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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001

FIGHT NIGHT: Here's why St. Louis' Pierre Turgeon does not fight more often. After getting hit with one right hand from Anaheim's Tony Hrkac on Wednesday, Turgeon hit the ice and the lights went out.

"I remember we won the game (4-2) and I scored top shelf (in the second period). I remember everything until the fight," said Turgeon, who received just his second fighting major in 14 seasons. "I remember getting slashed, being really mad and throwing a couple of punches, but that's it. Next thing I knew, I'm in the locker room."

The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Hrkac had not received a fighting major in his 11 seasons.

"It was two featherweights going at it," Hrkac said. "I was just trying to survive out there."

PIPE DOWN: You knew Toronto's Glenn Healy was in the building on the night of Jan. 5 in Buffalo because bagpipe music blared from the Leafs' locker room. The part-time piper was psyching himself up for his start in goal.

Did Russian defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich like the music?

"Anything that keeps the old guys happy," he said.

IRONMAN: Edmonton's Todd Marchant went down with a shoulder injury after playing in 234 straight games, the NHL's third-longest active streak. But that's nothing compared with the 518-game streak Oilers coach Craig MacTavish fashioned in the late 1980s and early '90s.

MacTavish played bareheaded for most of his career and sustained just one NHL concussion.

"I went to the bench and our trainer Kenny Lowe asked me how I was," MacTavish said. "I said, "Where's Bernie?' Bernie Nichols had been traded about a week before."

CAREER MOVE: Wing Steve McKenna, a 6-foot-8, 255-pounder, served as a guest referee Monday at a WCW event in Minnesota and had "a blast. I came walking down the runway and into the ring and everything."

So now he needs a nickname. One Wild teammate suggested "Body By Neglect."

A better one might be "Penguin." He was traded to Pittsburgh on Saturday. MEDICAL ATTENTION: When Coyotes defenseman Jyrki Lumme experienced pain in his legs and lower back from a bulging disc, he flew to his native Finland to consult with a deep-tissue specialist.

Lumme didn't have the doctor's name, but gave general manager Bobby Smith cryptic directions.

"All I know is he's located somewhere pretty remotely," Smith said. "Jyrki told us the guy is way, way north of Helsinki, out of phone range. I understand he's one part torturer, one part masseuse."

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