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SPORTS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 2001 STAR TRIBUNE PAGE C7 NHL Western Conference Northwest W L T OL Pis GF GA Home Away Dlv Edmonton 19 12 5 2 45 98 B7 10-6-0-0 9-6-5-2 4-2-2-0 Colorado 20 13 4 0 44 B8 70 11-3-2 0 9-10-2-0 6-5-2-0 Calgary 16 11 7 2 41 90 89 10-4-3-2 6-7-4-0 3-0-2-0 Vancouver 14 20 4 0 32 94 105 8-6 3-0 6-14-1-0 2-5-1-0 Wild 12 13 5 3 32 86 100 7-6-4-2 5-7-1-1 2-4-1-1 Central W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Detroit 25 8 2 1 53 108 80 15-4-2-0 10-4-0-1 5-2-1-0 Chicago 19 11 8 0 46 113 105 12-2-4 0 7-9-4-0 3-2-4-0 St.Louia 15 10 6 3 39 89 81 11-3-1-1 4-7-5-2 2-1-3-1 Nashville 13 15 5 0 31 91 88 9-5-3-0 4-10-2-0 3-3-1-0 Columbus 9 20 5 1 24 64 95 5-8-3-1 4-12-2-0 1-4-3-1 Pacific W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Div SanJose 18 8 5 3 44 99 78 8-1-2-2 10-7-3-1 4-2-1-1 Dallas 14 11 6 3 37 96 93 6-6-4-2 8-5-2-1 5-2-2-0 Phoenix 14 12 5 3 36 85 92 11-2-1-2 3-10-4-1 2-2-1-1 LA. 14 14 5 2 35 93 86 7-7-2-1 7-7-3-1 3-2-1-0 Anaheim 10 19 4 3 27 78 96 5-8-3-2 5-11-1-1 1-4-1-1 Eastern Conference Atlantic W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv NYR. 19 14 3 2 43 108 106 12-7-1-1 3-1-1-1 N.Y.I. 18 9 5 2 43 95 82 8-4-4-1 10-5-1-1 5-2-1-1 Philadelphia 17 10 5 1 40 96 71 8-6-2-1 9-4-3-0 3-3-1-0 NewJersey 14 12 5 2 35 79 84 9-6 2 0 5-6-3-2 1-4-2-1 Pittsburgh 14 15 4 2 34 77 95 9-8-2-0 5-7-2-2 3-2-1-0 Northeast W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Toronto 20 9 3 3 46 wITm- 12-5-To 3-2-2-2 Boston 17 10 3 4 41 86 79 12-4-0-3 5-6-3-1 5-3-0-1 Ottawa 17 12 4 0 38 108 82 9-6-3-0 8-6-1-0 4-2-0-0 Montreal 15 14 5 1 36 88 91 9-7-3-0 6-7-2-1 3-4-1-0 Buffalo 14 18 3 1 32 99 99 9-8-3-0 5-10-0-1 3-4-1-0 Southeast W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Carolina 17 13 4 4 42 100 106 10-7-2-2 7-6-2-2 6-3-0-1 Washington 14 16 5 0 33 100 107 10-4-2-0 4-12-3-0 6-3-2-0 TampaBay 14 16 3 1 32 70 74 9-4-1-0 5-12-2-1 3-3-1-0 Florida 10 18 2 3 25 70 96 5-9-0-2 5-9-2-1 2-3-0-1 Atlanta 7 21 4 3 21 80 133 3-9-4-0 4-12-0-3 3-4-1-2 Wild a year ago: 9-17-5-2. Note: Teams RESULTS FRIDAY N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers Calgary Colorado Phoenix Anaheim Toronto Buffalo THURSDAY Boston Montreal Carolina Atlanta 5 (OT)4 Tampa Bay St. Louis 4 (OT)3 Edmonton NewJersey Detroit San Jose Los Angeles Ottawa Pittsburgh 4 Washington 3 Nashville Vancouver Chicago Edmonton Philadelphia Dallas SCHEDULE TODAY Wild FSN at Vancouver 9 p.m. Ottawa at New Jersey noon Buffalo at Toronto 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Montreal 6 p.m. Boston at N.Y. Islanders 6 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Washington 6 p.m. Dallas at Columbus 6 p.m. St. Louis at Flonda 6:30 p.m. SUNDAY Wild Ch.9 at Colorado 8 p.m. Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers noon SanJose at Nashville Dallas at Atlanta Detroit at Chicago Anaheim at Phoenix SUMMARIES N.Y. Islanders 2 0 02 N.Y. Rangers 1 0 01 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Islanders Lindgren 1 (Scatchard, Tarnstrom), 1:12. 