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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001


It's an Avalanche of All-Star starters

NEW YORK -- Four members of the Colorado Avalanche were elected to start the All-Star Game, the league said Saturday.

Centers Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, defenseman Ray Bourque and goaltender Patrick Roy were chosen in fan balloting for the 51st All-Star Game Feb. 4 in Denver.

Colorado is the first team in nine years to have four starters. Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Paul Coffey were elected to start in 1992.

Roy, Bourque and Sakic are on the North American team. They'll be joined by defenseman Chris Pronger of the Blues and wings Theo Fleury of the Rangers and Paul Kariya of the Mighty Ducks.

Forsberg will start at center for the World team. Dominik Hasek of the Sabres will be in goal, with Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings and Sandis Ozolinsh of the Hurricanes on defense, and Jagr and Pavel Bure of the Panthers on the wings.

The NHL will choose remaining players for the game. North American reserves will be announced Tuesday, World reserves Wednesday.

Jagr received the most votes with 275,395. Lidstrom was second with 218,714 and Bourque third with 215,903.

Bourque will be making his 19th All-Star Game appearance, moving into second place all-time behind Gordie Howe's 23.

Saturday's games

FLYERS 4, PANTHERS 1: Roman Cechmanek made 24 saves to extend his unbeaten streak to 12. Rob Niedermayer scored the lone goal for Florida, which fell to 3-12-4-2 at home.

BRUINS 4, RANGERS 1: Bill Guerin scored two goals, including the 200th of his career, and Mikko Eloranta also added a pair for Boston. The loss extended the Rangers' road losing streak to 11 (0-10-1), which ties their longest road losing streak since they went 0-9-2 in 1965-66.

DEVILS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 4: Martin Brodeur made two big saves on an overtime power play and got help from a goalpost as host New Jersey extended its unbeaten streak to 11 (7-0-4). The unbeaten streak is one shy of the NHL's longest this season, shared by Phoenix and St. Louis.

ISLANDERS 6, PENGUINS 5: Mariusz Czerkawski had two goals and an assist as host New York snapped a seven-game losing streak. Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux had his second two-goal game since ending his 31/2-year retirement. He has nine goals and 10 assists in eight games.

CAPITALS 4, THRASHERS 1: Peter Bondra had a goal and an assist as host Washington extended Atlanta's winless streak to a season-worst eight. Capitals wing Richard Zednik (sprained foot) did not play.

CANADIENS 5, COYOTES 2: Brian Savage scored two power-play goals just over three minutes apart in the second as host Montreal scored four unanswered goals.

BRUINS: General manager Mike O'Connell said before the game that although goalie John Grahame (broken ankle) is healthy and playing for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, there are no immediate plans to bring him to Boston.

THRASHERS: Donald Audette has been suspended for cross-checking Montreal's Eric Landry. The suspension is in effect until a league hearing, which has not been scheduled. He leads his team with 53 points.

Late Friday

SABRES 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 0: Dominik Hasek stopped 21 shots to earn his 50th career shutout for visiting Buffalo. He is the third active goalie with 50 and the 20th all-time. Ex-Lightning Chris Gratton scored his fourth goal in as many games.

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TONIGHT ON TV: Avalanche at Blackhawks, 8, ESPN2.

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