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Trends end as Flyers render the Blues a loss

Eric Lindros played an atypical rendition of the Blues in St.
Louis Monday, scoring a pair of goals during a four-goal first
period as the Philadelphia Flyers took a 5-1 victory from St.
Louis, which had its five-game unbeaten streak ended. Garth Snow
stopped 27 shots for Philly, which in turn snapped a four-game
winless streak. Dainius Zubrus had a goal and two assists, John
LeClair added a goal and an assist and Rod Brind'Amour scored
first for Philadelphia, which had been 0-2-2 in its last four
games. With 19 points, the Flyers tied Boston and Ottawa for most
in the Eastern Conference. Blair Atcheynum tallied for the Blues,
who were 4-0-1 in their previous five games. St. Louis suffered
just its second home loss of the season following an 8-0-1
stretch at the Kiel Center. Lindros suffered bruised ribs and did
not play the third period, but the injury is not believed to be
serious. Blues goalie Grant Fuhr allowed more than three goals
for the first time in 13 games this season.

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Also coming to an end Monday was the Stars' five-game unbeaten streak. Shayne Corson scored twice in a 2:12 span to break a second-period tie and Valeri Bure also had two goals as Montreal held on for a 6-4 victory over Dallas. Andy Moog made 18 saves in his first game against his former team, helping the Canadiens win for the fourth time in five contests. In the NHL's two other games Monday, Pat LaFontaine scored the tying goal with 4:50 left in the second period as the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers skated to a 2-2 deadlock. And before a crowd of 7,257 in Greensboro, N.C., the Carolina Hurricanes took a 5-3 victory from the Vancouver Canucks, who suffered their seventh straight loss.

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Hurricanes' Burke arrested on charge of assaulting wife

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Sean Burke was released Monday
after his arrest on Sunday for assaulting his wife in suburban
Raleigh, N.C., authorities said. Burke was not with the team
Monday night for what a Hurricanes spokesman described as
"personal reasons." A spokeswoman for the Wake County (N.C.)
magistrate's office said Burke was released after court Monday
pending a pre-trial hearing. Details of the alleged incident were
not immediately available, but the magistrate's office confirmed
late Monday night that the alleged victim was Burke's wife. The
Hurricanes are based in Raleigh, but are playing their home games
in Greensboro while work continues on a new facility. Burke is
expected to rejoin the team at practice on Tuesday morning.
Burke, 30, and his wife have two young children. He moved to
North Carolina with his family after the franchise moved from
Hartford, Conn., following the 1996-97 season. "We consider
ourselves an extended family," said teammate Kevin Dineen. "It's
a personal matter. We have no details, but whatever the situation
is, the NHL has done a good job to support him and get help."

Burke began the season as the Hurricanes' No. 1 goaltender, but has split time with Trevor Kidd following an 0-4-3 start. Burke, who has a 3.31 goals-against average, is in the final year of his contract and has expressed a desire to leave Carolina. Before Monday's 5-3 home victory over Vancouver, the Hurricanes recalled goaltender Mike Fountain from New Haven of the American Hockey League.

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LeClair, Leetch headline USA Olympic team

Philadelphia Flyers left wing John LeClair and Norris Trophy
winner Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers headline the list of
17 NHL players selected Monday to the United States Olympic
hockey team. General manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Ron Wilson
selected the team that will compete in February at the 1998
Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Lamoriello also is general manager
of the New Jersey Devils and Wilson, who coached Team USA to a
stunning victory over Canada in the 1996 World Cup, is coach of
the Washington Capitals. Defensemen Chris Chelios and Gary Suter
and forward Tony Amonte of the Chicago Blackhawks were named to
the squad, the most representation of any NHL squad. Mike Richter
of the New York Rangers, who backstopped Team USA to victory in
the 1996 World Cup, will be one of the goaltenders. He is joined
in net by former teammate John Vanbiesbrouck of the Florida
Panthers. Phoenix Coyotes forwards Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy
Roenick also made the squad.

Rounding out the initial 17 selections are forwards Adam Deadmarsh of the Colorado Avalanche, Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars, Joel Otto of the Philadelphia Flyers and Doug Weight of the Edmonton Oilers. Defensemen include the Hatcher brothers -- Derian of the Stars and Kevin of the Pittsburgh Penguins -- and Mathieu Schneider of the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We are pleased to have such a quality group of coaches, led by Ron Wilson, to prepare and lead our American players in Japan," said Lamoriello. "Their collective experience and success in professional and international competition will be important in helping our players perform to the very best of their abilities." Six more players will be added by Dec. 1 for the February tournament that will bring a break of nearly three weeks to the NHL season. Joining Wilson on the bench will be John Cunniff and Paul Holmgren as well as USA Hockey National Coach Jeff Jackson.