2. Rangers Lmdros 19 (Leetch. Fteury), 2:32, pp. 3. Islanders Peca 8 (Aucoin, Czerkawski), 15:58, pp. Penalties Cairns. NYI (major, fighting), 1:17: McCarthy, NYR (maor, fighting), 1:17; Webb, NYI (roughing), 1:49; McKenna, NYR (cross-checking), 9:29: Lin-dros, NYR (interference), 15:10. SECOND PERIOD: No scoring Penalties Kvasha, NYI (Ob -hooking). 6:08; Peca. NYI (hooking), 7:18; Fleury, NYR (diving), 7:18; Kvasha, NYI (roughing) , 16:32. THIRD PERIOD: No scoring Penalties None. SUMMARY: Shots on goal N Y. Islanders 12-5-13- 30. N. Y. Rangers 12-5-12-29. Power-play opportunities N.Y. Islanders 1 of 2, N. Y. Rangers 1 of 3. Goalies N. Y. Islanders, Osgood 15-9-4 (29 shots-28 saves); N. Y. Rangers. Richter 14-10-3 (30-28). A 18,200 (18,200). Referees Kerry Fraser, Dave Jackson. Linesmen Jean Monn, Anthony Sericolo. Toronto ..1 0 2 0 3 Buffalo 0 2 1 03 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Tor Lumme 1 (Yushke-vich), 6:21, pp. Penalties Boulton, But (roughing), 6:21; Zhitnik, Buf (slashing) 8: 10, Woolley, But, (cross-checking). 14:10; Corson, Tor (holding the stick), 15:50; Roberts, Tor (slashing), 18:47. SECOND PERIOD: 2 Buf Afinogenov 13 (Kozlov, Connolly), 7:04. 3. Buf Connolly 6 (Woolley, Kozlov), 12:51, pp. Penalties-Ray. Buf (roughing), 7:53; Hoglund, Tor (tripping), 11:48; Domi, Tor (roughing), 11:46; Varada. Buf (goalie interference), 11:48; McKee, Buf (interference), 13:14; Domi, Tor (roughing), 15:48: Domi, Tor (unsportman-likeconduct), 17:55. THIRD PERIOD: 4. Tor Tucker 12 (Mogilny, Corson), 2:29. 5. Tor Reichel 9 (Roberts), 7:44. 6. Buf Kozlov 9 (Woolley, Zhitnik), 13:45, pp. Penalties Roberts, Tor (roughing), 12:56; Warrener, Buf (double minor, holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:48; Roberts. Tor (intederence), 16:03; Re-ichei. Tor (hooking). 16:35. OVERTIME: No sconng. Penalties None. SUMMARV:Shotson goal Toronto 11-13-9 0-33, Buffalo 8-12-5-3- 28. Power-play opportunities Toronto 1 of 7, Buffalo 2 of 7. Goalies Toronto, Joseph 18-9-2 (28 shots-25 saves); Buffalo, Noronen 1-1-1 (33-30). A 18,690 (18 690). Referees Dan Marouelli, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen Derek Amell, Ray Scapineilo. St. Louis 0 1 2 03 TampaBay 1 1 1 1 4 FIRST PERIOD: 1. TB Lecavalier 6 (Kubi-na, Richards), 13:23, pp. Penalties Tampa Bay bench (served by Keefe, unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:35; Keane, StL (hooking), 9:27; Pronger. StL (hooking), 13:15; Ciger, TB (tripping), 15:46. SECOND PERIOD: 2. TB Modin 9 (Richards, St. Louis), 16:45. 3. StL Stillman 5 (Pronger. Demitra), 19:29, pp. Penalty Lecavalier, TB (interference), 18:30. THIRD PERIOD: 4. StL Salvador 2 (Demitra, Tkachuk), 8:02. 5. StL Mellanby 4 (Still-man. Maclnnis), 11:19. 6. TB Modin 10 (St. Louis, Richards), 17:12. Penalty Kubina, TB(slashing), 11:41. OVERTIME: 7 TB Lecavalier 7 (St. Louis, Ylonen), 3:29. Penafties None. SUMMARY: Shots on goal SI, Louis 12-1 1-15-2 - 40. Tampa Bay 5-8-1-4 -18. Power-play opportunities St. Louis 1 of 4, Tampa Bay 1 of 2. Goatles St. Louis, Brath-waite 5-6-4 (40 shots-36 saves); Tampa Bay, Khabibulin 13-12-3 (18-16). A 15,223 (19.758) Referees Mark Faucette, Rob Madell. Linesmen Steve Barton, Stephana Provost. SanJose 0 0 0 0 Detroit 0 2 13 FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties Sundstrom, SJ (holding stick), 4:04; Yzerman, Det (high-sticking), 9:13; San Jose bench (served by Harvey, too many men), 11:31. SECOND PERIOD: 1 Det Draper 9 (Fe-dorov), 10:04. 