The NHL ruled that Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros did not bite San Jose Sharks defenseman Marty McSorley during a game Thursday.
Brian Burke, the NHL’s director of hockey operations, made the decision after reviewing videotapes of a third-period scuffle during which Lindros appeared to bite McSorley on the face. Burke also interviewed both players.
Lindros said reports that he bit McSorley were “completely false.”
“I didn’t bite Marty,” Lindros said. “In fact, Marty has come forward and told Brian Burke that the incident didn’t occur.”
Devils sign Guerin
Forward Bill Guerin signed a multiyear contract with the New Jersey Devils, making him eligible for the U.S. Olympic hockey team and apparently ending a boycott threat by members of that team.
But the Devils’ problems with the right wing are far from over, as Guerin said his request to be traded was unchanged.
Fedorov not available
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he’s not listening to trade offers for Sergei Fedorov, even though the former NHL most valuable player and team are “considerably far apart” in negotiations.
Federov, a six-time 30-goal scorer, is a restricted free agent and hasn’t played this season during contract negotiations.
On the ice
In Greensboro, N.C., Alexei Kovalev scored twice and Wayne Gretzky added a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
Gretzky’s first appearance at the Greensboro Coliseum drew a crowd of 19,358. The Hurricanes were averaging fewer than 9,000.
Steve Yzerman started a flurry of three Detroit goals in a 1:02 span of the first period as the Red Wings broke out of a recent scoring slump with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars. The Red Wings, held to 11 goals in their last five games, scored on four of their first five shots against two Stars goaltenders.