Sun, Dec 19, 2004 - Page 22 News List

World Stars get big victory over Sweden's HV71


Ray Whitney scored his second goal in two nights as the World Stars bounced back from an embarrassing loss to rout Swedish champion HV71 5-1 on Friday.

Whitney, who scored the locked-out NHL players' lone goal in a 6-1 loss to Farjestad the night before, also set up Alexander Daigle's tally at 14:48 in the first period, six minutes after his opening goal against HV71.

Mats Sundin, one of Sweden's most popular players, assisted on Whitney's first goal.

"We played much better than last night," said Sundin, the Toronto Maple Leafs captain. "We played more disciplined hockey. It's no fun to lose, even if it's an exhibition."

The World Stars played a much better defensive game and they were also more physical. Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek, who gave up all six goals the night before, shared goaltending duties.

The Stars improved their record to 5-2 on their 10-game, seven-country European tour.

The International Ice Hockey Federation on Friday barred Vancouver Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi from transferring to Europe, citing the player's violent conduct on the rink.

Bertuzzi was charged with assault after slugging Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore from behind and driving his face into the ice during a loss to Colorado on March 8.

Moore was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, post-concussion symptoms and amnesia.

Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League, missing 13 regular-season games and seven postseason games, and lost nearly US$502,000 in salary.

He has been seeking to transfer to IIHF-governed European hockey leagues and several clubs are believed to have shown an interest.

In a statement, the IIHF said its ruling council had considered Bertuzzi's case.

"The violent nature of Mr. Bertuzzi's action with the severe injuries inflicted to the opposing player, as a result of his deliberate act, were regarded as an extremely serious violation of the rules, putting the sport into disrepute," it said.

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