2. Det Yzerman 9 (unassisted), 11:18. Penalties Avery, Det (goalie interference), 2:58; Yzerman, Det (slashing), 1823. THIRD PERIOD: 3. Det Hull 1 1 (Yzerman, Devereaux), 16:49. Penalty Marleau, SJ (cross-checking), 12:25. SUMMARY: Shots on goal San Jose 5-10-4 -19, Detroit 8-11-10 -29 Power-play opportunities San Jose 0 of 3, Detroit 0 of 3 Goalies San Jose, Nabokov 16 9-4 (29 shots-26 saves); Detroit, Hasek 18-8-2 (19-19). A 20,058 (19,983). Referees Kevin Maguire, Mick McGeough. Linesmen Andy McElman, Scott Driscoll. Atlanta 1 1 2 04 Carolina 2 1 1 15 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Car Gelinas 5 (Willis, Vasicek), 2:29. 2. Car Brind Amour 11 , I STANDINGS gain one point for overtime loss (OL). LEADERS Through Thursday SCORING G A Pts Iginla, Cat Lmdros, NYR York, NYR Zhamnov, Chi Yashin, NYI Sakic.Col Fleury, NYR Daze. Chi Shanahan, Det Demitra. StL Kapanen, Car Tkachuk, StL Naslund. Van Gaborlk.Wild Conroy, Cal Sundin. Tor Alfredsson, Ott Gagne. Phi Parnsh, NYI Modano, Dal Dahlen, Was Thornton, Bos Amonte, Chi Brntte.Wlld Roenick, Phi 24 18 18 42 19 37 15 22 37 13 24 37 17 19 36 14 22 13 23 36 36 19 18 18 17 16 16 35 17 35 16 34 17 34 18 34 16 18 34 14 20 34 11 23 34 16 33 17 33 19 33 14 32 16 32 18 32 12 20 32 12 20 32 10 22 32 8 24 32 ASSISTS Oates, Was Roenick, Phi Zhamnov, Chi Conroy, Cal Fleury, NYR Francis. Car Brunette, Wild Ronnmg, Nas Yzerman, Det Sakic, Col York, NYR PP POINTS Francis, Car Yashin, NYI Brunette, Wild Gaborlk.Wild Iginla, Cal Gonchar, Was Bondra, Was Dowd.Wlld Kanya, Ana 31 33 37 34 37 37 33 33 35 36 37 26 24 24 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 PP 19 18 18 16 16 15 15 15 15 2p.m. 6p.m. ESPN2 6 p.m. 37 33 33 32 35 33 34 33 36 6 p.m. (Wesley, Battaglia), 5:37. 3. AM Karlsson 1 (unassisted), 11:09. Penalty Heatley, Atl (holding), 15:28. SECOND PERIOD: 4 Car Cole 8 (Brind A-mour, Tanabe), 10:15, pp. 5 Atl Domini-ceili 6 (Svartvadet), 18:47. Penalties Hill. Car (ob -tripping), 3:09; Tremblay. Atl (hooking). 9:53; Battaglia, Car (holding the stick), 12:04; Tremblay, Atl (holding), 19:06. THIRD PERIOD: 6. Car Cole 9 (Brind'Amour, Ozollnsh), 8:07. 7. Atl Hordichuk 1 (Domemchelli, Tjarngvist), 12:38 8. Atl Bartecko 7 (Kaberle), 17:52. Penafties None. OVERTIME: 9. Car Cole 10 (unassisted). 1:28. Penalties None. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Atlanta 10-3-10-0 23, Carolina 17-9-8-5 - 39. Power-play opportunities Atlanta 0 of 2, Carolina 1 of 3. Goalies Atlanta, Hnilicka 6-16-3 (39 shots-34 saves); Carolina. Barrasso 10-9-3 (23-19). A 17,288 (18.730). Referees-Brad Meier. Dan OHalloran. Linesmen Thor Nelson, Mark Pare. Washington 0 1 23 Pittsburgh 0 3 14 FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties Peat, Was (major, fighting), 2:22; Oliwa, Pit (major, fighting), 2:22; Simon, Was (high-sticking), 4:13; Rozsival, Pit (intederence), 7:23; Reekie, Was (holding), 14:25; Simon, Was (major, fighting). 