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Columbus a pushover for Palffy-powered Kings

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 10, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ziggy Palffy had a goal and three assists as the Los Angeles Kings beat the expansion Blue Jackets 7-1 Monday night.

Columbus had trouble creating scoring opportunities and couldn't stop the Kings from getting shots.

Tyler Wright's goal 2:19 into the third period cut the Blue Jackets' deficit to 3-1. Palffy took advantage of a penalty several minutes later to end the comeback.

Columbus' Krzysztof Oliwa was whistled for interference with 16:42 remaining, and Palffy scored 42 seconds later on a pass from Rob Blake. Luc Robitaille's second goal, 8:38 into the third, made it 5-1 and sent most of the sellout crowd of 18,136 home.

Blue Jackets coach Dave King was hit in the face with a puck midway through the second period. Trainers bandaged a bloody gash above his right eyebrow, and he finished the game.

STARS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Brett Hull and Brenden Morrow each had a goal and two assists in the third period for visiting Dallas.

Morrow and Hull also assisted on Joe Nieuwendyk's goal with 6:02 remaining.

Hull's goal was his 611th, breaking a tie with his father, Bobby, for ninth place on the all-time list.

Rookie defenseman Petr Svoboda gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with his first career goal 14:22 into the game.

BRUINS 4, PANTHERS 2: Mike Knuble scored host Boston's first short-handed goal in nearly two years and goalie Andrew Raycroft stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut.

The Bruins are unbeaten in three games. Last season they were winless until late October and had to deal with the controversy surrounding goalie Byron Dafoe's holdout.

"The guys feel good about each other," Boston coach Pat Burns said of the difference between starts. "We all feel good about the team. There's not a whole bunch of nagging injuries. The (Anson) Carter situation -- no one's even talking about it."

Carter, the club's second-leading scorer last season, is unsigned.

The Panthers' Igor Larionov said the Bruins played a better team game and Raycroft was outstanding when his team needed him.

"When you have a young goalie, it makes the whole team play harder to protect him," Larionov said. "But he was brilliant."

Dafoe was sidelined with a hamstring pull, sustained in Saturday's 5-1 win at Philadelphia.

BLACKHAWKS: Chicago re-signed left wing Kris King a week after waiving him. Terms weren't disclosed. King, 34, was waived after going scoreless in two preseason games.

CANADIENS: Goalie Jose Theodore, who signed a new two-year contract last week, was recalled after a two-game conditioning stint with Quebec of the AHL. Backup Mathieu Garon was sent to Quebec.

FLAMES: Restricted free-agent center Marc Savard signed a three-year contract. Terms weren't disclosed. He made $750,000 last season.

Savard, 23, missed training camp and Thursday's season-opening loss to Detroit. He was expected to join the team for today's practice but probably won't play in tonight's home game against Colorado, Flames spokesman Sean O'Brien said.

SABRES: Goalie Dominik Hasek, placed on injured reserve after straining a ligament under his left kneecap in the Sabres' season opener, is expected to practice today.

Hasek skated for about 30 minutes at practice Monday. "I believe I'll be ready to play on Friday," he said.

The Sabres don't play until Friday at Edmonton.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Hasek is not 100 percent but feels "pretty good."

Hasek's placement on injury reserve is retroactive to Thursday.

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