (pp). 3, Florida, McLean 12 (Bouwmeester, Olesz), 18:32 (pp). Penalties—Weiss, Fla (tripping), 1:34; Thorbum, AH, major (fighting), 2:16; Montador, Fla, major (fighting), 2:16; Montador, Fla (roughing), 12:37; Norton, Fla (holding stick), 16:42; Havelld, All (hooking), 17:07. Second Period—4, Florida, McLean 13 (Bouwmeester, Joklnen), 8:40 (pp). Penalties—Jokinen, Fla (holding stick), 2:03; Kwiatkowskl, All (hooking), 7:58; Exelby, All (interference), 15:25. Third Period—None. Penalties—Murphy, Fla (interference), 6:21; Olesz, Fla (hooking), 9:55; Peltonen, Fla (delay of game), 11:53. Overtime—5, Florida, Morton 23 (Olesz, Joklnen), 4:36 (pp). Penalty—Kovalchuk, All (hooking), 3:18. Shots on Goal—Atlanta 8-10-8-1—27. Florida 10-11-14-8—43. Power-play opportunities—Atlanta 2 of 7; Florida 3 of 4. Goalies—Atlanta, Lehtonen 13-19-5 (43 shots-40 saves). Florida, Vokoun 26-26-7 (27-25). Attendance—16,614 (19,250). T—2:33. Referees—Dan Marouelli, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen—Steve Miller, Jean Morin. SENATORS 4, COYOTES 2 Ottawa 1 1 2—4 Phoenix 0 2 0—2 First Period—1, Ottawa, Fisher 20 (McAmmond. Gerber), 10:49 (sh). Penalties— Stlllman, Of! (hooking), 3:06; Foligno, Ott (high-sticking). 8:57; Richardson, Ott (hooking). 18:54. Second Period—2. Phoenix, Weller 3 (Hanzal, Michalek). 8:45.3. Phoenix. Mueller 21 (Yandle), 10:16. 4. Ottawa. Fisher 21 (Robitallle, Vermette). 18:00 (pp). Penalties—Phillips. Ott (tripping). 6:17; Heatley, Ott (hooking), 11:07; Perrault, Pho (interference), 16:12. Third Period—5, Ottawa, Heatley 32 (Spezza, Stillman), 1:33 (pp). 6. Ottawa. Vermette 16 (Kelly, Phillips). 10:01. Penalties— Michalek. Pho (tripping), :47; Heatley , Ott (kneeing), 3:06; Kelly, Ott (kooking), 14:01; Mueller. Pho (hooking), 18:01. Shots on Goal—Ottawa 14-8-10—32. Phoenix 9-13-13—35. Power-play opportunities—Ottawa 2 of 3; Phoenix 0 of 7. Goalies—Ottawa, Gerber 25-13-3 (35 shots-33 saves). Phoenix. Bryzgalov 25-205(32-28). Attendance—16,922 (17.799). T—2:32. Referees—Mick McGeough. Brad Meier. Linesmen—Don Henderson, Jay Sharrers. HURRICANES 4, SABRES 3, OT Buffalo 0210—3 Carolina 2101—4 First Period—1. Carolina. Aucoln 5 (Bayda, Corvo), 16:35. 2, Carolina, Gleason 3 (Eaves, Cullen), 17:01. Penalties—Sekera, But (hooking), 6:02; Carolina bench, served by Conboy (too many men), 17:43. Second Period—3, Buffalo, Roy 27, 7:46. 4, Carolina, Samsonov 12 (Staal. Selden- berg), 8:52. 5, Buffalo, Stafford 14 (Kalinin. Roy), 18:07. Penalties—Alinogenov, Buf (tripping), 5:23: Pratt, Buf (high-sticking), 10:05; Spacek, Buf (tripping). 18:23. Third Period—6, Buffalo. Lydman 3 (Hecht. Afinogenov), 10:00 (pp). Penalties— Bayda. Car (interference), 1:46; Lydman, Buf (slashing), 5:26. Hedican. Car (tripping), 8:04: Gaustad, Buf (goalie interference). 15:30. Roy, Buf (high-sticking). 17.58. Overtime—7. Carolina, Walker 10 (Staal, Corvo), 2:50 (pp). Penalty—Spacek. Buf (hooking), 1:14. Shots on Goal—Buffalo 8-9-12-1—30. Carolina 13-10-8-4—35. Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 1 of 3; Carolina 1of8. Goalies—Buffalo, Miller 30-23-8 (35 shots-31 saves). Carolina. Ward 31-21-4 (30-27). Attendance—18,808 (18,808). T—2:33. Referees—Stephane Auger, Chris Lee. Linesmen—Vaughan Rody, Derek Nansen. CANUCKS 4, BLUES 2 St. Louis 1 1 0—2 Vancouver 1 1 2—4 First Period—1, Vancouver, Ohlund 9 (Naslund. Pyatt), 6:30 (pp). 