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Wild solves Stars' Tugnutt

©Associated Press
March 13, 2003

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Manny Fernandez had 31 saves and Minnesota scored four first-period goals as the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Dallas goaltender Ron Tugnutt, who had recorded back-to-back shutouts, lasted only one period, stopping only six of the 10 shots he faced. Corey Hirsch stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Tugnutt, who had been playing brilliantly in place of injured Marty Turco.

In 20 starts before Wednesday's game, Tugnutt was 11-5-3 with a 1.96 goals-against average.

But Darby Hendrickson, who missed 45 games with a broken arm, ended Tugnutt's shutout streak at 128:40 when he scored his first goal in more than a year.

Minnesota also got goals from Filip Kuba, Andrew Brunette and Antii Laaksonen.

PREDATORS 2, PENGUINS 2: Newly acquired forwards Guillaume Lefebvre and Brian Holzinger scored third-period goals to lift host Pittsburgh to a tie, snapping its nine-game losing streak. Holzinger, who was traded by the Lightning as the Penguins made five deals before Tuesday's deadline, scored his first of the season by firing a wrist shot past goaltender Tomas Vokoun with 2:32 left to salvage the tie.

RED WINGS 3, COYOTES 2: Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and two assists and newly acquired Mathieu Schneider added an assist as visiting Detroit won for the 13th time in 15 games. The Red Wings have earned 27 points of a possible 30 since Feb. 8.

CANADIENS 4, PANTHERS 0: Jason Ward had a goal and an assist in his first game of the season and Jose Theodore had 32 saves for visiting Montreal. The Panthers set a franchise record with a 10-game winless streak at home.

HURRICANES 3, SABRES 2 (OT): Craig Adams scored on a wrist shot just inside the blue line with 1:19 left in overtime as visiting Carolina rallied to win its fourth straight game for the first time all year. Radim Vrbata scored the tying goal with 9.6 seconds left in regulation in his first game with Carolina since being acquired from Colorado on Tuesday.

Jagr admits mistake

WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr acknowledged that he made mistakes when he lost $500,000 betting through an Internet gambling site, but he insisted he paid the debt four years ago and did nothing illegal.

"It was 1998, and I made mistakes," Jagr told reporters after the Capitals' practice. "I just wasn't smart. It was stupid. ... Everything was taken care of in 1999."

Jagr owed the money to William Caesar, owner of the gambling Web site CaribSports, based in Belize. Sports Illustrated reported Jagr agreed to pay $450,000, split into monthly payments, to settle the debt, and that Caesar leaked the story to the media after Jagr stopped making payments.

Jagr disputed that part of the magazine's story, reiterating the debt was settled in 1999, and said he didn't know why the story was coming out now.

There was no allegation he bet on NHL games.

RACIAL RESOLUTION: Trevor Daley returned to his junior league team, three days after quitting because coach and general manager John Vanbiesbrouck used a racial slur when referring to the defenseman and captain.

Vanbiesbrouck, who finished his 20-year NHL career last season, apologized for using the slur and quit as coach and general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie (Ont.) Greyhounds on Monday.

SUSPENSIONS: Two-game suspensions without pay have been handed to Stars forward Scott Young (for a high-sticking incident involving the Blue Jackets' Jaroslav Spacek) and to Coyotes forward Andrei Nazarov (for a match penalty involving a punch to the Sharks' Dan McGillis).

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