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MRI negative on Flyers netminder Hextall

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall underwent an MRI
Monday, revealing he had no significant injuries after suffering
a strained neck and back in Sunday's 3-3 tie with the Dallas
Stars. Hextall did not make the trip to St. Louis for Monday
night's 5-1 victory over the Blues, leaving Garth Snow as the
starting goaltender. Neil Little was called up from the
Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League to replace
Hextall on the roster and serve as Snow's backup. "He had an MRI
obtained from both his neck and back," said team physician Dr.
Art Bartolozzi in a teleconference Monday. "There were no
significant findings. Based on symptoms that were present, we
were rather concerned about a narrowing of his neck and back
which the MRI did not find." Hextall was examined Monday by
another doctor and also saw a neurosurgeon for clearance, and it
was concluded Hextall had no serious injury to prevent him from
playing. The injury occurred with 77 seconds remaining in the
second period. Hextall dove from the crease and collided with
teammate Paul Coffey in an attempt to block a shot by Bob Errey.
Hextall remained in the game until the conclusion of the period
but was replaced by Snow at the start of the third.

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Coyotes' Gartner out 4-6 weeks with knee ligament tear

Phoenix Coyotes right wing Mike Gartner, who needs two goals to
become the fifth player in NHL history to reach 700, will be out
four to six weeks after suffering a torn left medial collateral
ligament in Sunday's victory over Calgary. Gartner, who turned 38
Wednesday, went down in the final minute of the first period when
he was tripped by Calgary's Theo Fleury. No penalty was called on
the play. Gartner has been one of hockey's most durable players,
having not missed a game since the 1994-95 season. The seven-time
All-Star had 32 goals and 31 assists last season, his 18th in the
NHL. He was off to a slow start this year, picking up just two
goals and four assists in 13 games. Until the lockout-shortened
campaign of 1994-95, Gartner scored at least 33 goals every
season since entering the league in 1979-80. He has reached the
30-goal mark all but once in his career and ranks fifth on the
all-time list, trailing Phil Esposito by 19 goals.

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Stars' Modano named NHL Player of Month

The Dallas Stars' restricted free-agent signee Mike Modano was
named Monday NHL Player of the Month for October. Modano, who
rejected a five-year, $26 million offer before signing an
undisclosed one-year deal, collected 19 points (nine goals and 10
assists) and had a plus-nine rating in 14 games while leading
Dallas to a 9-4-1 record, third best in the Western Conference.
The 27-year-old American, who was also named to the 1998 United
States Olympic Team Monday, ranks third in the league with 20
points, trailing only Philadelphia's Eric Lindros and Colorado's
Joe Sakic. Modano, who has received two of the last three NHL
Player of the Month awards after winning in March of last season,
recorded six multiple-point games in October. He tallied his
fourth career hat trick in a 7-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks
and collected three assists in a 5-4 come-from-behind win over
the Calgary Flames. He also leads the league in short-handed
goals with two. Modano edged Lindros, St. Louis goaltender Grant
Fuhr and Detroit netminder Chris Osgood to win the award.

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Devils rookie Elias garners NHL weekly honors

New Jersey Devils rookie right wing Patrik Elias, who helped the
team to three wins in as many games last week, Monday was named
the NHL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Elias
scored two goals in New Jersey's 5-0 whipping of the Philadelphia
Flyers last week. He added two goals and an assist as the Devils
drilled the Vancouver Canucks, 8-1, Thursday. He had another
marker in a 3-1 victory over Washington Saturday. Elias, who
leads NHL rookies with six goals, is fourth among rookies with
seven points. He edged out teammate and goaltender Martin
Brodeur, who won all three games while allowing only two goals.
Other players considered for the award included Islanders
defenseman Bryan Berard and Blackhawks right wing Tony Amonte.