19:45; LaCouture, Pit (major, fighting), 19:45. SECOND PERIOD: 1. Was Simon 7 (Bondra), 18: 10, 2. Pit Kasparaitis 1 (Beetch, Richer) ,12:58. 3. Pit Ference 1 (Kovalev, Hrdina), 14:10. 4. PM Petersen 6 (Richer), 19:57. Penalties Jagr, Was (roughing), 0:42; Ference, Pit (ob.-holding stick), 0:42; Sacco, Was (cross-checking). 8:50; Bondra, Was (diving), 10:58; Rozsival. Pit (ob.-trippmg), 10:58; Sacco, Was (ob.-interference), 15:44. THIRD PERIOD: 5 Pit Hrdina 10 (Kovalev. Melichar), 1:00; 6. Was Bondra 22 (Jagr, Metropolis, 9:54, pp. 7, Gonchar 1 1 (Oates, Khristich), 12:51, pp. Penalties Kovalev, Pit (hooking), 3:34; Kasparaitis, Pit (charging), 7.04; Kasparaitis, Pit (unsportmanlike conduct), 9:12; Kovalev, Pil (hooking), 12:02; Gonchar, Was (hooking), 16:44; Kovalev, Pit (diving). 16:44. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Washington 7-4-1425, Pittsburgh 5-11-6-22. Power-play opportunities Washington 2 of 5, Pittsburgh 0 ol 2. Goalies Washington, Kolzig (16 shots-13 saves), Billlngton 1-3-2 (0:00 third, 6-5) ; Pittsburgh, Hedberg 13-12-3 (25 22). A 17,148 (16,958). Referees-Stephen Walkom, Scott Zeikm. Linesmen Dan McCourt, Jonny Munay. Edmonton 0 1 0 1 Chicago 1 3 1 6 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Chi Housley 7 (Sullivan),. Penalties Larague, Edm (major, lighting), 3:04; Downey, Chi (major, fighting), 3:04; McAlpme, Chi (intederence), 12:46; Laraque, Edm (major, fighting), 16:24; Probed, Chi (major, fighting), 16:24. SECOND PERIOD: 2 Edm Moreau 4 (Marchant, Gner), 0:56. 3. Chl Zhamnov 14 (Housley, Sullivan), 11:17, pp. 4. Chl Klemm 3 (Nylander, Calder), 11:58, pp. 5. Chl Korolev 6 (Peluso, Karpovtsev), 18: 13. Penalties Hecht, Edm (roughing), 9:37; Murray, Edm (boarding), 10:07; Korolev. Chl (holding) 13:24; Amonte, Chi (hooking) 19:34. THIRD PERIOD: 6 Chl Korolev 7 (Karpovtsev), 16:07. Penalties Korolev, Chi (tripping), 0:50. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Edmonton 5-6-1122, Chicago 8-9-320. Power-play opportunities Edmonton 0 of 4, Chicago 2 of 2. Goalies Edmonton, Salo 15-14-5 (20 shots-15 saves); Chicago. Thibautt 19-9-6 (22-21). A 14,326 (20,500). Referees-Shane Heyer, Don Koharski. Linesmen Brian Mach, Dan Schachte. Calgary 1 0 1 02 Colorado 0 1 1 02 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Cal Wilm 2 (Lowry), 16:25. Penalties Shantz, Cal (high-sticking). 2:15; McAmmond, Cal (hooking), 8.03; Messier, Col (boarding), 10:56; Wilm, Cal (roughing), 14:15. SECOND PERIOD: 2 Col Trepanier 3 (Nieminen, Skoula), 3:49, pp. Penalties Nichol, Cal (intederence), 2:09; Berry, Col (unsportsmanlike conduct) , 12:4 1 ; Berry, Col (hooking), 17:37. THIRD PERIOD: 3. Col Blake 10 (Hejduk, Tanguay), 14:38, pp. 4. Cal Niedermaver 4 (Petrovtcky. Hentunen), 17:38. Penalties Berry, Col (intederence), 4:04; Nichol, Cal (hooking), 13:48. OVERTIME: No scoring. Penafties None. