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Panthers extend Pens' woes

By Wire services
Published February 13, 2004

SUNRISE - Niklas Hagman ended a 30-game drought with two goals, helping Florida extend Pittsburgh's franchise-record losing streak to 13 with a 5-1 victory Thursday night.

Darcy Hordichuk, Olli Jokinen and Valeri Bure also scored for the Panthers, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. The victory was Florida's eighth straight against Pittsburgh.

Ryan Malone had a short-handed goal for the Penguins, who haven't won since beating Philadelphia 2-1 on Jan. 12.

Pittsburgh goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin was pulled after Hagman's second goal made it 3-1 with 2:02 left in the second.

AVALANCHE 4, BLUES 0: David Aebischer stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Colorado extended its point streak to 11 games (6-0-3-2).

The Avalanche has lost just three of 28 road games this season. It has earned at least one point in 23 of its past 24 away from home, including 14 in a row. That's the league's best run of success on the road since the 1977-78 Canadians recorded a point in 24 of 25.

FLYERS 2, RANGERS 1: Sean Burke had 26 saves in his first game back with visiting Philadelphia, and Sami Kapanen scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third.

Desperate for goaltending help with Jeff Hackett forced to retire because of vertigo and Robert Esche sidelined by a knee injury, the Flyers acquired Burke from Phoenix on Monday.

Flyers center Jeremy Roenick broke his jaw when he was struck in the face by a puck.

"The jaw is a problem and I'm sure he's going to need surgery on that," said Dr. Andrew Feldman, the Rangers physician.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, BLUE JACKETS 1: Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker had power-play goals for host Toronto. Ed Belfour had 18 saves in his first start in almost two weeks. Belfour, who missed three games with a back injury, was rarely tested, but he stopped Todd Marchant on a partial breakaway after Marchant skated between two defensemen in the first period.

SENATORS 3, BRUINS 2 (OT): Martin Havlat's second goal of the game 1:23 into overtime lifted host Ottawa. Havlat, who put Ottawa on top 2-0 in the second, beat Felix Potvin for the winner, his 19th goal this season. The Senators have two straight wins after a season-worst three-game losing streak.

Boston defenseman Jiri Slegr scored with 40.4 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bruins salvaged a point despite ending a season-high six-game winning streak.

HURRICANES 3, CAPS 3: Pavel Brendl scored late in the third to lift Carolina into a tie. Marty Murray and Sean Hill each scored for the Hurricanes, who are 0-5-2 in their past seven home games. Kevin Weekes had 18 saves for Carolina, which outshot Washington 41-21.

Jeff Halpern had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who had won the past four meetings this season.

LEAGUE NEWS: Painting a gloomy financial picture that could lead to a lockout, the league released a report that its 30 teams combined for $272.6-million in operating losses last season.

To bolster its contention of widespread red ink, the league hired former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Arthur Levitt Jr. to examine franchises' financial figures. Levitt said his report was independent and concluded 19 teams had operating losses in 2002-03.

"The results are as catastrophic as I've seen in any enterprise of this size," Levitt said. "They are on a treadmill to obscurity, that's the way the league is going. So, something's got to change."

The league also released figures that showed 10 consecutive seasons of operating losses totaling $1.544-billion on operating revenue of $12.98-billion. The league said players got 75 percent of operating revenue last season, up from 57 percent in 1993-94.

The players association immediately challenged the results.

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