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Victory in overtime moves Wild into first

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published October 23, 2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cliff Ronning's power-play goal 1:58 into overtime gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Calgary on Tuesday, its first overtime victory since March4, 2001.

With Martin Gelinas serving a hooking penalty, Ronning lifted the rebound of Marian Gaborik's shot over Roman Turek, moving Minnesota into first in the Northwest.

"Let's face it, it was a little bit lucky, but we'll take it," Ronning said.

"We'd worked really hard in practice and worked hard all game, so we deserved it."

Chris Drury's goal midway through the third tied it at 3 for the Flames, whose best chance in overtime came when Jarome Iginla's shot hit the right post a minute in.

Bill Muckalt, who extended his goal-scoring streak to four, was injured halfway through the first when Denis Gauthier checked him in front of the Flames' bench, causing him to somersault and land hard headfirst on the ice.

Muckalt dislocated his right shoulder and did not return.

SABRES 2, FLYERS 1: Miroslav Satan scored the go-ahead goal with 9:18 left as host Buffalo handed Philadelphia its first loss of the season. Eric Weinrich fanned on a clearing pass inside his blue line. Chris Gratton tipped the puck to Satan, who beat Roman Cechmanek.

Buffalo defenseman Alexei Zhitnik left late after a knee-on-knee collision with Philadelphia's John LeClair.

HURRICANES 4, ISLANDERS 1: Sami Kapanen and Rod Brind'Amour scored power-play goals 23 seconds apart in the second for visiting Carolina.

Kapanen made it 2-0 on the front end of a 5-on-3 4:31 into the second. Brind'Amour then converted the rebound of Erik Cole's drive.

COYOTES 2, PREDATORS 1: Shane Doan and Ladislav Nagy scored in the first for visiting Phoenix. Doan took a pass from Daniel Briere and shot it underneath the glove of Mike Dunham 12:27 in. Nagy, who slipped as he shot, saw Dunham tumbling to the ice as well and went top shelf 2:31 later.

PENGUINS 3, CANADIENS 3: Mario Lemieux assisted on all three goals for visiting Pittsburgh, including Aleksey Morozov's tying goal with 10 seconds left. Alexei Kovalev, Lemieux's other linemate, scored twice as Pittsburgh extended its unbeaten streak to five.

AVALANCHE 3, OILERS 3: Ryan Smyth scored 9:06 into the third for visiting Edmonton. Colorado goalie Patrick Roy played in his 971st game, tying Terry Sawchuk's record for appearances by a goaltender.

Sharks re-sign goalie

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Goalie Evgeni Nabokov agreed to a two-year, $7.1-million contract with San Jose on Tuesday, ending his holdout after five games.

Nabokov, the Sharks' career victories leader with 71 during his first two seasons, sat out all of training camp while seeking a dramatic increase from the $575,000 he earned last season.

KINGS: The contract of general manager and senior vice president Dave Taylor was extended through 2005-06. The Kings have made the playoffs the past three seasons.

SABRES: New York gubernatorial candidate Thomas Golisano said he remains interested in buying the team, which has been run by the league for the past four months. He has met with commissioner Gary Bettman and submitted a proposal.

OBITUARY: Les Douglas, a minor-league star of the 1940s and '50s who also won the Stanley Cup with Detroit, died Sunday of cancer. He was 83. Douglas had 100 points in his 1949-50 MVP season with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, the fifth time the mark was reached.

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