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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 19, 2000


Rangers roll over Panthers

NEW YORK -- Petr Nedved returned from a suspension and had three assists, and linemate Jan Hlavac had a goal and two assists as the Rangers came home from a winless road trip to beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 Monday night.

The Rangers went 0-3-1 against Boston and the three California teams, yielding 20 goals.

Nedved missed the past three games for a high-sticking penalty against Boston's Joe Thornton.

The Rangers' Theo Fleury had two assists to extend his point-scoring streak to nine games. Fleury leads the league with 49 points.

RED WINGS 4, OILERS 3 (OT): Larry Murphy scored with 1:55 left in overtime for host Detroit. The Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom scored on a goal-mouth scramble with 33.4 seconds left in the third to force overtime.

SHARKS 5, CAPITALS 3: Todd Harvey had his first hat trick since April 22, 1995, as San Jose ended Washington's nine-game home unbeaten streak (7-0-2).

BLUE JACKETS 2, CANADIENS 0: In a game matching the two worst teams in the league, Ron Tugnutt recorded expansion Columbus' first shutout. Host Montreal lost its leading scorer early when Martin Rucinsky sprained his left knee when he fell into the boards while trying to finish a check.

BRUINS: The league suspended Thornton for two games for cross-checking Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dave Karpa in the head in a game Saturday. Thornton will lose $19,073 in salary.

CANADIENS-OILERS TRADE: In an exchange of struggling centers, Montreal sent Sergei Zholtok to Edmonton for Chad Kilger. Zholtok scored a team-high 26 goals last season; this year he had one goal and 10 assists in 32 games. Kilger had five goals and two assists in 34 games.

MORE CANADIENS: Owner Molson Inc. is extending its Dec. 31 target date to sell the team until early next year. Molson president Daniel O'Neill said only that "a number of potential acquirers" are negotiating.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Leading scorer Paul Kariya will be sidelined at least two weeks because of a cracked bone in his right foot. Kariya (12 goals, 31 points) was injured blocking a shot by the Lightning's Pavel Kubina in the second period Sunday. He hobbled to the bench but played 19 minutes. A CT scan revealed he fractured the foot for the third time in less than two years.

PANTHERS: Goaltender Roberto Luongo was recalled from Louisville of the AHL, and goaltender Sean Gauthier was sent down. Luongo was 1-2 for Louisville over the weekend.

STARS: Defenseman Gerald Diduck (sprained ankle) and wing Grant Marshall (strained thigh muscle) were placed on injured reserve.

THRASHERS: Wing Tomi Kallio will miss six weeks with a broken collar bone sustained when checked by the Blues' Craig Conroy in a game Friday.

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