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Huet makes 30 saves in scoreless tie with Carolina

3/15/2003

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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