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Calgary 8-10-6-3 27, Colorado 8-10-10-5 34. Power-play opportunities Calgary 0 of 4, Colorado 2 ol 5. Goalies Calgary, Turek 15-7-6 (34 shots-32 saves); Colorado, Roy 14-10-4 (27 25). A 18.007 (18.007). Referees Mike Leggo. Rob Shick. Unesmen Mike Cvik, Mark Whaler to is moved: team loses Video reel touches ex-Penguins star Associated Press PITTSBURGH A teary-eyed Jaromir Jagr was held to an assist in his Pittsburgh return, and de-fensemen Darius Kasparaitis and Andrew Ference scored 1:12 apart as the Penguins held on for a 4-3 victory over Jagr and the Washington Capitals on Friday night. Jagr, missing a front tooth from a Wednesday night run-in with teammate Ulf Dahlen's stick, failed on a couple of good scoring chances on an emotional night. But he set up Peter Bondra's third-period goal. The Penguins led 4-1 before Bondra and Sergei Gonchar scored power-play goals slightly less than three minutes apart midway through the period. Jagr, the second-best player in Penguins history to Mario Le-mieux, was booed whenever he touched the puck in the first period, but he received a loud standing ovation after a video tribute to him. The scoreboard tribute included replays of some of Jagr's highlight goals and left him in tears on the bench, and he acknowledged the cheers with a wave of his glove. "I came here when I was 18, and we had a lot of great years," Jagr said. "It was a lot of fun in the dressing room and everything was loose. You don't feel like you have to go to work to play hockey in Pittsburgh." DETROIT 3, SAN JOSE 0 DETROIT Dominik Hasek posted his second shutout of the season and Steve Yzerman had a goal and an assist, leading the Red Wings to victory and ending the Sharks' 10-game unbeaten streak. Brawl nets one 10-game From Newsservices Adam Mair of the Los Angeles Kings was suspended for 10 games without pay Friday, the only player to receive a suspension for his team's brawl with the Ottawa Senators. Mair will be eligible to play again Jan. 15 against Nashville. He received an automatic 10-game ban for leaving the bench during the fight Thursday night. The teams totaled 174 penalty minutes during the fight. Mair received 47 minutes a fighting major, instigator penalty, a misconduct and three game misconducts. Olympic-bound Detroit's Dominik Hasek will be backed up by two Romans on the WILD from CI Bombardir likely to play this weekend And, oh yeah, he had some big hockey brute on top of him at the same time. Bombardir's foot zigged, his leg zagged; something had to give. What gave was a bone. Now here's the strange part. Bombardir was asked what was the worst part of the broken right ankle he suffered Oct. 14. "Right now," Bombardir said. Not 10 weeks ago when his ankle snapped like a twig? Not the four weeks he spent shuffling around on crutches? Not the countless days after when his ankle, already a sick shade of blueblackgreen, swelled like a balloon? "Nope, right now is the worst," Bombardir said. "Because I'm just about ready to play, but I don't know when I will." If all goes well, Bombardir will play this weekend. He could play tonight in Vancouver, his hometown, but it's more likely he will return Sunday night in Denver against the Avalanche. "The thing is when you break something, you know right away, 'OK, I'm out 10 weeks' or whatever," Bombardir said. "1 had a cast on my foot, so I knew that I just couldn't tape it up and play. You're out and there's nothing you can do about it, so you sort of accept it. "But now is so hard because f ..