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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001

No Blake, no problem: Kings 2-0 since trade

LOS ANGELES -- The Kings are unbeaten in the post-Rob Blake era, and their fans like how Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller and Felix Potvin are fitting in.

Bryan Smolinski scored the go-ahead goal with 2:45 left and Ziggy Palffy had two goals Saturday, helping the Kings beat Columbus 3-1 and hand the hard-luck Blue Jackets their fifth straight loss.

The game was the first at home -- second overall -- for the Kings since Wednesday's trade with Colorado, in which Blake and Steve Reinprecht were swapped for Deadmarsh and Miller.

Both players were greeted warmly by the sellout crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center when the starting lineups were announced.

"I'm obviously not Rob Blake, and I never will be. But I'm going to go out and give it my best here, and hopefully that'll be enough," Deadmarsh said. "I had a lot of fun today. I played on two different lines, and it seemed like they were all trying to give me the puck a lot."

Deadmarsh, who started at right wing on a line with Glen Murray and center Jozef Stumpel, was delayed in joining his new teammates because his twin girls born Feb. 9 were in intensive care after being delivered six weeks premature.

Now that the worst appears to be over, Deadmarsh can concentrate on helping the Kings qualify for the post-season.

"This team is battling for a playoff spot, and that's very exciting -- to be in a situation where the end of the season really matters and the games really count," Deadmarsh said.

CAPITALS 2, HURRICANES 1: Andrei Nikolishin scored with 8:47 left as Washington moved to 10-0-2 in its past 12.

The streak matches Phoenix and St. Louis for tops in the NHL this season, and is the team's best since 1984.

Washington also extended its road unbeaten streak to seven.

Carolina's three-game home winning streak was snapped as the Hurricanes fell 11 points behind Southeast division-leading Washington with 21 games left.

Washington is 16-4-0-1 in one-goal contests.

ISLANDERS 5, PANTHERS 4: Mariusz Czerkawski scored twice and added an assist as host New York built a four-goal lead, then held on for its first two-game winning streak in 31/2 months.

The last time New York took two straight, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, the second victory also came against Florida.

The Islanders have won all three games against the Panthers this season. New York has winning season records against three other teams and, no, one of them is not the Lightning. The Islanders have a winning record against Atlanta (2-1-1), Nashville (1-0) and Edmonton (1-0).

"Back-to-back doesn't happen too often around here, so it's nice to get," Czerkawski said. "Sometimes, you can get pretty comfortable playing against some teams."

Pavel Bure scored his league-leading 41st goal for the Panthers, who have lost three straight after a four-game winning streak. Trevor Kidd played all but 51 seconds in net and made 34 saves.

SENATORS 3, CANUCKS 0: Patrick Lalime stopped 25 shots for his second shutout in three games to lead host Ottawa.

Lalime got his 12th career shutout and sixth this season.

Daniel Alfredsson, Rob Zamuner and Marian Hossa scored for Ottawa, which won for the sixth time in seven games. Rookie Martin Havlat had two assists.

The game -- played in front of the Senators' seventh straight sellout crowd at the Corel Centre -- was the first of three all-Canadian matchups in the NHL, with Toronto playing host to Montreal and Edmonton to Calgary.

"It's a pretty big day across Canada," Senators defenseman Wade Redden said. "Last year, they came in here on the same day and beat us, so we wanted to have a good game -- and we did."

Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier is 2-2 since being traded by the Lightning.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 1: Steve Thomas, Sergei Berezin, Garry Valk and former Canadiens' Jonas Hoglund and Shayne Corson scored for host Toronto.

Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for the Leafs.

"They're missing key players to injuries, and they're losing a lot, and that's taken a little bit away from the rivalry," Corson said. "But it's still fun to play Montreal. It's a great organization and it's still fun for the fans, the team and the press."

Saku Koivu scored for the Canadiens, who have lost six straight and nine of their last 10.

Montreal has lost five consecutive games against the Leafs, its Original Six rival.

BLUES 3, BRUINS 2 (OT): Chris Pronger had a goal and two assists in his return from a knee injury and Pierre Turgeon scored 1:20 into the extra period for host St. Louis.

Pronger, the reigning MVP, was back on the ice after missing 15 games following arthroscopic knee surgery. His goal with 1:12 left forced overtime.

PREDATORS 2, WILD 1: Scott Walker scored a power-play goal and Mike Dunham made 28 saves for host Nashville.

The Predators, with 62 points, stayed one point behind ninth-place Los Angeles in the West.

Dunham, who missed Nashville's last game with a strained neck, came within 2:54 of his third shutout. Greg Johnson also scored for Nashville.

DEVILS: Left wing Sergei Brylin might return to the lineup in about a week after knee surgery.

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