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Naslund scores four in Canucks' victory

By wire services
Published December 10, 2003

VANCOUVER - Markus Naslund scored his fourth goal of the game 24 seconds into overtime to give Vancouver a 4-3 victory against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Naslund, who missed Saturday's game because of a groin injury, beat Marc-Andre Fleury through the legs for his 15th goal of the season as the Canucks ended a three-game winless slide.

Milan Kraft scored his second of the game with 7:19 left to force overtime and give Pittsburgh, which has lost six of seven, its first point through four games of a five-game road trip.

BLUES 3, LEAFS 2 (OT): Chris Pronger scored 30 seconds into overtime for visiting St. Louis, ending Toronto's eight-game win streak.

After Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk tied it with a short-handed goal with 17 seconds left in regulation, Pronger scored on the power play with a 20-foot wrist shot from in front of the net.

WILD 2, FLAMES 1: Manny Fernandez made 31 saves for host Minnesota, which ended Calgary's point streak at 10. Martin Gelinas made it 2-1 with 4:32 left. Calgary had a power-play during the final 1:01 and pulled its goalie but couldn't get off a clean shot.

HURRICANES 3, OILERS 2: Marty Murray scored twice to help visiting Carolina end a three-game winless streak. He made it 1-0 off a rebound 11:21 into the game. He made it 2-0 5:18 later, one-timing Brett Hedican's point shot past Tommy Salo, who made his first appearance after missing more than a month because of a hip injury.

Committee to study new rules

PALM BEACH - Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a committee will be formed in February to "take a good look at the game," which could result in rules changes by next season.

Panthers general manager Rick Dudley said changes that have been discussed recently include eliminating the red line, changing the size of the neutral zone and offensive zone, cracking down further on obstruction and making the nets bigger.

Joseph returns to Wings

DETROIT - The Red Wings recalled Curtis Joseph from Grand Rapids less than a week after they sent the goalie to the minors for the second time this season.

Joseph is back because Dominik Hasek is out through this week after aggravating a groin injury Monday. Joseph might play because Manny Legace hurt his knee during the pregame warmup Monday. He is day to day.

Also, defenseman Chris Chelios will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained right knee sustained on a check by Los Angeles' Mike Cammalleri.

The Red Wings also put Steve Thomas on injured reserve. He is expected to miss 5-6 weeks with an injured left knee and is scheduled for surgery Thursday.

CANUCKS: Chris Levesque a goalie for the University of British Columbia, signed a one-day amateur contract to be a backup. Dan Cloutier hurt his groin at the morning skate, and Vancouver could not promote a goalie in time. Its affiliate, Manitoba, is in Binghamton, N.Y., for a game tonight.

PENGUINS: Forward Ramzi Abid is out indefinitely after tearing the ACL, meniscus and cartilage in his right knee Saturday.

SABRES: Goaltender Mika Noronen cut his neck during practice and will miss tonight's game. Chris Drury fell after tripping over Noronen's stick. Drury's skate sliced Noronen's neck just below the jawbone. After receiving stitches, Noronen finished practice.

[Last modified December 10, 2003, 01:34:25]


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