Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2000
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Curtis Brown had a goal and two assists as the Buffalo Sabres snapped the New Jersey Devils' nine-game unbeaten streak with a 5-2 victory Thursday night in a game that was postponed a day earlier because of snow.
Vaclav Varada and Erik Rasmussen added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who were not whistled for any penalties.
Petr Sykora scored both goals for the Devils, who were 7-0-2 after a six-game losing streak and a seven-game winless run.
Buffalo's Dominik Hasek, who had 28 saves, is 4-0-1 in his past five games against Martin Brodeur, the Devils goalie, who stopped 25 shots.
KINGS 5, STARS 2: Ziggy Palffy had a goal and an assist and Stephane Fiset stopped 29 shots in his second start of the season for host Los Angeles.
Palffy's 19th goal and second-period assist added to his NHL-leading total of 42 points.
Fiset recorded the Kings' second victory in their past seven games. He returned Saturday after missing 10 weeks with a knee injury.
Dallas backup Marty Turco made 20 saves.
WILD 4, BLACKHAWKS 2: Antti Laaksonen, Aaron Gavey, Filip Kuba and Wes Walz scored as visiting Minnesota snapped a three-game skid. The expansion Wild won its third straight against the Blackhawks to take the season series 3-1. Minnesota's Manny Fernandez stopped 27 shots and has allowed 10 goals in his past six games.
FLAMES 4, PREDATORS 0: Mike Vernon made 15 saves for his 25th career shutout as Calgary ended a franchise-worst 10-game home winless streak. It was the second consecutive game Nashville has been shut out.
RANGERS INTERESTED IN COFFEY: Rangers general manager Glen Sather said that if defenseman Paul Coffey and the Bruins agree on a buyout, New York might be interested. Coffey cleared waivers and has several options besides the buyout, including a stint in the minors or retirement.
CANADIENS: Montreal acquired enforcer Gino Odjick from the Flyers for forward P.J. Stock and a sixth-round pick in next year's entry draft. Odjick, 30, has one goal and three assists in 17 games this season. ... Defenseman Craig Rivet (bruised shoulder) may not play this weekend. He has missed three games.
CAPITALS: Joe Murphy was cut on his face and neck when he was hit on the head with a glass at a New York nightclub. Police said Amin Kallamni, 18, apparently was upset Murphy was talking to a woman who is the girlfriend of one of Kallamni's friends. Murphy, 33, was treated and released from a hospital. Kallamni was booked on a misdemeanor assault charge.
FLAMES: Steve Smith, the 37-year-old captain who made a comeback three years ago, retired for a second time after another spinal-cord injury. Smith admitted he wasn't completely honest about a Nov. 8 concussion. "It was another bruise to my spinal cord," he said. "It has become very apparent it is a career-ending injury." Team physician Willem Meeuwisse said Smith has "has made a good recovery." Smith walked away from the Blackhawks because of a chronic bad back after the 1996-97 season.
ISLANDERS: General manager Mike Milbury has pulled all the team's players out of its American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell, Mass in a playing time dispute. ... Islanders center Mats Lindgren will miss the rest of the regular season. He is scheduled for surgery on his left shoulder Thursday.
SENATORS: Ottawa has dropped its lawsuit against forward Alexei Yashin after reaching a settlement. At the request of the club, the NHL withdrew from its arbitration hearing with the players association. Backed by the NHL, the Senators were suing the former captain for $930,000 for holding out for the entire final season of his contract. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but general manager Marshall Johnston said, "There was and will be no financial compensation to the team." ... Goaltender Jani Hurme, 25, signed a multiyear extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. He is earning $550,000 this season.
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