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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 30, 2000

Panthers top Bruins in Sutter's debut

SUNRISE -- Marcus Nilson, Ray Whitney and Pavel Bure scored and Roberto Luongo made 24 saves as Florida beat Boston 3-0 Friday night in Duane Sutter's debut as Panthers coach.

Sutter, from a family of six brothers who played in the NHL, replaced Terry Murray on Thursday. Murray and his brother, general manager Bryan, were fired with Florida 6-18-7.

"They seemed to play with a lot of emotion, almost like they were playing for their jobs because of the new coach," Boston goaltender Byron Dafoe said. "We didn't match their intensity. I don't know why."

DEVILS 4, CAPITALS 2: Scott Niedermayer scored the winner 6:48 into the third on a wrap-around for host New Jersey. Washington twice took one-goal leads only to see Petr Sykora wipe them out, the last with 2:13 left in the second period to tie it at 2.

ISLANDERS 5, THRASHERS 2: Mariusz Czerkawski and Mark Parrish each scored twice as host New York stopped a three-game losing streak.

AVALANCHE 3, PREDATORS 1: Milan Hejduk scored twice and Patrick Roy stopped 17 shots and had two assists for host Colorado. Hejduk scored the winner with 34 seconds left in the second period.

BLACKHAWKS 3, WINGS 2 (OT): Jaroslav Spacek scored at 2:25 of overtime on a give-and-go with Steve Sullivan as host Chicago extended its unbeaten streak to five games. Sergei Fedorov forced overtime by scoring 1:45 into the third period on a power play. Igor Larionov, at 40 the oldest player in the league, had a power-play goal and an assist in his first game for Detroit since being reacquired from Florida.

KINGS 4, STARS 1: Rob Blake had a goal and an assist for visiting Los Angeles. Dallas was without five regulars, including Brett Hull, who missed his second straight game with a rib injury.

COYOTES 2, WILD 2 (OT): Jim Dowd's goal early in the third period allowed host Minnesota to tie it and stretch its unbeaten streak to 3-0-2.

BLUE JACKETS 3, HURRICANES 1: Mike Maneluk scored for the first time since Jan. 28, 1999, then scored again for his first multigoal game for host Columbus.

SABRES 2, SENATORS 0: Dominik Hasek stopped 34 shots for his fourth shutout of the season for host Buffalo.

FLAMES 5, CANUCKS 0: Fred Brathwaite made 25 saves for his first victory in more than two months for host Calgary, 6-2-1 in its past nine. Valeri Bure and Marc Savard each had two goals.

COYOTES: The Scottsdale, Ariz., city attorney said an arena project was automatically extended until March5. David Pennartz said Steve Ellman agreed to conditions for speeding redevelopment. The NHL had agreed to allow Ellman and Wayne Gretzky until Feb. 15 to close the deal.

PREDATORS: The league suspended defenseman Drake Berehowsky one game, a day after his match penalty for stepping on Anaheim's Vitali Vishnevski.

SHARKS: Bryan Marchment's knee-to-knee hit on Edmonton captain Doug Weight Thursday prompted Weight to draw 39 penalty minutes trying to get revenge.

"I have never tried to hurt anyone like he tried to do to me," said Weight, who had 26 penalty minutes this season before Thursday. "This is my life and career. ... He took a liberty on my knee. I just snapped."

Marchment and Weight collided three minutes into a 2-2 tie.

"I didn't feel that it was dirty," Marchment said. "I was reaching for the puck."

Marchment has a history with collisions causing knee injuries. He has had a running feud with Dallas since his hits put Mike Modano, Greg Adams and Joe Nieuwendyk out with torn knee ligaments in 1997-98. Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock called him "a sick guy," and Marchment received death threats from Stars fans.

PECA SITS AGAIN: At the Spengler Cup, a five-team invitational tournament in Switzerland, Sabres holdout Michael Peca missed his second straight game for Canada with a groin injury.

MARIO RATINGS: Mario Lemieux's return to the Penguins doubled the audience ESPN usually gets for a game. Wednesday's game produced a 1.02 rating and was seen in about 810,000 homes. Each cable rating point on ESPN equals 800,000 homes.

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