Sunday, March 23, 2003

Rangers keep slim hopes alive


New York rallies past Philadelphia

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Dan Blackburn made 28 saves in a spectacular relief effort, and Petr Nedved scored the winning goal late in the third period as the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

The victory kept the Rangers' slim playoff hopes going in the Eastern Conference.

Devils 4, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Joe Nieuwendyk had a goal and an assist as New Jersey won for the fourth time in five games.

Pascal Rheaume, Jamie Langenbrunner and John Madden also scored for the Devils, who extended their Atlantic Division lead over Philadelphia to four points.

The Islanders, who have lost three straight at home, are eighth in the Eastern Conference, just four points ahead of the Rangers and six in front of Montreal for the final playoff spot.

Canadiens 5, Hurricanes 3

MONTREAL - Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov each had a goal and an assist, and Jose Theodore made 34 saves for Montreal.

Francis Bouillon, Jason Ward and Donald Audette also scored for Montreal, which ended a seven-game home winless streak.

Carolina's Kevyn Adams (Miami University) opened the scoring 14 seconds into the game.

The crowd of 21,273 cheered during the final verse of the U.S. national anthem following a video address by Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau asking fans to respect the playing of both anthems.

A large number of Montreal fans voiced displeasure with the war in Iraq by booing throughout the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner before Thursday night's loss to the New York Islanders.

Maple Leafs 3, Sabres 2, OT

TORONTO - Bryan McCabe beat Mike Noronen with a slap shot 36 seconds into overtime as Toronto beat Buffalo.

Mats Sundin and Robert Svehla each had a goal and an assist for Maple Leafs, who played their third straight overtime game.

Senators 3, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. - Marian Hossa scored with 36.7 seconds left as Ottawa clinched the Northeast Division title. Hossa tied Vancouver stars Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi for the NHL goal lead, scoring his 43rd. Ottawa, which has an NHL-leading 104 points, has won the Northeast title three times in the last five seasons.

Red Wings 4, Blues 2

ST. LOUIS - Niklas Lidstrom scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Curtis Joseph stopped 24 shots as Detroit won its sixth straight. The win moved the first-place Wings seven points ahead of the second-place Blues in the Central Division. Avalanche 8, Blackhawks 1

DENVER - Alex Tanguay stayed hot with his first career hat trick, and Colorado clinched a playoff spot by routing Chicago. Tanguay, who has 20 goals and 33 assists in his last 44 games, scored twice in the second period.

Thrashers 3, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS - Lubos Bartecko scored with 7:04 left. Dany Heatley had a goal to extend his points streak to six games (4-6-10).




NCAA TOURNAMENT
Full coverage at Cincinnati.com

MEN'S TOURNAMENT
Maryland 77, Xavier 64
Underdog Xavier has upset in mind
Daugherty: Bookends on XU's roster
Coaches experts on Terps
Majerus has the big blues
UK, Utah still have ties to '98
Apology ahead for UC's Machock
Gators-Spartans: Things could get rough
Cowboys will test Orangemen
Butler now faces Louisville's press
IU ready to mount a charge
After spurning Spartans' offer, Gators' Roberson must face them

MEN'S TOURNAMENT - SATURDAY'S GAMES
East: OU's Bookout covers for ailing Price
Midwest: Little-known Novak burns Mizzou
South: UConn turns to top guns
West: Hot-shooting Irish burn Illini
NCAA Tournament at a glance
NCAA Tourney notebook
NCAAs: The Skinny
NIT: Providence tops College of Charleston

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
New coach rebuilds XU from guards up
UC faces an uphill battle at home
Living legend roams Texas sidelines
Wright happy to be home
Women's tournament at a glance
Lady Vols have no problems at home

REDS / BASEBALL
Reds fans get first look
Graves lets go of bothersome pitch
Blue Jays 4, Reds 1
Harnisch is pleased with performance
Reds Q&A
It's the same old Angels, champs or not
Devil Rays release Vaughn

BENGALS / NFL
Bengals look to turn weakness into strength
Bengals Q&A
Rams bolster line with trade for Saints' Turley

PREP SPORTS
D-I state title: Moeller 73, Brookhaven 65
D-III state title: Reading 50, Sugarcreek Garaway 44
LeBron leads Ohio team to third state title
Ky: No. 1 Mason Co. 86, Lou. Ballard 65
Princeton's Davis joins elite crowd

GOLF
Tiger tames field, leads by five shots
Sorenstam closes in on 1st win of season

HOCKEY
Rangers keep slim hopes alive
Mighty Ducks beat Norfolk in overtime

NBA
Hawks stop O'Neal's shot at victory for Pacers
Hill won't give up despite surgeries

HORSE RACING
New York Hero tames Lion
Rider Cooksey injured in Turfway Park spill

TRISTATE SPOTLITE
Merchant's Harvard finale is memorable
Enquirer Page Two power rankings
Swarm gear up for af2 season
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