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Papineau scores five as Blues win

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published September 20, 2002

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Justin Papineau scored five goals as the Blues opened the preseason with a 7-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

Papineau spent last season with the Worcester Icecats, tying for the American Hockey League lead with 38 goals.

Keith Tkachuk added a goal and assist for the Blues, and Eric Nickulas also scored.

Brian Rolston and Michael Grosek scored for Boston.

STARS 7, AVALANCHE 1: Jonathan Sim scored four goals for visiting Dallas. Richard Matvichuk, Scott Young and David Gosselin also scored for the Stars. Dallas goalies Corey Hirsch and Jason Bacashihua combined to stop 25 shots, with Hirsch allowing Joe Sakic's power-play goal early in the first period. Colorado rookie Peter Budaj allowed six goals after starter Patrick Roy stopped five of six shots before leaving midway through the second period. Avalanche defensemen D.J. Smith put the puck into his own net in the second period.

BLACKHAWKS 3, PREDATORS 1: Rookie Brett McLean scored the go-ahead goal with 8:06 left for host Chicago. McLean circled the net and beat goalie Brian Finley between the legs with a shot from the right circle. Chicago goalie Jocelyn Thibault played the first two periods, allowing one goal on 13 shots. Nashville's Mark Eaton had his nose broken when he was hit by the puck. Theo Fleury, who signed with Chicago in August as a free agent, is scheduled to make his debut at home Saturday against Dallas.

FLYERS 4, CAPITALS 1: Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist as visiting Philadelphia won its first preseason game under coach Ken Hitchcock. Pavel Brendl, Dennis Seidenberg and Michal Handzus added goals for the Flyers. Sergei Gonchar scored for Washington, playing its first game under rookie coach Bruce Cassidy. Robert Esche, acquired in an offseason trade from Phoenix, made nine saves in the first two periods for Philadelphia.

CANADIENS 5, PANTHERS 2: Rookies Ron Hainsey and Josef Balef each scored two goals for host Montreal. Hainsey, Montreal's first pick -- 13th overall -- in the 2000 draft, scored twice in the second period for a 2-1 lead.

CANUCKS 3, OILERS 2: Henrik Sedin, Matt Cooke and Artem Chubarov scored for Vancouver in Winnipeg.

HURRICANES: Royal Bank of Canada signed a 20-year, $80-million arena naming-rights agreement, meaning the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena will be renamed the RBC Center.

PREDATORS: Suspended defenseman Jere Karalahti worked out with his former Finnish club with the hope that he can return to the ice soon. Karalahti, 27, received a six-month suspension last month for a third violation of the NHL's substance-abuse policy. He is trying to rejoin IFK Helsinki.

RANGERS: Radek Dvorak, who had reconstructive surgery on his right knee in April, skated with his teammates for the first time since training camp opened and the right wing expects to participate in contact drills by the weekend.

RED WINGS: The team sent defenseman Jiri Fischer for precautionary tests after an abnormal heart exam.

SABRES: Buffalo businessman Mark Hamister submitted an offer to buy the financially troubled franchise after meeting commissioner Gary Bettman. A long process is expected.

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