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The Biron brothers add a note to league history

By Associated Press
Published November 25, 2003

SUNRISE - Florida defenseman Mathieu Biron became the first NHL player in 23 years to score against his brother, beating Buffalo goalie Martin Biron in the Panthers' 2-1 victory Monday night.

Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers was the last to accomplish the feat, scoring on brother Tony of Chicago on Nov. 5, 1980.

Mathieu Biron, who at 23 is three years younger than Martin, gave Florida a 2-0 lead late in the first period when he joined a two-on-one rush and tipped Stephen Weiss' pass past his brother.

The Birons' parents, Celine and Rejean, were part of a sparse crowd at the Office Depot Center.

The goal was Mathieu Biron's first of the season and the sixth of his NHL career, which began in 1999-2000 with the New York Islanders.

Martin Biron finished with 22 saves.

Weiss also scored for Florida, which won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Roberto Luongo made 36 saves for Florida, allowing J.P. Dumont's power-play goal in the third period.

Earlier, Florida announced that defenseman Branislav Mezei will miss at least a month after a slap shot broke a bone near his left eye Saturday.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, CANUCKS 1: Ed Belfour passed Glenn Hall for fifth place on the career victory list, stopping 24 shots for host Toronto.

Belfour has 408 victories, 15 shy of Tony Esposito for fourth place. Patrick Roy is first with 551.

Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts scored for the Leafs, who went winless in the first five games of their West Coast trip before winning in Vancouver on Saturday night.

Brendan Morrison had the lone goal for the Canucks, who haven't won on the road in five games since Nov. 5 at Nashville.

After Vancouver center Matt Cooke turned the puck over, Sundin fired a slap shot past goalie Johan Hedberg at 2:08 of the third.

Roberts opened the scoring 12 seconds into the game, skating from behind the net and backhanding a shot past Dan Cloutier.

CAPITALS 4, RED WINGS 1: Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang and Dainius Zubrus combined for eight points to lift visiting Washington.

Rastislav Stana stopped 38 shots for the win in his first NHL start.

Both Jagr and Lang had a goal and two assists, and Zubrus had a goal and an assist. Peter Bondra got the other Washington goal, and Sergei Gonchar had two assists.

Washington's 14 points tied it with the Penguins for the NHL's lowest point total. Kris Draper got the goal for Detroit, which has lost two of its past three.

STARS 5, COYOTES 2: Mike Modano, Jason Arnott and Jere Lehtinen scored power-play goals to lift host Dallas, which was 1-6-2 in its previous nine games.

Cale Hulse's goal 31 seconds into the second period snapped Phoenix's shutout streak of 141 minutes, 46 seconds. The Coyotes were coming off consecutive shutouts against San Jose and Atlanta.

PREDATORS 3, AVALANCHE 2: Kimmo Timonen and Marek Zidlicky scored power-play goals to lead visiting Nashville. Timonen added an assist, Rem Murray had a short-handed goal, and Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves to improve to 5-1-0 in his last six starts. Earlier, Colorado announced that center Andrei Nikolishin will be out about three weeks after spraining his knee in Saturday's loss to Los Angeles.

FLYERS: Jeremy Roenick had an MRI exam on his back, which has been bothering him for more than a week, and no structural damage was found. He was hurt on a check by Atlanta's Robert Petrovicky on Nov. 15.

PENGUINS: Mario Lemieux will be out indefinitely because of an injured left hip that already has sidelined him for more than three weeks. The star center will miss home games this week against Philadelphia and the Rangers, a road game at Carolina on Saturday and possibly many more. The Penguins (5-10-3-1) are 2-6-0-1 without Lemieux.

SENATORS: Center Bryan Smolinski will be sidelined seven to 10 days after separating his right shoulder in Saturday's overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

[Last modified November 25, 2003, 02:06:38]


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