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And the beat goes on as Rangers sweep Isles again

By Associated Press
Published February 27, 2004

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Whoever runs the Rangers' bench can coach them past the Islanders.

It was Tom Renney's turn Thursday, one night after taking over as Rangers coach from Glen Sather. His debut couldn't have gone better in a 6-3 victory over the Islanders.

The Rangers completed their second six-game season series sweep over the Islanders in a campaign that likely will see them miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season. They are 8-0-2 in their past 10 against the Islanders.

Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist, and Chris Simon added two goals. Islanders captain Michael Peca left the game after cutting his leg.

FLYERS 1, SENATORS 1: Sean Burke made 39 saves as visiting Philadelphia remained one point in front of Ottawa in the East. Marian Hossa scored his 27th goal on the Senators' second of three power plays in the opening period.

RED WINGS 2, FLAMES 1: Pavel Datsyuk set up both Detroit goals, including Steve Thomas' winner late in the second period against host Calgary.

BLUES 2, AVS 2: St. Louis' Dallas Drake and Keith Tkachuk scored second-period goals to offset two goals by host Colorado's Milan Hejduk. A minute into overtime, St. Louis had a goal disallowed when it was ruled Pavol Demitra slapped the puck past David Aebischer with his hand. Avs defenseman Bob Boughner is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

CANADIENS 3, BRUINS 2 (OT): Craig Rivet scored with one minute left in overtime and Jose Theodore made 37 saves to lift visiting Montreal. Boston's Travis Green tied it when he knocked down Nick Boynton's shot from the point and backhanded a shot past Theodore early in the second period. Boynton assisted on both Boston goals.

PREDATORS 4, WILD 0: Dan Hamhuis and Steve Sullivan scored early power-play goals, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 27 shots for host Nashville. The Wild sent first-round draft pick Brent Burns to AHL Houston for a conditioning assignment.

SABRES OFFICIAL PROJECTS BIG LOSSES: Buffalo could lose up to $10-million this season and is unlikely to turn a profit even if it makes an extended playoff run, the team's managing partner said. Larry Quinn blamed the anticipated loss on the collective-bargaining agreement, which he said makes it impossible for most teams to make a profit. The agreement expires in September.

The $10-million loss projection is the worst-case scenario in the event the team doesn't make the playoffs and loses out on generating revenue from at least two more home games. The Sabres would lose about $3-million even if they make the Eastern final, Quinn said.

In other news, right wing Ales Kotalik had his right arm in a sling and is expected to miss at least two games because of a strained shoulder.

[Last modified February 27, 2004, 01:31:31]


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