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Slapshots

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002


They call him the streak

Calgary became Naked City with about five minutes left in Thursday's tie at 3 with the Bruins. That's when a streaker ran down the stairs of the Pengrowth Saddledome, climbed the plexiglass of the visitors' penalty box and dropped to the ice wearing only wool socks and a wristwatch.

The guy tried to move, got no traction, fell and smacked the back of his head on the ice. He was knocked out for about 10 minutes.

"It's a shame," Flames defenseman Bob Boughner said. "It's never a girl. Always a guy."

Said Bruins captain Joe Thornton: "I have never, ever seen a naked guy on the ice before. I saw him taking off his pants and then he got on the top rope and . . . oh, man, it wasn't nice. And what's with those socks? Say what you want, he gave the fans what they want to see."

Diverging opinions

Apparently Wednesday's decision by Panthers coach Mike Keenan to send Stephen Weiss, 19, back to juniors was made without consulting general manager Rick Dudley. That set off a flurry of activity in which Dudley cut short a scouting trip to join the team in Chicago, spoke to Weiss and then to Keenan.

It also sparked a story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that said Keenan and Dudley were not on the same page.

Weiss asked Keenan for a second chance, and it was granted, at least until the team plays nine games, when league rules require a final decision.

"This isn't the same as sending a kid to the AHL," Dudley said. "You do that as a wakeup call. This is a pretty final wakeup call, so we decided to give him another opportunity to prove he can play."

Of his disagreement with Keenan, Dudley said: "We met for a long time and everything's okay. This is what we jointly decided."

* * *

With Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice:

Q: Were you surprised you were critiqued during the Stanley Cup final on your dealings with the media?

A: Nope. When it gets down to just a couple of teams, there wasn't much to talk about after Day 1.

Q: You met every day with reporters. The repetitiveness must have been numbing.

A: It was the Stanley Cup final. It was a good place to be. Nobody was saying you should have beat Detroit four straight, so what happened? All the press I dealt with was very positive.

Q: Do you worry about being misquoted?

A: My intentions are to talk within reason about our hockey team, but I'm not going to read it or worry about it. It's almost like you come to terms at some point that you are going to be misquoted, and I'm not going to like the way it comes across sometime.

Q: Is dealing with the media a necessary evil?

A: I understand it. I'll give all members of the media the benefit of the doubt. I read the new guys, the people I haven't met, to get a sense of them. But in a philosophical sense, we all have a piece of this.

Up the ladder

After one season and four games, Peter Laviolette, the 10th Islanders coach, was fourth in franchise victories:

Al Arbour 739 Rick Bowness 37

Terry Simpson 81 Lorne Henning 19

Mike Milbury 57 Bill Stewart 11

Peter Laviolette 43 Earl Ingarfield 6

Butch Goring 41 Phil Goyette 6

Around the league

The name of Red Wings backup goalie Manny Legace was misspelled on the Stanley Cup as Lagace. NHL officials said the mistake will be corrected. Legace got a phone call informing him of the gaffe. "They asked me if I was sitting down," he said. "I thought they were kidding." ... Think St. Louis isn't taking a long, hard look at Byron Dafoe? The Blues used No. 4 goalie Curtis Sanford for Thursday's 7-1 victory over the Blue Jackets after No. 3 Reinhard Divas plopped to the ice late in the first period with a strained groin. No. 1 Brent Johnson is out with a high ankle sprain and No. 2 Fred Brathwaite also has groin problems. ... Tony Amonte was scoreless in his first five games for the Coyotes and was bothered by a banged-up big toe hit with a slap shot Tuesday against the Senators. Amonte used a needle between periods to poke a hole in his toenail to drain the blood. ... ... When Ilya Kovalchuk was caught using an illegal stick Oct. 12 against the Panthers, the Thrashers were not happy, especially since he had been warned several times and caught last season in Edmonton. Kovalchuk was fined $200 by the league and $500 by the team.

Quotable

"It would be scary if Michael (Nylander) did that for 60 minutes, skate at full speed all the time, because he would run away with the scoring race. That's how good a player he is capable of becoming. He would win it by 40 or 50 points." -- Blackhawks coach Brian Sutter.

-- Compiled by Damian Cristodero, using information from other news organizations.

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