- v- CALGARY 2, COLORADO 2 DENVER Rob Nieder-mayer's rebound goal at 17:38 of the third period lifted the Flames into a tie with the Avalanche. Rob Blake had given Colorado a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 14:38 of the final period. Colorado pulled within a point of Northwest Division-leading Edmonton. CHICAGO 5, EDMONTON 1 CHICAGO Igor Korolev scored twice and Phil Housley added a goal and an assist in a Blackhawks victory. Alex Zhamnov and Jon Klemm scored power-play goals in a 41-second span of the second period, breakingal-ltie. Chicago vaulted past the Oilers and into second place in the Western Conference. CAROLINA 5, ATLANTA 4 RALEIGH, N.C. Rookie Erik Cole completed his first three-goal game with the overtime winner for the I Iurricanes. Cole, who had never scored more than one goal in an NHL LEAGUE NOTES Czech Republic Olympic team Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek and Flames goalie Roman Turek. The Czech Republic Ice I lockey Association announced its roster for the Salt Lake City Games on Friday. The Bure brothers Valeri and Pavel were among the selections to the Russian team by coach Slava FetJsov. Pavel Bure captained the Russian team to the silver medal in Nagano in 1998. Fetisov's captain will be Igor Larionov, 41, who was Fetisov's teammate on the Central Russian Army team. Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin was chosen as the No. 1 goalie; Fetisov is awaiting word on the el- you can't wait to get back in there, and you feel just about ready, but no one can give you a timetable." Bombardir's ankle still isn't 100 percent, and it might not be the rest of the season. Though he has been practicing for a week, the ankle still hurts. It still swells. He still doesn't have total confidence when he makes a quick stop that the ankle isn't going to burn with pain. All of that is normal in the recovery from a serious injury. Bombardir knows that. He broke his ankle once before, about five years ago. But it doesn't make it any easier. "I know the ankle still doesn't feel right, but maybe this is as good as it is going to get for a while," Bombardir said. "You just don't know. You don't want to hurt your team if you can't go out and play 100 percent. But I also can't wait to get back in there." The Wild can't wait either. Coming into the season, Bombardir was one of the Wild's most experienced defensemen and a respected leader. After years of toiling in the minors and getting spot duty in New Jersey, Bombardir had somewhat of a breakthrough season in 2000-01 at age 29. For the first time in his career, Bombardir got regular playing time, and he made the most of it, establishing himself as a solid NHL defenseman. That's what made this injury so disheartening for him. "Well, I can't think of a good time to break your leg," Bombardir said, "but when you're getting a chance to play and feel like you're