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Moment of silence honors teen victim of errant puck

Published Sep. 2, 2005

With tears, silence and eventually cheers, Columbus fans paid their respects to the 13-year-old girl who died after being hit by a puck.

Brittanie Cecil died Monday, two days after being struck by a puck during the Blue Jackets' game against Calgary. The eighth-grader was remembered with a moment of silence before the start of Thursday night's game against Detroit.

"It's unfortunate that those things have to happen," said Detroit coach Scotty Bowman, who wore Cecil's initials on his lapel. "Everybody feels badly about it."

"It was just unreal to us," Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov said. "It was very sad, obviously. In Europe we have some thin nets behind the goal line. It helps. I know that for a fact."

The crowd gave both teams an ovation after the Red Wings earned a wild 3-2 victory on Fedorov's wraparound goal 25 seconds into overtime, his second goal of the game.

"It's been a long day for the guys," Columbus coach Dave King said. "They were a very subdued group before and after the game. I thought they played real hard, tried to put on a good show for the fans. It was a tough night for everyone."

Espen Knutsen, whose deflected shot killed Cecil, received a standing ovation when Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek stopped him on a breakaway late in the first period.

Fedorov sent it to overtime with his 26th goal from the right dot with 4:47 left.

HURRICANES 3, PANTHERS 2: Martin Gelinas and Ron Francis scored in the third as host Carolina rallied. Francis' winning goal came at 8:16 of the third with two seconds left on a five-on-three advantage. Hurricanes goalie Kevin Weekes made his first start since being traded from Tampa Bay on March 5. He allowed two goals on the first two shots but didn't allow another. Panthers goalie Wade Flaherty was recalled from AHL Utah because starter Roberto Luongo will be out for the season rehabbing a torn ligament in his right ankle. Luongo left Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Montreal in the first period. He won't have surgery. Also, right wing Valeri Bure will be out for the season after deciding to have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee, and right wing Rocky Thompson of AHL Hershey was recalled because right wing Joey Tetarenko injured his back.

PREDATORS: Nashville will stop showing a video intended to be a humorous reminder about the dangers of pucks flying into the stands, replacing it with a serious warning.