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CBS gives TNT a break

For all you hockey fans out there, a busy schedule was the key to seeing the United States-France quarterfinal hockey game Tuesday.

CBS' plans for its prime-time show (8-11 p.m.) featured Dan Jansen's unfulfilled quest for an Olympic medal and Alberto Tomba's giant-slalom victory.

With those two events filling most of the air time, CBS allowed TNT to show Team USA's 4-1 victory in its entirety.

If CBS had wanted exclusive rights to the game (or parts of it) Tuesday night, TNT would have been out of luck, and with it many hockey fans.

Shot of the day: It came during Canada's shootout victory over Germany.

The two teams played to a 3-3 tie after a 10-minute overtime. Canada won the shootout 3-2 when Eric Lindros scored and Sean Burke stopped Peter Draisaitl's sudden-death attempt.

Draisaitl's shot slithered through Burke before coming to rest on the goal line. One more roll, and the puck would have been in, prolonging the shootout.

Best bet: The women take to the ice today (8-11 p.m. CBS), with three Americans _ Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan _ in the running for medals. Also, the United States, with Diann Roffe-Steinrotter and Eva Twardokens leading the way, has a good shot for a medal in the women's giant slalom (7-9 a.m. CBS).

CBS fans on shootout

CBS, which was on the mark with its live coverage of the United States' 3-3 tie with Sweden on Monday, missed the boat Tuesday night.

The network reduced the Canada-Germany hockey shootout to two shots: Eric Lindros' winning score and the German shot that came to rest practically on the goal line.

The shootout deserved more. CBS surely could have carried every shot of the shootout.

Ratings game: During Monday prime time, CBS drew a 21.6 rating and 32 share, according to overnight ratings (the top 25 markets). Monday's numbers are 29 percent higher than the network's average that night, one of CBS' strongest. A rating measures the percentage of all TV households watching; a share measures the percentage of homes in which TVs are in use.

_ Staff and wire reports