really coming into your Jaromir Jagr acknowledges the Pittsburgh crowd after a first-period standing ovation Friday night Associated Press game, beat Milan Hnilicka to the glove side with 3:32 left after Rod Brind'Amour took a shot off a faccoff. Brind'Amour had a goal and three assists. TORONTO 3, BUFFALO 3 BUFFALO, N.Y. Slava Kozlov scored the final goal on a power play with 6:15 left and had two assists, helping the Sabres tie the Maple Leafs. ISLANDERS 2, RANGERS 1 NEW YORK - Mats Lindgren and Michael Peca scored first-period goals, and the goals stood up for the Islanders, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Rangers. TAMPA BAY 4, ST. LOUIS 3 TAMPA, FLA. Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:29 into overtime, leading the Lightning past the Blues. Fredrik Modin added two goals, including a game-tying score late in the third period. Modin tied it on Tampa Bay's first shot of the third period, which came with 2:48 left. suspension igibility of San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov. Etc. Fired Pittsburgh Penguins coach Ivan Hlinka filed a federal breach-of-contract suit against the team, saying the Penguins owe him $854,000. When Hlinka was fired, General Manager Craig Patrick indicated Hlinka would be offered a scouting position or some other job in Europe, but that apparently has not occurred, said Hlinka 's attorney, Mike Florio. Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said he could not talk about the lawsuit. The Montreal Canadiens recalled Gino Odjick, after a six-game stint in the AHL Odjick has been slowed by a back injury. own, and then, boom, you go down for two months, it really does take the wind out of your sails." It didn't do the Wild any favors either. Bombardir's injury was felt even more after other defensemen such as Lubomir Se-keras and Willie Mitchell went down with injuries, too. "It's hard to replace that experience with guys from the minors," Wild coach Jacques Le-maire said. "You're talking about our top defensemen, and no matter how hard a guy from the minors plays, you just can't replace that experience. "Bomber is a guy we really rely on. His experience has been so valuable. He came here last season and he got a chance to play and showed he deserves to play regularly." When he is in the lineup, Bombardir regularly plays against the other teams' top players guys like Joe Sakic, Jaromir Jagr and Steve Yzerman. He kills penalties, plays in the last minute of tied games, helps preserve one-goal leads. At the time of the injury, Bombardir was playing 25 minutes a game, more than any Wild player. No one is expecting Bombardir to play 25 minutes in his first game back this weekend. Meanwhile, Bombardir just can't wait for his next minute. "I just want to be able to go back out there and play because it's been such a long time," Bombardir said. "Until then, it's driving me crazy. It's the worst time of the injury." Tom Jones is at twionesstartribune.com. mm GAME DAY WILD VS. VANCOUVER WhenWhere: 9 p.m., GM Place TV: Fox Sports Net Radio: KCCO-AM (950) 12-13-5-3, 5th Northwest The Wild has only one victory in the