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November 24, 1998

Chicago at Phoenix (9 p.m. EST). The Coyotes are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games, while the Blackhawks are 1-11-1 in their last 13.

STARS

Monday

_ Andreas Johansson and Ron Tugnutt, Senators. Johansson scored twice and Tugnutt made 40 saves in Ottawa’s 4-3 victory over Vancouver.

_ Sylvain Cote, Maple Leafs, scored at 7:15 of the third period as Toronto beat Calgary 3-2.

STORMING BACK

Grant Marshall capped a three-goal second period as Dallas rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat San Jose 3-2 on Monday night. The Stars are 8-1-1 at home and 4-0-1 in their last five.

STRATEGIC REPAIR

Ottawa goalie Ron Tugnutt’s trip to the bench resulted in a Vancouver goal being disallowed in the Senators’ 4-3 win over the Canucks on Monday night. Tugnutt went to have his mask fixed after Mattias Ohlund’s first-period goal. The delay allowed the video goal judge another chance to review the play, and then call down to the on-ice referees to nullify the goal.

SITTING FOR 12

Los Angeles Kings forward Matt Johnson was suspended for 12 games without pay Monday _ the longest NHL suspension since 1994 _ for blindsiding New York Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom with a punch to the head Thursday night. The suspension will cost Johnson about $95,000.

SELECTED

Anaheim left wing Paul Kariya was selected NHL player of the week Monday after scoring three goals and adding four assists in four games. He has 10 goals and 16 assists in 19 games this season.

SUIT AND TIE?

Bernie Nicholls, reduced to playing on San Jose’s fourth line in his 18th NHL season, has been dropped by the Sharks and offered a job in the team’s front office. Nicholls, 37, has 475 goals and 734 assists in 1,127 games with Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, Edmonton, New Jersey, Chicago and San Jose. He had 70 goals and 150 points for Los Angeles in 1988-89.

STATUS

Barry McKinlay, 31, a defenseman for the UHL’s Thunder Bay Thunder Cats, was released from jail Monday after a weekend arrest for throwing a stick that hit two girls, ages 8 and 9, during a game. Neither girl was seriously hurt. The criminal complaint said McKinlay threw his stick into the crowd in response to taunts and boos by spectators.

SCOUTING

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Ed Olczyk on Monday from the International Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves. Olczyk, 32, who failed to score in four games with the Blackhawks this season, had two goals and two assists in seven games for the Wolves.

SPEAKING

``Whoever made up that rule never played the game.″ _ San Jose coach Darryl Sutter after Sharks forward Stephane Matteau’s apparent game-tying goal with 22.5 seconds left was waived off, giving Dallas a 3-2 victory Monday night. Matteau was ruled to be in the crease.

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