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Kings deny Thrashers win but lose their leading scorer

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published October 30, 2002

ATLANTA -- The Los Angeles Kings kept Atlanta winless, but not without taking a major loss of their own.

Lubomir Visnovsky and Mikko Eloranta scored two goals apiece to lead Los Angeles to a 4-0 victory Tuesday night, handing the Thrashers their ninth consecutive loss.

The Kings' victory was overshadowed by the loss of Jason Allison, their leading scorer. He went down in the first period with a knee injury that could keep him out two months or longer.

"It's very serious," coach Andy Murray said. "I don't know if it's season ending, but it's serious."

Allison will have an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage.

"It's tough anytime you lose your best player," goaltender Felix Potvin said. "We knew it was bad when he didn't get up. He's the kind of player who will get up if he can."

Potvin was hardly tested in his first shutout of the season and 26th of his career. The Kings outshot the Thrashers 41-25.

Atlanta spent much of the game trying to kill off 12 Los Angeles power plays.

The game was slowed by 26 penalties and turned especially chippy after Allison went down with about eight minutes left in the first period on a collision with Atlanta's Andy Sutton.

Visnovsky, a third-year defenseman, had the first multi-goal game of his career.

Atlanta, which got its only point with an overtime defeat, played before a sparse Philips Arena crowd of 11,440 but still heard plenty of boos.

The catcalls reached their peak near the end of the second period, when the Thrashers struggled just to get off a shot while skating with a two-man advantage.

HURRICANES 2, DEVILS 1: Jeff O'Neill had a goal and an assist as Carolina again got the best of host New Jersey.

Kevin Weekes made 34 saves and Jaroslav Svoboda also scored as the Hurricanes beat the Devils for the second time this season.

Carolina only managed 11 shots against goaltender Martin Brodeur -- none in the final period.

Jeff Friesen scored for New Jersey, which had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in eight games this season.

The Devils' last six losses all have been to Carolina. The Hurricanes won the series 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs last year.

WILD 3, AVALANCHE 2: Lubomir Sekeras scored 3:43 into overtime for host Minnesota, giving the third-year franchise an NHL-best 16 points.

Skating in front of the net, Sekeras took a backhanded pass from Sergei Zholtok from the left side and wristed the puck past David Aebischer to send the sellout crowd into a frenzy.

The Wild, who skated to a 3-3 tie at Colorado on Sunday, are 7-1-2.

Colorado looked dominating early on, outshooting the Wild 14-1 in the first period. But the Wild outshot the Avs 22-9 the rest of the way and again got strong goaltending from Manny Fernandez, who finished with 21 saves.

Joe Sakic scored both of Colorado's goals, while Peter Forsberg had two assists.

RED WINGS 3, SHARKS 2: Sergei Fedorov scored two power-play goals, including the game-winner in the third period, for host Detroit.

Fedorov has eight goals this season, and five in his past three games. Jason Williams scored and Luc Robitaille added two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Owen Nolan scored both goals for San Jose.

FLYERS 2, SENATORS 1: Keith Primeau scored twice to lead host Philadelphia to victory.

Philadelphia goaltender Roman Cechmanek stopped 29 shots and made several key saves in the final minutes as the Flyers remained unbeaten at home (3-0-1).

Jason Spezza, the second overall pick in the 2001 draft, scored his first NHL goal for the Senators.

CANADIENS 2, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: Matt Cullen scored with 4:52 remaining in the third period to give visiting Anaheim the tie.

Anaheim defenseman Keith Carney scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Cullen's tying goal.

The Mighty Ducks, who lost 5-2 in Toronto the night before, have two wins and three ties in 10 games.

Montreal goalie Jeff Hackett, who started his second game in a row after replacing NHL MVP Jose Theodore midway through Thursday's 6-2 loss in Philadelphia, stopped 31 of 33 shots to remain undefeated in four starts this season.

COYOTES 3, ISLANDERS 2: Landon Wilson batted in a rebound with 3:31 left to give visiting Phoenix a comeback win.

BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Tyler Arnason deflected in Alexander Karpovtsev's shot from the point with 6.2 seconds left in the third period to give host Chicago the win.

Capitals' Kolzig goes on IR

WASHINGTON -- Goalie Olaf Kolzig will miss at least three games with a hand injury he sustained before Monday's game at Pittsburgh.

Kolzig was placed on injured reserve and goalie Sebastien Charpentier was recalled from Portland, Maine, joining backup goalie Craig Billington.

Coach Bruce Cassidy has not decided which goalie will start tonight against Boston.

PANTHERS: Defenseman Igor Ulanov and right wing Pierre Dagenais were recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League, and left wing Eric Beaudoin was sent down.

ACHL: The St. Pete Parrots signed forward Tom McMongale and defenseman Luke Volk.

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