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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
May 15, 2000
John D'Amico, who was the NHL supervisor during the No Goal II controversy in the Flyers-Sabers playoff series last month, found a hole in a net before three games of the subsequent Devils-Maple Leafs series. The league needs to loosen the tightly strung twine to make it more difficult for the nets to tear open from shots blasted during warmups....
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May 15, 2000

In The Crease

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John D'Amico, who was the NHL supervisor during the No Goal II controversy in the Flyers-Sabers playoff series last month, found a hole in a net before three games of the subsequent Devils-Maple Leafs series. The league needs to loosen the tightly strung twine to make it more difficult for the nets to tear open from shots blasted during warmups....

Also, someone at league headquarters should examine its deployment of officials. Forty-one hours after Dan Marouelli and Rob Shick worked the five-overtime match between the Flyers and the Penguins last Thursday, they officiated Game 5 of the New Jersey- Toronto series. Not surprisingly, both men looked fatigued, and each nearly made a costly error. In the third period Shick unintentionally picked off Maple Leafs forward Sergei Berezin as Berezin skated with the puck toward the Devils' net; later Marouelli mistakenly set a pick on New Jersey defenseman Scott Niedermayer that nearly sprang Toronto's Steve Thomas loose for a scoring opportunity....

Last week the Black-hawks' three-time 40-goal scorer Tony Amonte (left), who signed a five-year, $14-5 million deal in 1997, fired agent Rich Scimone. Amonte is clearly underpaid by NHL standards....

With the Flyers down two games to none, Philly coach Craig Ramsay made a pair of outstanding moves that paid off: He replaced center Keith Primeau on the No. 1 line with Daymond Langkow and dressed veteran defenseman Adam Burt instead of rookie Mark Eaton. With Langkow between them, John LeClair and Mark Recchi finally generated offense (10 points in three games after being held scoreless the first two matches) while the 31-year-old Burt provided a steady influence on the backline....

Look for the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets to sign 25-year-old free-agent right wing David Vyborny, who played in Europe last season. Another free agent Columbus is pursuing is forward Jonathan Schill, who had 39 goals for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

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