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Canadiens win with late goal

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published September 24, 2002

MONTREAL -- Mike Ribeiro scored with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the third period to lift the Canadiens to a 5-4 preseason victory over the Bruins on Monday.

Ribeiro broke the tie when he fired a wrist shot past goalie Steve Shields.

Mariusz Czerkawski, Matt O'Dette, Ron Hainsey and Doug Gilmour also scored for Montreal.

P.J. Axelsson, Rob Zamuner and Martin Lapointe scored for the Bruins in the second period against NHL MVP Jose Theodore. Jonathan Girard also scored for Boston (1-2-0).

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WILD 4, FLAMES 3: Sergei Zholtok's third goal of the game came with seven seconds left for the visiting Wild. Calgary led 3-2 entering the third period but saw that lead erased at 13:39 on Zholtok's second goal of the game during a two-man advantage.

AVALANCHE: The team assigned four players to minor-league affiliates to reduce its roster to 34. Defensemen Will Magnuson and Agris Saviels, and right wing Charlie Stephens were sent to Hershey of the AHL. Center Pierre-Luc Emond was assigned to Cape Breton in Canada.

RED WINGS: Forward Boyd Devereaux is expected to be out about a month after breaking his left thumb during the team's opening preseason game. Devereaux, 24, was slashed during Friday's game at Dallas and the thumb began to swell Saturday and left him unable to practice Sunday. He has scored a team-leading six goals in the team's preseason scrimmages.

ALL-STAR GAME: The Wild is expected to announce today that it will host the 2004 All-Star Game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

While Wild spokesman Bill Robertson refused to confirm or deny the team will host, he did say the Wild applied last year to hold the All-Star Games in 2004, 2005 or 2006.

The Xcel Energy Center, the NHL's newest arena, seats 18,064. Every Wild home game has sold out since the arena opened two seasons ago in downtown St. Paul.

This season's All-Star weekend will take place Feb. 1-2 at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise. Last season's game was at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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