Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Los Angeles leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, February 7th
Hurricanes2Final
Kings8
Game 2: Saturday, March 15th
Kings0Final
OT
Hurricanes0

Kings 0

(30-33-4, 69 pts)

Hurricanes 0

(22-35-6, 60 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 15, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 OT T
LA 0 0 0 00
CAR 0 0 0 00

C. Huet (Kings - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: 1.000

K. Weekes (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: 1.000

S. Hill (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Huet makes 30 saves in scoreless tie with Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Cristobal Huet had good reason to feel a little empty after his first NHL shutout.

Huet made 30 saves for Los Angeles, and Carolina's Kevin Weekes stopped 23 shots as the Hurricanes and Kings skated to a scoreless tie Saturday night. Each goalie made three saves in the overtime.

"The thing is to win games and ... get two points," said Huet, who had 22 saves in a 3-1 victory over Washington on Friday night. "We got one. That's not too bad."

It was the Kings' first scoreless tie on the road since 1977, and the Hurricanes' first at home since 1987 -- when they were still the Hartford Whalers. It was Weekes' fifth shutout of the season.

The Kings completed a three-game road set against Southeast Division teams at 1-1-1, falling to division-leader Tampa Bay on Wednesday. They entered the night 10th in the Western Conference, six points out of the final playoff spot.

"When you're playing these back-to-back games, you need your goalie to be solid," Kings coach Andy Murray said, "and he was solid."

The Hurricanes, last year's Eastern Conference champions, had won just three times in January and February, but had won four of five coming in.

Los Angeles beat Carolina 8-2 on Feb. 7 at the Staples Center, but neither team was able to generate much offense Saturday. During the second period, the teams combined for two shots on goal in four power plays.

"We'll take this as a far better result than what we had in L.A.," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "It was a much better played game for our team defensively."

The Kings got a man advantage after Jeff O'Neill was whistled for tripping with 3:52 left, but the Hurricanes killed the power play. Weekes then gloved a blue-line shot from Jaroslav Modry despite plenty of traffic in front of the crease just after the power play ended.

"For the most part, the defense did a pretty good job letting him see a lot of those shots," Maurice said.

For Weekes, it was his third shutout in four appearances.

"It's a little different (than a shutout victory)," he said. "You just try to approach it the same way, but you know you don't have any breathing room. That's for sure."

Both teams had chances throughout, but the netminders turned them away.

The Kings had a two-on-one opportunity midway through the second, but Weekes stopped Sean Avery's shot from the right side with about 12:30 left. Weekes also gloved a hard one-timer by Zigmund Palffy from the right side during a power play late in the period.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes came up empty on one of their best scoring chances in the second. Kevyn Adams grabbed a misplayed puck near center ice and flipped it back to a charging Craig Adams, but Huet made the stop with about 45 seconds left before the second intermission.

"There were some scoring chances," Kevyn Adams said. "There was some pretty tight checking from both teams but neither team could find the net."

Game notes
Los Angeles' Alexander Frolov had a three-game scoring streak snapped. He had scored three goals in his last two games. ... Radim Vrbata had scored goals in both of his previous games with Carolina, while Craig Adams had his three-game scoring streak snapped. ... The Kings have allowed just three short-handed goals this season, tied for best in the league. ... Ron Francis has 51 points, marking the 22nd straight season he has tallied 50-plus points. ... After tallying just three wins in January and February, the Hurricanes were 4-4-1 in March.

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