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Possible exposure to illness leaves two Sabres behind

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two Sabres were under observation Saturday after possibly being exposed to a mysterious respiratory illness.

Defensemen Rhett Warrener and Brian Campbell did not go with the team for its game at Carolina.

Erie (N.Y.) County Health commissioner Anthony Billittier recommended the players remain isolated for 10 days, effectively ending their season. He added, "They're not quarantined."

Team spokesman Mike Gilbert said holding the players back was a precaution and that neither has shown signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

The players, who are roommates, might have had limited exposure after a relative of Campbell's visited them Monday. The relative, who lives in Toronto, was exposed at her job as a hospital worker and was hospitalized after showing symptoms. Billittier said the likelihood is low that the players were infected.

SARS has killed more than 50 people. Most cases have been reported in Asia.

Saturday's games

MAPLE LEAFS 4, CAPITALS 3 (OT): Mats Sundin scored at 2:56 of overtime for host Toronto, which kept Washington two points out of first in the Southeast. Steve Konowalchuk and Peter Bondra scored in the third for the Capitals to erase a 3-1 deficit.

RED WINGS 6, BLUES 2: Brett Hull's hat trick lifted visiting Detroit. St. Louis defenseman Chris Pronger scored in his first game this season after he missed the first 77 recovering from knee and wrist surgery.

RANGERS 3, BRUINS 1: Alexei Kovalev scored twice for New York. Host Boston failed to clinch a playoff berth.

AVALANCHE 6, COYOTES 1: Greg de Vries and Riku Hahl each scored a career-high two goals for host Colorado.

SENATORS 3, CANADIENS 1: Patrick Lalime had 30 saves for visiting Ottawa, which ended Montreal's playoff chances.

FLYERS 3, PENGUINS 0: Roman Cechmanek recorded his fifth shutout of the season for host Philadelphia.

SABRES 3, HURRICANES 1: Visiting Buffalo, tied for 26th in the NHL on the power play, scored three in 71/2 minutes in the second with the man advantage.

THRASHERS 3, PREDATORS 2: Dany Heatley and Marc Savard each had a goal and an assist for visiting Atlanta.

JACKETS 6, FLAMES 4: Geoff Sanderson had four goals, three consecutive in the second, and an assist for visiting Columbus.

CANUCKS 5, KINGS 1: Five players scored for visiting Vancouver, which got within a point of Detroit for the West's top seed.

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