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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


L.A. shuts down host Devils

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Los Angeles goalie Jamie Storr got all the credit from his coach after the Kings' 2-1 victory over the Devils on Saturday.

"I think the story today was Jamie," coach Andy Murray said after the Kings won their second straight and improved to 5-5-1 on the road. "His play inspired our team. He was real good. Jamie made two or three outstanding saves."

Perhaps Storr's best stop came seven minutes into the second period with the Kings clinging to a 1-0 lead. Storr, who made 33 saves, sprawled across the goal to deflect away a shot by Steve Kelly that appeared to have him beaten.

That was the kind of day it was for the Devils, who lost their first home game this season despite outshooting the Kings 34-16.

"We didn't play that badly the whole game," Devils coach Larry Robinson said. "What happened is we gave them two goals, we made a bad clearing pass on the first and we gave it to them on the second. So we gave them two gifts."

Devils defenseman Scott Stevens said his team rarely tested Storr.

"We didn't create enough traffic going to the net," Stevens said. "So it was easy for him to see our shots."

The Kings took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Bryan Smolinski's third goal of the season. Smolinski took a cross-ice pass from Nelson Emerson after New Jersey failed to clear after a faceoff. He missed on his first attempt, pushing the puck a few feet in front of him in the left circle.

But when no Devils player came out to challenge, Smolinski shot the puck again and whistled it past Chris Terreri, who was sprawled on the ice in anticipation of the initial shot.

Jozef Stumpel made it 2-0 at 17:49 of the second. He beat Terreri over his right shoulder after Ziggy Palffy took the puck away from Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski and passed to an open Stumpel.

The Devils made it 2-1 on Randy McKay's power-play goal at 7:35 of the third after Lubomir Visnovsky was sent off for high-sticking John Madden.

McKay tipped in a slap shot by Rafalski from the just inside the blue line.

Smolinski did not want to play because his wife, Julie, was giving birth to their first child.

"It stinks, it really stinks," Smolinski said after learning he would miss the birth. "This is such a special day, our first child, and I won't be there."

Smolinski was sitting in Newark (N.J.) Airport at 4 p.m. when he learned a daughter, Ashton Ella Smolinski, was born. Mother and baby are fine.

Atlanta defeats Boston 8-3

BOSTON -- Tomi Kallio, a rookie who began the game with two goals, scored three times as the second-year Thrashers set a single-game scoring record and beat the Bruins 8-3 Saturday night.

The victory was just the second of the season for Atlanta, which scored six goals in three other games since joining the league.

"We had plenty of chances in a lot of games, but the puck just didn't get in," said Kallio, who played the last six seasons in Finland. "It takes the pressure off a little because a lot of people scored goals."

Boston dropped to 2-3-0-1 under Mike Keenan, who succeeded the fired Pat Burns. It was the Bruins' first game since MikeO'Connell succeeded Harry Sinden as general manager Wednesday.

The Bruins were without injured goalies Byron Dafoe and John Grahame and started Kay Whitmore. Whitmore, making only his second start since April 18, 1995, left after two periods with the score 6-3. Andrew Raycroft, a 20-year-old goalie in his first professional season, replaced him and allowed goals by Kallio and Dean Sylvester.

FLYERS 3, SABRES 0: Roman Cechmanek recorded his first career shutout and Ruslan Fedotenko and Dan McGillis scored second-period goals for host Philadelphia.

Keith Primeau added a third-period goal for the Flyers.

It was the first NHL meeting between Buffalo's Dominik Hasek, the starting goalie on the Czech Republic's 1998 Olympic gold medal-winning team, and his backup Cechmanek.

FLYERS: Eric Lindros' attorney, Gordon Kirke, said there would be no meeting with general manager Bob Clarke about returning to the team.

"There is no meeting scheduled with Bob Clarke," Kirke said. "There will be no meeting with Bob Clarke on Eric coming back to play with the Flyers. Eric has made it clear to the Flyers that he won't come back. He's made it very clear he is moving on."

Kirke said that at some point there probably would be a discussion about where Lindros plays next.

Lindros turned down the club's $8.5-million qualifying offer last summer.

SHARKS: The league approved Owen Nolan's five-year, $30-million deal late Thursday night but has filed a grievance over the clause that deals with the contract's option for a sixth season.

Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer, sent a letter to the NHL Players Association stating the league's intentions to challenge the clause, which deals with the possibility of a lockout in the 2004-05 season.

Nolan's contract contains a clause that would shift the option for the sixth season (at $6.5-million) from the Sharks to Nolan if fewer than 40 games are played in the 2004-05 season. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA expires in September 2004 and a lockout is expected.

Nolan, 28, will not be paid fully in the event of a lockout; instead, he'll be paid a prorated share of his salary depending on how many games are played.

Nolan's case will be settled by an arbitrator but the league and players' union have not agreed one since firing Lawrence Holden from the post earlier this year.

BLUES: There is no goaltending controversy, even though rookie Brent Johnson is 5-0 and leads or is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two), goals-against average (1.00) and save percentage (.958).

But Roman Turek (5-2-1, 2.11 GAA, one shutout) is the undisputed No. 1 goalie, coach Joel Quenneville said.

"Roman is certainly our No. 1, but TJohnner' has something to prove," Quenneville said. "He's played well. We told him earlier that we want him to make it hard on us to decide who we want to play in the net."

CAPITALS 3, PANTHERS 2: Sergei Gonchar had a goal and an assist as Washington earned its first road win.

Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig had 34 saves.

Pavel Bure ruined Kolzig's shutout bid by scoring on a breakaway at 2:41 of the third period to pull the Panthers within 2-1. It was Bure's sixth goal of the season.

RANGERS 5, CANADIENS 2: Theo Fleury became the 60th NHL player to score 400 regular-season goals, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games for visiting New York.

Fleury fired a shot over Jose Theodore's right shoulder into the top corner of the net just 3:28 in. It was his 11th goal of the season, and sixth during the streak.

SENATORS 2, BLUE JACKETS 2: Shawn McEachern scored with 9:12 remaining for host Ottawa.

Rob Zamuner also scored for the Senators. Geoff Sanderson and Kevyn Adams scored on consecutive shots 24 seconds apart in the second period for the Blue Jackets.

MIGHTY DUCKS 3, PREDATORS 3: Pascal Trepanier's first goal in 50 games came with 2:13 left for visiting Anaheim.

Trepanier has just three goals in 105 career games, and hadn't scored since March 17.

BLUES 0, MAPLE LEAFS 0: Curtis Joseph made eight of his 36 saves in overtime for visiting Toronto. Roman Turek made 16 saves for the Blues, who didn't allow a shot in overtime.

The shutout was the fourth by the Blues in 14 games, two each by Turek and rookie Brent Johnson.

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