past seven games. And it has only one victory in the past four road games. . . . Defensemen Willie Mitchell, out the past three games because of a strained groin, and Brad Bombardir, out the past 28 games because of a fractured ankle, made the trip and practiced Friday. Both are from Vancouver. Coach Jacques Lemaire said he will decide today if they will play. Mitchell, who has never played an NHL game in Vancouver, probably will play; Bombardir probably won't. . . . The Wild is 3-2-1-1 all-time vs. the Canucks. - -ft Wild statistics SCORING Player GP G A Pts PIM Marian Gabonk 32 14 20 34 4- 10 Andrew Brunette 33 10 22 32 12- 12 JimDowd 33 10 14 24 9-28 Sergei Zhollok 33 7 12 19 5- 14 FilipKuba 33 2 13 15 5- 12 Darby Hendrickson 25 5 8 13 8- 34 PascalDupms 30 7 5 12 7- 8 StacyRoest 28 5 6 11 4- 4 Lubomir Sekeras 26 3 7 10 3- 18 WesWalz 26 5 4 9 3- 12 AaronGavey 30 3 6 9 7- 15 AnltiLaaksonen 33 3 4 7 6- 4 AndySutton 15 2 4 6 3- 35 Bordeleau (mnr) 14 1 4 5 1- 8 Willie Mitchell 25 2 2 4 9- 22 RichardPark 14 1 2 3 2 2 NickSchuItt 19 1 2 3 2- 6 Brad Brown 23 0 3 3 4- 69 JasonMarshail 33 0 3 3 13- 45 Simicek (mnr) 6 2 0 2 1 8 LadislavBenysek 30 1 1 2 7- 14 MattJohnson 21 1 0 1 5- 61 SytvainBlouin 15 0 1 1 2- 42 Rcche(mnr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 Maneuccijmnr) 3 0 0 0 1 2 Bombardir (res) 5 0 0 0 0 0 Total 33 86 144 230 22- 514 GOALTENDING Playor W L T GA SP GAA DwayneRokson 7 8 4 51 909 2 4 Manny Fernandez 5 8 1 49 887 3 1 Totals 12 16 5 100 900 33 14-2040, 4th Northwest The Canucks are coming off an ugly 6-2 loss at Nashville on Thursday and have lost three of four Forwards Daniel Sedin (knee sprain Harold Druken (ankle sprainjand Robbinsdale native Trent Klatt (abdominal injury) are out . . . Goalie Dan Cloutier has appeared in 32 of Vancouver's 39 games, but don't be surprised if Peter Skudra gets the start Cloutier struggled in the Nashville game. ... The teams have split the season series 1-1. Vancouver beat the Wild 5-0 on Nov. 11, but the Wild, behind goalie Manny Fernandez, beat Vancouver 2-1 on Nov. 27. Both games were in St. Paul. Tom Jones Vancouver statistics SCORING Player GP G A PI PIM MarkusNaslund 38 16 18 34 0 34 Brendan Morrison 38 9 17 26 5- 10 ToddBertutfi 28 9 15 24 5-36 EdJovanovski 38 It 11 22 3- 49 AndrewCassels 18 1 16 17 1- 6 MaltCooke 38 6 8 14 2 32 HennkSedin 36 5 8 13 5- 20 Klatt(res) 22 7 5 12 6 4 Marias Ohlund 37 l 11 12 8- 36 JanHiavac 33 8 3 11 2 6 DanielSedin 37 5 6 11 10- 14 Trevor Linden 36 3 7 10 3- 16 JarkkoRuutu 33 2 7 9 5 33 Oruken(res) 27 4 4 8 1- 6 Justin KurU 27 3 5 8 4- 14 Denis Pederson 28 1 6 6 2- 31 Vasibevslmnr) 18 3 2 5 0 2 Jason StrudwK 30 2 3 5 3 54 Drake Berehowsky 24 1 2 3 6- 18 Murray Baron 26 0 2 2 2 38 SafflLachance 38 0 2 2 4 22 Kanya (mnr) 3 0 1 12- 2 leeb(mnrl 2 0 0 0 1 0 MikeBrown 4 0 0 0 0 11 Allen(mnr 7 0 0 0 1 6 ArtemCnubarov 11 0 0 0 4- 6 BrenlSopel 22 0 0 0 7- 22 Tottlt 38 94 161 255 8- 628 GOALTENDING Player W L T GA SP GAA Dan Cloutier 13 15 3 73 803 23 Peter Skudra 1 2 1 13 .876 1.9 Brocfiu(mnr 0 3 0 15 .858 2,5 Tola 14 20 4 105 B9t 28 MMMMfc-4fc.A4l A.IMMM

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