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Scoreboard

Monday's results

                    1ST  2ND  3RD     FINAL
                    ---  ---  ---     -----
DALLAS               1    1    2        4
MONTREAL             2    2    2        6

1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 1 2 0 3 CAROLINA 2 2 1 5

1ST 2ND 3RD OT FINAL --- --- --- --- ----- EDMONTON 1 1 0 0 2 NY RANGERS 0 2 0 0 2

1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 4 0 1 5 ST LOUIS 0 1 0 1

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Standings

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Atlantic

                   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   HOME    ROAD
                  --- --- ---  ---   --   --   ----    ----
PHILADELPHIA       8   5   3    19   48   40   5-3-1   3-2-2
NEW JERSEY         8   4   0    16   41   23   6-1-0   2-3-0
WASHINGTON         7   5   2    16   44   36   3-1-1   4-4-1
NY ISLANDERS       6   5   2    14   40   33   3-3-0   3-2-2
NY RANGERS         3   6   6    12   36   41   2-3-4   1-3-2
FLORIDA            3   7   3    9    28   42   1-3-2   2-4-1
TAMPA BAY          2   9   2    6    23   43   1-4-1   1-5-1

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Northeast

                   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   HOME    ROAD
                  --- --- ---  ---   --   --   ----    ----
BOSTON             9   5   1    19   41   35   2-3-1   7-2-0
OTTAWA             8   4   3    19   47   36   4-2-1   4-2-2
MONTREAL           8   4   2    18   44   30   4-3-2   4-1-0
PITTSBURGH         8   6   2    18   47   44   2-2-1   6-4-1
BUFFALO            5   7   2    12   35   45   2-2-0   3-5-2
CAROLINA           4   8   3    11   38   47   3-2-2   1-6-1

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Central

                   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   HOME    ROAD
                  --- --- ---  ---   --   --   ----    ----
DETROIT            11  2   2    24   56   33   5-2-2   6-0-0
ST LOUIS           11  3   2    24   51   34   8-2-1   3-1-1
DALLAS             9   5   2    20   50   40   4-2-0   5-3-2
PHOENIX            6   5   2    14   41   36   5-2-1   1-3-1
CHICAGO            5   10  0    10   27   41   4-5-0   1-5-0
TORONTO            3   7   2    8    25   39   1-4-1   2-3-1

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Pacific

                   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   HOME    ROAD
                  --- --- ---  ---   --   --   ----    ----
COLORADO           7   2   6    20   49   38   4-0-4   3-2-2
ANAHEIM            5   5   4    14   32   35   2-3-2   3-2-2
LOS ANGELES        5   6   4    14   48   44   3-3-0   2-3-4
EDMONTON           5   7   2    12   29   43   3-4-1   2-3-1
CALGARY            3   9   3    9    39   50   3-4-1   0-5-2
SAN JOSE           4  10   0    8    34   46   2-5-0   2-5-0
VANCOUVER          3  10   2    8    36   55   2-4-2   1-6-0

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Schedules

LOS ANGELES AT NEW JERSEY     7:30
VANCOUVER AT WASHINGTON       7:30
TORONTO AT SAN JOSE          10:30

(TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN)

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Transactions

Carolina Hurricanes -- Recalled goaltender Mike Fountain from the
Beast of New Haven of the American Hockey League.

Colorado Avalanche -- Assigned left wing Yves Sarault and center Josef Marha to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim -- Recalled defenseman Pavel Trnka from the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League.

New York Rangers -- Recalled right wing Vladimir Vorobiev, center Marc Savard and left wing Pierre Sevigny from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

Philadelphia Flyers -- Recalled goaltender Neil Little and right wing Brantt Myhres from the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Toronto Maple Leafs -- Recalled defenseman Yannick Tremblay and goaltender Marcel Cousineau from the St John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League; assigned center Kevyn Adams to St John's.

Detroit Vipers (IHL) -- Loaned goaltender Marc Magliarditi to the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League.

Baton Rouge Kingfish (ECHL) -- Announced forward Reed Low was recalled to Worcester of the American Hockey League.

Dayton Bobmbers (ECHL) -- Added right wing Sergei Olympiev to the roster.

Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL) -- Waived left wing Denis Lamoureux.

Louisville Riverfrogs (ECHL) -- Placed forward Jim Jensen on 14-day injured reserve; placed defenseman Andrew Will on seven-day injured reserve; activated defenseman Ian Smith from injured reserve.

New Orleans Brass (ECHL) -- Placed defenseman Bill McKay on 14-day injured reserve.

South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) -- Placed center Wayne Strachan on seven-day injured reserve; activated right wing Dan Fournel from injured reserve.

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