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April 24, 2000

Toronto at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). After a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 5, the Maple Leafs look to close out this Eastern Conference series on the road.

STAR

Sunday

_ Scott Young, Blues, had a hat trick in St. Louis’ 6-2 victory over San Jose, evening their series at three games apiece.

SCORING SPREE

St. Louis had three goals on three shots in a 2:40 span during the second period of a 6-2 win over San Jose on Sunday. The Blues set a team playoff record with five goals in the period.

SIMILAR SITUATION

The Blues’ 6-2 victory over San Jose on Sunday tied the series at 3-3 after St. Louis trailed three games to one. The Blues, who beat Phoenix in the first round last year after trailing 3-1, are trying to become the 16th team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-1. They also pulled off the feat in 1991, when they rallied to beat Detroit in the first round. No team has done it in consecutive years.

STAYING OR GOING

Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke will not announce a decision on whether head coach Roger Neilson or interim coach Craig Ramsay will lead the team in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Pittsburgh until after a meeting with Neilson today. Neilson, recovering from a stem-cell transplant for multiple myeloma, left the team Feb. 19 to pursue aggressive treatment of the rare form of bone marrow cancer he was diagnosed with in December.

SPEAKING

``It was a joke today. It was a puzzle. This takes us back to square one. By the fourth and fifth goals, we were out of it. It was a game of mistakes by our guys.″ _ San Jose coach Darryl Sutter after Sunday’s 6-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 6 evened their series at three game apiece.

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