2, St. Louis, Boyes 33 (Tkachuk, Jackman), 15:05. Penalties—E.Johnson, StL (holding), 4:09; McKee, StL (interference), 4:21; Brewer. StL (cross-checking), 5:00. Second Period—3, St. Louis. Boyes 34 (Jackman, McClement), 12:46. 4, Vancouver, Burrows 11 (Pyatt, Kesler), 15:58, Penalties—Edler. Van (holding), 2:12; Jackman, StL, major (fighting), 6:48; Kesler, Van, major (fighting), 6:48; Woywit- ka. StL (holding), 16:29. Third Period—5, Vancouver, Isbister 5 (Burrows, Kesler), 15:48. 6, Vancouver, H.Sedin 13, 19:55 (sh-en). Penalties- Brewer, StL (interference). 5:34; Woywitka. StL (hooking), 8:27; D.Sedin, Van (holding), 8:41; McDonald. StL (tripping). 10:47; Kesler, Van (elbowing), 16:48; D.Sedin, Van (tripping), 19:33. Shots on Goal—St. Louis 5-13-7—25. Vancouver 11 -9-9—29. Power-play opportunities—SI Louis 0 of 4; Vancouver 1 of 7. Goalies—St. Louis. Legace 24-22-7 (28 shots-25 saves). Vancouver, Luongo 3020-9(25-23). Attendance—18.630 (18,630). T— Referees—Gord Dwyer, Rob Shick. Linesmen—Lonnie Cameron, Brad Lazarowich. Line's reunion sparks Wolves BY ALEX HICKEY S/nrial to the Daily Hemtil The Chicago Wolves overcame an error-filled stretch early in the second period with 4 straight goals Saturday night to knock off visiting Quad City 5-3 before 8,882 at Allstate Arena. Sparking the rally from a 2- goal deficit was the reunion of a line that hasn't played together since last season. Forwards Andre Deveaux (2 goals), Colin Stuart (3 assists) and Kevin Doell (2 assists) provided the bulk of the Wolves' offense. "It's definitely our job to provide energy," said Deveaux, who scored his seventh and eighth goals. "That was our same job last year (in the playofls)." Deveaux opened the scoring for the conference-leading Wolves (43-J4-2-2), then Wolves 5, Quad City 3 added his second goal to tie the game at 3-3 midway through the second period. Deveaux's equalizer came just 20 seconds after a power- play score by Joe Motzko. The Flames (29-25-2-7) had opened a 3-1 lead by scoring twice in the first five minutes of the period. Grant Stevenson scored on a power play for his team-high 26th goal, and Brett Sutter extended the lead two minutes later on a short- hander. "For a while, it looked pretty scary there in the second period," said Wolves assistant coach ibdd Nelson. Head coach John Anderson was unavailable after the game because he was receiving treatment after a recent knee surgery. v Despite falling behind by 2 goals, Stuart said there was no sense of panic among the Wolves. "We have so many different personnel (who can score)," Stuart said. "We knew we have the guys in the room to turn it around." The Wolves took the lead at 13:25 of the third period as team captain Darren Haydar scored his 12th goal. Quad City mounted a threat by drawing a penalty in the final three minutes. But the Wolves withstood what became a two-man disadvantage when the Flames pulled goalie Matt Keetley. Jordan LaVallee added an empty-netter to seal the victory. Wolves backup goalie Robert Gherson finished with 25 saves, including several biy stops in the third period.

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