Originally created 04/25/06

Sabres rattle Flyers

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The rest of the Philadelphia Flyers know exactly how rookie R.J. Umberger felt after they, too, were flattened by the Buffalo Sabres.

Two nights after Umberger was knocked woozy by Brian Campbell's heavy but legal hit, Buffalo's J.P. Dumont and Jason Pominville each had three goals and an assist to help the Sabres beat the Flyers, 8-2, for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored, and Paul Gaustad had three assists in a game the Sabres led 5-0 after the first period.

The Sabres, who needed 58 shots to beat Philadelphia in double overtime on Saturday night, scored twice in their first three shots and needed only 12 to build a 6-1 lead on Dumont's third goal midway through the second period.

The eight goals were the most since Buffalo's 8-0 first-round series clinching win over Philadelphia in 2001.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.


In East Rutherford, N.J., John Madden tied an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals and finished with his first postseason hat trick in New Jersey's victory over New York.

With the victory, the Devils ran their winning streak to 13 games and took a 2-0 lead in first-round Eastern Conference series. Game 3 is Wednesday night in New York.

Brian Gionta also scored for New Jersey, the Devils' sixth power-play goal of the series.

The Rangers played without leading scorer Jaromir Jagr, defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Jagr was forced to miss his first game of the season because of a shoulder injury sustained in New York's 6-1 loss Saturday. Kasparaitis aggravated a groin injury during the pregame skate, and Lundqvist was benched in favor of Kevin Weekes.

FORMER LEAFS OWNER DIES: Steve Stavro, the Canadian grocery store magnate whose sports holdings once included the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died. He was 78.

Toronto Sun corporate sports editor George Gross, a close friend, said Stavro died overnight of a heart attack.

ISLANDERS CO-OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD: Sanjay Kumar, the co-owner of the New York Islanders and former CEO of Computer Associates International Inc., pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges in a massive accounting scandal at the Long Island-based software company.

According to a 2004 indictment, Kumar was so involved with adding false revenue to a financial quarter even after it closed that he flew on a corporate jet to Paris in July 1999 to finalize a $19 million deal and signed a contract that had been backdated.


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